Aymen Barkok competes for the ball.
First team | February 3, 2024, 11:01 PM

2-1 defeat against HSV

Pál Dárdai made four changes from the side who played in the DFB-Pokal in midweek for the visit of Hamburger SV. Tjark Ernst started in goal once again, with Andreas Bouchalakis, Marten Winkler and Palkó Dárdai joining him in the starting eleven. Marius Gersbeck, Deyovaisio Zeefuik and Derry Scherhant dropped to the bench, while Márton Dárdai missed out through injury. Jeremy Dudziak was back in the squad, alongside the fit-again Fabian Reese and Pascal Klemens. New signing Ibrahim Bradley was in the squad for the first time. Ludovit Reis and Robert Glatzel were both on the bench for the ‘Rothosen’.

Both sides hit the woodwork

Ernst was forced into a save from Bakery Jatta after just 38 seconds (1’). Just over 15 minutes in, András Németh headed against the bar, with Florian Niederlechner clearing László Bénes’ follow-up off the line (17’). Hertha’s best chance of the half fell to Haris Tabaković, whose header clattered into the post (42’). Both teams went in at half time with the game goalless.

Jonjoe Kenny on the ball.

The second half underwent a lengthly delay with fans throwing tennis balls on the pitch in protest. HSV then took the lead four minutes after play restarted, with Miro Muheim firing past Ernst from the edge of the box (57’).

Tabaković finds a reply

Dárdai reacted to going behind by bringing on Reese and Scherhant for Palkó Dárdai and Winkler (60’). Hertha’s number 11 proved just how important he is once again! Reese took aim from the edge of the box, Heuer Fernandes could only parry and Tabaković reacted quickest to tuck home the rebound and make it 1-1 – his eleventh of the season! (62’). Smail Prevljak replaced Niederlechner late on (69‘).

The guests have the final word

HSV brought on Glatzel (76‘), Ransford Königsdörffer (80‘) and Reis (80‘) late on, with this final change making the difference, with Reis heading home Immanuël Pherai’s cross to put HSV back in front (83’). Despite pressure from the Blue-Whites, the away side held on for a 2-1 win. This coming Sunday (11.02.24, 13:30 CET), the ‘Old Lady’ travel to Fürth.

Hertha BSC: Ernst – Kenny, Leistner (C), Kempf, Karbownik – Bouchalakis, Barkok – P. Dárdai (60' Reese), Niederlechner (70' Prevljak), Winkler (60' Scherhant) - Tabaković

Hamburger SV: Heuer Fernandes – van der Brempt, Ramos, Ambrosius, Muheim – Pherai, Meffert (C), Bénes (80' Reis) – Jatta (80' Königsdörffer), Németh (76' Glatzel), Dompé

Goals: 0-1 Muheim (57'), 1-1 Tabaković (62'), 1-2 Reis (83')

Referee: Daniel Schlager

Yellow cards: Kempf, Bouchalakis, Leistner, Niederlechner – Pherai, Muheim

Attendance: 60,000

by Hertha BSC