Bundesliga debutant Jurgen Ekkelenkamp saved Hertha BSC from the next serious mood killer with a dream debut. The Dutchman led the Berliners to a hard-fought 2-1 (0-0) against newly promoted SpVgg Greuther Fürth at the start of the 5th match day and secured the blue-whites a place in the middle of the table. After the fourth defeat of the season, Fürth remains at the bottom with one point.
The Dutchman Ekkelenkamp (61st) scored the equalizer only 87 seconds after his substitution and then significantly disturbed Maximilian Bauer (79th, own goal) with the opening goal. Previously, Fürth had taken the lead through Branimir Hrgota (57th, penalty kick).
After the liberation in Bochum (3: 1), Hertha had absolutely wanted to improve with a win against the second promoted Fürth. Dardai did not expect “a miracle kick”, but believed in a “work victory” – and should be proved right. The coach was also able to rely on his son Marton, who returned to the starting line-up after recovering from an ankle injury.
Hertha tried to play the active part in front of 21,372 spectators at the beginning, but it was visibly difficult to design the game. A lot went through the headquarters around ball distributor Kevin-Prince Boateng and the more offensive Suat Serdar. The early pressing of the Fürth team, however, had an effect, and there were no play stations. Dardai’s team had set-up problems, lost the balls early and allowed the newly promoted team to take offensive actions.
Coach Stefan Leitl’s team was initially the better team. But Fürth also lacked great opportunities. Serdar suddenly presented himself with one of these: The 24-year-old, who was match winner with two goals in Bochum, was staged well by Ishak Belfodil. At the end of around 16 meters, Serdar aimed just wide of the mark (16th).
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Fürth did not hide. The Franks acted at eye level over long periods of the first half. Hertha goalkeeper Alexander Schwolow was not seriously challenged.
After switching sides, little changed at first. Hertha lacked the structure in the game, standards fizzled out, perplexity seemed to spread. Fürth also made little of their possession, but were able to thank Deyovaisio Zeefuik, who carelessly brought down Jeremy Dudziak in the penalty area. Hrgota showed no nakedness and took the lead.