Berlin (AP) – Bruno Labbadia applauded his Hertha players, even as he must wait for his 100th victory as the Bundesliga coach. Against his ex-club VfL Wolfsburg, it was enough for the Berlin coach at the Arsenal debut on loan from Mattéo Guendouzi to only 1-1 (1-1).
Matheus Cunha (6th minute) gave Hertha an early lead in the ghost match at the Olympic Stadium. Ridle Baku (20th) quickly equalized. Despite their great ambitions, the Berliners already had five games without a win, in home games without triple points and they are 14th on the table. only two points ahead of the relegation position. “The last two games we have shown that we can beat anyone if we work well,” Niklas Stark said on Sky TV, saying, “We are a new team, we have to find ourselves first.”
With the fifth draw in the sixth game of the Bundesliga season, the Wolfsburg-based company once again proved to be true trekking experts and is in tenth place. “We took a point from home, that’s okay. All in all it’s reasonable,” said VfL director Jörg Schmadtke, saying, “We have to be satisfied with the point.”
Labbadia and his Wolfsburg successor Oliver Glasner had a long chat in the practically empty Olympic Stadium before kick-off. The Hertha coach had already announced his special relationship with the team now looked after by Glasner. There was no reunion with Maximilian Arnold. The midfielder was absent due to the imminent birth of his second child. Xaver Schlager made the switch to the VfL team.
Labbadia himself left his starting XI unchanged from the 1: 2 in Leipzig. Guendouzi sat on the bench after the corona infection was healed, but after 57 minutes ended up in a phase where the Berliners pressed for the winning goal.
The start was already promising for Hertha: Matheus Cunha slipped as he shot from the edge of the penalty area, but the ball spun into the far corner. Hertha had previously scored a goal in the Bundesliga in March 2019. However, the Wolfsburg acted just as passively as the Hertha defenses were recently used to.
And the leadership did not give the Berliners any certainty. The well-rehearsed Wolfsburg acted more determinedly. Baku was just as free on the shot and made the equalizer worthwhile. What Labbadia would like, his team wouldn’t budge and became overweight. Dodi Lukebakio (32nd) hit the side net. When Omar Alderete (35.) went theatrically to the ground in the penalty area moments later, referee Martin Petersen ruled a penalty – but a video check showed neither Wout Weghorst nor Baku a punishable misconduct.
After the change of sides, the Berliners decided what happened. Wolfsburg withdrew further and further. Lukebakio (53rd) was eliminated by the brilliantly reacting VfL goalkeeper Koen Casteels. Jhon Cordoba got a free shot, but Maxence Lacroix (72nd) fired the ball away. Hertha captain Dedryck Boyata (84th) later failed with a header. Weghorst (77th) had previously missed Wolfsburg’s best chance after the break.