A completely renewed team from Hertha BSC celebrated an enormously important victory in the relegation battle of the Bundesliga in the second game after the forced Corona break. After a total rotation with nine changes in the starting line-up against SC Freiburg, the Berlin team won 3-0 (2-0) and climbed from 17th to 14th place.
Krzysztof Piatek (13th), Peter Pekarik (22nd) and Nemanja Radonjic (85th) scored the goals for the capital city, in which only goalkeeper Alexander Schwolow and midfielder Matteo Guendouzi from the starting eleven of the first catch-up game on Monday at Mainz 05 (1 : 1) Have been there from the start.
But the Berliners will have to do without Guendouzi in the end of the season. The midfielder was replaced on suspicion of a metatarsal fracture. Hertha announced this during the game. Further investigations are to take place on Friday. Since Guendouzi (22) is currently on loan from Arsenal FC to Hertha, the Freiburg game could have been his last for Berlin.
Freiburg found no means against the new Hertha and after the fourth away defeat in a row, they are in ninth place in the no man’s land of the league.
Dardai took a high risk with the high fluctuation, which meant a Bundesliga record for Hertha and is actually only made before unimportant games. But because of the great stress caused by the many games every three days, Dardai wanted to avoid “five muscle injuries”, as the Hertha coach said before kick-off DAZN meant.
Piatek and Pekarik put Hertha BSC in the lead
Shortly before the change, Dardai had to react again in terms of personnel. Sami Khedira came on for Guendouzi. The Rio world champion brought calm to the actions of the Berliners, which allowed only little dangerous actions by the guests.
Hertha’s sports director Arne Friedrich was satisfied with the first half. “Nine changes, that’s a board. But the boys did well,” said Friedrich at halftime DAZN in busy times. The last of three catch-up games is already on the program on Wednesday at Schalke 04 (6 p.m.), before Arminia Bielefeld (6 p.m.) comes to the Olympic Stadium on Sunday.
At the beginning of the second half, Freiburg put more pressure on and pushed for the next goal. But Hertha had secure support in Schwolow as in Mainz. The former Freiburg rescued with a great foot defense against Nicolas Höfler.
In the middle of the second half, Dardai made use of the luxury of replacing the fresh attackers Matheus Cunha and Jhon Cordoba. With the two strikers, the game shifted more towards the Freiburg goal, in which keeper Müller had to save several times. Radonjic made everything clear with his first Bundesliga goal.