Hertha BSC has stopped the free fall for the time being. The Berlin improved with a 4:1 (1:1) against Borussia Mönchengladbach on the relegation place.
Father Pal Dardai applauded enthusiastically in the stands, his son Marton visibly enjoyed the jubilation about his shot into luck, which was well worth seeing. After a dream goal by the birthday boy, Hertha BSC stopped the free fall in the Bundesliga, the convincing 4: 1 (1: 1) against Borussia Mönchengladbach serves as an encouragement in the relegation battle after four defeats in a row.
After Dardai’s violent shot in the corner (52nd) to lead, the Berliners improved to the relegation place. Jessic Ngankam (30′), Derry Scherhant (90’+1) and Dodi Lukebakio (90’+7, penalty kick) scored the other goals.
“It was the best birthday for me so far,” said the 21-year-old Dardai DAZN: “He landed at the perfect angle. It was an important step in the right direction.” Winter newcomer Tolga Cigerci added after the first points of the year: “We urgently needed the three points.”
The professionals then jumped up and down in front of the celebrating fans, coach Sandro Schwarz cheered exuberantly. “Oh, how beautiful that is,” sang the Hertha supporters among the 40,973 spectators in the Olympic Stadium. The disappointing guests had taken the lead through Nico Elvedi (17th).
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Schwarz, who had recently received support from the new sports director Benjamin Weber, had emphasized before the game that he had “basic trust” in his team. Compared to the 0: 3 at Eintracht Frankfurt, the Hertha coach changed three times. Schwarz started with Dardai, Ngankam and Cigerci.
Gladbach’s coach Daniel Farke meanwhile had to do without Ramy Bensebaini and Julian Weigl, who was suspended, due to illness. They were replaced by ex-Herthan players Luca Netz and Hannes Wolf.
In a game that was quiet at the beginning, the guests took control of the game. However, Gladbach did not create any dangerous scoring chances against the Berliners, who played with a three-man defense from the start. After a corner, Marcus Thuram headed over the goal (8th), Elvedi was more successful almost ten minutes later.
The Berliners, on the other hand, hardly got into the opposing penalty area, Marco Richter failed from a distance (19th), but a little later he provided the template to equalize, which came out of nowhere. After the winger’s cross, all Ngankam had to do was slide in.
Hertha Joker make everything clear
Afterwards, Hertha became bolder and got into the game better and better. Florian Niederlechner missed the chance to take the lead shortly before the break and after a throw-in in the center he couldn’t get his head on the ball.
Even after half-time, Hertha was the more active team and kept pushing forward. Dardai scored well into the upper right corner from a distance.
Gladbach then tried to regain control of the game, but wasn’t strong enough going forward. Jokers Scherhant and Lukebakio made everything clear.
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