Hertha BSC suffered a bitter home defeat against Mainz 05 and missed staying up

A big money from Alexander Hack gave the old lady the opportunity to take the lead in the fifth minute. Davie Selke ran alone against Finn Dahmen in the Mainz goal, but shot too fast from 16 meters.

Rheinhessen needed a good 20 minutes to warm up and then showed, just like in the Bayern match, brave attacking football. Only a short time later, the 05s even took the lead, also because Marcel Lotka made a big mistake in the Berlin box. Silvan Widmer started and finally got the ball back via stations Anton Stach and Karim Onisiwo. The Swiss then managed to get past Lotka from a narrow angle to the right of Berlin’s baseline (25 ‘). The ball slipped between the goalkeeper’s upper body and arm.

Ten minutes later, the capital club was lucky when another Stach goal was disallowed. When he shot from the edge of the box, Leandro Martins Barreiro deflected the ball slightly and was penalized for offside (35 ‘).


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Before the break, Moussa Niakhaté punished Dedryck Boyata in the penalty area. After consulting with VAR, Judge Patrick Ittrich finally awarded Hertha a sentence, a fair decision. Selke was not persuaded by the point and casually sent Dahmen into the wrong corner (45 ‘+ 5’).

After the break, the guests celebrated the third time, but the goal did not speak for the second time. Onisiwo had struck hard from a central position in the penalty area, but used both his shoulder and upper arm in the formation, and the goal was rightly rejected (52 ‘).

VAR had to become active again in the final phase. Lucas Tousart had elbowed Stefan Bell in his own penalty area. Judge Ittrich did not consider this a criminal offense (74th). Just seconds later, Lotka struck out his error from the first half and parried a Stach header from a very short distance (75 ‘).

Mainz kept the pace up in the offensive until the last, and finally rewarded himself in the 81st minute with Bell’s opening goal. After a Stach corner, the distribution in Berlin’s penalty area was not correct, Bell used this cleverly and headed the ball into the bottom right goal.

Shortly before the final whistle, Selke headed the supposed equalizer, but the joy was short. The Old Lady’s striker had previously made an illegal move against Aarón Martin (89 ‘).

Hertha BSC must continue to shake about relegation after the defeat. The distance to 16th place is still four points. Should VfB Stuttgart not score against FC Bayern tomorrow Sunday, the Berliners should be able to celebrate their stay in the league from the couch.

The voices for the game:

Fredi Bobic (Managing Director Sport Hertha BSC Berlin): “It was a strange game with a lot of funny scenes. It was not a hit now. It was very competitive today, with many duels. There were many controversial scenes. But after the match I saw referee Patrick Ittrich and praised him for a excellent performance. What he whistled was always right. “

Davie Selke (Hertha BSC Berlin): “We did not manage to show the performance today that we have shown in the last few weeks. I really like Patrick (Ittrich, editor’s note), I told him that too. I think I have a “Another opinion about the stage. I said that if it was a mistake, the center-forwards would score eight fewer goals per season. I had to give myself some space in front of goal.”

Kevin Prince Boateng (Hertha BSC Berlin): “We were not in the match today, from the first minute to the end. We were not fresh in the head, that was missing a lot. We did not play well from behind. We gave everything in many matches, we still have all the doors open. We have still a huge opportunity and we must try to see it positively now. ”

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It was noticeable: obvious Berlin standard weakness

There was a lot at stake for the capital club in the duel against Rheinhessen. The old lady could have saved herself with a victory against Mainz. In the end, it did not succeed again, with three points, in the last home game of the season. A weak point was obvious: Hertha has not been able to remedy the standard weakness for several months. Of course, Stefan Bell collected 1: 2 after a corner kick, already the 18th goal closed in after a set piece. And our own corner kicks and free kicks tore us in the hair. Vladimír Darida was almost always allowed to play, almost every time the ball landed off the field, on a Mainz head or in the hands of Finn Dahmen.

Statistics: 7

After a heated discussion with referee Patrick Ittrich, Mainz head coach Bo Svensson today received his seventh yellow card in his 122nd match on the coaching bench.

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