Cold start with partial success: Hertha BSC celebrated a flattering point win in the relegation battle in the first appearance after two weeks of quarantine. In the catch-up game against Bayern conquerors FSV Mainz 05, the Berliners won a 1-1 (1-1) on Monday evening.
The gap to 1. FC Köln on the relegation place melted to two points – and as the biggest trump card against the competition in the Bundesliga basement, Hertha has two more games up its sleeve.
“Both sides had one hundred percent chances to score and could have won,” said Hertha coach Pal Dardai Sky. “That was a point I worked out, I’m very proud of the boys. Respect!”
Lucas Tousart (36th) gave Hertha, who was playfully expandable and who only returned to the training ground on Friday from domestic isolation after several corona cases, momentum in the tightly timed relegation battle. The next catch-up date against SC Freiburg is already on Thursday.
Mainz remained unbeaten at least in the eighth game in a row thanks to a dream goal by Philipp Mwene (40th) and is six points ahead of the relegation place with three game days to go. Krzystof Piatek gave Hertha a great chance to win (82nd).
Mainz – Hertha: Tousart hits out of nowhere – Mwene’s dream goal
For Dodi Lukebakio and Marvin Plattenhardt a mission came too early after their COVID19 illnesses, but 2014 world champion Sami Khedira was only in the starting line-up for the third time since his move in winter. Hertha started waiting, let Mainz come – and was lucky that Jean-Paul Boetius only hit the ball improperly from close range (8th) and failed on the crossbar a minute later. In addition, Adam Szalai (20th) forgave free-standing too casual.
In the first game since April 10, the guests noticed the lack of match practice. Hardly anything succeeded in terms of play, Hertha only got in front of goal by means of standards – and in this way Tousart caught the superior Mainz team freezing. The hosts only looked shocked for a moment, then Mwene circled the ball like a dream from more than 20 meters into the top right corner of the goal. It was the Austrian’s first Bundesliga goal.