Vedad Ibisevic scored his 99th and 100th Bundesliga goals as Hertha Berlin came from behind to beat 1. FSV Mainz 05 and extend their winning run at the Olympiastadion to a club record six Bundesliga matches.
Hertha Berlin 2-1 1. FSV Mainz 05
Red cards: Gbamin (62'), Ibisevic (74')
Hertha dominated proceedings early on as Vedad Ibisevic headed over and tested Mainz goalkeeper Jonas Lössl from 12 yards. The 05ers had offered little, which is why it came as such a shock to the partisan home crowd when 20-year-old Bundesliga debutant Aaron Seydel pounced from close range to give the 05ers the lead. Hertha were not behind for long, though, with Ibisevic's instinctive shot on the turn nestling neatly into the bottom corner nine minutes later.
Hertha were handed the numerical advantage in the 62nd minute when Mainz midfielder Jean-Philippe Gbamin was sent off for a second bookable offence. The hosts almost went ahead from the ensuing free-kick as Niklas Stark's goal-bound header was deflected wide, before Ibisevic made it a century of Bundesliga goals from close range. The Bosnia-Herzegovina international received his marching orders with 14 minutes left to play, but other than a Yunus Malli free-kick that hit the upright, Hertha saw out the game with minimum fuss.
Man of the Match
Ibisevic got the goals, but Salomon Kalou has to take the credit for two selfless assists that only come with experience.
Last week it was Eintracht Frankfurt 18-year-old debutant Aymane Barkok, this week it is Seydel. The Bundesliga's famed production line never disappoints.
Hertha: Jarstein - Pekarik, Langkamp, Brooks, Plattenhardt - Stark, Lustenberger - Haraguchi, Stocker (Darida 64’) (Esswein 90+1'), Kalou (Schieber 82’) - Ibisevic (c)
Coach: Pal Dardai
Mainz: Lössl - Donati, Balogun, Bungert (c), Bussmann (Latza 85’) - Ramalho, Gbamin - Öztunali (Cordoba 75’), Malli - De Blasis (Onisiwo 85’) - Seydel
Coach: Martin Schmidt