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Bundesliga, 17. October 2020

Deserved victory in Berlin

Team news

There was a trio of changes to the VfB starting line-up from the home match against Bayer Leverkusen. Pascal Stenzel and Atakan Karazor, who made his full Bundesliga debut, came in for the injured Waldemar Anton and Konstantinos Mavropanos in defence, while Tanguy Coulibaly made his first start in a Stuttgart shirt, replacing Borna Sosa.

Highlights
9th minute After the hosts start the game on the front foot, it’s VfB who create the first big chance in the eighth minute. Coulibaly whips in a cross from the left into the danger area, where Sasa Kalajdzic strikes the post with a powerful header. Almost immediately after that, Pellegrino Matarazzo’s men take the lead. Daniel Didavi’s free-kick from the left is met by Marc Oliver Kempf, who heads in his fifth Bundesliga goal in his 70th appearance in the top flight.
53rd minute Hertha ramp up the pressure on the VfB goal. Dodi Lukebakio closes down Gregor Kobel after a back-pass from Karazor and the ball comes to Matheus Cunha, but his shot is parried by the VfB keeper.
68th minute VfB again take their chance and double their advantage. Captain Gonzalo Castro wins the ball on the halfway line, plays two one-twos – first with Kalajdzic and then with Mateo Klimowicz – and fires an unstoppable shot past Hertha goalkeeper Alexander Schwolow from long range.
89th minute Lilian Egloff comes on for VfB, making his Bundesliga debut.
90th minute The final whistle goes as VfB claim a deserved 2-0 win on the road.

Marc Oliver Kempf:

We were in their faces from the first minute to the last. The 2-0 scoreline reflects the whole game, in my opinion. We ground out the goal and ground out these three points as well.

Summary

VfB continued their good form from the first three matchdays in their fourth outing of the campaign. Matarazzo’s men were disciplined and well-organised in Berlin, giving the home side few opportunities over the course of the match. VfB were always a threat on the counter or from set pieces, and deserved their 2-0 success.

Matchday 4: Hertha BSC - VfB