• Hertha victorious against Brondby in Europa League qualifying first leg.
  • Ibisevic with only goal of the game after 28 minutes.
  • Second leg in Denmark next Thursday.

Vedad Ibisevic's stunning overhead kick gave Hertha Berlin a 1-0 advantage in their UEFA Europa League third qualifying round tie with IF Brondby on Thursday.

Goal: 1-0 Ibisevic (28')

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Making their return to the European stage for the first time since 2009/10, Hertha seized control of proceedings from the get-go at the Friedrich-Ludwig-Jahn-Stadion.

The Old Lady's positivity was rewarded in the 28th minute when Mitchell Weiser's right-wing cross found Ibisevic, who powered a sensational bicycle kick into the bottom corner for the opening goal.

Ibisevic (r.) made a perfect connection with Mitchell Weiser's cross to break the deadlock. © imago / Matthias Koch

Weiser went within a hair's breadth of making it two shortly after the restart, before Salomon Kalou brought a fine save out of Brondby goalkeeper Frederik Rönnow from the edge of the box.

Ibisevic thought he had added a second nine minutes from time, but the Bosnian striker was adjudged to have handled in the build-up and the goal was ruled out.

Hertha go into next Thursday's second leg knowing that they will reach the Europa League play-off round as long as they avoid defeat in Denmark.


Hertha: Jarstein - Pekarik, Langkamp, Brooks, Plattenhardt - Skjelbred, Lustenberger (c) (Stark 90') - Weiser, Darida, Kalou (Haraguchi 73') - Ibisevic (Schieber 87')

Brondby: Rönnow - Larsson (c), Albrechtse, B. Röcker, Crone - Nörgaard (Austin 78') - Holst (Mukhtar 58'), Phiri - Hjulsager - Pukki, Wilczek (Jakobsen 84')

USMNT international John Anthony Brooks (r.) was his usual rock-solid self at the back. © gettyimages / Boris Streubel/Bongarts

Post-match reaction

Vedad Ibisevic (Hertha striker): "I wanted to make a good connection with the ball. It works quite often in training, but rarely in games. We went in search of a second goal, but the important thing was not to concede. 1-0 is a good result in knockout football. We did a good job."

Fabian Lustenberger (Hertha captain): "Vedad [Ibisevic] is a poacher. He scored five goals in our first pre-season friendly and two in his second. We played really well for 60 minutes. Then it took its toll physically. The legs started to feel the burn. We're in a good position to progress."

Pal Dardai (Hertha head coach): "Everything about the goal was fantastic: the build-up, the cross, the finish […] The result good have been better, but the important thing in Europe is to keep a clean sheet. Both teams contributed to an intense game. Now we've got a week to freshen up and get our flow going."

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