Julian Nagelsmann’s team defeated Hertha BSC 3-0 (1-0) and reduced the gap to leaders FC Bayern to two points. Munich had their second slip on Saturday at 1: 2 at Eintracht Frankfurt after the 3: 3 against Arminia Bielefeld last Monday. (Schedule and Results)
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“It’s nice that we’re back on top. It is also important to have a bit of rest for the goal of qualifying for the Champions League. We have to stay focused and try to win our games,” said RB coach Nagelsmann.
Sabitzer: “… otherwise everyone will laugh at me again”
“It was not to be expected that Bayern will now give five points,” said Sabitzer Sky. “Now we have caught up the points, now there are only two.”
With regard to Leipzig’s title ambitions, the Austrian added: “We moved a bit down from third place, so it’s a duel. It doesn’t help to talk about it, we have to do it and stick with it week after week. Otherwise I can tell something completely different next week and then everyone will laugh at me again. ”
Sabitzer responds to blunder with a dream goal
Substitute Nordi Mukiele (71.) extended RB’s lead after Tyler Adams Mattéo Guendouzi stole the ball in the penalty area. The Herthaner claimed a foul play, but after checking the video assistant, the hit remained valid. In the final phase, Willi Orban (84th) made everything clear.
Hertha BSC under Dárdai still without a win
Meanwhile, the sporting crisis of the Berliners, who had not won eight games, continued. Hertha has as table 15. only one point ahead of a direct relegation zone. Also in the fourth game under coach Pál Dárdai the hoped-for break-out failed. (Bundesliga table)
“We got the goals at the worst moments,” said Dárdai. “We have to work hard, we don’t have that little bit of luck at the moment. We have been punished a bit. For the players it’s not easy psychologically after the defeats. We don’t panic.”
Dárdai surprised with some changes in the line-up before kick-off. In addition to Rio World Champion Sami Khedira, his son Márton Dárdai (19) also celebrated his starting line-up debut for the Berlin team. At RB, coach Julian Nagelsmann helped attacker Hwang Hee-chan get his first Bundesliga appearance right from the start. But the ailing Dayot Upamecano and Kevin Kampl were missing.
Hwang and Dárdai jr. were the focus early on in a lively initial phase. The South Korean hurried from the Berlin central defense after a long ball, but then failed free-standing against Hertha goalkeeper Jarstein (5th).
Khedira gives Hertha stability
Great opportunities like these were rare for Leipzig despite the initial dominance. Although RB controlled what was happening, the precision was lacking, especially in the last third. Hertha also acted defensively concentrated and managed to keep Leipzig away from their own penalty area.
An intense duel at eye level developed. Khedira helped the blue-whites in the central midfield to stability, which resulted in opportunities. Krzysztof Piatek (18th) missed the ball, as did Dodi Lukebakio (22nd).
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Hertha’s strongest phase brought Sabitzer to a brilliant end. The 26-year-old took measurements from the second row and hit the lead that was worth seeing. Jarstein watched the ball in the Hertha goal in amazement. In general, the Berliners looked impressed. Until halfway through, the guests had more gaps, but they didn’t capitalize on them.
Mukiele and Orban make the decision
Hertha fought against the renewed setback in the fight for relegation. The Berlin team found the second half well, Lukebakio (50th) and Matheus Cunha (51st) equalized. Overall, the offensive efforts lacked the structure.
Leipzig remained dangerous, especially from a distance. Dani Olmo (69th) only just missed. Shortly afterwards, Mukiele did better. The French benefited from a mistake by his fellow countryman Mattéo Guendouzi, who had recently been substituted on. Nemanja Radonjic (80th) had the chance to catch up on the other side, instead Orban hit with his head.
With sports information service (SID)