Tayfun Korkut made eye contact with his players, waved his arms to encourage them again, then looked at his watch. It was allegedly a skipped act because the stadium announcer had just announced the playing time: the minute that Borussia Monchengladbach had scored the decisive 2-0 against Hertha BSC, the team from Korkut. half an hour left Hertha BSC yet. And it was probably also for Tayfun Korkut the last half hour as coach of the Berlin Bundesliga team.
The 2-0 (1-0) loss at Mönchengladbach, Hertha’s fifth in a row, may have sealed their fate. The idea of bringing this complicated season to a reasonably accident-free end with Korkut has ultimately fizzled out. of 13 Bundesliga-Playing with him, the team scored nine points, went from 14th to 17th place and lost the cup to local rival Unión.
Compared to the depressing 1: 4 against Frankfurt a week ago, Korkut exchanged more than half of his team: six players out, six new ones in. The system – with a chain of five on the last line – was also new. The cast in goal remained unchanged. Marcel Lotka was back between the posts, goalkeeper Alexander Schwolow, who had been training since Tuesday, hadn’t even made the trip to the Lower Rhine, nor had Hertha’s top scorer Stevan Jovetic, who had been dealing with muscle problems all week. .
winning the point VfB Stuttgart in the afternoon at 1. FC Union, Union slipped back to penultimate place in the virtual table at the start of the evening game at Borussia Park. That didn’t exactly reduce the pressure. But Fredi Bobic, Hertha’s sporting director, said before kick-off on Sky that he was “mostly interested in the way we played”. If you thought after the performance against Frankfurt a week ago that nothing could shake you anymore, you were taught otherwise. Hertha were hopelessly inferior in the first half against an opponent who was struggling with a bag full of problems.
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The guests couldn’t take the midfield, they just ran after them and let the Gladbachers, who suddenly regained their lost joy of playing, do so in peace. There was no sign of the resistance that Bobic had demanded of his team. Hertha raced from one chance to the next, and were lucky to only be down 1-0 at half-time.
The ratio of shots on goal in the first half was 9:1 for Borussia, although it took the Berliners until stoppage time to make their first attempt. Lucas Tousart tried it from a distance. But his shot was no problem for Gladbach goalkeeper Yann Sommer.
On the other hand, it seemed much more dangerous, like the shot that Breel Embolo hit the post almost ten minutes into the game. Or just before the half-time whistle, when Marcus Thuram ran into Lotka alone and was stopped at the last second by Marc Kempf, who was struggling.
Again, the Berliners conceded a penalty goal
Midway through the first half, the duel between Kempf and Thuram did not go so well for the Hertha defender, although the referee initially indicated that Kempf had played the ball. After the intervention of the video assistant, a penalty was corrected and decided for Gladbach, which Alassane Plea converted in the lead.
Tayfun Korkut reacted at the break by bringing in Suat Serdar for Santiago Ascacibar. And right at the start of the second half, Hertha had possession of the ball for a record minute and a half, before Gladbach immediately created another brilliant chance with their first Plea attack. The ineffectiveness of the local team – little else spoke for Hertha at this stage. At least the deficit was not unattainable.
The Gladbachers seemed to be becoming more and more aware of this, as they no longer dominated the action to the same extent as before the break and they were very lucky in the 54th minute. Or a summer of brilliant reaction in goal. The Swiss caught a header from Kempf from the corner. That was it, a chance to get things rolling again.
But instead of 1: 1, it was 2: 0 for Gladbach shortly after, because Matthias Ginter kicked the ball into the goal after a corner kick by former Hertha player Luca Netz. A week ago, against then penultimate Stuttgart, Gladbach lost such an advantage and lost 2:3 at the end. But right now, Hertha just isn’t as good as Stuttgart, one has to put it that way.