FULL-TIME: HERTHA 1-1 BOCHUM
Ascacibar concedes a late corner, but Hertha force the Bochum players further and further away from Schwolow's goal, before the whistle sounds on a 1-1 draw. A fair result, it has to be said.
Speed check: The fastest player in the game after 90 minutes
Niklas Stark 33.64km/h
Tarsis Bonga 33.51km/h
Takuma Asano 33.43km/h
Pantovic picks out Bonga, who sends his header wide. What an introduction that would have been!
Tarsis Bonga makes his Bundesliga debut, with the industrious Locadia making way.
Armel Bella Kotchap
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Hertha have the chance to break with Lee, but he can't quite pull away in time and Bochum get men back to cover. The eventual cross is blocked. That just about sums up Hertha's display in the second half.
Holtmann's been a constant outlet and willing runner for Bochum, but he can't keep it up any longer, so on comes Antwi-Adjei. Richter and Bjorkan are on for the hosts, who've gone a bit flat in attack.
Fredrik André Bjørkan
Bochum have done a good job of keeping Jovetic quiet for the most part, but the Hertha striker gets a sniff here. He drives inside and bends goalwards, his shot catching a Bochum player on its way into the grateful hands of Riemann.
BOCHUM TAKING CHARGE
South Korea international winger Dongjun Lee, fresh from helping his country qualify for the 2022 FIFA World Cup, makes his Bundesliga debut. The Hertha winter transfer window signing scored 11 times in 28 games for Ulsan Hyundai across the 2021 K League 1 season.
LUCKY NUMBER SEVEN?
That was Sebastian Polter's seventh Bundesliga goal of the current campagn. That makes him the second highest scoring German national in this season's division, after Serge Gnabry (10). Is it time Germany coach Hansi Flick takes a look? He could certainly use an out-and-out striker...
WE HAVE AN EQUALISER!
Bochum hit back with their first meaningful attempt on goal. Schwolow makes a right meal of his attempt to punch clear Locadia's stinging shot on the turn. Diving one way, he only succeeds in batting it the other and straight into the path of half-time substitute Sebastian Polter, who slots into the unguarded net. Hertha's No.1 must be wishing the ground would Schwolow him up after that.
GOAL!1 : 1
HALF-TIME: HERTHA 1-0 BOCHUM
Belfodil's second Bundesliga goal of the season is the difference at half-time. Hertha have shaded proceedings, and will climb above Bochum into 11th, if they can hold out for a fifth win of the campaign. Bochum need to get the ball into Locadia, who's had precious little to feed on in the Hertha box.
Riemann has Jovetic running straight at him after being played into danger by a teammate on the edge of his own six-yard box. The Bochum stopper is taking no chances, and hoofs clear. That could have been embarrassing for the visiting defence.
6 off target
2 on target
1 off target
1 on target
Speed check: The fastest player in the game after 30 minutes
Niklas Stark 33.28km/h
Marc-Oliver Kempf 32.81km/h
Takuma Asano 32.72km/h
Bochum find space on the left-hand side on this occassion, with Leitsch. He drives a low cross into the danger zone, but Schwolow beats it clear.
Bochum respond as Locadia connects with Holtmann's deflected cross, but Schwolow makes an easy save. Everything's going through Holtmann.
And there it is. Hertha win a free-kick on the left-hand side, midway through the Bochum half. Jovetic swings it in towards the six-yard-box, where Belfodil glances a header into the far bottom corner. There's a quick VAR review for offside, but it stands.
GOAL!1 : 0
Maolida stands up his marker and tries to find Jovetic, who can't quite bring the pass under wraps. Hertha looking the more likely...
THE BOCHUMER MESSI
Nice play from Holtmann out on the Bochum right. He holds the ball up, before whipping over a teasing back-post cross. Locadia's lurking, but he's crowded out and the flag goes up for offside anyway. He has a lovely left foot, Holtmann.
ON THE VOLLEY!
Ascacibar connects with a cross, but sends his attempted volley comfortably over Riemann's goal. Hertha certainly the more active of the two sides. Bochum nowhere near as purposeful as they are on their own patch.
Referee Marco Fritz goes down over a stray leg as Bochum attempt another counter. He oversaw Hertha's 3-2 win over Dortmund here, and Bochum's 2-0 triumph against Frankfurt.
Bochum show signs of life in an attacking sense as Gerrit Holtmann drives forward and wins a corner with a deflected shot. The resultant delivery drifts harmlessly out of play, though.
HERTHA ASKING MORE QUESTIONS
Strong start from Hertha as Maolida forces a corner. It's Darida again with the shot in the ensuing melee, but a Bochum defender gets in the way.
Bochum only half clear a ball into the box for Maolida. Darida catches the loose clearance really well, but his shot from 18 yards is straight at Riemann.
Hertha are in their tradtional blue-and-white home kit. Bochum are in a change strip of mint green. Very fresh!
LOCADIA CONFIDENT OF SURVIVAL
BACK TO BASICS
BOCHUM TEAM NEWS
Bochum boss Thomas Reis makes three alternations to the team that started the 2-2 draw with Cologne. Captain Anthony Losilla is unavailable, so Robert Tesche will anchor the midfield. Cristian Gamboa gets the nod over Konstantinos Stafylidis at right-back, while Takuma Asano – a scorer from the bench last time out – starts for Eduard Löwen.
HERTHA TEAM NEWS
Tayfun Korkut makes five changes from the side comfortably beaten 4-1 at home by Bayern a fortnight ago. There’s a completely new central defensive partnership with Niklas Stark alongside new signing Marc-Oliver Kempf in a return to a back four. Stevan Jovetic is fit enough to start again up front, while Jurgen Ekkelenkamp and Santiago Ascacibar also come in. Suat Serdar, Marco Richter and Linus Gechter drop to the bench. Dedryck Boyata and Marton Dardai aren’t in the squad, but January arrivals Fredrik Bjorkan and Dong-jun Lee are both among the subs.
WATCH: INSIDE BOCHUM'S CHANGING ROOM
Esser, Bockhorn, Stafylidis, Lampropoulos, Osterhage, Antwi-Adjei, Bonga, Polter
Riemann (c) - Gamboa, Bella-Kotchap, Leitsch, Soares - Pantovic, Tesche, Rexhbecaj - Asano, Locadia, Holtmann
Lotka, Bjorkan, Klünter, Gechter, Serdar, Richter, Boateng, Lee, Selke
Schwolow - Pekarik, Stark (c), Kempf, Mittelstädt - Ekkelenkamp, Darida, Ascacibar, Maolida - Belfodil, Jovetic
WATCH: TONIGHT'S STAGE IN BERLIN
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