Hertha’s warriors win the battle for three points

The club from Germany’s capital earned another important victory on their route back to the Bundesliga Monday evening.  Hertha Berlin now lead second place FC Augsburg by four points and are 8 points above the fourth spot in the 2. Bundesliga after defeating SpVgg Greuther Fürth 2-0.

Monday night’s game was a scrappy affair. SpVgg Greuther Fürth had to win this game to go past VfL Bochum, who had taken back the play-off spot earlier this weekend. The Bavarians had additionally also 6 first choice players out with injuries, and two yellow card bans that made life difficult for coach Michael Büskens. Hertha were facing the task to beat the best defense in the 2. Bundesliga, and had to take the few chances they managed to produce.

Hertha had the better start of the two teams but didn’t manage to produce any clear-cut chances, while Fürth were unable to take advantage of a number of free kick opportunities give to them by Hertha Berlin in the first half. Most of the game was played in midfield throughout the game, and chances were unfortunately rare. The fighting spirit of both teams was reflected in the total of seven yellow cards that were handed out.

Ruthless Hertha
A well worked corner gave Hertha their first chance in the 40th minute. Ramos was the last to touch the ball, and gave the team from Berlin a 1-0 lead before half time with his 11th goal of the campaign.

Hertha’s second chance saw Peter Niemeyer getting his head on a well executed free kick. Niemeyer placed the ball out of reach for keeper Alex Walke, and made it 2-0.

After Hertha had taken a comprehensive 2-0 lead the game cooled somewhat down. Fürth tried their best going forward, but rarely tested Hertha keeper Aerts, who has looked like the weak link in several of Hertha’s game.   A Fürth shot that was blocked on the goalline by a Hertha defender near the 77th minute and a shot from distance in the 86th minute were the best efforts Fürth managed to produce all game long. All in all a disappointing outing by the Bavarians before their home supporters.

Hertha storming back into the Bundesliga
This win means that Hertha slowly has been growing their lead in the last few weeks. If anything goes accordingly in the next few weeks, Markus Babbel can plan for a Bundesliga season in a few weeks time.

Furthermore, last week Hertha received a 8 million Euro donation from an anonymous businessman last week. In exchange for some player rights, Hertha has now the possibility to write off some of their debt. This means that “the old lady” won’t have any problems receiving a license for next year’s season.

Line-ups:
Greuther Fürth: Walke – Kleine, Mavraj, Nehrig, Prib – Fürstner, Pekovic, Kaplan(Pektürk 78 min), Müller(Aleksic 60 min), Sararer – Klaus

 Hertha Berlin: Aerts – Lell, Hubnik, Mijatovic, Ronny – Lustenberger(Raffael 60 min), Niemeyer, Ebert(Domovchiyski 78 min) – Rukavytsya, Lasogga(Friend 87 min), Ramos

Talking points:
* Ingolstadt’s captain Stefan Leitl has been involved in 21 of the team’s last 26 goals. Leitl’s tremendous efforts have made Ingolstadt one of the best team in the spring campaign.
* Duisburg haven’t won a single match after their semi-final victory in the cup. The team lost 3-1 against relegation prospects Karlsruher SC.
* The battle for promotion is heating up in the 2. Bundesliga. Sixth place Energie Cottbus are only 10 points behind leaders Hertha. Each of the top six teams are very much still in the race for promotion. The distance between third place Bochum, and sixth place Cottbus is now only 4 points.

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Niklas Wildhagen

Niklas is a 33-year-old football writer and podcaster who has been following the Bundesliga and German football since the early 90s. You can follow him on Twitter, @normusings, and listen to his opinions on @TalkingFussball.

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