The successful conclusion of Felix Magath’s complicated rescuer mission at Hertha BSC is postponed. The Berliners lost the last home game of the season against FSV Mainz 05 on Saturday evening with 1: 2 (1: 1) and missed the early relegation.
However, this could follow on Sunday with shooting from record champions Bayern Munich, who would seal tenth Bundesliga season in a row with a win against VfB Stuttgart Hertha’s Herthas. Mainz had already been saved and had nothing to do with the fight for the European Cup.
“We were not in the game, not fresh in the head. We were missing the calm on the ball. But we still have a huge chance. So we have to see it positively,” said Kevin Prince-Boateng at “Sky”. The fans donated applause to the disappointed professionals after the final whistle.
Silvan Widmer (25th) punished a weaker Hertha, who achieved the flattering equalization shortly before the break by Davie Selke (45.+4, penalty). Stefan Bell (81st) met for the victory of the guests.
In the Olympic Stadium, almost sold out with 71,548 spectators, it was really loud before the kick -off. After warm -up, the Herthaner ran closed to the east curve and received great applause for this – a clear signal of reconciliation in the smoldering dispute between the team and parts of the organized fan scene.
“90 minutes of use, 90 minutes fight and 90 minutes of passion” Magath had asked for his team to stay in the league – and was only heard in the initial phase. Hertha caught the better start, was more awake in the first few minutes and earned a significant overweight.
The Berliners hardly let Mainz come into play and disturbed far in the opposing half. The pressing had an effect, the guests made mistakes. After a racket of 05 defenders Alexander Hack, Selke came to the end, but clearly moved (5th). As a result, the momentum was increasingly lost, Hertha played and retreated.
Mainz more active than Hertha BSC
The first goal was a consequence of this development. The Mainz pushed forward more and more, in particular over the right side. At Widmer’s degree from an acute angle, Hertha goalkeeper Marcel Lotka made a bad figure to fight the Berliners despite the change to Borussia Dortmund, which was actually decided.
Hertha was even harder than before after the setback. Structure and pressure on the offensive were missing, technical mistakes and bad passes were formative for the game structure. Shortly before the change of sides, Mainz captain Moussa Niakhat Hertha’s Dedryck Boyata met in the penalty area. Selke safely converted the due penalty.
After the change of sides, the game was more open. However, the Mainz mostly remained the more active team and, through Widmer, had great opportunities for another leadership (75th). Hertha became stronger again after Maximilian Mittelstädt and Ishak Belfodil’s substitution. Then Bell hit his head. The recently substituted Luca Wollschläger missed the equalization on a post (89th).