News : Bundesliga: Hertha BSC trembles at Schalke 04 to win
Four games, eight points: Hertha BSC remained undefeated after the end of the corona quarantine. In the Bundesliga, Berlin won 2: 1 (1: 1) at Schalke 04, so they got seven points from three catch-up games. At Schalke, however, Hertha had to tremble until the end of the almost six-minute stoppage time: In one scene, Schalke’s Skhodran Mustafi failed with his head on the post, Benito Raman also hit the aluminum with the margin (90 + 3).
The deals of Amine Harit, who had put Schalke in the lead (6th minute), and Herthas Dedryck Boyata (19th) and Jessic Ngankam (73rd) had previously been more successful. Berlin’s Dodi Lukebakio saw yellow-red in the 88th minute and will be missing in the important game in the relegation battle against Cologne on Saturday (3:30 p.m., live ticker SPIEGEL.de; TV: Sky).
The coach of the continuously stressed Hertha, Pál Dárdai, switched to eight positions. In the past three games, Dárdai changed a total of 25 from 33 positions.
The renewed personnel rogue and the early backlog seemed to sit in the bones of the Berliners. But 13 minutes after Harit’s goal (6th), the unmarked Boyata headed the equalizer after a free kick by Marvin Plattenhardt. The game remained tough, the clearly superior guests were not very compelling and creative. After the break, Hertha was lucky with a chance from Klaas-Jan Huntelaar (59th). In the end, Ngankam secured victory with his second Bundesliga goal (73rd).
Hertha jumps to 13th place
Hertha improved to 13th place with the seventh game in a row without defeat before the last two Bundesliga matchdays. With 32 points, the Berliners have five points ahead of 1. FC Köln on relegation position 17. A draw with Cologne would certainly prevent direct relegation, and with a win probably relegation.
Schalke, who lacked three players infected with Corona and four professionals classified as contact persons, meanwhile set three more Bundesliga records. The 23-year-old debutant Blendi Idrizi was already the 40th player to appear this season. And the 30 standard goals against, as well as the 20 goals conceded by headers, are the most that a team has conceded since the introduction of data collection in 2004.
In addition, the worst record is becoming more and more realistic. Only with two wins could the Royal Blues (13 points) avoid going down in Bundesliga history as the worst relegated since the introduction of the three-point rule. So far this has been SC Freiburg (18 in the 2004/2005 season).