Hertha BSC lost their first home game of the season on Sunday, going down 3-0 at home to VfL Wolfsburg.
Berlin – Ante Covic made one change from the draw in Munich with Mathew Leckie being replaced in the starting eleven by Salomon Kalou as they went with a 3-4-3 formation. Ex-Herthaner John Anthony Brooks also started for the visitors.
The game started with a bang! After 18 seconds Ondrej Duda was allegedly brought down in the penalty area after a duel with Joshua Guilavogui. Referee Guido Winkmann pointed to the spot, but waved away penalty claims after consulting with VAR and having a long look at the monitor himself. The referee then gave a penalty shortly after that but at the other end after Karim Rekik brought down Felix Klaus (8). Wout Weghorst took the spot kick and drove a low shot into the right corner to make it 1-0 (9’). But the Herthaner still looked dangerous despite the shock of conceding. After a splendid cross from Vladimir Darida, Salomon Kalou put a free header wide from a promising position (12’). Marko Grujic came close twice nine minutes later, but Wolfsburg defused the situation (21’). Until the break, Covic’s side had more possession, but clear chances remained in short supply.
In the second half, it took just ten minutes for the club from the capital to threaten again. Grujic provided a good pass for Vedad Ibisevic, who was bearing down on the Wolves’ goal, but Brooks stopped the captain at the last second (54'). After an hour, Covic took the risk and put Davie Selke on for Darida (60’), shortly after he also put on Daishawn Redan (70’) who made his Bundesliga debut. The young Dutchman almost made a dream start, but his acrobatic effort sailed wide (72’). Eduard Löwen also came on to make his debut, entering the field of play shortly before the start of the last 10 minutes (75'). Selke had a great chance to score, but he lost control of the ball at the vital moment in front of Wolfsburg goalkeeper Casteels (79’). Instead Wolfsburg were celebrating after Josip Brekalo slotted home to round off a deadly counter attack (82’), before Jerome Roussillon made it 3-0 just before the final whistle – sealing the home defeat.
Conclusion and Outlook
This coming Saturday (15:30 CEST) Hertha BSC will go to Gelsenkirchen to face FC Schalke 04. There the players will try to grab their first victory of the season on matchday 3.