Hertha Berlin moved up into fifth place when Genki Haraguchi’s goal after only a minute proved enough to beat a spirited FC Ingolstadt 04
Hertha Berlin 1-0 FC Ingolstadt 04
Goals: 1-0 (Haraguchi 2')
The crowd inside the Olympiastadion had barely settled into their seats when the hosts went ahead, with Salomon Kalou latching on to a mistake by Roger to race down the left-hand flank. The Ivorian’s low cross reached Haraguchi, who calmly placed the ball past Martin Hansen for his first goal of the season. Die Schanzer were in shock and they took their time to find their feet, but a first half of few chances following Haraguchi’s strike ended with Pascal Groß snatching at Ingolstadt’s best opportunities before the break.
The away side’s improvement continued into the second half, but Maik Walpurgis’ side could not convert their better possession into meaningful chances. Dario Lezcano saw a back-header float just past the post, but substitute Robert Leipertz went closer for Ingolstadt when his shot-on-the-turn was well saved by Rune Jarstein low to his left. Haraguchi mis-kicked a chance to grab his second of the game, and substitute Alexander Esswein drilled a shot wide in injury time, but the hosts had done just enough to earn their first win of 2017.
Report: Tim Oscroft
Hertha arrested their slide down out of the UEFA Champions League places and remain a tough proposition at home – they have conceded just four times on their own turf this season. But Pal Dardai cut an agitated figure as the match wore on as his side could not put more distance between them and their plucky opponents. The capital club’s coach is sure to demand more in his side’s bid to finish in the top four this season.
- Haraguchi's last goal also came against Ingolstadt, on 19 March 2016.Ingolstadt had 13 shots on goal compared to eight by Hertha.Die Schanzer also put 10 crosses in, with Hertha crossing just twice.
Hertha: Jarstein, Pekarik, S.Langkamp, Brooks, Mittelstädt, Lustenberger, Darida, Stocker (Schieber 63'), Haraguchi, Ibisevic (Torunarigha 90+1'), Kalou (Esswein 79')
Coach: Pal Dardai
Ingolstadt: Hansen, M. Matip, Roger (Kittel 66'), Bregerie, Hadergjonaj, Suttner, Morales, Christiansen (Hinterseer 66'), P. Groß, A. Jung (Leipertz 79'), Lezcano
Coach: Maik Walpurgis
Watch: Haraguchi humble in victory: