Hertha BSC landed a surprise coup thanks to a strong and clever performance and defending champion Bayern Munich under coach Niko Kovac the first Bundesliga defeat taught. The Berliners celebrated a somewhat lucky, but deserved 2-0 (2-0) victory and caught up in the table to top Munich. Werder Bremen, Borussia Dortmund and, theoretically, Borussia Mönchengladbach can still pass this weekend.
Vedad Ibisevic, who scored his fourth goal of the season with a penalty kick (23), and Ondrej Duda (44), who scored season goal number five, scored for Hertha the first victory over the Bavarians since 2009. In the end, the capitals lacked a goal to take the lead at least until Saturday.
Vedad Ibisevic Honours
- Bosnian Footballer of the Year: 2008
- ESM Team of the Year: 2008–09
- Conference USA Men’s Soccer Freshman of the Year: 2003
Kovac hinted on Eurosport after the match that the Munich side would come back stronger: “We won’t put up with that.” For the coach, the bad exploitation of chances and the individual mistakes of the Munich team (“Die darf nicht passieren”) were the main reasons for the bankruptcy: “We don’t have to start now to make everything bad. That’s what will happen. We will see to it that we are successful again in the next games”.
“We weren’t quite as present in the first half as we were in the second. There were no little things missing, and that makes all the difference,” said Munich captain Manuel Neuer after the final whistle on the Eurosport microphone and added: “Exploiting the opportunities is a big issue. We have to put these things in, that was missing again.” The national goalkeeper is not afraid of possible unrest in the area: “We know the business and stay calm.”
Berlin coach Pal Dardai was meanwhile completely satisfied with the performance of his team: “We were lively and scored the goals in the important moments,” said the Hungarian and praised in particular the behaviour of his players at possession of the ball: “Dealing with it against the Bavarians in this way has been the art.”
After now two league games without victory the Bavarians are experiencing their first difficult phase under coach Kovac and are going into the home game of the Champions League on Tuesday against Ajax Amsterdam (21.00 o’clock). The Bundesliga record champion last played two consecutive games without a win a year ago in September 2017.
The 74,669 spectators in the sold-out Berlin Olympic Stadium experienced an extremely intense match with two highly concentrated teams from the very beginning. Kovac again relied on his regulars Robert Lewandowski, Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery. Jerome Boateng was also there from the start and had his first chance with a header (14th).
Hertha used a playful counter-attack and, with Valentino Lazaro on the right, made sure that the scenes were well worth seeing. A cross from Duda’s right half-field also opened the lead: Manuel Neuer was able to fend off Ibisevic’s header, but Boateng did not need to bend Salomon Kalou’s legs in the second goal. Ibisevic turned the penalty into a 1-0 goal. Curious: Hertha had caused one penalty each time in all previous games of the new season.
Bayern fiercely pushed for the equaliser. Ribery kept looking for the one-on-one situation from the left, but Lewandowski and Robben rarely found his balls in the middle. After a Joshua Kimmich shot from close range, Ribery stood in the way of the Bayern defender’s anger. Shortly before the break, Robben pulled the ball just over the goal.
Hertha gathered strength and started to attack again shortly before the break – again over the right: Lazaro ran Boateng away, sprinted to the goal line, put back on Duda, and the Slovakian drove the ball untenable for newer into the meshes. Bavaria’s coach Niko and Robert Kovac put their heads together seeking advice, the break whistle went down in the rejoicing of the joy-drunken Berlin fans. Casino Cruise Bonus offers bunch of bonuses to their new players.
In the second half, the pressure of the Bavarians became even greater. Thomas Müller (52.) came for Robben, at Hertha coach Pal Dardai exchanged the striker with Davie Selke for Ibisevic. With Serge Gnabry (62nd) for the unconvincing Renato Sanches, Kovac hoped for more pressure, but Hertha continued to seal off the outside and kept a cool head in the centre. Only the Bavarians played, but in the end the Munich team lacked the overview and the luck.