Bundesliga: BVB hits Hertha in relegation

As of 05/14/2022 5:51 PM

Hertha BSC should shudder to stay in the Bundesliga. After the defeat 1: 2 (1: 0) in the last round at the Borussia Dortmund stadium, Berlin will have to be relegated to the First Division.

And Isaac Belvodel gave Berlin the lead with a penalty kick (18th minute). Erling Haaland also scored from the point to make the score 1-1 (68), and Youssef Mukoko scored Dortmund’s winning goal (84). With 33 points, Hertha slipped to 16th place due to Stuttgart’s victory over 1. FC Köln.

Berlin penalty on screen

The BVB started the match in a dominant fashion and mostly possessed the ball, but was unable to assert itself decisively against Hertha’s mighty defenders. Then suddenly things got exciting in the Dortmund penalty area. After a foul by Dan-Axel Zagado on Belvodel, according to video images, Berlin received a penalty. He started the error himself and scored the lead (18).

After that, nothing has changed in the course of the game. Dortmund let the ball spin and settle into the Berlin half, but the BVB never rushed into the penalty area. Hertha goalkeeper Marcel Lutka had to intervene for the first time in added time in the first half. Zagado’s cross grew longer and could have landed in the far corner had it not been for the 20-year-old hitting the post.

BVB determines the game, and Herta duels

It was a one-sided match, Dortmund held over 70 percent. But Hertha won about 55 percent of the duels – and above all the important matches. It was clear that Berlin was about to stay, while it was already clear that the BVB would finish the season in second place.

However, the team coached by Marco Rose was still eager to make this final game of the season a success. After 44 years at the club, sporting director Michael Zorc said goodbye before the match, as did former captain Marcel Schmelzer, who wore the Bundesliga shirt for 17 years.

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Magath’s tactic worked – but Herta collapses afterwards

But Hertha coach Magath has found a way to spoil the Dortmund stars’ farewell party for the time being. His team fought for every centimeter and showed exactly the virtues required in the relegation battle. But Herta could not prevent it all. So Marco Reus had some luck to miss the biggest scoring opportunity (52) against Lutka.

Haaland was also in control of the Berlin defence. The Norwegian, who will play for Manchester City next season, scored his first goal only in the 62nd minute, but missed the opponent’s goal by a wide margin. But then, thanks to video evidence, Haaland had a better chance of scoring the farewell goal. Marvin Platnhard had the ball in Hertha’s penalty area and there were penalties – Haaland turned it around to make it 1-1 (68th place).

Dortmund wants to win

Dortmund were now pressing for victory, and Hertha couldn’t free himself from the hosts’ embrace. Berlin looked tired in the first 70 minutes due to the tireless struggle, and more goals in Dortmund looked just a matter of time.

Haaland missed chances to make the score 2-1 with a header in the 74th and 76th minutes. But then, young Mukoko secured Dortmund’s compensation. With the first touch of the ball, the BVB striker, who took part as a substitute, made the score 2-1 (84th place). Shortly before the end of the match, Stefan Jovic missed the opportunity to equalize and save Berlin (90th place).

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Source: sportschau.de

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