Hertha BSC runs unchecked into the abyss

Labbadia suffers at minute 94
Hertha BSC runs unchecked into the abyss

Hertha BSC are reeling from the World Cup break and plunge into the relegation battle from the Bundesliga. The defeat at VfL Bochum is followed by a tough home defeat against strong VfL Wolfsburg. Meanwhile, relegation-threatened VfB Stuttgart surprised TSG Hoffenheim.

Hertha BSC – VfL Wolfsburg 0:5 (0:3)

After the next bitter bankruptcy, Hertha BSC falters on relegation from the Bundesliga. The all-too-inoffensive Berliners never had a chance against in-form VfL Wolfsburg, deservedly lost with 0:5 (0:3) and are back in crisis mode. Four days before the important city derby against Union Berlin, Hertha finished the first part of the season in 17th place and risks falling behind the competition. Mattias Svanberg (4th), Maximilian Arnold (31st, penalty), Jonas Wind (34th), Ridle Baku (72nd) and Omar Marmoush (86th) brought the club back from the capital after the 1-3 at VfL Bochum last Saturday the second defeat in 2023. Moreover, Hertha have only won one of the last six games. The mood at Wolfsburg is completely different, and after their sixth straight win they are trying to get a taste of the Champions League standings.

Hertha legend Kevin-Prince Boateng can’t believe it.

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“There is no need to worry that we are beaming towards relegation,” Hertha sporting director Fredi Bobic said before the game. And then, in front of only 29,483 spectators in the Olympic stadium, this first half fell into oblivion. The energetic Patrick Wimmer found Svanberg free from the right with a cross free kick, the Swede scored directly from 13 yards. The Berliners got no attacking response as a result, and new starters Dodi Lukebakio and Suat Serdar didn’t help much. Hertha didn’t create a reasonable scoring chance in the first round. Instead, VfL continued to push overly passive hosts into their own half – and happily accepted their gifts.

Lukebakio, who stood in the wall in the penalty area, blocked a free kick from Svanberg from about 18 yards with his arm completely unnecessarily – Arnold converted the penalty safely. Just three minutes later, Wolfsburg played a class-leading counterattack until Wind blasted the ball past Hertha keeper Oliver Christensen and into the goal. “We want to see you fight,” echoed through the Olympic Stadium. At half-time there was a chorus of high-pitched whistles from Hertha fans. After the break, the Berliners came out of the locker room a little braver, but without becoming too dangerous. Lukebakio tried a number of things, his circle ball from inside right going to the left of the goal in the 51st minute. The game slowed noticeably, but sometimes Wolfsburg still managed to shine. The promoted Baku polished off some lovely preliminary work from icy Svanberg until VfL’s fourth goal, Marmoush followed. “I wish the club to get out of there. My heart is in Hertha,” said Nico Kovac, very pleased with his team’s performance after the furious victory against his old love Hertha BSC.

TSG Hoffenheim – VfB Stuttgart

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Still waiting for the first victory: Bruno Labbadia.

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Bruno Labbadia shouted and gesticulated incessantly – but despite the impressive morale of his new charges, the coach has yet to wait for the first victory of his second term at VfB Stuttgart. After all, the Swabians, having fallen behind and with ten men, made it 2: 2 (1: 1) in Baden-Württemberg’s duel at TSG Hoffenheim. With the draw, the VfB exacerbated the Kraichgauer crisis. Serhou Guirassy (45+5) and Wataru Endo (77) scored for Stuttgart (16 points), which last won at TSG almost a decade ago. Stuttgart’s misery abroad is now taking on incredible proportions: VfB have been waiting for an away win for more than 13 months.

The Hoffenheim side (19 points), well below expectations, have only scored two points in the last seven games and must, like VfB, prepare for the relegation battle. The two goals from Andrej Kramaric (11th, 90th + 4) did not change anything. Sinsheim’s 23,159 spectators saw the opening minutes get muddled. Neither team did anything constructive. Mishaps and misunderstandings shaped what happened. The first successful action of the game gave Hoffenheim the lead through Kramaric after some preparatory work from Angelino.

After falling behind, Stuttgart, author of a point in Labbadia’s debut last Saturday against FSV Mainz 05 (1-1), tried to regain control. The guests, who were missing Borna Sosa and Dan-Axel Zagadou, were unsuccessful on the offensive. Even after 25 minutes, the VfB fans who had traveled with them still didn’t see their side having a chance. Hoffenheim, who had to do without Grischa Prömel, Jacob Bruun Larsen, Dennis Geiger and the suspended Ozan Kabak, mastered the game without much effort.

The hosts’ lack of consistency in play kept VfB in the game. In stoppage time in the first half, Stuttgart woke up from its lethargy. Silas Katompa Mvumpa created VfB’s first chance (45’+1′), Guirassy equalized shortly after. Both teams struggled with injuries early in the second half. Beaten TSG defense chief Kevin Vogt remained in the dressing room, his Stuttgart counterpart Konstantinos Mavropanos had to be treated for a long time for a laceration in the head. In the majority, Hoffenheim almost took the lead thanks to Christoph Baumgartner (51st).

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