Hertha draws goalless from Hansa Rostock
Hertha was able to build on the convincing performances of previous games at Hansa Rostock. While the defense held firm, the offense missed several scoring opportunities. This means that the Berliners remain stuck in the middle of the table.
- Hertha remains without a goal for the first time since the third matchday (0:3 at HSV)
- The Berliners fail twice in Rostock because of aluminum
- With a win, Hertha would have moved up to 6th place in the table – but with the draw they are now in 12th place
- Pal Dardai’s team remains unbeaten for the third time in a row
In the second division soccer game, Hertha BSC scored a point with a 0-0 draw at Hansa Rostock. This means that Pal Dardai’s team remains unbeaten for the third game in a row. The Berliners, who were sometimes overwhelmingly superior, missed several chances to take the lead, and things became dangerous for Hertha again in the final phase.
Hertha’s defense is secure
The most noticeable player in the early stages was Rostock winger Christian Kinsombi, who put pressure on Hertha’s deep defense by dribbling. This appeared different in the Rostock Ostseestadion compared to successful cup game against Mainz 05, as the regular central defenders Toni Leistner and Marc-Oliver Kempf each had to serve their league bans. They were replaced by Marton Dardai and Linus Gechter. Andreas Bouchalakis moved into Marton Dardai’s defensive midfield position.
The renewed – and rejuvenated – guest defense managed to prevent stormy Rostockers from scoring any significant shots in the first quarter of an hour. On the other side, Jonjoe Kenny missed a free kick in a promising position, which Fabian Reese took with long strides towards the Rostock goal – defender Jonas David saw a yellow card for this foul. However, the Englishman Kenny put his shot from around 18 meters into the wall (11th minute).
As a result, the Berliners had more access to the wings, which allowed them to repeatedly combine close to the penalty area. There, however, neither Reese nor Winkler and Kenny managed to showcase their recently outstanding target player Haris Tabakovic. The Swiss had scored two braces in the previous two games. In Rostock, which lost six of the last seven league games, the attacker remained largely invisible in the first half.
Berliners come out of the cabin briskly
After 51 minutes, the Berliners created the biggest opportunity of the game to date. Pascal Klemens fought for the ball, shot from around 20 meters and failed to hit the post. The guests, who now looked as if they had been turned on, increasingly shifted the game into the opponent’s half.
Less than ten minutes later, the Rostock case shook again after an aluminum hit. This time Fabian Reese hit the crossbar with a header after a corner kick (61′). A few moments later, the now furiously playing visiting team combined directly in front of the goal of keeper Markus Kolke, who parried Hertha’s Kenny’s shot well. The opening goal for the Dardai team was overdue from now on.
But it was Tjark Ernst who prevented the home team from turning the game on its head. He directed a long-range shot from Dennis Dressel over the crossbar with a brilliant save. The Rostock team increased their attacking intensity in the final phase, but in the end the score remained 0-0.
Pal Dardai: “We had enough opportunities: crossbar, post. We weren’t entirely consistent today, maybe we lacked freshness, who knows. In the end, the opponent also had one or two opportunities because we played forward and tried to get the three To take points to Berlin.”
Fabian Reese: “We celebrated two wins in the English week and drew once. I think that’s a decent result. (…) In the end the trend is good, today was a decent game from us. We had a very young team , if you look at the central defense (Note: Linus Gechter, Marton Dardai) and looks at the six (Note: Pascal Klemens started alongside Andreas Bouchalakis). So it’s a decent week. We could have gilded them today with three wins. But that’s how it is. (…) We try to work hard and continue to play good games.”
Markus Kolke (Hansa Rostock): “I would call it a point gained. I’m happy to take the point with me. (…) We took a step further and didn’t concede a goal at the end, like in the last few games. We’re developing.”
The game in the live ticker
Broadcast: rbb24 Inforadio, November 5th, 2023, 1:30 p.m
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