SC Freiburg were looking for a bounce back win after being thrashed by Bayern Munich. Lying in 16th place, the home side have been struggling to score and add more wins to their one so far this season. Limited to five goals so far this season, three coming from their game against Hoffenheim, the home side were hoping for a change in affairs.
With the performance against Hoffenheim being a high point of their season so far, Freiburg were hoping they could emulate a similar performance against Hertha Berlin. The first half saw a positive performance from the home side. The opening stages of the game worked on establishing styles of play and winning battles in key areas. For Freiburg, it appeared that they were winning the battle in midfield, their accurate passing helping. The home sides first chance of the game came in the 3rd minute when Florian Niederlechner’s shot went wide. One minute later and the away side went on the attack. Alexander Schwolow was called into action to prevent Vedad Ibišević from scoring. Apart from that, Freiburg didn’t have much to deal with in the opening 10 minutes. As the game progressed, Freiburg started establish some of their attack. Despite there not being a threatening attempt on goal in the next 15 minutes, the home side were starting to create chances and limit Berlin’s attacking ability. A flurry of opportunities came between the 35th and 45th minute for the home side. Christian Günter, Marco Terrazzino and Pascal Stenzel all saw their shots saved by Rune Jarstein. It was a positive first half for Freiburg. Threatening in areas and limiting Berlin’s attack, the home side had something to build on going into the second half.
Freiburg set out in the second half searching for a goal to take the lead. The initial stages of the second half looked good for the home side. It didn’t take long for Freiburg to take the upper hand. The 51st minute saw Janik Haberer put the home side into the lead. It was a deserved goal for Freiburg who had looked the most threatening team so far. Full of confidence, Christian Streich’s men pressed on with game, hoping to increase their advantage. The away side were struggling. Limited in shots and creating chances, Berlin needed to find a way to get back into the game. Freiburg saw a number of opportunities saved in quick succession. The home side were hungry for more. Hertha Berlin were thrown a lifeline in the 76th minute when they were awarded a penalty. This was a great opportunity to bring the game level. Unfortunately for the away side, Salomon Kalou missed from the spot. Despite the miss, Berlin were handed yet another lifeline in the 79th minute when they were awarded another penalty. Kalou made sure he didn’t miss this time. The game was level and Freiburg’s work throughout the game went to waste. The home side needed to respond and they didn’t what they could but it was unsuccessful. Julian Schuster’s attempt from range was saved by Jarstein, who arguably saved the game for Berlin. For Freiburg this was disappointment. It was a positive performance from the home side but they dropped two points. This was their fifth draw of the season. Christian Streich has a task on his hands and he needs to get Freiburg to winning ways.
Two penalties awarded in quick succession, Hertha Berlin were given a lifeline. Missed the first and scored the second, Berlin brought the game level. This completely changed the game as Freiburg had a positive performance before this disappointment.
Man of the Match
- SC Freiburg: 58%
- Hertha BSC: 42%
- SC Freiburg: 20
- Hertha BSC: 11
- SC Freiburg: 14
- Hertha BSC: 5
Talking Points Freiburg
- Setting the tone – The first half was a positive performance from the home side. Establishing their style of play and threatening going forward, it looked like Freiburg fans would be in for a treat. It was a good positive performance to propel themselves forward into the second half. Deservedly scoring, the home side threw away their win when Berlin were awarded two penalties in quick succession. A disappointing result for the home side.
- Attack – The attack has been a problem for Freiburg in recent performances. Struggling to create chances and score goals, Freiburg needed a performance to change that. Their attacking performance against Berlin was positive. Creating 14 chances and having 20 shots on goal, this was a refreshing attacking display from the home side. Unfortunately for Freiburg, they came away with a point.
- Disappointment – After their performance against Berlin, Freiburg arguably deserved to come away with three points. The two penalties awarded in the second half threw away their solid performance. Freiburg were lucky that Kalou missed one of his two penalties. Another disappointing and frustrating result for Freiburg.
Talking Points Berlin
- Performance – Hertha Berlin were disappointing. There is no sugar-coating it. Struggling for a majority of the game, Pál Dárdai will be asking questions of his team. They will be hoping they can put this performance behind them and move onto better things against Hamburg.
- Lifeline – Berlin were awarded a lifeline in the second. Two penalties awarded, they had an opportunity to win the game. Kalou missed his first and scored the second. The lifeline given to them meant that they walked away with something they arguably didn’t deserve. Their performance was disappointing and this lifeline saved them.
- Jarstein – The positive for Hertha Berlin is that they have Rune Jarstein. If it wasn’t for Jarstein, Berlin would have been walking away empty-handed. His performance of seven saves against Freiburg meant that Berlin came away with something.
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