Hertha Berlin suffered late heartbreak in the UEFA Europa League as a late Zorya Luhansk goal left them without a win in the competition despite Davie Selke scoring his first goal for the club on his first start for the club.
Zorya Luhansk 2-1 Hertha Berlin
Goals: 1-0 (Silas 42'), 1-1 (Selke 56'), 2-1 (Svatok 79')
Hertha started the first half on the front foot in Ukraine and looked the most likely to open the scoring with Mitchell Weiser running riot down the right and having the best chance of the opening half an hour when one-on-one with Zorya goalkeeper Andriy Lunin. It was the home side, however, who make the breakthrough with a lucky deflected free-kick from Brazilian midfielder Silas, which Rune Jarstein could only get a hand to.
Pal Dardai’s side came out with intent once again after the break and it took them just ten minutes to get back on level terms when Selke powered home Marvin Plattenhardt’s corner with a towering header – his first goal for his new club. The Berlin club had further chances to snatch a first win of this European campaign, but were dealt a painful blow with ten minutes to go when substitute centre-back Oleksandr Svatok backheeled a cross past Jarstein to give Zorya a victory that leaves Hertha with just one point in third place in Group J with three games played.
Zorya Luhansk: Lunin – Opanasenko, Priyma, Grechyshkin, Sukhotskiy – Kharatin, Silas – Karavaev (c), Gordiyenko, Lunov - Iury
Absentees: Kalitvintsev (knee)
Coach: Yuriy Vernydub
Hertha Berlin: Jarstein - Pekarik (c), Stark, Rekik, Plattenhardt - Weiser, Lustenberger, Maier, Esswein - Lazaro, Selke
Absentees: Darida (knee), Langkamp (calf), Leckie (fatigue), Mittelstädt (broken nose), Schieber (not match fit)
Coach: Pal Dardai
- The sides had never met before.
- Zorya have now won a European home game after five attempts, previously losing three.
- Hertha have scored their first goal in the 2017/18 UEFA Europa League.
- The Bundesliga outfit have claimed their first European away point after three consecutive losses on their continental travels.
- Vedad Ibisevic will miss the return fixture after picking up a yellow card.