Hertha BSC can thank the FSV Mainz 05: Because the playfully highly superior Rheinhessen on Saturday did not manage to crown their almost 90-minute pressure with hits, came the third in the table with a flattering 0: 0 off. After their previous appearances had not only 05 coach Sandro Schwarz expected with an active Berlin team.
In fact, the 22,400 spectators initially saw a Hertha that did not present itself much differently than their away games in recent years: standing low, anxious to protect their own penalty area, and now and then running a counterattack. The difference to earlier was probably that this time it was not a tactical means, but that the 05er barely let the opponent escape from its half.
The goal-oriented, fast combination football of the Mainz, who ran aground in a 4-4-2 with midfield diamond, put the Berlin little. Accordingly, Michael Preetz was dissatisfied at the break. "We have to be more energetic in the duels", demanded the Berlin manager in the "Sky" interview. However, it was the Berlin players who came closest before the break: After a cross from Valentino Lazaro, Vedad Ibisevic headed the ball to the right inside post (26.). On the other hand, Rune Jarstein prevented a goal from Jean-Philippe Gbamin (38) with a foot-defense, in many scenes the Mainz attackers lacked the precision of the last pass, and once they had bad luck: When Jonathan Burkardt dribbled into the box, Per Skjelbred He stepped away from the mainstay, but referee Daniel Schlager kept going.
In the second half changed the balance of power little: The Rheinhessen were the better, game-determining team, but remained loyal to the issue of opportunities their line from the first round. Again and again they came after ball winning in their own half or on Berlin terrain to promising attacks, but the degrees still left all wishes open. Germany's biggest chance was Davie Selke's header.