A Big Berlin Battle: Dortmund Chase Bundesliga Summit Against Hertha

Hertha Berlin vs Borussia Dortmund

It’s been an interesting time in the German top flight, and the stage is set up for a grand finale at the top!

Bayern Munich have finally reclaimed the top spot in the Bundesliga, but they are only ahead of Borussia Dortmund by a mere two goals. They may have struggled as of late, but they have a chance to catch up if they win against Hertha Berlin.

us markets will undoubtedly give the advantage to the BVB, and they have no business losing this match when they are in the business of winning the league. However, Dortmund have shown a tendency to trip whenever they look too far ahead. Berlin were also one of the sides that gave them a proper headache during the season’s early days.

Talking Points

Dortmund need a hero to step up

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While the situation cannot be called a bottle job just yet, it’s hard to deny that Lucien Favre’s boys are having a lacklustre 2019. They need to turn things around in the league if they want to finish the season on a positive note.

They probably regret not scoring against a struggling Nurnberg as those points could have kept the Bavarians at bay. Their shocking loss to Augsburg before their frustrating elimination from the Champions League also leave a bad taste in the mouths of the Yellow Wall.

The worrying run of form also continued for much of their league game against Stuttgart, and it looked like they were bound to choke their way out of the championship. It was fortunate for them that Christian Pulisic stepped up and gave a performance to remember at the Signal Iduna Park.

They know that this form cannot continue and they need to make a way to consolidate their form and keep the pressure on their Bavarian rivals. They have the players to help them secure the feat, but they also those same players to step up their game.

The last couple of games showed how poorly the strikers have been misfiring as of late. Both Marco Reus and Paco Alcacer haven’t stood out the same way they did compared to the earlier weeks of the season, and they need to rediscover their scoring form quick.

Jadon Sancho is doing a wonderful job from the right wing and will definitely perform for the Black and Yellows, but he needs the rest of the team to step up and finish the chances he creates. While the team assures that he will still be playing for the BVB next season, they need to win games like this to keep him in Germany.

No-pressure Berlin can do it again

A quick look at the league table will tell you that Berlin is not a team the BVB’s passionate supporters should worry about. They do not have big-name players in their roster, and their inconsistent form sees them settle down at tenth.

Ondrej Duda looking forward to fire Hertha Berlin to victory when the two sides meet in Bundesliga

Hertha Berlin’s Ondrej Duda and team mates remonstrate with referee Harm Osmers

However,  a more detailed inspection of their Bundesliga 2019 results will tell you a different story. They secured a fantastic 3-0 victory away at Borussia Monchengladbach. They also managed to compete with Bayern Munich for a good chunk of their 1-0 loss at the Allianz Arena.

Pal Dardai has a wealth of dependable players who can step up if needed. Ondrej Duda is doing well up front, leading the team with his 10 goals. Marko Grujic, Jordan Torunarigha, and Valentino Lazaro are also playing well on the defensive end. Niklas Stark has been an outstanding young defender that Bayern Munich are interested in his services.

Make no mistake: this team can definitely play with the best of them. The BVB better put their best foot forward if they want to get the win at the Olympiastadion.

History

These two sides are established Bundesliga regulars, and they have faced each other in football games for at least 66 times since the German top flight’s establishment in 1962. The BVB won 30 of those games with Berlin winning 18 of them. The remaining 18 results were draws. The quality of performances the two sides have put out are painfully obvious: the BVB have produced 116 goals, 29 goals more than Die Alte Dame.

Their latest league game is a cautionary tale for Dortmund fans, though: the BVB had the lead for a good chunk of this October 2018 match, but Salomon Kalou put on a man-of-the-match performance and was key in denying Dortmund the victory.

Betting Tip

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Hertha Berlin vs Borussia Dortmund Over 2.75 Goals @ 1.96
March 17, 01:30 (GMT+8)

Bundesliga 2019 odds still see Dortmund as favourites to win this fixture, but their recent form put a huge question mark in bookmakers’ heads. Do the BVB still have what it takes to handle the pressure and keep it up with Bayern Munich until the end of the season.

This writer believes that Dortmund can still eke out a win against Berlin, but the path to the three points will be anything but easy. Sancho should produce a goal in the first half, and either Alcacer or Pulisic should finish the job from the bench.

