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FULL-TIME! HERTHA 1-6 LEIPZIG
Leipzig end the weekend back in fourth place after an emphatic win in the capital. Hertha got themselves back on level terms early in the second period, but the game turned on Kempf’s red card and Nkunku’s subsequent penalty. There was only ever going to be one winner after that.
Speed check: The fastest player in the game after 90 minutes
Joško Gvardiol 33.47km/h
Lukas Klostermann 33.10km/h
Nordi Mukiele 32.95km/h
HERTHA HIT FOR SIX!
Just brilliant from Leipzig. Olmo weights his pass to perfection. Poulsen is onto it, and nonchalantly chips the ball over the advancing Schwolow. Time for a seventh?
GOAL!1 : 6
RED CARD RESCINDED
Ascacibar is shown a red card after catching Poulsen late. There's no malice in that, though, and the decision is downgraded upon VAR review.
Situation Red card
Decision Yellow card
Leipzig are taking Hertha to school! Adams lays the ball off for Haidara, who arrows a vicious hit past Schwolow from 18 yards. Arguably the best goal of the bunch.
GOAL!1 : 5
Henrichs' final action is to spin his marker and whip a teasing cross into the box. It's hooked away, before Adams comes on to take his place. Laimer moves to the left-hand side of the defence to occupy the Henrichs role, with Adams setting up shop in central midfield.
Ex-Leipzig forward Selke's on for Richter. There's also a debut for 18-year-old Berlin native Anton Kade. The anonymous Belfodil makes way.
It does indeed get worse for Hertha. Haidara picks off a loose pass and threads a superb ball into the feet of Silva in the box. He's denied by Schwolow at close range, but there's Olmo to control the rebound and scoop high into the roof of the net.
GOAL!1 : 4
Nkunku's done his job. He's scored six times in as many games. Silva's on in his stead. Maolida replaces Jovetic for the stricken hosts.
NKUNKU AT THE DOUBLE!
Lovely one-touch football from Leipzig. Poulsen guides a first-time pass into the channel for Olmo. He slides it across for Nkunku, who steals in between two Hertha shirts to fire in his 13th Bundesliga goal of the season. This could get ugly for 10-man Hertha...
GOAL!1 : 3
Nkunku absolutely nails his spot-kick into the bottom corner. Schwolow went the right way, but that had too much power and inch-perfect precision. That's how to take a penalty!
GOAL!1 : 2
Kempf is shown a straight red card for denying Nkunku a clear goal-scoring opportunity. The Frenchman will take the penalty...
Tedesco rolls the dice. Olmo, who has been in fine form following injury, replaces Szboszlai. Laimer, another nearing his best following his injury, replaces Forsberg.
GULACSI AT FULL STRETCH
It's Jovetic again for Hertha. The Montenegrin gets right behind his low strike, but Gulacsi is down fast to push it to safety. Superb save.
Leipzig respond in kind as Szoboszlai smashes wide of Schwolow's far post from distance. The Hungarian certainly has spectacular goals in his locker - good effort!
Richter feeds Jovetic, who spoons over from eight yards out. Huge chance spurned by the well-travelled forward.
Hertha restore parity early in the second half. Jovetic carries the ball a good 40 yards, before firing home from inside the box, a deflection off Gvardiol leaving Gulacsi with no chance.
GOAL!1 : 1
Simakan took a knock late in the first half, and can't continue. Klostermann is on on the right-hand side of the Leipzig defence.
HALF-TIME! HERTHA 0-1 LEIPZIG
Leipzig deservedly ahead through Benni Henrichs' second goal of the season. They've played with confidence, and controlled the game for long periods.
Sixty seconds at the end of the first half in the capital...
TICKING OFF FOR TED
Domenico Tedesco talks his way into the referee's book, unhappy at an earlier challenge on Simakan. The Leipzig head coach acknowledges he was in the wrong.
Leipzig force a corner off Gechter. Nkunku goes long for Gvardiol, who loops a header into the grateful arms of Schwolow.
