A huge win for Hertha. Their top-flight fate is in their own hands as they move four points clear of 16th-placed Stuttgart, with three games to go. VfB have a real job on to extend their Bundesliga stay...
GAME, SET AND MATCH!
Stuttgart are caught out on the counter as Mittelstädt fires a shot across goal. It's going well wide, but Ito is under pressure and keeps the ball in play. In doing so, he inadvertently feeds Belfodil, who keeps his composure to turn the Stuttgart defender and slot under Müller.
FIVE ADDED MINUTES
Wolfsburg at home, Bayern away and Cologne at home. Unless they can get a leveller here, Stuttgart will need at least four points from their three remaining games if they're to avoid a relegation play-off or, worse still, automatic relegation.
Speed check: The fastest player in the game after 90 minutes
Ito lumps a ball into the box from deep. Kalajdzic goes up, but Lotka beats him to it. The young Hertha stopper has looked really assured in recent weeks - you can see why Dortmund have snapped him up.
A WORD ON KPB
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Ekkelenkamp's on for goalscorer Selke, who has been struggling with cramp.
VFB COME AGAIN.
Führich drives into the box and tries to square a pass to Kalajdzic, but Kempf is there with a vital interception. VfB need a goal...
Attacking change from Matarazzo, and a defensive one from Magath. That's a fair reflection of the pattern of play since the restart. Can Stuttgart find an equaliser?
WORTH A GO!
Pekarik is allowed to run at the Stuttgart defence. He hits a low shot across goal that nicks off Belfodil and whistles wide of the far post. Gasps from the home faithful...
... but still no 'clear-cut' chances.
RISING SHOT COUNT...
3 off target
1 on target
4 off target
5 on target
KNOCKING AT THE DOOR
Stuttgart continue to create half chances as Tomas sees a shot charged down, before firing the rebound straight at Lotka.
Darida collects his fifth yellow card of the season, meaning he'll miss Hertha's relegation six-pointer with Bielefeld. Needless challenge.
Boateng applauds the Hertha crowd as he makes way for Belfodil. The veteran midfielder rarely plays 90 minutes these days. Mittelstädt is also on, with Serdar making way.
A ball falls kindly for Thommy on the edge of the Hertha area, but he doesn't it catch it quite right and Lotka is able to make a routine save. Much more purpose about VfB's play since the restart.
WHAT A RUN!
Mavropanos carries the ball from inside the Stuttgart half. He drives into the Hertha box before firing goalwards, but a deflection takes it onto the crossbar. Incredible effort from a defender with a penchant for goals.
Plattenhardt picked up a knock towards the end of the half. Bjorkan's on at left-back for only his sixth Bundesliga appearance.
Hertha lead through that early Selke goal. They've been the better side, and are going four points clear of relegation play-off spot incumbents Stuttgart as things stand. VfB need a rocket.
Kempf goes up for a corner. Ito diverts it to Tousart at the far post, but the Hertha man can only steer his effort into the side netting. Let-off for Stuttgart.
Endo goes into the book for a foul on Serdar. That's his third yellow card of the season. Matarazzo will be hoping his midfield heartbeat doesn't pick up any mandatory bans in the weeks ahead, with only three games left after today.
Kalajdzic's first touch evades him following Mavropanos's adventurous run out from the back. Führich takes on the shot from 25 yards, but it's straight at Lotka.
TOUCH OF CLASS
Stuttgart very nearly caught out as Boateng flicks a fabulous pass towards Selke, before VfB scramble clear. Even at 35, Kevin-Prince still has the audacious in his locker.
Stuttgart go on the offensive with Mangala, whose cross is blocked behind by Kempf. Führich takes, but can't find intended target Sosa. Very disjointed from VfB so far.
Speed check: The fastest player in the game after 30 minutes
A blow for Stuttgart. Stenzel has picked up a knock and can't continue, so Thommy - more of an attacking player - is on. VfB will move to a back three, with Thommy and Sosa the wing-backs.
Selke showed great technique on the stretch to sidefoot Plattenhardt's cross beyond Müller. Plenty of players have fluffed chances like that.
HERTHA PUNCHING ABOVE EXPECTATION
2 off target
1 on target
0 off target
1 on target
Kalajdzic drops deep in a bid to influence the game. So deep, in fact, the 6'5" Stuttgart striker is in the Sosa position as he flights a cross into the arms of Lotka. He's supposed to be the man attacking deliveries like that!
Stuttgart's first effort on goal as Endo jinks forward and warms the palms of Lotka from range. The visitors haven't really got going yet, but that effort's an encouraging sign.
That's only Selke's third Bundesliga goal of the season, and 33rd in 187 Bundesliga games. The Hertha striker played for Stuttgart as a youth, too!
Selke sticks out a boot on the penalty spot to volley in Plattenhardt's left-wing cross. There's a check for a possible offside - it's a fingertip at most - but the goal stands!
Situation No goal
A WHISKER AWAY!
Former Stuttgart defender Kempf wins his header from a Plattenhardt corner. He guides it dangerously back across goal, but Selke can't turn it home at the far post.
Massive game in the German capital. Hertha are in their change strip of dark blue, Stuttgart are in red.
"It was important for us to get the win in Augsburg, but those points only really mean something if we also pick up the points against Stuttgart. The team worked hard for the win against Augsburg. We can only look at ourselves and want to pick up as many points as quickly as possible in the upcoming games."
PELLEGRINO'S POSITIVE VIBES
"We're excited about the possibility of climbing out of the relegation play-off position against our direct rivals. It's a huge opportunity for us. I'm getting a good feeling from the players. They're working in a very focused manner. You can feel the togetherness and we've managed to pick up points on a consistent basis in recent weeks."
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Hertha begin the day a point above the relegation play-off spot occupied by Stuttgart, who are two ahead of second-bottom Arminia Bielefeld. Greuther Fürth have already been relegated, while 14th-placed Augsburg - currently winning in Bochum - are set to move six clear of Hertha with three rounds of fixtures remaining.
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Felix Magath makes one change from the team that beat Augsburg last time out, with Vladimir Darida starting in place of the suspended Marco Richter. Stuttgart coach Pellegrino Matarazzo welcomes back influential midfielder Wataru Endo, meanwhile, but striker Omar Marmoush is unavailable.
HERTHA STARTING LINE-UP
Lotka - Pekarik, Boyata (c), Kempf, Plattenhardt - Tousart, Ascacibar - Darida, Boateng, Serdar - Selke
Christensen, Bjorkan, Stark, Mittelstädt, Dardai, Ekkelenkamp, Belfodil, Wollschläger, Kade
STUTTGART STARTING LINE-UP
Müller - Stenzel, Mavropanos, Ito, Sosa - Endo, Anton (c), Mangala - Tomas, Kalajdzic, Führich
Bredlow, Bazzoli, Coulibaly, Millot, Thommy, Förster, Klimowicz, Beyaz, Tibidi
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