Hertha BSC also loses the second game of the season – and VfL Wolfsburg are suddenly leaders.
When the false start in the Bundesliga was complete, the Berlin professionals wanted to get out of the Olympic Stadium, which was finally filled again. After the 1: 2 (0: 0) against VfL Wolfsburg, the team only hesitantly dared to go into the curve, received encouraging applause from the Hertha fans – the record after two games is still sobering.
While the wolves with six counters adorn the top of the table for the time being, the pointless Hertha is at the bottom. “That is very, very bitter, we are giving Wolfsburg the goals,” said Hertha striker Marco Richter: “Now everything is in the bucket again, everything is crap. We have to tick it off extremely quickly.”
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Because next Saturday it is already against record champions Bayern Munich, “we are not going there to take a coffee trip,” said Richter. Against Wolfsburg, an increase in performance in the second half did not help either, national player Ridle Baku (74th) and U21 European champion Lukas Nmecha (88th) turned the game for VfL.
Dodi Lukebakio had put Hertha in the lead, the striker safely converted a penalty he had inflicted on himself (60th). Previously, there had been discussions between him and team-mate Davie Selke about who could take the penalty. Captain Dedryck Boyata had to mediate.
After more than 300 days, spectators were allowed to return to the Olympic Stadium, but the 18,241 fans were only rewarded for coming after they switched sides. The really interesting stories took place off the pitch anyway.
Matheus Cunha was not in the Hertha squad. Managing director Fredi Bobic confirmed “tough” negotiations about a transfer of the Brazilian Olympic champion, who had drawn the wrath of coach Pal Dardai in the opening defeat in Cologne (1: 3). The hottest prospect is the Spanish top club Atletico Madrid, Hertha insists on 30 million euros transfer fee.
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Wolfsburg, on the other hand, is buying again. Luca Waldschmidt is said to have flown to Wolfsburg to do the medical check and sign a contract until 2025.
The return of the fans initially did not have a positive effect on the game, which mostly splashed between the penalty areas. Wolfsburg initially had two good header chances through Maxence Lacroix (6th) and Wout Weghorst (17th) – but that was it in the first half.
At Hertha there was almost nothing offensive, and shortly before the break whistle, Kevin-Prince Boateng, who was already injured, had to leave the pitch battered. For him came Stevan Jovetic.
The second half was much more peppy from the start. First Weghorst had the 1-0 for VfL on the foot (47th), on the other hand Jovetic forced the Wolfsburg goalkeeper Koen Casteels to a parade (49th). The Berliners in particular now acted with more conviction and deserved the leadership.
Wolfsburg’s compensation then almost fell out of nowhere, actually Hertha had everything under control until then – and in the end was left empty-handed.
Hertha BSC – VfL Wolfsburg: The voices for the game
Pal Dardai (coach Hertha BSC): “Wolfsburg had more possession in the first half. Both teams moved well, but had no great chances to score. We deservedly took the lead in the second half. A counterattack came out of nowhere, Wolfsburg made it 1-1 and was after better. We saw the fight mode, no one went for a walk. The table doesn’t look good, it’s really painful that we didn’t take the points here. “
Mark van Bommel (coach VfL Wolfsburg): “I’m very happy that we won that way. We were dominant in the first half, we were on the ball a lot, but unfortunately we didn’t create any really good chances. But the idea was there, I really liked it . I’m proud of the players for coming back. “