However, it is also highly possible that Duda and friends can spoil Dortmund’s season and pull off a legendary victory. Given the way the team has performed against better competition, I will not be surprised if this ends in another 2-2 draw or a classic 2-1 upset.

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Neuer close to Bayern return

Bayern Munich could be set for an injury boost with the news that Manuel Neuer has returned to training.

The goalkeeper missed last weekend's 3-1 loss at Bayer Leverkusen due to a thumb injury, with Sven Ulreich taking the gloves for the game at the BayArena.

Ulreich deputised for most of last season as Neuer battled an ankle problem and gave a somewhat downbeat assessment of his team-mate's recovery when quizzed after Saturday's match.

That prompted further doubts that the 32-year-old would miss the upcoming Champions League games against Liverpool but boss Nico Kovac suggested on Tuesday that the captain was back in training.

Wednesday sees Bayern face Hertha Berlin in the DFB-Pokal and Kovac says Neuer is keen to return in time to lead the team out at the Olympiastadion.

However, the boss has confirmed he will wait to speak to the medical team before making a call on the World Cup winner's participation. 

"Manuel is so far, so good," he said. "I think he wants to play immediately but we need the all-clear from the doctors, which we haven't had yet.

"We can't say anything concrete regarding tomorrow — we have to wait until after training."

Bayern are 1/3 to win in Berlin, with the draw 9/2 and Hertha 13/2 but Kovac may want to hold his number one back for longer to ensure he is fit for the Bundesliga run-in and the Champions League knockout rounds.

The Bavarians currently trail Borussia Dortmund by seven points following Saturday's defeat and are 1/1 to retain their league title.

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Dardai dazzled by loanee Grujic

Loan midfielder Marko Grujic has won lavish praise from Hertha Berlin head coach Pal Dardai for his performances since joining the Bundesliga club from Liverpool.

The 22-year-old Serbia international has featured in seven Bundesliga matches to date for Hertha, with his most recent outing seeing him score the only goal of the game as his side edged out Eintracht Frankfurt 1-0.

That result lifted Die Alte Dame up into sixth place in the table, with Dardai – who has been with the club for more than two decades as a player and coach – hugely impressed by the potential of Grujic.

He told the official Bundesliga website: "I've been at Hertha for 22 years. This isn't meant as an insult to anyone else, but Marko is by far the best midfielder I've seen in my time at the club.

"He's got so much potential and you can see that out on the pitch. He's so robust in the middle of the park, but he can still play.

"He's good in the air, he wins tackles and has got such a strong desire to win. I can only say: 'respect' and he's not even fully fit. Just imagine what he'll be like when he is."

Next up for Hertha and Grujic is a trip to Stuttgart next Saturday, with the hosts currently in relegation trouble towards the wrong end of the Bundesliga table.

Die Alte Dame can be backed at 13/8 to take all three points at the Mercedes-Benz Arena, with the draw priced at 12/5, while Hertha are 16/1 to finish in the top four come the end of the season.

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Bundesliga: Dauntless Dortmund Ready to Make It Five in a Row!

Borussia Dortmund vs Hertha Berlin

Borussia Dortmund are currently in a four-game winning streak in the Bundesliga, and they have a chance to make it five straight and extend their lead at the top of the table when they host the up-and-down Hertha Berlin.

BVB remain undefeated in the league after eight gameweeks and are already off to their brightest start in recent memory. In fact, before this year, Dortmund haven’t started a season with an eight-game unbeaten run at the turn of 2010.

They have three seven-game undefeated streaks to start the campaign, in 2013-14, 2015-16 and 2017-18. However, this season is unlike any other year, especially with a ninth league title looking closer than ever.

Hertha Berlin shouldn’t be underestimated. After all, BVB have always had a hard time against the capital club. Nonetheless, Dortmund will certainly like their chance, thanks to their current form and, of course, home-court advantage.

Talking Points

Dortmund are in a whole other level this season. While they also had an impressive start last year, the difference in mentality is evident.

Many expected Dortmund to have a hard time figuring things out under new boss Lucien Favre. Also, they lost both top strikers Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Michy Batshuayi, and there’s no clear leader in the team following their fourth-place finish in the Bundesliga.

