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1. FC Cologne – Hertha BSC 5: 2: Debacle on the Rhine! Hertha staggers towards the descent



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After another faulty and disastrous performance, Hertha BSC is close to being relegated from the Bundesliga for the first time in eleven years. Coach Pal Dardai’s team lost a wild and turbulent game at 1. FC Köln 2: 5 (2: 3) and, being bottom of the table, is in great danger. The gap to 15th place is five points two games before the end of the season – Hertha can no longer have a realistic chance of staying up in the league if things go badly this weekend.

Berlin revealed blatant defensive weaknesses and was particularly vulnerable to headers. This was punished by long-time Hertha striker Davie Selke (8th), Timo Hübers (39th, 69th), Ellyes Skhiri (43rd) and Denis Huseinbasic (81st). Cologne could have scored much more often, but guest goalkeeper Oliver Christensen saved several times. Lucas Tousart (18th) and Stevan Jovetic (33rd) were successful for Hertha.

“Maybe it was my fault that we dealt with offensive things last week,” Dardai said DAZN: “Because it wasn’t anything defensive today, we didn’t get anything done. I’ll keep my hands off the offensive now.”

The relegation would have serious consequences for the financially troubled Berliners, and the economic situation is already threatening. The Süddeutsche Zeitung had reported about possible license problems during the week. “We don’t have money,” admitted Coach Dardai: “But we have a lot of heart.”

His players proved that in Cologne, they didn’t let themselves be unsettled by Selke’s early deficit. Central defender Filip Uremovic was injured in the action, and Selke also had to leave the field a little later. Hertha quickly equalized through Tousart, who converted the margin after a strong action by Marco Richter.

Cologne then took control, but missed many chances – or failed because of Christensen, who saved against Kingsley Schindler (26th), among others. In the middle of this Cologne urge Jovetic exploited a counterattack for a surprising lead, but Hertha did not bring security.

1. FC Cologne – Hertha BSC: Berliner mockery for the referee team

Hübers equalized after a free kick with a head, Berlin’s Dodi Lukebakio then applauded scornfully in the direction of fourth official Tobias Reichel – the Berliners had seen no foul when the free kick was created. Skhiri shocked the guests before the break.

Anyone who had expected a defiant reaction from Berlin was disappointed in the second round. Instead, Christensen continued to be the focus, the Dane saved his team from further goals with sensational saves against Steffen Tigges (51′), Jan Thielmann (58′) and Dejan Ljubicic (59′). If Hübers’ header hit the crossbar (59th), he would have been powerless.

Hertha endured the Cologne assault largely inactively and hardly got into the duels. Nevertheless, Jessic Ngankam had a huge chance to equalize, but failed after a mistake by Jonas Hector at Marvin Schwäbe (63rd). On the other side, Hübers converted artistically, Huseinbasic was later completely free in the penalty area.

1. FC Cologne vs. Hertha BSC: The data for the game

Cologne: Schwäbe – Schindler (70th Kilian), Hübers, Chabot, Hector – Skhiri, Martel (46th Thielmann) – Ljubicic, Kainz (70th Huseinbasic), Maina (84th Lemperle) – Selke (24th Tigges). – Trainer: Baumgart.

Berlin: Christensen – Kenny, Uremovic (12th Rogel), Kempf, Plattenhardt (61st Mittelstädt) – Tousart, Dardai (61st Serdar) – Lukebakio (80th Ejuke), Richter – Niederlechner (61st Ngankam), Jovetic. – Coach: Dardai.

Referee: Sven Jablonski (Bremen)

Gates: 1-0 Selke (8′), 1-1 Tousart (18′), 1-2 Jovetic (33′), 2-2 Hübers (39′), 3-2 Skhiri (43′), 4-2 Hübers ( 69.), 5: 2 Husein basic (81.)

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