Berlin (dpa) – As the Hertha players trotted into the east bend, only a few dozen fans shouted the well-known “Ha, Ho, He” to them. The other of the 4,000 spectators, who were back in the Olympic Stadium for the first time, quickly searched the distance without major outbursts of emotion.
A courageous and effective Eintracht had shocked returning fans and Berlin professionals alike. The team from Frankfurt won 3-1 (2-0) at the start of the second matchday in the Bundesliga in Berlin and passed the capital club with three points in the table with four points.
“In the first half we played almost like a school team,” complained new Hertha goalkeeper Alexander Schwolow at DAZN. André Silva with a converted foul penalty (30th minute), which the returning spectators were very enthusiastic about, attacking colleagues Bas Dost (36th) and Sebastian Rode (71st) secured the victory for the Hessians. “In a nutshell: we slept through the first half and have to touch our own noses. Overall today was not enough,” said Schwolow.
Only after a deficit and three halftime changes, Hertha could briefly build on the performance in the 4-1 success at the start of the competition in Bremen – but nothing more than the connection with an own goal from Martin Hinteregger came out (76th). “We held it very well from the first minute and played well forward,” said Rode.
The Hertha fans in the Olympic Stadium with a capacity of more than 74,000, who were greeted by their team before kick-off, immediately saw an active unit. The guests attacked early, but faced serious failure in the early stages. Filip Kostic ran with Berlin central defender Jordan Torunarigha (9th), was treated on his right knee for a long time and had to go outside.
The Frankfurters, who played 1-1 against newcomer Bielefeld at the start of the season, were not impressed. Dost approached the Berliner Tor with a header (20th), Silva had the first good chance (25th). After a duel between the Portuguese and new Hertha captain Dedryck Boyata, referee Bastian Dankert decided on a penalty – a controversial issue that was not seen as a grave mistake by the video assistant.
Silva herself transformed safely from the point. At Hertha there was no constructive play structure. Matheus Cunha, who was first nominated for the Brazilian national team, also failed to convey his creativity. The hosts only had one chance until half time when Dodi Lukebakio failed against the highly responsive Eintracht keeper Kevin Trapp (32nd).
Dost fared better on the other hand. The 31-year-old Dutchman headed in after a free kick by Daichi Kamada. With that, Hertha’s dream of a perfect start to the season was practically buried. Lucas Tousart, 25 million men, remained pale like many of his fellows. “There is far too little in all areas,” commented Hertha’s sports director Arne Friedrich during half-time.
The new addition Jhon Cordoba, initially alone on the bench, was then allowed to replace the ineffective striker Krzysztof Piatek at the start of the second half. Labbadia had talked about a “matter of feeling” when he initially chose the Pole – and was wrong.
Arne Maier and newcomer Deyovaisio Zeefuik also came – and now there was momentum and passion in the Hertha actions. Frankfurt defended with passion and happiness. Lukebakio just failed (58th), everything else defused the strong Trapp.
With a shot from 16 meters into the far corner, Rode then suppressed Hertha’s hopes. Hinteregger scored on a contribution from Torunarigha in his own goal. In the end, however, the first live stadium experience after 202 days was a big disappointment for Hertha fans.