Hertha BSC has furiously achieved the longed-for liberation in the second Bundesliga. The Berliners defeated Greuther Fürth 5-0 and thus scored the first points of the season. Fortuna Düsseldorf also got back on the road to success with a confident 5-0 win at newly promoted SV Elversberg, with the Rhinelanders moving into the top group of the league with seven points.
Hansa Rostock took the lead in the standings. The Mecklenburg team won their home game against newly promoted VfL Osnabrück 2-1 and pushed past Holstein Kiel (2-0 win at Schalke 04) on goal difference with nine points. Juan Jose Perea (27th minute) and Kai Pröger (67th) scored in the third win of the season, Dave Gnaase (45th + 3) equalized just before the break.
Haris Tabakovic (23rd and 77th), Marten Winkler (31st), Palko Dardai (46th) and Smail Prevljak (66th) scored the goals for Hertha, who started with new captain Toni Leistner. 35,291 spectators in the Olympic Stadium saw Hertha’s biggest home win since the 4-0 win over Union Berlin in May 2020. Fürth’s coach Alexander Zorniger saw the yellow-red card (56th).
Elversberg now last
A blunder by Fürth’s goalkeeper Jonas Urbig led to Berlin’s first goal of the season. After a sharply played back pass, the 20-year-old received the ball poorly and, trying to clear it, shot the rushing Tabakovic – from there the ball bounced into the goal. The 1-0 was deserved and overdue, Winkler increased to 2-0 shortly afterwards.
Just a few seconds had passed after the break when Palko Dardai made it 3-0. Fürth, who rushed forward when they kicked off, had completely neglected their defense, which is why Dardai was able to finish effortlessly. From the 56th minute, Zorniger had to follow the generally weak performance of the Fürth team from the stands after referee Tobias Stieler showed him yellow-red for complaining.
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The climber from Elversberg took over the red lantern after the 0:5 defeat against Düsseldorf. After previously good performances, the SVE paid a lot of hardship against the promotion candidate. Felix Klaus (11th), Jordi de Wijs (15th) and Vincent Vermeij (42nd) ensured clear conditions before the break, new signing Christos Tzolis (71st, penalty kick / 79th) doubled up for Fortuna.