Bundesliga

Hertha Berlin heap more misery on struggling Hamburg

Hamburg failed to win for the eighth Bundesliga match in succession after succumbing to a 2-1 defeat at Hertha Berlin.

Hertha Berlin 2-1 Hamburg

Goals: 1-0 Stark (17'), 2-0 Rekik (50'), 2-1 Arp (72')

Hertha took an early lead through defender Niklas Stark, who was given a free run to head home Marvin Plattenhardt’s in-swinging corner. The capital club largely kept HSV at arm's length for the rest of the half, with Douglas Santos' long-range strike, which forced Rune Jarstein into evasive action, the visitors' only effort of note.

Hamburg were left with a mountain to climb shortly after the restart as Karim Rekik met a Mitchell Weiser corner to double Hertha's lead. Substitute Jann-Fiete Arp gave HSV a lifeline, volleying in from Kyriakos Papadopoulos to become the first millennial to score in the Bundesliga. The goal lifted the visitors, but Hertha held on to leave Hamburg without a win since Matchday 2.

Match stats

    Six of Hertha's 11 Bundesliga goals so far this season have come from set-pieces.Rekik scored his first Bundesliga goal.Arp is the first player born in the 2000s to score in the Bundesliga, aged 17 years, eight months and 24 days, and the youngest in HSV history.Ibisevic is currently on his longest run of matches without a goal in a Hertha shirt (12).With one point from their last eight games, Hamburg sit bottom of the form table for the period in question.HSV striker Bobby Wood is without a goal in seven matches.

Line-ups

Hertha: Jarstein - Pekarik, Langkamp, Rekik, Plattenhardt - Stark, Skjelbred - Weiser, Lazaro (Maier 87') - Kalou (Torunarigha 90+1'), Ibisevic (c) (Selke 72')
Coach: Pal Dardai
Hamburg: Mathenia - Diekmeier, Papadopoulos (c), Van Drongelen, Mavraj, Douglas - Sakai, Ekdal (Arp 56') - Hahn (Hunt 67'), Kostic - Wood (Ito 56')
Coach Markus Gisdol

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