From: 14/05/2022 17:51
Hertha BSC must tremble to stay in the Bundesliga. After a 1: 2 (1: 0) defeat on the last match day in Borussia Dortmund, Berlin must relegate.
Ishak Belfodil gave Berlin the lead with a penalty kick (18 minutes). Erling Haaland also scored from points to 1-1 (68 ‘), Youssoufa Moukoko scored Dortmund’s winning goal (84’). With 33 points, Hertha fell to relegation place 16 due to VfB Stuttgart’s victory over 1. FC Köln.
Berlin penalty on screen
BVB started the match dominant and mostly had the ball, but were not able to assert themselves decisively against Hertha’s strong defenders. And then it suddenly became exciting in Dortmund’s penalty area. After a mistake by Dan-Axel Zagadou on Belfodil, Berlin received a penalty, according to the video images. The offense started himself and scored the lead (18th).
After that, nothing changed during the game. Dortmund let the ball circulate and settled into the Berlin half, but BVB never pushed into the penalty area. Hertha goalkeeper Marcel Lotka only had to intervene for the first time in overtime in the first half. A Zagadou post got longer and longer and would have landed in the far corner if it had not been for the 20-year-old who hit the post.
BVB decides the game, the Hertha duels
It was a one-sided match, Dortmund had more than 70 percent ball possession. But Hertha won almost 55 percent of the duels – and above all almost all the important ones. It was clear that Berlin was about to stay up, while it was already clear that BVB would end the season in second place.
However, the team coached by Marco Rose was still keen to make this final match of the season a success. After 44 years at the club, sports director Michael Zorc said goodbye before the match, as did ex-captain Marcel Schmelzer, who had worn the BVB jersey for 17 years.
Magath: “We have reached the minimum goal”
Magath’s tactics work – but Hertha then collapses
But Hertha coach Magath found the means to temporarily spoil the farewell party for the Dortmund idols. His team fought for every inch and showed exactly the virtues needed in the relegation battle. But Hertha could not prevent everything. So it also took some luck for Marco Reus to miss the biggest chance to score (52 ‘) ahead of Lotka.
Völler and Zorc: Two legends goodbye
Haaland also had the Berlin defense well under control. The Norwegian, who will play for Manchester City next season, first scored his first goal in the 62nd minute, but missed the opponent’s goal by a wide margin. But then, thanks to the video evidence, Haaland had an even better chance of scoring his farewell goal. Marvin Plattenhardt grabbed the ball in Hertha’s penalty area and there were penalties – which Haaland converted to 1-1 (68th).
Dortmund want victory
Dortmund now pressed for victory, Hertha could hardly free themselves from the hosts’ embrace. Berlin seemed tired in the first 70 minutes due to the relentless match, further BVB goals seemed only a matter of time.
Haaland missed opportunities to make it 2-1 with a header in the 74th and 76th minutes. But then young Moukoko secured Dortmund’s redemption. With his first touch of the ball, the BVB striker, who had just come in as a substitute, made it 2-1 (84th). Shortly before the end, Stevan Jovetic missed the chance to equalize and save Berlin (90th).