Nevertheless, they have exceeded expectations and have now proven their title credentials, winning six and drawing twice—against the defensive-minded Hoffenheim and the feisty Hannover 96.

Favre’s charges also shrugged off all the pre-tournament concerns about their offence as they now lead the league in scoring with 27 goals. Even more remarkable, they did so while only allowing eight goals and keeping three clean sheets.

The team is not only roaring domestically though. Dortmund have also been on a tear in the Champions League, winning all of their matches so far. Most recently, they thrashed Atletico Madrid, scoring four goals against unarguably the best defence in Europe.

BVB’s resounding victory over Atletico is clear proof of how far they have progressed in just a short time, and confidence is surely oozing at Signal Iduna Park right now.

Following their UCL win over Atleti, BVB are motivated to dominate Bundesliga and win over Hertha Berlin next

Borussia Dortmund players celebrate after winning 4-0 against Atletico Madrid in recent Champions League fixture

Paco Alcacer has been the biggest revelation for the club. After an unsuccessful spell with La Liga giants Barcelona, Alcacer was loaned to the German club on a deadline-day deal…and boy what a move it was for BVB!

The Spain international has only played 216 minutes for Dortmund so far, but he has already eight goals in all competitions to his name—an incredible 27 minutes per goal rate.

Alcacer has found the back of the net in their last three league games, so BVB are undoubtedly leaning on him to keep his scoring streak and help them maintain their own epic run.

It’s not only Alcacer to watch for Dortmund though, especially with Marco Reus and Axel Witsel showing their leadership qualities. Youngsters Christian Pulisic and Jadon Sancho have been impressive as well and are establishing themselves as the future of BVB football.

Hertha and manager Pal Dardai know the threat that the Black and Yellows bring, but it won’t be easy to close the gap between the difference in quality.

Although the Berliners took down reigning champions Bayern Munich last month, their stint this October has been far from ideal. They failed to score against Mainz 05 and allowed Freiburg to equalise and share the spoils in the following game.

Hertha are solid defensively, but they need the likes of Vedad Ibisevic, Mathew Leckie and Ondrej Duda to step up offensively if they want to grab the Bundesliga 2018 highlights and pull off an upset.

History

Dortmund and Hertha have played some tight matches in recent years, with three of their last five ending in a draw (excluding shootout).

In their two league fixtures last year, Dortmund won the game at Signal Iduna Park by a 2-0 scoreline. However, the Berliners got one back in the return fixture at Olympiastadion and played out a 1-1 stalemate.

The last time Hertha won against Dortmund was in March 2017, pulling off a 2-1  win behind goals from Marvin Plattenhardt and Salomon Kalou. Fortunately for the club, the two players remain with the team.

Betting Tip

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Borussia Dortmund vs Hertha Berlin Under 3.00 @ 2.06
October 27, 21:30 (GMT+8)

It’s easy to bet on Dortmund here. They are in great form, so it’s no wonder why the Bundesliga 2018 odds are swinging in their favour.

us Asian Handicap betting even put them as overwhelming top dogs amid their great streak.

With that said, I don’t see much value on directly betting on a Dortmund win. Don’t get me wrong; I expect BVB to take all three points. Nonetheless, I predict Hertha to go more defensive this time given that they know they can ‘t hold their ground offensively.

Defence is something Hertha can be proud of, and why won’t they use that, right?

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Kovac refuses to panic

Bayern Munich boss Niko Kovac rued a host of missed chances as his side suffered a rare defeat – 2-0 at Hertha Berlin on Friday.

Vedad Ibisevic's penalty and Ondrej Duda's close-range effort proved decisive as Hertha continued their excellent start to the campaign.

Bayern have had a poor week as they were held to a 1-1 draw by Augsburg in midweek but they are 1/12 to win the Bundesliga title again this season and 1/7 to beat Ajax in their next Champions League encounter on Tuesday.

"Not only did we not take our chances but we conceded two avoidable goals. That must not happen," Kovac said after the shock loss.

"For the second goal we made a tactical mistake. Mistakes happen, but if you make them in the Bundesliga, you will be punished.

"I thought we played a decent game overall, but the result makes it difficult to justify that. We combined well and controlled the game but we just didn't take our chances.

"[Losing] is not a problem at all. Those who know Bayern know we will not put up with it easily."