LEIPZIG IN RED
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GULACSI DOES HIS JOB
Jovetic swings a boot at the ensuing free-kick, forcing a relatively routine save out of Gulacsi. Encouraging signs for Hertha, though.
The hosts spring to life as Darida sends Richter through on goal. There's a hint of Gvardiol being the last man as he bundles the Hertha forward to ground, but Simakan is close by so it's just the yellow.
1 off target
0 on target
3 off target
3 on target
Speed check: The fastest player in the game after 30 minutes
Stevan Jovetic 32.14km/h
Nordi Mukiele 31.73km/h
Yussuf Poulsen 31.33km/h
Hertha concede possession on the edge of their own box through Ascacibar. A pass is fed through to Nkunku, whose goal-bound shot is charged down.
Richter goes in studs-up on Orban. That's a clear booking. Orban needs some TLC.
The visitors get the goal their dominance deserves. Poulsen does really well to control a through-ball and turn his marker. He finds Henrichs, whose initial effort is blocked. The Leipzig full-back then fires home on the rebound, with the aid of a big deflection off Gechter.
GOAL!0 : 1
Nkunku carves open the Hertha defence with a surging run across the box. He slides in Mukiele, who drives narrowly wide of the far post.
Commanding start from Leipzig. Hertha are camped in their own half.
AWAY WE GO!
Leipzig, all in red, get us under way. They've dropped to seventh over the course of the weekend, but will climb back up to fourth with a win.
RARITY FOR FORSBERG
Forsberg begins a competitive match for the first time in 2022 for Leipzig. The Swede came off the bench to equalise in the draw with Real Sociedad on Thursday.
STARTING DEBUT FOR BJORKAN
Having made three Bundesliga appearances as a substitute so far, Norwegian left-back Frederik Bjorkan makes his starting debut for Hertha here.
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NKUNKU ON FIRE
Leipzig's formidable French forward, Christopher Nkunku, was on target again in with a spectacular header in Die Roten Bullen's 2-2 midweek, Europa League play-off draw against Spanish side Real Sociedad. The 24-year-old now has 20 goals across all competitions so far this season and will be keen to add to his 11 strikes in the Bundesliga in the German capital tonight.
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"Every Bundesliga match is important - we can't afford to and don't want to take any game lightly." So said Leipzig coach Domenico Tedesco, whose team have been climbing up the standings in recent weeks. With five wins and a draw in their last seven games in all competitions, morale is high among a team chasing a top-four finish. That said, the Leipzig boss warned of the dangers of facing a wounded Hertha today. "[They] are in a difficult position at the moment, but their team does show in moments just what they're capable of," Tedesco said.
KORKUT TARGETS ATTACKING STRATEGY
Hertha coach Tayfun Korkut has called on his side to be "brave" ahead of their tricky Matchday 23 encounter against a Leipzig side enjoying a new lease of life under Domenico Tedesco. "We want to play the game on the front foot, keep creating as many shooting opportunities as possible," Korkut insisted. Winless in their last six games in all competitions, the Old Lady will have to be at their best as they chase a first win in 2022.
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HERTHA STARTING XI
Schwolow - Pekarik (c), Gechter, Kempf, Bjorkan - Richter, Tousart, Ascacibar - Darida - Belfodil, Jovetic
Lotka, Selke, Myziane, Röcker, Albrecht, Kade, Atemona
LEIPZIG STARTING XI
Gulacsi (c) - Simakan, Orban, Gvardiol - Mukiele, Haidara, Kampl, Forsberg - Nkunku, Szoboszlai - Poulsen
Tschauner, Martinez, Klostermann, Adams, Laimer, Olmo, Silva, Novoa
SUNDAY TRIPLE HEADER?
That's right - instead of the customary two Bundesliga games today there are three, with this fixture concluding the Matchday 23 action. As Dortmund and Leipzig were both involved in the UEFA Europa League knockout round play-offs on Thursday, they play today to afford them an extra day's rest.
Here you can find all the information about Hertha Berlin against Leipzig on Matchday 23.