8th matchday: Hertha misses their first home win and Hoffenheim takes third place


8th matchday
Hertha misses their first home win and Hoffenheim third place

Hertha professional Chidera Ejuke (l) is on the ball in front of Grischa Prömel. Photo: Andreas Gora/dpa

Hertha professional Chidera Ejuke (l) is on the ball in front of Grischa Prömel. Photo

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Draw again. Hertha is still waiting for a threesome this season at the Olympic Stadium. The Windhorst affair plays no part on the pitch. It’s not enough to win against Hoffenheim.

Hertha-Schreck Andrej Kramaric keeps the Berliners waiting for their first home win of the season. The team coached by Sandro Schwarz had to put up with a 1-1 (1-1) draw against TSG 1899 Hoffenheim, who for their part missed out on third place in the table due to the second draw in a row.

Kramaric gave Hoffenheim the lead in the 25th minute of his 200th Bundesliga game. Before the break, Dodi Lukabakio (37th) equalized in front of 41,653 spectators. With a lead of just two points on 16th place, the sporting pressure on Hertha continues to increase.

All the background noise surrounding investor Lars Windhorst and his alleged involvement as a client in a campaign against former Hertha President Werner Gegenbauer played no role when the whistle kicked off Lawn. The hole in the goal net, which caused a slight delay in kick-off, was also patched. The Hertha team started enthusiastically. Strong in duels, aggressive, determined – but so does the opponent. The first few minutes were rather wild and intense. And almost with a very early penalty for the guests, in which Herthan’s Suat Serdar, who had returned to the team, would have been involved. However, an offside position prevented things from getting worse for the hosts, who were loudly pushed forward by their fans and created chances. Aka Wilfriede Kanga (8th) and Lukebakio (16th) but warped.

With increasing playing time, the ball rolled better and better through the ranks of Hoffenheim. Kramaric (19th) didn’t aim accurately enough at first. A few minutes later, the ball landed from his foot in the Hertha net. Who else? The former vice world champion from Croatia has not scored more often against any other team. This was his tenth goal against the Berlin club in their 13th meeting. Kramaric cleverly deflected a shot from Ozan Kabak from around 16 meters to the Hertha keeper Oliver Christensen over to the gate. For a short time it was pretty quiet in the Olympic Stadium.

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But Hertha came back. Lukebakio equalized with a great shot, it was his third goal of the season. And one that gave the team a boost against Hoffenheim, who had dominated the game with an impressive pass rate of 90 percent. The second goal almost fell against the hosts. Kramaric was involved again, failing with a shot under the crossbar. Christensen parried the subsequent header from Grischa Prömel, once with Hertha’s city rivals 1. FC Union.

Hertha did not want to be satisfied with the draw after two previous draws and had chances again after the change of sides. Chidera Ejuke (48th), Ivan Sunjic and Lukebakio (both 56th) forgave. The will was palpable. But Hoffenheim held back and remained dangerous for his part. But a goal didn’t want to fall anymore.

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