Matchday 6

Berlin (AP) – Bruno Labbadia has to wait for his 100th victory as Bundesliga head coach and is stuck with Hertha BSC just before relegation.

Against his old club VfL Wolfsburg it was enough for the Berlin coach when Arsenal’s debut Mattéo Guendouzi leased out 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 were 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.

With the fifth tie 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.

Labbadia and his Wolfsburg successor Oliver Glasner had chatted for a long time before kick-off in the practically empty Olympic Stadium. The Hertha coach had already announced that he had a special relationship with the team that Glasner now takes care of. 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. After the corona infection was healed, Guendouzi first sat on the bench, but after 57 minutes got into 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 they were used to from the Hertha defense recently.

And the leadership did not give the Berliners any certainty. The well-rehearsed Wolfsburg acted more determinedly. Baku got to work with a similar unlimited shot and made it worth watching. What could please Labbadia, his team did not admit and became overweight. Dodi Lukebakio (32nd) hit the outside 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.

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