Two jubilant goalscores, a messy Japanese player and a turbulent final phase – the top game between Hertha BSC and 1. FC Cologne had many highlights. And with a homophobic banner a low point.
Starting position: duel of Bayern hunters. Top game. The match between Hertha BSC and Hertha BSC were second-placed. With a victory in Berlin, the FC could have placed themselves at the top of the Bundesliga. The gameplay of the two teams is similar, both Herthas coach Pál Dárdai and Cologne’s Peter Stöger rely on a compact defensive with fast changeover. Many experts were in the lead on a goalless draw.
Hertha BSC: Jarstein – Weiser, Langkamp, Brooks, Plattenhardt – Skjelbred, Stark – Esswein, Kalou, Haraguchi – Ibisevic.
1. FC Cologne: Horn – Sörensen, Mavraj, Heintz, Hector – Cracks, Lehmann, Höger, Rausch – Osako, Modeste.
The result: Berlin won 2: 1 and solved the FC as tabular ranges.
First half: 20 minutes, both teams did everything for the predicate top game: Successful combinations, good goal chances, a lot of pace, tactics at a high level. The Berliners were somewhat more determined and took the lead from Vedad Ibisevic’s goal (13 minutes). Mitchell Weiser had conquered the ball with the help of his hand, the ex-Cologne marched along the right side, flatly into the penalty area and there Ibisevic immediately turned into the long corner. The rest of the first round then reminded us of the level of previous duels, when top games without Hertha and FC participation were carried out.
Trick of the day: The reward in the form of a goal remained, but if Lionel Messi had so embarrassed his opponent as Genki Haraguchi the Cologne Frederik Sörensen in the 17th minute, the scene would probably have gone around the world. With the Zidane trick, the Japanese fooled the Danes on the goal line, then played the ball through his legs and went effortlessly. The back pass landed at Salomon Kalou, whose shot was held by Cologne goalkeeper Timo Horn.
Second half: In the week, Horn was the decisive topic in Cologne, the keeper should be an offer from Borussia Dortmund. With excellent parades against Marvin Plattenhardt (49th) and John-Anthony Brooks (71st), Horn kept the FC long in the game – after the equalizer by Anthony Modeste (65th), it looked like a point win for the guests. In the match of Niklas Stark (74), Horn was powerless. In the final phase, the Berliners were twice as lucky as the substitute Simon Zoller hit the post and Jarstein also moved the next flank of Marcel Risse to the aluminum (87). A goal by Artjoms Rudnevs in stoppage time was not given because of a foul – a hard, but justifiable decision.
Duel of the scorers: Modeste lost the game with the FC, but defended his leadership in the goal list. The Frenchman scored his eighth goal, for Ibisevic it was goal number six. And otherwise it was balanced between the two too. The Berliner was somewhat more involved in the game and rubbed himself in many two-fights (27). Modeste scored once again on goal (3) and prepared two shots.
Scandal of the game: A homophobic banner was held in the Hertha fan club, which will hopefully be the subject of an investigation by the DFB.