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HERTHA BERLIN TRIUMPH !
The Hertha players fall to the floor in exhaustion and delight! The capital club have reversed a first-leg deficit to triumph 2-1 on aggregate thanks to goals from Boyata and Plattenhardt. What drama and what disappointment for HSV, who miss out on their place in the top flight in dramatic circumstances.
End of second half
Hertha will play the closing seconds with ten men after Tousart is shown a second yellow card.
Second yellow card
There will be a total of six added minutes to play. The noise at the Volksparkstadion rises a notch as the home fans cheer their team forward.
JOVETIC AT THE DEATH
Jovetic lashes an effort at goals which Heuer Fernandes catches.
Reis gets all the way into the Hertha box but his touch lets him down at the last and Hertha can clear.
Speed check: The fastest player in the game after 90 minutes
Mikkel Kaufmann Sörensen 35.17km/h
Marc-Oliver Kempf 33.96km/h
Josha Vagnoman 33.02km/h
FIVE TO GO
Hamburg's promotion hopes hang in the balance but the Red Shorts are making a fight of it as we enter the final stage of this game. Will Hertha hold on?
Tousart comes down hard on Schonlau's foot. That's an easy decision for the ref to make as the Hertha man goes into the book.
Fredrik André Bjørkan
The ball suddenly lands at the feet of Josha Vagnoman right on front of goals but the Hamburg substitute's effort from close range is blocked out. A big chance has gone.
Moritz Heyer Stevan Jovetić
FERNANDES SAVES HSV
Jovetic bursts away and has time to contemplate a one-v-one with Heuer Fernandes. Too much time? Perhaps. The Hamburg goalkeeper makes the save when Jovetic had the tie at his feet.
NO AWAY GOALS RULE
Lest we forget, the away goals rule no longer counts and so were HSV to score, we would be heading for extra time.
Muheim tries a curling left-footer from distance but he'll have to do better than that to beat Christensen.
Would. You. Believe. It? Just as Reis did in the first leg, so Plattenhardt has done in the second. The Hertha man placed the ball down for a free kick on the right and his cross slowly started to morph into a goal-bound shot, which beat Heuer Fernandes. Incredible. Hertha lead on aggregate.
GOAL!0 : 2
Jatta thumps a volleyed pass from the right and finds Kittel who is under pressure and can't properly connect. That will go down as a chance nonetheless.
Here comes Josha Vagnoman for the hosts. The 21-year-old highly versatile full back made 12 Bundesliga 2 appearances this season, scoring twice.
Back we go up the other end and it's Boateng who lashes one at goals with Heuer Fernandes beating out the shot and conceding a corner, which comes to nothing.
Again Hamburg come, and it's Heyer this time with a low drive that Hertha's 'keeper needs to get down to quickly in order to block. Heyer later goes down in the Berlin box under pressure but the ref is having none of that and play continues.
HSV ON THE ATTACK
Some solid running from Rohr, who releases Reis in space. Hamburg's No.14 unleashes a looping shot that's easily fielded by Christensen.
OFF WE GO AGAIN !
Hertha get the ball rolling in the second half under the lights at the Volksparkstadion.
Boyata's early header has Hertha ahead on the night as the teams go in at half time following an intense first-half battle. As it stands, we're level at 1-1 on aggregate.
Some Hamburg attacking at the end of the half leads to Oliver Christensen flying off his line to fist clear.
JATTA ESCAPES YELLOW
Jatta hoiks Jovetic up in the air and gets a stern talking to from the ref.
STATS DON'T LIE
1 off target
0 on target
6 off target
3 on target
Oooh, Belfodil with an insane piece of skill out on the right as he leaves his man for dead and aims a cutback towards Jovetic, who can't connect precisely due to the pace of the pass. Hamburg escape.
Jovetic has a pretty clumsy kick at Meffert and that's the Hertha man into the ref's notebook. We have two players on bookings thus far, both from the visitors.
Vuskovic is back to his feet and good to continue. The defender comes back onto the field of play to huge applause.
