It is burning in the stands. And in the square. Hundreds of fans storm the lawn. Düsseldorf fans are staggering in the ascent. Hertha raging in the descent rage.
On 15 May 2012, the Berlin had to relegation at Fortuna down to the second league.
When Hertha plays in Dusseldorf for the first time in six years (15.30), memories come to life. The night Hertha went down.
The Berlin had a horror season behind him: coach Babbel left the club in December 2011 in dispute. Successor Skibbe flew out after a few weeks without a win. As a savior, the overstrained coach icon Otto Rehhagel (80) was brought.
Hertha rescued the relegation, the first leg in Berlin was lost 1: 2. Nevertheless, the feeling remained – also with us journalists – this Fortuna is to be packed. Things will be different this 15th May 2012.
After 25 seconds, Hertha conceded the 0: 1, Änis Ben-Hatira equalizes (22.). Later he flies off the field with yellow-red (54th). Düsseldorf's Jovanovic scored the 2: 1 (59.).
Shortly thereafter, the game is briefly interrupted for the first time. Main reason is a hail from Pyros especially from the Berliner guest block.
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After the interruption Raffael meets for 2: 2 (85.). But by now, Hertha's ten professionals are the poorest pigs.
Everything conspires against them: the football god, apparently even their own fans. Are they trying to force a demolition with their countless Bengalos flying to the field?
Hertha needs a goal to grab the league still. It does not fall anymore.
When the chaos at the next interruption (90. + 5) finally prevails, we reporters are already in the catacombs of the arena. More Bengalos are burning in Berlin Block than ever before.
Hundreds of Düsseldorf fans storm the course, they believe the game is over. One tears the penalty spot out of the grass. Fortuna celebrates too soon.
It's not about football anymore. It's about getting the situation under control.
After 20 minutes, Schiri Stark continues the game. The nearly two minutes Hertha rich enough to achieve the 3: 2, the league. Now, the Dusseldorfer can no longer take their interior.
Schiri Stark storms down into the cabin, Hertha professionals roaring after him. Emotional state of emergency. Rehhagel then says: "The circumstances were a disaster – I have never experienced anything like that!"
Epilogue: Hertha goes because of the match in the sports court of the DFB, later in front of his federal court. Rehhagel speaks in the DFB headquarters of "Halbangst". The Dusseldorfer shape the term of the "positively occupied place storm".
Hertha gets off at the green table. Today, 2370 days after the Chaos demise, the return to Fortuna is a risk game for the police.
No one wants to talk about the relegation scandal for Europa League candidate Hertha. Understandable. The promoted and bottom club Fortuna has sporting worries before the match. Hertha is having trouble with the fans.
Hopefully football will be the big topic today.