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We'll have four minutes of time added on at the end of this game.
Speed check: The fastest player in the game after 90 minutes
Fein comes into the Fürth midfield, replacing Seguin to provide some late energy.
LOOKING FOR A SPARK
The game has opened up here and Fürth are looking for a spark in their attack. At the moment, they're not being careful enough with the ball and Hertha are winning possession back too often for Fürth to mount a real attack.
BIG MOOD IN BERLIN!
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Leweling comes on in attack, replacing Dudziak on the left.
HERTHA IN FRONT!
The Old Lady have turned this game around in the second half and it's an own-goal from Bauer which has them ahead for the first time. A corner is cleared out to Richter on the right and he curls in a fine cross which Bauer miscues with his attempted clearance, with the ball rolling home off his left foot.
BIG CHANCE FOR SELKE!
Richter picks out Selke with a fantastic lofted free-kick to the back post and Selke has time to control and shoot at goal. But Burchert parries his effort behind.
A yellow card for the substitute as he kicks the ball away after Fürth conceded a free-kick.
HERTHA ON TOP
ALMOST FOR RICHTER
A tidy one-two between Richter and Ekkelenkamp sends the most recent substitute into the Fürth area. He has to control the ball in the air while moving past a defender and goes for a volleyed shot at goal, but he sends it high and beyond the goal.
INTO THE FINAL 20...
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Hertha's fifth change comes with over 20 minutes to play as Richter comes on for Maolida.
Looks like a hamstring issue for the Frenchman, and he's signalling that he's having to come off.
Leitl responds to that equaliser for Fürth with Abiama and Barry on for Itten and Willems.
DEBUT GOAL FOR EKKELENKAMP!
Just a minute after coming on, the Dutchman has his first goal for the club. What a debut and what an introduction. A corner swings in from the right from the left foot of Dardai, and Ekkelenkamp rises highest to meet it in front of goal with a powerful header.
Selke is on for Belfodil and there's a Bundesliga debut for Ekkelenkamp, the late summer window signing from Ajax.
HRGOTA FROM THE SPOT!
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HRGOTA SPOT ON!
Fürth's captain puts his side into the lead early in the second half. Hrgota with his second goal of the campaign as he fires his penalty down the middle with Schwolow diving to his right.
The away side have won a spot-kick after Zeefuik brings down Dudziak with an attempted clearance. It has been checked and is confirmed.
BELFODIL HAS A GO!
A first shot on target for Hertha, as Belfodil races forward down the left and cuts inside to shoot from the corner of the Fürth area. His effort is straight at Burchert though.
HERTHA ON THE CHARGE
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A first card of the evening for a Fürth player, with Nielsen cautioned by referee Tobias Stieler in midfield.
WILLEMS FIRES OVER!
A good chance for the Fürth left-back again as he makes a fine run forward inside of Dudziak, who finds him with a neat pass. He goes for goal despite defenders in his way, and his right-footed strike loops just over the crossbar.
Hertha have made a bright start to this second half, with Zeefuik and Serdar combining well down the right, but no shot on goal comes from his cut-back. The hosts dominating possession in these early minutes here and looking to get forward with intent.
A half-time change for Hertha with Jastrzembski coming on for Plattenhardt on the left for Hertha.
We'll have two minutes of time added on at the end of this first half.
A first yellow card of the game goes the way of Boateng for a foul in midfield.
A free-kick into the Hertha area from the right causes panic in the Hertha defence. The ball drops right in front of goal with Viergever getting a shot away, but his effort is blocked. The ball comes down for another hit at goal but Schwolow is on hand to make the save.
ALMOST FOR MAOLIDA!
Hertha counter superbly down the right with Zeefuik found in acres of space. He fires over a cross from the right which goes beyond Serdar and Belfodil in the middle and then Maolida puts the ball wide of goal sliding in at the back post. Another half-chance goes begging for the hosts.
ALL DOWN THE LEFT
Hertha have had 60% of their attacks come down the left flank so far, with Plattenhardt getting up and down the pitch well.
IT'S BEEN A BATTLE!
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FÜRTH WORKING HARD
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The home side are having trouble connecting midfield and attack here, with Serdar looking to do most of the work on his own thus far. We've seen little of Belfodil or Maolida, which is a credit to the Fürth defence as well.
Speed check: The fastest player in the game after 30 minutes
Boyata can't continue and it's 17-year-old Gechter coming on for his second Bundesliga appearance, the captain of Germany's U18 team.
The Hertha captain has gone down here in pain off the ball. It looks like it's something in his right leg, and this would be a huge blow to the home side who already have several defensive absentees. He's limping off.