TOUSART ON THE FLY
Tousart lets fly with a powerful shot from inside the area ....Heuer Fernandes dives and parries that one out. Tousart caught a bit of Vuskovic as he was striking that shot and the Hamburg man needs treatment.
Boateng flies into the challenge with two feet off the floor and he goes into the ref's notebook.
Speed check: The fastest player in the game after 30 minutes
Marc-Oliver Kempf 33.96km/h
Suat Serdar 32.67km/h
Bakery Jatta 32.53km/h
BOYATA A HEAD ABOVE
HSV HAVE A GO
Better from the Red Shorts. Ludovit Reis wins a corner down the left. Bakery Jatta fails to properly control the subsequent set piece at the near post and the ball ends up in the side netting.
HSV would have been warned about Hertha's threat from set-pieces. Magath's men scored two of their last four Bundesliga goals from corners. The other two came from the penalty spot. A total of seven goals with Magath at the Hertha helm came from set pieces.
HERTHA GO CLOSE
Plattenhardt whips in a free kick that just evades Boyata in front of goal. That so easily could have been a second for the Old Lady.
VISITORS IN CHARGE
Plattenhardt's centre from the left is tempting and tantalising but Belfodil just can't get to it as Hertha look to forge ahead.
INTENSITY ALL THE WAY
Hertha's Tousart body checks Muheim of HSV and the 59,000 capacity crowd get to their feet and roar their disapproval. The intensity of this encounter is palpable.
Again the Berliners come. Magath's side have HSV stretched here in the opening minutes. The tie is level and it's very much game on in Hamburg. What an opening!
AMAZING START FOR HERTHA
The visitors start like a house on fire and win a corner. Plattenhardt fires in from the left and Boyata rises highest to head in the opening goal.
GOAL!0 : 1
KICK OFF !
Here. We. Go. What an atmosphere at the Volksparkstadion! We're in for a big night of drama.
MAGATH'S MIXED EMOTIONS
The tension is rising, but HSV coach Tim Walter looks focused out there as we edge towards kick-off. Here's what the home tactician had to say in the build-up to this one: "The boys are bursting with energy, courage, conviction and anticipation. It's all about us and our game, because we want to make ourselves, our fans and the whole city happy."
HERTHA'S LUCKY CHARM?
Hamburg coach, Tim Walter, goes with the same line-up to that which began the first-leg triumph in the German capital. Hertha's Kevin-Prince Boateng, meanwhile, is in his side's starting XI having remained on the bench in the first leg. Oliver Christensen continues in goal for Felix Magath's team, with Marcel Lotka out with concussion. Stevan Jovetic and Ishak Belfodil will look to supply the Old Lady's goal threat.
Körber, Bjorkan, Stark, Mittelstädt, Eitschberger, Darida, Richter, Maolida, Wollschläger.
HERTHA STARTING XI
Christensen – Pekarik, Boyata (c), Kempf, Plattenhardt – Tousart, Ascacibar – Serdar, Boateng – Belfodil, Jovetic.
Mickel, Gyamerah, Vagnoman, David, Kinsombi, Chakvetadze, Alidou, Kaufmann, Wintzheimer.
HSV STARTING XI
Heuer Fernandes – Heyer, Vuskovic, Schonlau (c), Muheim – Reis, Meffert, Rohr – Jatta, Glatzel, Kittel.
HA HO HE ?
Will we be hearing the famous Hertha chant from the visiting fans following tonight's final whistle? A good omen for Die Alte Dame is that they have won eight of the teams' previous 10 meetings in the Bundesliga.
STATE OF PLAY
Ok, so, let's remind ourselves that it was Ludovit Reis who scored for HSV in the first leg at the Olympiastadion on Thursday. But if you think tonight's hosts are feeling pleased with themselves having edged out Hertha in the capital, here's midfielder Jonas Meffert to set you straight: “You don’t sit in the changing room celebrating at half-time”. Indeed.
WELCOME ALONG !
Willkommen one and all to this evening's Bundesliga relegation/promotion play-off between two giants of German football. This tie is so finely balanced, with hosts Hamburg holding a slender 1-0 lead over Hertha Berlin, that you won't want to miss a moment. So stay right where you are ...