Manuel Veth –
Bayern vs Berlin was a lacklustre affair. Bayern seemed tired from their midweek game, and Hertha were happy to sit deep to collect a point in the Bavarian capital.
- Bayern’s winning streak of 14 games in all competitions is over.
- For the first time in 12 home game, Robert Lewandowski fails to score.
- Hertha with a vital point in Munich.
Bayern vs Berlin
Bayern took this game straight to Hertha Berlin with Robert Lewandowski almost finding the lead after a great cross from David Alaba, but his header from just a few yards out was well handled by Hertha keeper Rune Jarstein, who kept the ball out. It was a bit of a flat performance by the Bavarians, who seemed to have some heavy legs from the midweek 5-0 victory against Besiktas. It was not until the 17th minute that Bayern had their next glimpse of goal with Lewandowski escaping his defender Jordan Torunarigha, Jarstein, however, came out of his net and beat the Polish forward in the one-on-one situation.
Hertha in the meantime were solid in the back sitting deep absorbing Bayern’s pressure without contributing too much to the game. Overall it was a typical performance by the club from the capital. Often accused of playing boring football Hertha did very little to debunk that myth on Saturday afternoon. Pal Dardai’s side certainly works hard, but there is little to no creativity in that team. It did not help that Bayern were lacklustre themselves that evening but in the 36th minute, Arjen Robben spotted Frank Ribéry, who had escaped Hertha’s defence and went one-on-one with Jarstein. Ribéry, however, skied his shot from just a few yards out in what should have been the lead for Bayern. Overall it was a flat performance by both sides in a game with few highlights in the first 45 minutes.
Bayern continued to be the team trying to make something happen. In the 49th minute, Robben was brought down outside the box and Jarstein had to do very well to keep out a fantastic Alaba free-kick. Bayern also had the next chance of the game in the 55th minute it was Lewandowski, who broke through Hertha’s defence the Polish international, however, placed his close-range shot right into the arms of Jarstein.
Both sides continued to struggle to find a goal as the game approached the final 20 minutes. Bayern head coach Jupp Heynckes reacted and brought on Kingsley Coman and Sandro Wagner for Ribéry and Thomas Müller in an attempt to jump-start his side. For the first time in the Bundesliga Bayern would field Lewandowski and Wagner together. Berlin finally opened up a bit with just seven minutes to go with Valentino Lazaro breaking forward slaloming through Bayern’s defence, but his shot from nine-yards out was right on Bayern keeper Sven Ulreich. It was the only chance created by Hertha in the second half in a game in which the club from the capital was well organised in the back without being overly creative. It was a tactic that worked in the end as Hertha walked away with a point from the Bavarian capital even though Jarstein had to do well to keep out a fantastic free-kick by Robben in the 90th minute.
Bayern vs Berlin – Man of the Match
Jordan Torunarigha was excellent for Hertha. The 20-year-old central defender was flawless against Bayern on Saturday. He had eight clearances, three blocked shots, five interceptions, four tackles and won four out of his five duels.
Bayern vs Berlin – Talking Point
Hertha cannot escape their stigma of being boring. The club from the German capital is one of the clubs in Germany with the most significant potential. But Pal Dardai’s football seldom gets Bundesliga fans excited, and as a result, Hertha are the grey mouse of the Bundesliga.
Bayern vs Berlin – Match Stats
- Bayern’s 14 game winning streak in all competitions is over.
- Hertha have now collected a point against Bayern in the last three games.
- Bayern fail to score at home against a hard working Hertha team—the team from the capital put in an outstanding work rate by running 117km outrunning Bayern (109.42km) by almost 8km over the full 90 minutes.
- Lewandowski’s goal-scoring streak of having scored in the last 11 home games comes to an end.
Bayern vs Berlin – Line-ups
Ulreich – Rafinha, Süle, Hummels, Alaba – Javi Martínez – Müller (Wagner, 71′), Thiago (Thiago, 75′) – Robben, Lewandowski, Ribéry (Coman, 68′)
Coach: Jupp Heynckes
Jarstein – Plattenhardt, Torunarigha, Stark, Pekarik – Lustenberger, Darida – Kalou (Duda, 80′), Lazaro, Leckie – Selke (Esswein, 71′)
Coach: Pal Dardai
Manuel Veth is the owner and Editor in Chief of the Futbolgrad Network. He also works as a freelance journalist and social media editor at Bundesliga.com. He holds a Doctorate of Philosophy in History from King’s College London, and his thesis is titled: “Selling the People’s Game: Football’s transition from Communism to Capitalism in the Soviet Union and its Successor States,” which will be available in print soon. Originally from Munich, Manuel has lived in Amsterdam, Kyiv, Moscow, Tbilisi, London, and currently is located in Victoria BC, Canada. Follow Manuel on Twitter @ManuelVeth. Or contact him via email: firstname.lastname@example.org.