FÜRTH ON THE BALL
The away side are enjoying possession here, and constantly looking for long balls into Itten and Hrgota in attack to then link up with the midfield coming up the field. So far, though, Hertha have handled what they have thrown at them.
BOATENG STARTING WELL
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Fürth's left midfielder is down after taking a knock from his own man, Willems, with a knee to the head. He looks as if he will be able to continue.
HUGE CHANCE FOR SERDAR!
He scored twice last weekend, and should have at least hit the target here with the game's first big chance. Serdar picks up the ball in midfield and coasts forward past three or four Fürth defenders chasing him. He moves onto his right as he reaches the Fürth area and curls a shot for the far corner, but it goes inches wide beyond the post. That one looked destined for the bottom corner.
TOUSART SHOT BLOCKED!
Hertha break well with Maolida played into the Fürth area down the left. He cuts the ball back into the middle with Tousart found in front of goal, but the Frenchman's shot from around 15 yards is well-blocked by the visiting defence.
DEFENDING TO DO FOR HERTHA
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Some unforced errors in possession are hindering Hertha so far, and not allowing Dardai's side to find their flow in these early stages. Boateng is looking to calm his teammates down from his deep midfield role.
Fürth aren't being pressed by the Hertha frontline and have time to pick out passes up the pitch, with Hrgota again providing problems for the home side's defence, as well as Itten. A solid start for Fürth, who look comfortable already here.
Hertha have had most of the ball in the opening five minutes, but Fürth have been pushing forward quickly when they've won it back with Hrgota providing an outlet in attack.
WILLEMS FIRES WIDE
The first shot on goal of the game comes from the away side as Jetro Willems fires for goal from all of 30 yards out, and his effort doesn't trouble Schwolow in the hosts' goal.
HERE WE GO!
The ball is rolling in the German capital for this very first Bundesliga meeting between Hertha and Fürth...
TALE OF THE TAPE!
Fürth sit bottom of the table in the Bundesliga through four games of the season, with Hertha just two places above them in 16 with two more points to their name. It's not been the start either side was hoping for, which is why both will be so keen to get all three points tonight.
GREEN WAITING ON THE BENCH
Green is set to make his 10th Bundesliga appearance tonight, almost seven years to the day since his first. He'll have to do it from the bench this evening, though, as the USMNT midfielder drops to the bench to start this evening.
A FIRST IN THE BUNDESLIGA!
This is the first time that Hertha and Fürth have met in the Bundesliga, becoming the 933rd different meeting between teams in the German top-flight.
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HERTHA TEAM NEWS
Klünter has joined Jovetic on the sidelines after suffering a shoulder injury at the weekend, which sees Zeefuik start at right wing-back. Another player who scored his first goal for the club comes into the starting XI this weekend, with Maolida replacing Richter in Dardai's side. Elsewhere, 17-year-old Gechter is on the bench with M.Dardai fit to start in defence.
FÜRTH TEAM NEWS
Fürth made late additions to their squad in the transfer window and both Willems and Griesbeck started last weekend on debut and the pair keep their places here. Green drops to the bench with Dudziak preferred on the left, while Jung and Ngankam are among those still sidelined.
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HERTHA STARTING XI
Schwolow - Stark, Boyata (c), M. Dardai - Zeefuik, Tousart, Boateng, Plattenhardt - Maolida, Serdar - Belfodil
Christensen, Pekarik, Gechter, Darida, Ekkelenkamp, Ascacibar, Richter, Jastrzembski, Selke
FÜRTH STARTING XI
Burchert - Meyerhöfer, Bauer, Viergever, Willems - Nielsen, Seguin, Griesbeck, Dudziak - Itten, Hrgota (c)
Funk, Fein, Abiama, Christiansen, Sarpei, Tillman, Barry, Green, Leweling
LINE-UPS COMING UP!
We have just over an hour until kick-off at the Olympiastadion and so it's not long until we'll have the official team news from both sides. Stay tuned to see who's starting...
Pal Dardai's side had also made a slow start after losing each of their opening three games of the season. But last weekend, Hertha's fortunes took a turn as they picked up a 3-1 win from their trip to Bochum, and now Hertha will be looking to make it back-to-back wins to kick-start their season.
One of two promoted sides this season, Fürth have struggled at the start of 2021/22. Stefan Leitl's side have gone winless through the first four games of the campaign, picking up their only point of the season so far in a draw with Arminia Bielefeld. They've suffered 5-1 and 3-0 defeats on the road so far ahead of tonight's trip to the capital.
Hello and welcome to Matchday 5 of the 2021/22 Bundesliga season and we're in the German capital, Berlin, for the opening game of the weekend. Hertha are playing host Fürth with these two sides sat in the bottom three and both looking to kick-start their seasons.
Here you can find all the information about Hertha Berlin against Fürth on Matchday 5.