Even without Felix Magath on the sidelines, Hertha BSC claimed their first victory in three months. The Berliners, who had to do without their new coach due to a positive corona test, won 3-0 (1-0) at TSG 1899 Hoffenheim on Saturday. FSV Mainz 05 added to Arminia Bielefeld’s relegation concerns with a 4-0 (1-0) win in a curious three-penalty match.
SC Freiburg initially rose to fourth place in the Champions League thanks to a 0-0 draw at last team SpVgg Greuther Fürth. After falling behind twice, VfB Stuttgart drew 3:2 (1:2) against FC Augsburg and improved to 14th place ahead of FCA and Hertha. Bielefeld fell to 17th place.
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Magath was represented at the Olympic Stadium by Mark Fotheringham. His Hertha went ahead through Niklas Stark (minute 39) after a free kick. Former Hoffenheimer Ishak Belfodil (63rd) and Lucas Tousart (74th) increased after the break for the Berliners.
Strange scenes in Mainz
Mainz led hugely early with a goal from Jonathan Burkardt (1st), who needed just 27 seconds to score. It was the fastest shared goal of the season. An alleged Moussa Niakhaté goal, which referee Felix Zwayer initially gave after a signal from goal-line technology after a delay, caused confusion after 15 minutes.
However, after the video assistant stepped in and saw the footage, Zwayer changed his mind. Niakhaté (65th) then scored, the Frenchman converting the first of three penalties for FSV. Burkhardt (75th) and Marcus Ingvartsen (79th) triumphed in the others.
In CEO Thomas Hitzlsperger’s farewell match, Stuttgart fell behind thanks to a goal from André Hahn (6th). Waldemar Anton (44th) managed to level, but Michael Gregoritsch (45th + 1) quickly restored Augsburg’s lead. Omar Marmoush (79′) equalized again with a direct free kick, before Tiago Tomás (85′) made the VfB fans vibrate even more. (dpa)