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Narrow defeat against West Ham

Despite having plenty of chances, Hertha BSC fell 5-3 to West Ham United in their second friendly during training camp in Austria.

Ritzingen – The Blue-Whites got off to a strong start, lining up in a 4-3-3 formation to start the match. After a sprint down the right wing, Alexander Esswein sent a cross into the middle that Davie Selke was unable to get on the end of, but Pascal Köpke was there to put it in the net to make it 1-0 (3’). West Ham, who finished in tenth in the Premier League last season, came back immediately. Former Frankfurt player Sebastien Haller set up Pablo Fornals, who left Thomas Kraft with no chance from 11 metres out. The match remained fast-paced in the minutes that followed. After Jordan Torunarigha won the ball back, Hertha switched over to a quick counter-attack. The central defender played the ball forward and perfectly set up Selke, who put it past West Ham goalkeeper Fabianski (21’). However, Ante Covic’s side were only able to retain the lead for a matter of minutes. Manuel Lanzini placed his shot into the far corner to make it 2-2 (29’). Both teams continued to press until half-time, but failed to create any noteworthy chances.

Köpke in the mood to score

Covic made seven changes to start the second half, switching to a 4-4-2 formation. The Blue-Whites made their mark on offense next: Maximilian Mittelstädt played a long ball to Maurice Covic, who set up Redan with a goal that was then disallowed after an offside call (51’). A few minutes later, Köpke missed a chance from short distance (57’). Three minutes later, Köpke was there to make it 3-2 after Covic failed to put it past Roberto. On the other end, Rune Jarstein kept out an attempt from Antonio (63’). Four minutes later, Köpke netted another goal which was then also disallowed due to an offside call (67’). Hertha continued to press but West Ham would score next. After a freekick, Haller was there to head it in from the far post to make it 3-3 (70’). The Old Lady were the more agile of the two sides in the final minutes and tried to set up another attack, but the deciding goal was then scored by Manuel Pellegrini’s side. Grady Diangana put the ball past Jarstein from close range (78’). In the final minute of the match, Michail Antonio sealed the deal with a fifth goal for West Ham.

Hertha BSC: Kraft (46’ Jarstein) - Klünter (46’ Leckie), Friede (59’ Stark), Torunarigha, Plattenhardt (46’ Mittelstädt) - Darida (46’ Grujic), Duda (46’ Covic), Skjelbred (46’ Löwen) - Esswein, Selke (46’ Redan), Köpke.
Goals: 1-0 Köpke (3’), 1-1 Fornals (11’), 2-1 Selke (21’), 2-2 Lanzini (29’), 3-2 Köpke (60’), 3-3 Haller (70’), 3-4 Diangana (78’), Antonio 3-5 (90’)

Teams, 31.07.2019