Hertha have 13 points after six games and are second, level on points with Bayern. Borussia Dortmund are two points adrift in third but will go top if they beat Bayer Leverkusen on Saturday.

Bundesliga Preview: Bayern Face a Tough Challenge in Berlin!

Hertha Berlin vs Bayern Munich

If you want to find an exciting football league to watch and bet on, there’s no better league to check out than the Bundesliga!

The German top flight has always delivered top-quality games full of action and drama. There are always interesting storylines to talk about prior to the games, and the aftermath always leaves fans waiting with bated breath until the start of the next game.

The coming match between Hertha Berlin and Bayern Munich are also piquing the interest of fans. The buzz come from multiple angles.

Hertha Berlin’s superb start to the season hit a roadblock when they suffered a shocking loss away from home. However, Bayern Munich’s first dropped points of the season were the most surprising nugget of the midweek games. Nobody expected the mighty Bavarians to fall, but exhaustion does take a toll on the body.

Will Berlin be able to make use of the Olympiastadion crowd to pull off another superb upset? Or will Niko Kovac be able to pull his team through the rough patch they were on and get back on winning ways?

Talking Points

Javairo Dilrosun continues to impress in Bundesliga

Javairo Dilrosun celebrates scoring Hertha Berlin’s first goal with team mates

Many were surely surprised and fascinated with the way the Bayern-Augsburg game turned out. It’s probably amusing to fans that Felix Gotze, brother of former Bayern man Mario Gotze and academy product of the Bavarians, scored the late equaliser to deny the points from Bayern.

The tie interrupted an impressive five-game winning streak that saw the Bavarians score at least two strikes. However, it is important for all of us to remember that Kovac didn’t put out his strongest squad due to the tight schedule. Sandro Wagner started in place of Robert Lewandowski, and Mats Hummels was also taken off the starting XI.

There’s no reason to expect an immediate bounce-back from the Bavarians. There should be no reason for the Croatian gaffer to field his full-strength squad to play in the game. There’s no reason to expect a repeat of Bayern’s humiliation of Schalke if Lewandowski makes his start.

Hertha Berlin may not be the most intimidating opponents for Bayern this season, but the squad’s attacking unit is performing exceptionally well. They have almost the same goal count as Bayern, and it doesn’t seem like they’ll stop scoring any time soon.

It is definitely concerning that Hertha Berlin buckled against Werder Bremen to the tune of 3-1. We need to take this big loss with a grain of salt, though. They are undoubtedly better when playing in front of the home crowd, and their 4-2 triumph over Borussia Monchengladbach is proof of that.

Moreover, they have quality players that can match Bayern for every strike they make. Valentino Lazaro has become an important cog to their attack and defence since joining them for €7.50 million in the summer. Vedad Ibisevic is finding the back of the net while Rune Jarstein started the season with a sublime defensive performance against Nuernberg.

Javairo Dilrosun is also a coup of an acquisition for Pal Dardai. The Manchester City academy product, who came to the club on a free transfer, has made a splash in his maiden voyage at German football. The 20-year-old winger has scored twice and supplied for three more, making him the highest-rated player among the Blue-Whites after only three appearances this season.

 He is the biggest Bundesliga 2018 news for the supporters of Berlin, and they will hope that he will work his magic against the indomitable Bayern Munich.

History

The head-to-head history between the two of them aren’t the prettiest to look at, and the odds definitely favour the visitors.

They have played 64 games, and Bayern won 37 of those games. A good deal of those games was won at home, with only 12 games snatched on away games. Meanwhile, Berlin have gotten six wins and 14 draws in front of their home fans.

While Munich are completely overwhelming Berlin, it is interesting to see the last three games the two sides played out. The first draw was a 1-1 split at the Olympiastadion. The second one was 2-2 at the same venue. The most impressive draw is the most recent one in February, where Berlin managed to hold the Bavarians to a goalless draw at the Allianz Arena. Moreover, they did that against a full-strength Bayern side.

Betting Tip

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Hertha Berlin vs Bayern Munich Hertha Berlin +1.75 @ 1.83
September 29, 02:30 (GMT+8)

The Hertha Berlin vs Bayern Munich odds point towards a win for the visitors, but I ask that the us Bundesliga 2018 fans consider a punt for the Blue-Whites.

