Schalke 04 - Hertha BSC

Germany: Bundesliga
Schalke 04 A. Harit (6)
Hertha BSC D. Boyata (19), J. Ngankam (74), D. Lukebakio (89)

Hertha top Schalke 2-1 in final make-up match

By Peter Vice

In the final make-up match from Hertha BSC's quarantine, Pal Dardai's troops prevailed over Schalke 04 2-1. 

A much deserved victory sees the West Berlin club climb up to 13th place in the table, three points off the relegation playoff place. 

Pal Dardai.
Pal Dardai.Photo: Commons/CC-by-SA 3.0

Despite a minor COVID outbreak in the Schalke camp that threatened to delay the match, the 2020/21 German Bundesliga is finally caught up. All 18 teams have now played 32 matches entering the final two rounds of the season. Hertha BSC grabbed a much-needed and a genuinely earned three points against the already-relegated Schalke 04. The win boosts Hertha's survival prospects immensely.

Both Pal Dardai and Dimitrios Grammozis found themselves needing to make several personnel changes for different reasons. Dardai, in light of Hertha's packed make-up schedule, once again rotated heavy. Only keeper Alexander Schwolow, midfielder Lucas Tousart, and striker Krzysztof Piatek maintained their place from Sunday's XI. Missing several players to quarantine, Grammozis fielded three new players to Dardai's eight.

An amazing solo run from Amine Harit propelled the hosting Westphalians to a 1-0 lead. Schalke's Moroccan star cut inside the 18 and finished with a flourish in the 6th minute. A midfield stalemate then ensued overt the course of the opening 45, though Hertha Dedryck Boyata was able to equalize off a set-piece in the 19th.

The Berliners merged from the tunnel looking much more eager and organized. A flurry of chances between the 50th and 65th nearly saw them take the lead. Boyata hit the post in the 63rd. The visiting Charlottenburgers were in complete control of the game. It thus came as no surprise that they finally did take the lead in the 74th.

The subbed-on Jessic Ngankam proved the hero this time, set up nicely by starter Nemanja Radonjic. The Serbian assist provider had chance to put it beyond all doubt minutes later, but couldn't find the finish in the 83rd. Taking advantage of a Dodi Lukebakio red card in the 88th, Schalke pushed for an equalizer deep into injury time.

Shkodran Mustafi and Bentio Raman were extremely unlucky both to hit the post on a double chance at 90+3. After hanging on for all three points, Hertha are now unbeaten in seven consecutive fixtures. Safely can be clinched at the Olympiastadion on Saturday with a win over fellow relegation candidates 1. FC Köln.

Schalke 04
1Ralf Fährmann
30Shkodran Mustafi
26Salif Sané
24Bastian Oczipka
41Florian Flick
31Timo Becker ↩90
36Blendi Idrizi ↩77
25Amine Harit
20Sead Kolašinac (C)
21Klaas-Jan Huntelaar ↩77
43Matthew Hoppe
23Frederik Rønnow
9Benito Raman ↪77
18Gonçalo Paciência ↪90
22Steven Skrzybski ↪77
2Kilian Ludewig
19Brooklyn Ezeh
49Vasíleios Pavlídis
28Alessandro Schöpf
Hertha BSC
1Alexander Schwolow
2Peter Pekarík
20Dedryck Boyata (C)
14Omar Alderete
21Marvin Plattenhardt
6Vladimír Darida ↩58
29Lucas Tousart
7Mathew Leckie ↩58
16Javairô Dilrosun ↩76
24Nemanja Radonjić ↩89
9Krzysztof Piątek ↩58
12Nils-Jonathan Körber
11Dodi Lukebakio ↪58
27Jessic Ngankam ↪58
5Niklas Stark
25Jordan Torunarigha ↪89
42Deyovaisio Zeefuik
18Santiago Ascacíbar ↪58
23Eduard Löwen
40Jonas Michelbrink ↪76

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