Back on their preferred home turf, Hertha Berlin were too good for FC Augsburg, who now have the real risk of relegation hanging over them.

Hertha Berlin 2-0 Augsburg

Goals: 1-0 Brooks (12'), 2-0 Stocker (37')

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It wasn’t long until the home side took the lead when John Brooks headed home Valentin Stocker’s mishit shot following a corner after just 12 minutes. Shortly after, captain Vedad Ibisevic came close to doubling the home side’s advantage after a one-two with Salomon Kalou but was denied by Marwin Hitz. At the other end, Rune Jarstein was barely called into action in the Hertha goal. Berlin did finally double their lead before the break when Kalou squared the ball to Stocker to tap in after excellent hold-up play by Ibisevic.

Stocker taps home to double Hertha's lead in Berlin. His four goals this season doubles his total from his previous two Bundesliga campaigns. © imago / Matthias Koch

Always dangerous over free-kicks, Marvin Plattenhardt forced Hitz into a diving save with a curling effort from 30 yards. The first clear Augsburg chance of the game came just after the hour when Alfred Finnbogason got on the end of a cross from the left but could only steer it wide. Ibisevic then came close to adding a third when he cut inside onto his right, but blasted his effort high and wide. Plattenhardt again forced Hitz into a good save from another free-kick shortly before the end.

Man of the match

A goal and an assist for Valentin Stocker capped off a solid display by the experienced Switzerland international to return the capital club to winning ways and keep their European ambitions on track.

Talking point

Whilst Hertha are heading for Europe, Augsburg are at serious risk of heading down to the Bundesliga 2. A run of six games without a win has seen them drop into the relegation play-off place and at serious risk with a resurgent Ingolstadt hot on their tails.

Match stats

  • Brooks now has two goals this season, both scored with his head.
  • Augsburg have fallen behind at some stage in all 12 matches of 2017.
  • Hertha have won 34 of their 43 points at home this season.

Line-ups

Hertha Berlin: Jarstein - Pekarik, Langkamp, Brooks, Plattenhardt - Skjelbred, Stark (Allan 80')- Stocker (Mittelstädt 69'), Darida (Esswein 88'), Kalou – Ibisevic (c)

Coach: Pal Dardai

Augsburg: Hitz – Verhaegh (c), Danso, Janker, Max - Baier - Teigl (Schmid 85'), Kohr (Altintop 69'), Koo, Ji - Finnbogason (Usami 80')

Coach: Manuel Baum

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