2:4 in the friendly against Lech Poznan
Marcel Lotka was quite served. And the Hertha BSC goalkeeper also showed it strongly. Antonio Milic had just scored another goal for Lech Poznan in a friendly without spectators after Joao Amaral hit the crossbar immediately before. As a result, Hertha were down 4-1 at Hanns-Braun-Platz on Friday afternoon and ended up losing 4-2 (1-2).
The match “brought him some ideas,” said Hertha coach Tayfun Korkut. Among other things, one that is not entirely new: “Once again we have conceded too many goals.” ).
The central defense formed by Niklas Stark and the signing Marc Oliver Kempf before the break did not look very good for the first goal. All in all, Korkut gave Kempf, coming from VfB Stuttgart, a “respectable performance”. It was the defender’s debut on his 27th birthday. At 0:2, Peter Pekarik was outplayed on the right side. The Berliners shortened the lead in the 33rd minute through Vladimir Darida, because goalkeeper Mickey van der Hart missed the long shot from almost 30 meters.
Stevan Jovetic made a good impression creating several chances. After his brief stint at FC Bayern last Sunday, the striker started for the first time after his calf injury. “Jupiter is back. You could see it’s an invigorating element for us,” Korkut said. The coach changed a lot during the break. Fredrik André Björkan, signed in December, also attended: the Norwegian tried hard in attack, but was lucky at the back when a bad pass almost conceded the fifth goal.
In addition to goalkeeper Lotka, who played through the middle, Jovetic and Marco Richter initially stayed on the pitch after the change. In the third goal Dedryck Boyata made two mistakes in a row: He first lost the ball near his own box and then fouled Filip Marchwinski. Boyata was slightly injured and later had to be replaced. Amaral converted the penalty (64th).
When Milic added eight minutes later, it looked very gloomy for Hertha. Because for a long time there was very little progress. But at least the Berliners still had some chances. Linus Gechter took advantage of one of them to head in the final score (80′).
Goalkeeper Alexander Schwolow, as well as Maximilian Mittelstädt and Myziane Maolida, who were rested, were not in the squad. Striker Davie Selke has been tested after his corona infection and will soon start training again at Hertha.
That will no longer be the case for Jordan Torunarigha, at least for now. The center-back will be loaned to KAA Gent of the Belgian first division until the end of the season, as confirmed by both clubs late in the afternoon. Meanwhile, Hertha is said to be close to signing South Korean international Dong-Jun Lee. The 24-year-old right winger is currently under contract with Ulsan Hyundai.