Berlin have the talent to at least go toe-to-toe with the German top flight’s strongest colossus. With Ibisevic and Dilrosun starting the season on fire, there should be no reason for both teams to at least find the back of the net.

I predict that Bayern should be able to score at least two goals, but Berlin should be able to sneak in a strike to keep the contest close. I am also not putting an upset out of the question as Kovac’s final XI prior to the start of the match can determine the outcome.

If Lewandowski and company play in their full strength, there is no question of a Bayern victory. However, I don’t think Berlin will be afraid at all. They should be able to keep up with the league leaders in the scoring department.

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Kohfeldt cool over unbeaten start

Werder Bremen head coach Florian Kohfeldt has called for calm after seeing his side make a flying start to the new Bundesliga season.

Die Werderaner are unbeaten in their opening five league games and are in second place in the fledgling table behind Bayern Munich, with their latest outing seeing them claim a 3-1 home win over Hertha Berlin.

That follows on from just two losses in their final 11 Bundesliga games of last season, but still Kohfeldt has refused to get carried away.

He told his club's official website: "We won an important home game and put in a good performance, but we shouldn't get carried away.

"It was our most consistent game of the season. We played good football with high intensity for almost 90 minutes.

"The table doesn't really mean anything just yet, but we increase our chances of success by how we play football. If we want to get to Europe, we have to do our jobs every week and win our games."

Next up for Werder is a Saturday trip to the Mercedes-Benz Arena to take on a Stuttgart side who are without a win heading into a Wednesday evening clash with RB Leipzig.

Last season the hosts secured a 2-0 victory in this fixture in Stuttgart, with Christian Gentner and Berkay Ozcan their goalscorers.

Werder are priced at 13/8 to win the game on Saturday, with the draw available at 23/10, while the men from Bremen are 3/1 to finish in the Bundesliga top four come the end of the season.

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Bundesliga Preview: Eyes on the Prize in the Battle of the Unbeaten!

Hertha Berlin vs Borussia Monchengladbach

Hertha and Gladbach are two of only seven teams to stay undefeated in the Bundesliga after three games. Now, they will put that record to the test when they play at Olympiastadion in the German capital.

The two teams have identical records with seven points (two wins and one draw) and the same goal difference. In fact, both clubs have scored five goals each and conceded two as they share the third spot with Wolfsburg.

The Berliners and the Foals will surely look to get ahead of each other in their quest to get the top spots in the league, and the prospect of going number one—even just for a brief period—should motivate the two dreamers to go all-out in what is already brewing to be an exciting encounter.

Talking Points

Real deal or not?

If it isn’t obvious by now, both teams mean business in the league. While they were mid-table last year, they are proving right now that they are ready to contend for European football.

Sure, it’s still too early to say that their bright start is for real, but it’s difficult to ignore the spirited performances they displayed three games into the 2018/19 season.

Gladbach grabbed the headlines of Bundesliga 2018 news before it even started, beating fifth-tier side BSC Hastedt by 11 goals in the first round of DFB Pokal. ELEVEN GOALS—behind hat-tricks from Thorgan Hazard, Raffael and Alassane Plea.

Dieter Hecking’s men followed that display with a 2-0 drubbing of Bayer Leverkusen in the league opener before drawing 1-1 with Augsburg in Matchday 2. After that, the Foals returned from the international break with a bang and piled more misery on the struggling Schalke 04 to keep their record intact.

Hertha, for their part, opened the season on a high note with back-to-back wins over new boys Nuremberg and Schalke. They were one of only three teams to win their first two games of the season, though their streak was halted when they drew with Wolfsburg the last time out.

The Berliners, however, proved in the game against the Wolves what they are made of. They led twice in the match and almost pulled off a victory if not for a spectacular goal from the home team’s Admir Mehmedi on injury time.

Ondrej Duda scores the opening goal for Hertha against FC Schalke 04 in Bundesliga

Ondrej Duda celebrates with teammates after scoring the opening goal against FC Schalke 04

It remains to be seen how long the two clubs can maintain their hot start, but all signs point they are not yet ready to slow down.

Balanced offence, strong defence

Much of the success of the two teams was founded on rock-solid defence. After finishing as two of the worst defensive teams in the league in the 2017/18 campaign, Hertha and Gladbach have shown much improvement on the defensive end without sacrificing their mid-tier offence.

