The capital club spurned a glorious opportunity to take the lead after 27 minutes when Alexander Baumjohann capitalised on a mistake by Daniel Davari before fizzing a low ball across the six-yard box. Sami Allagui was first to the 27-year-old’s cross, but the Tunisian somehow managed to hit the ball against his standing leg allowing Braunschweig to clear the danger. Davari made up for his error just before the interval when he saved at the feet of Sandro Wagner to ensure the visitors went into the break on level terms.
Brooks opens the scoring
Domi Kumbela went close to giving the visitors the lead three minutes into the second half when he was played through by Karim Bellarabi, but Hertha keeper Thomas Kraft was out quickly to deny the Congolese international his tenth goal of the season. Kraft’s save proved crucial, as USA centre-back John Anthony Brooks bundled home the opening goal from inside the penalty area just after the hour mark.
The Berliners wrapped up the win 13 minutes from time when Allagui was on hand to sidefoot the ball past Davari after the Braunschweig stopper had saved substitute Adrian Ramos’ long-range shot with his legs. The result leaves the Lions two points adrift of 16th-placed Hamburger SV, who play tomorrow, while Hertha move level on points with 1899 Hoffenheim in ninth following their first home win in 2014.
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