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We'll have just two minutes of added time at the end of this game.
PIATEK GOES CLOSE!
The substitute is the next man who breaks away on goal, but his shot at the near post crashes into the side-netting rather than the back of the net.
STILL PUSHING FORWARD
Leverkusen haven't given up hope here but time is not on their side, and Jarstein remains untested despite a host of good chances. Bosz will be disappointed that his side are leaving without a goal at the very least.
The triple change comes for Hertha with Torunarigha, Netz and Piatek all coming on with Hertha in control.
The Leverkusen substitute is shown a yellow card.
CUNHA GOES CLOSE!
The Brazilian could have a hat-trick here today but in the end it's just one as he drags another shot wide across goal with a low drive.
CHANGES FOR BOTH SIDES
Radonjic comes on for Hertha, while Bellarabi is on for Leverkusen.
THE LEVERKUSEN STRUGGLES
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BIG CHANCE FOR CUNHA!
Hertha break through the middle and it's Cunha sent away on goal. He's one-on-one with Grill but the Germany U21 international comes out on top this time, making a big block before his defence come to clear.
The Argentine midfielder comes on for Cordoba here to add some midfield muscle.
AS THINGS STANDS
Hertha's three points which are looking more and more secure by the minute will move up to 14th with this result. There are just two points between 17th and 14th.
He has a goal, but also the most challenges won in the game.
CUNHA DOING THE HARD WORK HERE!
Matheus CunhaJeremie Frimpong
HUGE CHANCE FOR LEVERKUSEN!
Demirbay lofts the ball over the top for Wirtz to chase into the Hertha area and he plays a volley across goal. Alario can't reach it but the ball comes to the back post for Schick to hit, only for Jarstein to produce a big save to keep him out. That's Leverkusen's best chance so far.
It's Cunha who is racing forward through the middle and he lays Lukebakio in on goal before he slots past Grill. Felix Brych checks for a handball in the build-up from Cordoba and the goal is ruled out.
ON THE FRONT FOOT AGAIN
Hertha are three up but still coming forward for more at the start of the second half. Cordoba and Dardai coming closest with a few half-chances, with Leverkusen needing to buck up their ideas if they have a chance to get back into this.
Alario and Amiri are on at the break for Leverkusen as we get the second half underway with a mountain to climb for the visitors.
We'll have two minutes of added time at the end of the first half.
Hertha are showing Leverkusen how to create chances here.
CLINICAL AT ONE END ONLY
JARSTEIN FORCED INTO ACTION
A first piece of work for Hertha's goalkeeper as Wendell charges into the area on the left before shooting at goal, and Jarstein is able to parry it away with ease.
A loose touch from Bailey and he's booked four his foul on Guendouzi that follows.
IT'S THREE FOR HERTHA!
The Old Lady are singing loud and proud here with a three-goal lead inside 33 minutes. Cunha leads the break with Lukebakio collecting his pass and sending Zeefuik in on goal. His cutback finds Cordoba but he's snuffed out by the recovering defence, only for the Colombian to produce a moment of class with a Cruyff turn past Tah before smashing home from close range. Hertha flying!
Another chance for Leverkusen's frontman as he and Tapsoba go for Demirbay's corner from the far side, but neither can get their head to the ball.
Speed check: The fastest player in the game after 30 minutes
Jeremie Agyekum Frimpong32.16km/h
CUNHA MAKES IT TWO!
Two chances, two goals and Hertha are in dreamland! Cunha is the man of the hour for the second goal. It's a counter with Tousart sending Lukebakio away down the right. He cuts back inside and finds Cunha, who skips past Tah with the blocking assist of Cordoba before providing a powerful finish low across Grill.
DEMIRBAY HAS A GO
He's usually good from range, but Demirbay hits this shot from 25 yards high and wide. Leverkusen's chances have been more frequent than Hertha, but Jarstein remains untested.
Hertha have the lead, but it's Leverkusen who have had most of the early possession.
LEVERKUSEN ON THE BALL
Another headed chance for Schick goes begging as Frimpong crosses from the right to find the Leverkusen striker all alone in the middle, but he totally miscues his effort which then bounces well wide. Not the start he was hoping for.
SCHICK HEADS WIDE
A first chance of the game for the visitors as Demirbay's free-kick meets the head of Schick in the Hertha area, but he can't keep his effort on target across goal.
A MOMENT OF MAGIC
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The Belgian is down in pain after a challenge from Wendell. Leverkusen put the ball out, albeit reluctantly, and he's back up again now.
AS EASY AS THAT!
Well, what a start to this game! Hertha's first attack comes down the left with Mittelstädt forcing Grill into an awkward save with a cross. It comes to Lukebakio at the back post, who finds Zeefuik in space. The full-back goes for goal with a beautiful curling shot which Grill could only watch float over him into the top corner.
Our second game of the day is off and away in the German capital.
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THE TASK AT HAND FOR HERTHA
Hertha have had 21 points after 25 matches three times before. On each occasion, they have been relegated. For the capital club, with the current scoreline in Sinsheim with Mainz ahead against Hoffenheim, Hertha are second-bottom in the table and two points adrift of safety. It's tight at the bottom, and every point counts so much now.
BAILEY LOOKING TO RESTART 2021
Bailey has scored six and assisted six in 23 Bundesliga appearances so far this season, but has only had a direct hand in four goals in 11 matches since the turn of the year.
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BAYER LATE THAN NEVER
Leverkusen have failed to score a first-half goal in their previous four Bundesliga outings. Their last five league goals have fallen on or after the 70th minute.
CAN DODI AND JHON BE MORE CLINICAL?
The Old Lady are averaging 10 shots per game under Dardai, but have only scored four times. They have yet to keep a clean sheet in his seven matches back at the club. It's Lukebakio and Cordoba starting in attack ahead of Cunha today.
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HERTHA TEAM NEWS
A red card to Darida earned him a three-game suspension but fortunately for Dardai, Ascacibar is available again after missing the trip to Dortmund. He is only on the bench, with Guendouzi starting centre of the midfield, with Cunha providing support to Lukebakio and Cordoba after recovering from a thigh injury. Khedira is still ruled out with a calf injury, though, depriving Dardai of some valuable experience at the centre of the park.
LEVERKUSEN TEAM NEWS
The return to action of Wirtz as a second-half substitute in the 2-1 defeat to Bielefeld last weekend comes as a welcome boost for Bosz, who starts the 17-year-old fresh from his first nomination to the senior Germany squad. Demirbay keeps his place too, while Gray and Bailey line up alongside Schick in attack, with Diaby ruled out. S. Bender is fit enough for the bench, while Paulinho is not yet fit enough for the squad despite returning to training in midweek.
HERTHA STARTING XI!
Jarstein - Klünter, Stark (c), M. Dardai - Zeefuik, Guendouzi, Tousart, Mittelstädt - Cunha - Lukebakio, Cordoba
Schwolow, Pekarik, Alderete, Plattenhardt, Torunarigha, Netz, Ascacibar, Radonjic, Piatek
LEVERKUSEN STARTING XI!
Grill - Frimpong, Tah, Tapsoba, Wendell - Wirtz, Aranguiz (c), Demirbay - Bailey, Schick, Gray
Lomb, S. Bender, Dragovic, Jedvaj, Weiser, Amiri, Palacios, Alario, Bellarabi
Here you will find the most important information on the game between Hertha Berlin and Bayer 04 Leverkusen on Matchday 26 of the 2020/21 Bundesliga season.