HERTHA OFF THE MARK!
Hertha get their first points of the campaign on the board. Bochum were the more active side for long stages, but the Old Lady weathered the storm and made their chances count on the counter.
TOUSART FROM HALFWAY!
Great hit from the Frenchman, who spots Riemann off his line from fully 50 yards. The Bochum No.1 tries to control with his feet - it slips away from him, but he recovers to spare his blushes.
Speed check: The fastest player in the game after 90 minutes
Bella Kotchap pulled up lame as Maolida powered towards Riemann's goal. He makes way, along with Stafylidis and Holtmann, with Decarli, Bockhorn and Antwi-Adjei the completing the treble change. Big call from Thomas Reis...
Armel Bella Kotchap
Hertha score again when they've been very much on the back-foot. Maolida collects possession on the right-hand side, drives inside and fires across Riemann left-footed from 18 yards. Dream Bundesliga debut for the Frenchman - Bochum have a mountain to climb.
Kevin-Prince Boateng brings his wealth of experience to the table in the closing stages. It's his fourth competitive appearance of the season since returning to his boyhood club in the summer.
Holtmann whips over a cross that Polter cushions into the path of Löwen. Boyata gets the first touch, though, diverting the ball into his former Hertha teammate and narrowly wide.
Robert Tesche comes on to shore up the Bochum midfield. Losilla, who was at fault for one of Serdar's goals, makes way.
ZOLLER PULLS ONE BACK!
Bochum are back in it! Holtmann goes on one of those mazy runs that earned him the August Goal of the Month award, taking out Boyata and Zeefuik on his way to goal. His shot is saved by Schwolow, but Zoller's on hand to turn in the rebound.
Myziane Molida's on for his Bundesliga debut, following his recent switch from Nice. The 22-year-old winger made 63 appearances for his former club, registering five goals and seven assists.
Good spell for Bochum as Danilo Soares runs in off the flank, travelling a good 30 yards unchecked. The Brazilian's attempted through-pass is too close to Schwolow, though.
Mittelstädt concedes a free-kick for a foul on Zoller. Stafylidis whips it round the wall, but Schwolow gets down well to his left to beat it away.
Maxi Mittelstädt and 17-year-old Linus Gechter have replaced injured duo Torunarigha and Jastrzembski. Hertha still with three at the back...
Bochum won't have too many complaints about their overall performance, but it's Hertha with the half-time lead through Suat Serdar's quick-fire brace. Football can be cruel...
SERDAR AT THE DOUBLE!
Hertha extend their lead in Bochum! Dennis Jastrzembski's long throw causes problems in the Bochum box. Belfodil wins his header, despite being surrounded by three opposition defenders, and Serdar slams past Riemann at his near-post. Smash-and-grab stuff from the Old Lady!
Well, well - talk against a goal against the run of play! Niklas Stark forces the error from Anthony Losilla in midfield. Vladimir Darida shifts the ball into the feet of Suat Serdar, who expertly holds off three Bochum shirts, before arrowing past Manuel Riemann from the edge of the area. The capital club are alive and kicking!
HEART VS. CONFIDENCE
Bochum are pressing the opposition hard, and winning the majority of the second balls. Hertha, by contrast, are sitting off and severely lacking in confidence.
The Hertha wing-back has fallen twice on his shoulder, and can't continue. Zeefuik, who started the 5-0 loss to Bayern, enters the fray.
Speed check: The fastest player in the game after 30 minutes
BOCHUM MARGINALLY THE BETTER SIDE
The hosts are controlling the game so far this first half. Hertha are leaving far too many gaps between the lines.
Richter picks off Rexhbecaj's mispace pass, but is unable to land his long-range strike on target. Hertha still finding their rhythm in the final third...
The big Bochum striker rises to meet Rexhbecaj's cross, but can't direct his effort on target. The flanks are without doubt Bochum's best chance of a goal.
WHO IS JASTRZEMBSKI?
Dennis Jastrzembski gets forward for Hertha, the 21-year-old winning a corner. Riemann punches clear, but that's exactly what Dardai will want to see from his wild card inclusion, who "impressed with his commitment in training during the week." Jastrzembski is making his 12th Bundesliga appearance, having spent the previous campaign on loan in Germany's third tier with Waldhof Mannheim.
Bochum have made a positive start on home turf. They've won a couple of set-pieces in promising areas, and Anthony Losilla's just forced the first save out of Alexander Schwolow from a cross. Two of the team's three goals this term have come from out wide...
The ball's rolling at the Ruhrstadion, where the partisan home crowd are rocking!
WATCH: GOAL OF THE MONTH
THE SEASON SO FAR
Bochum have made an encouraging start to their first season back in the Bundesliga for 11 years. A man down for the majority of the contest aganst Wolfsburg on Matchday 1, they were unfortunate to slip to a 1-0 loss. The Ruhr side then beat Mainz 2-1, before suffering a narrow 2-1 defeat to Cologne. Hertha also lost to Cologne (3-1) and Wolfsburg (2-1), before being thumped 5-0 by defending champions Bayern.
MORE ON THOSE TEAMS
Bochum coach Thomas Reis shuffles his pack following the 2-1 loss to Cologne. Hoffenheim loanee Kostas Stafylidis is preferred to Herbert Bockhorn at right-back, while there are starts for Wolfsburg- and Hertha-owned midfielders Elvis Rexhbecaj and Eduard Löwen. Pal Dardai also makes changes as he looks to arrest Hertha's winless start to 2021/22. Jordan Torunarigha, Lukas Klünter, Vladimir Darida, Dennis Jastrzembski, Marco Richter and Ishak Belfodil all come in. Kevin-Prince Boateng is only fit enough for the bench.
BOCHUM STARTING LINE-UP
Riemann - Stafylidis, Lampropoulos, Bella-Kotchap, Soares - Losilla (c), Löwen, Rexhbecaj - Zoller, Polter, Holtmann
Esser, Masovic, Decarli, Bockhorn, Osterhage, Tesche, Novothny, Antwi-Adjei, Pantovic
HERTHA STARTING LINE-UP
Schwolow - Stark, Boyata (c), Torunarigha - Klünter, Tousart, Darida, Jastrzembski - Richter, Serdar - Belfodil
Christensen, Pekarik, Mittelstädt, Zeefuik, Gechter, Ekkelenkamp, Ascacibar, Boateng, Maolida