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Liberation for Hertha BSC – Dusseldorf duped climbers
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Without points and without a goal, Hertha BSC was bottom of the table before the fourth matchday in the 2nd division. On Saturday, the Bundesliga relegated team managed to break free at home against Greuther Fürth – the Berliners won confidently. Fortuna Düsseldorf and Hansa Rostock are also successful.
They were trailing behind in last place: without a point and without a goal of their own. On Saturday, however, Hertha BSC managed their first win in the second division after three bankruptcies in a row – and what a win. The Bundesliga relegated team won at home with an impressive performance 5-0 (2-0) against SpVgg Greuther Fürth.
Led by new captain Toni Leistner, Hertha BSC was the better team from the start. Haris Tabakovic (23rd/77th minute), Marten Winkler (31st), Palko Dardai (46th) and Smail Prevljak (66th) scored the goals for coach Pal Dardai’s team.
“You need luck in football, we didn’t have that recently. We are in a phase and have yet to find each other. I’ve always said that,” Hertha coach Pal Dardai told Sky TV. The recent criticism of his team was “absolutely not okay”.
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).
The Fürther keeper’s mistake initiates Hertha’s victory
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.
Rostock’s Kai Pröger hits the margin after a penalty to make it 2-1 for Hansa
Source: dpa/Marcus Völker
Hansa Rostock also got back on the road to success on Saturday: The Mecklenburgers won their home game against promoted VfL Osnabrück 2-1 (1-1). Juan José Perea (27th minute) and Kai Pröger from the penalty spot (67th) scored for Hansa, Dave Gnaase (45th + 3) provided the equalizer in front of the 25,500 spectators in the Ostseestadion.
Promoted Elversberg pays a lesson
Fortuna Düsseldorf had no trouble with a clear 5-0 (3-0) away win at newly promoted SV Elversberg. In front of 8000 spectators, Felix Klaus (11th minute), Jordy de Wijs (14th), Vincent Vermeij (42nd) and double goal scorer Christos Tzolis (71st, penalty kick / 79th) were successful for the guests. Düsseldorf moved up to fourth place in the table for the time being, Elversberg is the new tail light.
In the first second division game in the club’s history in the Ursapharm Arena on the Kaiserlinde, Elversberg had no chance. If the promoted team paid a bitter lesson in the previous season’s games, he was inferior in all respects to the fourth-placed team from the previous season. Dusseldorf acted concentrated, safe on the ball, stood compact and caused danger from all parts of the team.