There’s no rest for the Old Lady even during the international break; Hertha faced VSG Altglienicke in a friendly at the Hanns-Braun-Stadion on Thursday (16.11.23, 13:00 CET). With several players on international duty, head coach Pál Dardai made several changes to the starting XI. Marc Kempf was given the captain’s armband and both Veit Stange and Sebastian Weiland featured in the starting 11.
Niederlechner gives Hertha the lead
Derry Scherhant had the first big chance of the game after just two minutes, after getting on the end of Winkler’s cross, but the VSG keeper Lino Kasten manged to clear the danger with relative ease. Florian Niederlechner gave Hertha the breakthrough after a dominant start to the game, getting on the end of a long ball over the top of the defence and slotting it coolly into the bottom left corner (13’). Scherhant caused lots of problems for the VSG defenders throughout the first half and went close again in the 30th minute after skipping past Kasten in goal. However, his shot was blocked and went out for a corner. Gersbeck was forced into action just before the break, making a good save to ensure that Hertha went into the break with a lead (43’).
In the first minute of the second 45, Scherhant picked up where he left off in the first half, beating the VSG right-back and putting it on a plate for Marten Winkler to poke the ball home from 6 yards out and double Hertha’s lead (46’). It was Scherhant again with the assist for the Old Lady’s third goal, finding Niederlechner in the middle, who made no mistake in getting his brace (61’).
A dominant second half with three goals
Zeefuik then hit the right post with a headed effort (64’), before Scherhant tested the VSG keeper with a shot from outside the box (65’). From the following corner, Winkler forced Kasten into another save (66’). Scherhant was then unfairly brought down in the box and stepped up to take the penalty himself, which he converted with great composure (69’). Besides the double chance for substitute Kélian Nsona in the 77th minute, Hertha did not have all that many chances in the last 20 minutes of the match, which ended in a 4-0 victory.
Hertha BSC: Gersbeck – Kenny, Weiland, Kempf (C) (70' Hoffmann), Zeefuik – Stange (70' Rölke), Hussein, Karbownik – Winkler (70' Jindaoui), Niederlechner (70. Nsona), Scherhant
Goals: 1-0 Niederlechner (13'), 2-0 Winkler (46'), 3-0 Niederlechner (61'), 4-0 Scherhant (69')
Referee: Philipp Vierock