As of: 04/24/2022 8:31 PM
At the end of the 31st match day in the Bundesliga, Hertha BSC did not launch any fireworks in the climax of the drop against Stuttgart. However, that was enough to win.
On Sunday evening (April 24, 2022), the Berlin team defeated VfB 2-0 (1-0). Striker Davy Silky started the important success – he used a perfect cross from Marvin Platnhardt early in the game (4th minute). Isaac Belvodel put the cap on late (90 + 3).
Stuttgart had been the dominant team for long periods, but lacked precision against the disciplined Hertha in attack. With the three points, Hertha Berlin increases its lead over Stuttgart, and thus the relegation center from 16 to four points.
Magath also critically reflects Hertha’s hard-earned success
After his 500th Bundesliga match as a coach, Hertha coach Felix Magath described the victory over Microphone Sportschau as “happy”, but in the end his team struggled for success. “Why did we hand the match mainly to the opponent after the first goal?” he said.
Magath’s peer, Pellegrino Matarazzo, judged VFP’s performance: “We were very passive in the first 30 minutes.” In the second half, the players “made an effort”, but lacked “accuracy and coordination” to create better scoring opportunities.
Platnhardt balls cause danger
Right at the start of the game, fireworks from the far block caused clouds of smoke to spread across the grass at the Berlin Olympic Stadium.
And things got off to a fiery start on the green: Herta went full speed and took the first corner. Marvin Platnhardt hit the record, and Mark Oliver Kempf’s header landed a little high for striker Silky on the second post – he sailed away (third).
But then: Platthardt started the situation again and found Silke, who dwarfed Hiroki Ito and Borna Sosa in the penalty area and scored Hertha’s early goal of the season with a volley.
The assistant raised the flag for the first time due to an alleged offside location, and Silk waved confidently. After the VAR review, Herthaner must be right.
Diversion brings access to VfB Stuttgart
The game did not go in the direction of VfB at all. Pascal Stenzel had to be replaced after a duel with Swat Serdar, Eric Tomey (24) came in his place.
However, Stuttgart coach Pellegrino Matarazzo took advantage of the injury break to switch to three at the back. Valdemar Anton moved from the six to the center of defense between Konstantinos Mavropanos and Eto’o.
The change had an effect. Stuttgart behaved more orderly, and Matarazzo-Elf managed more comically. However, striker Sasa Calajdic was still up in the air.
And so Hertha still had the best chance before the half-time whistle: Lucas Tousart (almost) took advantage of the chaos after another Blatthardt corner kick, but only hit the side netting (45+2).
Platnhardt sent off, Mavrobanos hits the crossbar
Bitter for Berlin: Hertha Berlin then started the second half without full-time striker Platnhardt, who was injured at the end of the first half. The capitals continued to struggle and were sometimes pushed too far.
Stuttgart made its first offensive accent: Mavrobanos made a furious solo effort, leaving half of Hertha’s defense standing in bewilderment and hitting the top of the bar with his shot that hit Kempf (52). Many other Stuttgart certificates also lacked final accuracy.
Magath makes a defensive change in the last quarter of the hour
After a good hour, Magath became active. And Kevin-Prince took Boateng and Swat Serdar off the field. Belvodel and Maximilian Mittelstadt (63th place) came to replace the two.
In the final quarter of the hour, Magath, who saw Hertha as less creative and still on the defensive, was clearly eager to salvage the lead over time. Defender Niklas Stark replaced midfielder Vladimir Derrida (76).
In the end, the calculations worked: Belvodel even got 2-0 after the Mittelstädt model and scored Berlin’s important home win.
Hertha’s next bunker duel, VfB welcomes ‘Wolves’
Hertha will compete in the next direct vault duel in the next round. On Saturday (April 30, 3:30 pm) FC Berlin will play Armenia Bielefeld. Meanwhile, Stuttgart welcomes Wilfsburg to FL.
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