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Hertha BSC - Wolfsburg

Germany: Bundesliga
Hertha BSC M. Cunha (6)
Olympiastadion BerlinFull time1-1
Wolfsburg R. Baku (20)
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Wolfsburg hold off late Hertha barrage to preserve 1-1 draw

By Peter Vice

Brno Labbadia' Hertha BSC snapped a four-game losing streak and earned their first home point of the 2020/21 campaign at an empty Olympiastadion on Sunday. 

Despite a strong second-half performance, they could do no better than draw visiting VfL Wolfsburg. 

Jhon Cordoba.
Jhon Cordoba.Photo: Sandro Halank, Wikimedia Commons, CC-BY-SA 3.0

An unchanged Hertha Xi squared off against a VfL side missing captain Joshua Guilavogui (injury) and peak performer Maximilian Arnold (birth of child) in the Bundesliga's Sunday 18:00 fixture. A nice piece of persistence helped the hosts take the early lead. Attacker Matheus Cunha fired past Koen Casteels after a stumble in the 6th.

The German Wolves attempted to answer via strong efforts from new starters Josip Brekalo and Yannick Gerhardt. Bucaneering fullback Ridle Baku eventually pulled Germany's green company team level with a scorching effort in the 20th. 

A very intense game of tactical cat and mouse ensued between the two managers. It took roughly a half hour after the restart for Labbadia to break down Oliver Glasner's defensive set-up. After the 75th, the chances came fast and furious with striker Jhon Cordoba missing several late chances before the full-time whistle blew.

Hertha BSC
(4-2-3-1)
1A. Schwolow
2P. Pekarík
20D. Boyata (C)
14O. Alderete
17M. Mittelstädt ↪74
5N. Stark
29L. Tousart ↪57
11D. Lukebakio ↪74
6V. Darida
10M. Cunha
15J. Córdoba ↪82
Bench
22R. Jarstein
9K. Piątek ↩82
27J. Ngankam
13L. Klünter
21M. Plattenhardt ↩74
31M. Dárdai
8M. Guendouzi ↩57
16J. Dilrosun ↩74
23E. Löwen
Wolfsburg
(4-2-3-1)
1K. Casteels (C)
20R. Baku
4M. Lacroix
25J. Brooks
15J. Roussillon ↪86
24X. Schlager
31Y. Gerhardt
8R. Steffen
17M. Philipp ↪65
7J. Brekalo ↪66
9W. Weghorst ↪90
Bench
12P. Pervan
21B. Bialek ↩90
33D. Ginczek
34M. Pongracic
39T. Siersleben
10Y. Mallı
11F. Klaus ↩86
14A. Mehmedi ↩65
40J. Victor ↩66

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