Paderborn - Fresh legs and an impassioned performance saw SC Paderborn 07 pick up an impressive 3-1 win at home to a Hertha Berlin side still reeling from their DFB Cup exit in midweek.
Paderborn’s persistence pays off
Paderborn made the most of their early pressure with Marvin Bakalorz breaking the deadlock, but the capital city side struck back against the run of play through Salomon Kalou before half-time. However, second-half strikes from Elias Kachunga and Alban Meha ensured Andre Breitenreiter’s men picked up a thoroughly-deserved three points.
The hosts began the far brighter with Kachunga heading wide from six yards before Meha, making his first start of the season, rifled a sliced effort just over the crossbar. Hertha’s midweek exploits appeared to be hampering their performance, while a lack of care in possession only served to encourage Paderborn, who took the lead when Bakalorz slammed home from Uwe Hünemeier’s knock down. However, there was to be a late twist in the first-half tale with Kalou heading in Marcel Ndjeng’s cross to send the sides in level at the break.
Fortunate to be on equal footing going into the break, Hertha slipped back into bad habits at the start of the second half and duly fell behind once again as Kachunga snuck a cross-goal header inside the far post. With the capital city side making little headway in proceedings, Paderborn continued to push forward with the clear intent of wrapping up the win, which they did with aplomb 15 minutes from time when a neat one-two opened up Meha to drill an effort into the bottom corner, moving Paderborn to within a point of the top six.
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