We Went There: Mainz 05 and Hertha Berlin tough out a tie

Mainz 05 and Hertha BSC came into MatchDay 7 in the top half of the league. Hertha was coming off a 2-0 win over defending champs Bayern Munich and Mainz was trying to gain momentum after getting only one point in their last three matches.

Neither side could get many chances on target. Mainz 05 had more shots (22 to Hertha’s 10), but many of those chances were from distance and never troubled keeper Rune Jarstein. Hertha’s best chance came in the first half when a header went off the pipes.  The match ended in a 0-0 draw.

Mainz: Zentner – Mwene, Bell (c), Niakhate, Martin – Kunde, Gbamin (Maxim 88′), Baku – Boëtius, Mateta (Issah 82′), Burkardt (Ujah 66′)
Unused subs: Huth, Donati, Onisiwo, Bussmann
Absentees: Adler, Berggreen (both knee), Holtmann (Achilles)
Coach: Sandro Schwarz

Hertha: Jarstein – Lazaro, Stark (Lustenberger 46′), Rekik, Plattenhardt – Maier, Skjelbred – Kalou, Duda, Dilrosun (Leckie 74′) – Ibisevic (c) (Selke 61′)
Unused subs: Kraft, Mittelstädt, Palk. Dardai, Jastrzembski
Absentees: Gersbeck (cruciate ligament), Torunarigha (Achilles), Grujic (ankle)

Here is some of the action from the match, courtesy of @Kai_Dambach

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Hertha BSC’s Martin Plattenhardt swings in a cross in the first half.

 

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Plattenhardt cuts through two Mainz defenders to try to find teammates in the box.

 

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Tough crowd: though both teams entered the match in the top half of the league, it certainly was not a full house. There were 22,405 fans in the 34,000 capacity stadium on Saturday.

 

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Mainz’s Stefan Bell tries a header that goes high in the second half.

 

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Mainz’s Jonathan Burkhardt tries to find a man on the other side of his cross.

 

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Pierre Kunde Malong cranks one from distance for Mainz.

 

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Jean-Philippe Gbamin can’t believe he couldn’t get his shot on target from short distance.

 

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Helping hands: Hertha sub Fabian Lustenberger helps ease Gbamin’s cramps near the end line.

 

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Hertha’s Mathew Leckie gets stretched out before he takes the field.

 

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Jean-Paul Boetius tries an impersonation of the Bundesliga logo as he brings down the ball in the second half.

 

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Kunde gets past his defender near the penalty area.

 

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Hertha BSC fans traveled very well for their side on Saturday.

 

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Mainz players thank their fans for their support during a match they should’ve, could’ve won.

 

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It was a bit of a letdown for Hertha BSC coach Pal Dardai after last week’s victory over Bayern Munich, but he and his squad did not come away empty-handed.

 

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Mainz 05 coach Sandro Schwarz would have been more pleased with three points, but someone put Mainz at the top of the Bundesliga table in the press conference room, giving him a reason to smile.

 

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