As mentioned, Hertha and Gladbach have scored five goals each, good enough to allow them to win games. However, it is their defence that makes the difference. Their two goals conceded is the best in the league at this point, tied with Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund and Mainz.

Sure enough, that will be tested once again when they meet.

Hertha seem to be the better team in that department with their two clean sheets, but Gladbach have not conceded more than one goal in the competition.

Rise of Duda

Both sides have quality attackers, but all eyes will be on 23-year-old midfielder Ondrej Duda who has been sensational so far for Hertha Berlin.

The Slovakia international scored just once last year, but he already surpassed that mark as he went on target for the Berliners in their last two outings. He bagged a double to pace the team to victory over the Royal Blues then added one more in their draw with Wolfsburg.

He is now the club’s leading scorer this year, and Gladbach will surely be cautious of the threat he brings. Duda undoubtedly has the talent, and the confidence he has gained makes him an even more formidable opponent.

Hertha are expected to rely on the young Dudinho to lead their attack once again, and it’s up to Gladbach on how they will limit him and stop his scoring streak.

History

Their home-and-away fixtures last season produced plenty of drama and goals, though it was Hecking’s men who won both matches.

Their last meeting, at the Borussia Park, saw Gladbach stage a stunning second-half comeback to cut a one-goal deficit and come out with a win. Meanwhile, in their game at the Olympiastadion, the Foals thrashed the home team with three first-half goals en route to a 2-4 victory.

In their last five league matches, Gladbach have won four times while Hertha took only one victory—a 3-0 home win in 2016.

Betting Tip

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Hertha Berlin vs Borussia Monchengladbach Monchengladbach 1X2 @ 2.76
September 23, 21:30 (GMT+8)

The Bundesliga 2018 odds at us slightly favour Hertha Berlin, thanks in large part to their recent showings. Nonetheless, I’m not writing off Gladbach—not with their history and squad depth.

Considering their much-improved backlines, I think this match will be a lot closer than their previous battle at the capital. However, I believe Hecking’s men know the formula against Berlin, and that should show when they play.

Besides a Gladbach victory, I predict a low-scoring affair here. With that said, there is some value in Total Goal 2-3 that pays at 1.91.

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A Bundesliga Classic: Late Drama Made This Game Memorable!

Wolfsburg 2-2 Hertha Berlin

I may have said a couple of times that there are a few football leagues that bring as much excitement as the Bundesliga. The quality of football being played and the number of superb talents playing in the German top flight so far this season have made Bundesliga 2018 odds difficult to predict!

And this game between two clubs with brilliant league starts is a testament to how exciting Bundesliga football can be! Bruno Labbadia and Pal Dardai fielded two equally impressive XIs that played equally impressive football!

The end of this exciting game is one that will be talked about for days on end!

Highlights of the game

Hertha Berlin's Ondrej Duda scores a stunning free kick vs Wolfsburg in the Bundesliga

Ondrej Duda celebrates scoring Hertha Berlin’s second goal with the fans

The match had a fiery start as Wolfsburg tried to make the most out of their strong form at home that started late last season. Jerome Roussillon almost grabbed a goal on three minutes when he fired a first-time shot to the Hertha Berlin net. His powerful effort was somehow saved by Rune Jarstein, resulting in a corner that was defended well by Die Alte Dame.

Wolfsburg, a club looking to be progressive on and off the pitch, would continue to try and break through the walls built by Dardai’s 4-1-4-1. The extremely crowded midfield meant that those attacks didn’t result in much success for Die Wolfe. However, it wasn’t like they didn’t get any more chances to score.

William broke free from his marker and launched a mid-range rocket towards the top-right corner. The Norway international had to pull out another impressive save from his locker in order to prevent Berlin from conceding another goal.

From that point on, the game became a tussle for control as both teams tried to gain a sure advantage and score the first goal of the match. Referee Christian Dingert had to pull out a yellow card against Marko Grujic for a rough tackle.

Berlin didn’t hesitate to risk getting carded as they continued hitting Wolfsburg with hard fouls. Their tactic eventually got the better of their hosts as they began to settle to their rhythm and slowly enforce their will against their opponents.

They almost turned their momentum to a goal at the end of the half when Salomon Kalou fired a well-placed shot to the bottom-right corner. However, Koen Casteels was more than ready to meet the ball and pulled off a superb save to end the half with neither team getting the lead.

The start of the second half almost seemed like a mirror image of the first half as Wolfsburg once again overwhelmed the guests with continuous attacks. William, Roussillon, and Gerhardt tried everything they could to bring some cheer to the home fans, but the Berlin wall stood tall.

It was then that Hertha Berlin found a goal in the 61st minute to validate their defensive brilliance thus far. Javairo Dilrosun intercepted the ball from Wolfsburg and made a blitzing run with the rest Berlin’s attacking unit supporting him. He then fired a bullet of a ball to the bottom right hand of the goal. There was nothing Casteels could do as Berlin’s travelling fans celebrated their sudden 0-1 advantage.

 Wout Weghorst tried to even out the playing field three minutes later with a first-time shot, but Rune Jarstein was just a big block in between the sticks with another diving save. Valentino Lazaro had a shot at equalising when he blasted the ball to the top bins, but Casteels made sure that their predicament didn’t get any worse.

From that point on, Wolfsburg were desperate to at least salvage a draw and kept on pounding the Berlin backline. Roussillon almost equalised in the 85th minute with a ferocious strike that was stopped by Jarstein.

It was from that point on that the fame got incredibly intense. Dingert awarded Wolfsburg a penalty after a rather controversial foul by Arne Maier. Yunus Mali outwitted Jarstein and scored the equaliser. Ondrej Duda one-upped Malli’s steely spot-kick with a brilliant low free kick, catching the Wolfsburg wall and Casteels off guard.

And just when it seemed that the game was done and dealt with, Admir Mehmedi managed to beat the offside trap and score the final goal of the game on 93 minutes.

The whole stadium trembled at the level of football displayed by the two sides. The two managers congratulated each other for the brilliant game they witnessed. It is definitely a prime example of why us fans just love watching Bundesliga football!

Key statistics

Wolfsburg dominated the ball during the first half, getting as much as 72% possession during the first twenty minutes of the game. The game eventually balanced out with a 60-40 split in possession. The goal attempts are as proportionate as their time with the ball (15 to 9), but Berlin were far more effective on the attack.

 Here’s an interesting nugget: Wolfsburg’s last seven Bundesliga games prior to this match saw both sides score over 2.5 goals. This includes their superb comeback against Schalke. The result continues that impressive feat for Die Wolfe.

What’s next?

Admir Mehmedi celebrates scoring his first goal for Wolfsburg in Bundesliga

Wolfsburg’s Admir Mehmedi celebrates scoring their second goal with his teammates

Let’s hope that this string of impressive Bundesliga 2018 results doesn’t come to a screeching halt. And it looks like the good times will keep on coming as there are interesting fixtures up ahead.

Wolfsburg will be playing Freiburg and Borussia Monchengladbach at home with a trip to Mainz sandwiched in between. Meanwhile, Berlin have a tough challenge in Bayern Munich at the end of the month, but it could be postponed.

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Plattenhardt happy with Hertha

Germany left-back Marvin Plattenhardt has played down talk of a summer exit from Hertha Berlin, saying he is unaware of any interest from other clubs.

The 26-year-old was a member of the Germany squad who crashed out of the World Cup 2018 finals at the group stage, featuring in the 1-0 loss to Mexico which got the tournament off to a bad start for Die Mannschaft.

However, Plattenhardt is still reported to have come to the attention of several clubs in England, but he says he is in no rush to try his luck elsewhere, having spent four years with Hertha.

He told his current club's official website: "My agent hasn't come to me with any sort of opportunity and I am in regular communication with (sporting director) Michael Preetz.

"I have a good relationship with him and it's easy for us to talk about a lot of things, including things away from football.

"Neither side is pursuing anything with any other clubs. Therefore, I expect to start the season at Hertha. I've developed really well here over the last few years and I feel at home.

"I want to prepare for the new season as best as I can over the coming weeks and get back to 100 per cent as quickly as possible."

Hertha finished in tenth place in the Bundesliga last season, seeing a potential European challenge evaporate as they won just four games in the second half of the season.

They are priced at 250/1 to be crowned Bundesliga champions next season, with Borussia Dortmund 11/2 and RB Leipzig 33/1.

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