Head coach Sandro Schwarz set up our boys in a 4-3-3 formation for the last game of the year. In front of around 400 spectators, Deyovaisio Zeefuik missed a chance for an early lead in a one-on-one with Ron-Thorben Hoffmann (5’). Our defence and goalkeeper Tjark Ernst were first called into action for the second division team’s first attack through Lion Lauberbach and Michael Schultz (12’). Derry Scherhant, like Dodi Lukébakio, took the next shot from a tight angle, but Hoffmann twice was ready to stop it (18’, 23’). But the 2. Bundesliga side weren’t to back down: Ernst had to intervene again against the quick Lauberbach and make a save (27’). Shortly before the break, our Blue and Whites had three great opportunities: Chidera Ejuke fired too high from 18 yards (42’), Lucas Tousart found his shot blocked (43’) and Scherhant’s effort wasn’t to be (44’), meaning we went into the break goalless.
After the restart, Suart Serdar, Marco Richter, Nader Jindaoui and Julian Eitschberger returned to the side, while Prince Boateng, Tousar, Lukebakio and Jonjoe Kenny remained on the bench. After the chance-filled first-half, it took for a few minutes for things to get going again: Richter missing with his shot from distance first of all (56’). Five minutes later, Hertha grabbed a deserved lead: after a cross from Jindaoui found Ejuke lurking in the middle of the box, the winger convincingly struck the ball into the right corner to make it 1-0 (60’). Our boys kept the heat up: Richter’s shot sailed narrowly over the bar (67’). Four minutes after that Scherhant’s found the side netting with his shot (71’). After that, Schwarz’s side controlled proceedings but there weren’t any clear-cut chances. In the closing stages, youngster Joel da Silva Kiala replaced Marc Kempf at centre-back (81’). Goalkeeper Ernst only had to intervene on one occasion in the second half: Hertha’s keeper reacted quickly to keep out Multhaup (87’). That was the final action of the game and of the whole of 2022. “We’re heading into the break feeling good because we have worked well together in the three weeks since the Köln game,” said Sandro Schwarz before continuing “the friendly against Braunschweig was a serious and active close to the year. We had lots of chances to score and kept a clean sheet at the back – ultimately, we can take lots of positives from it.”
The Hertha team will continue with performance diagnostics on 2 January, before then flying to their training camp in the USA one day later.
Hertha BSC: Ernst – Kenny (46′ Eitschberger), Kempf (81′ da Silva Kiala), Dárdai, Zeefuik – Tousart (46′ Richter), Boateng (C) (46′ Serdar), Šunjić – Lukébakio (46′ Jindaoui), Scherhant, Ejuke
Eintracht Braunschweig: Hoffmann – Schultz (46′ Donkor), Decarli, Wiebe – Multhaup (76′ Kischka), Nikolau (C) (76′ Zouaoui), Pena Zauner (76′ Renner), Endo (88′ Root), Ibrahimi (46′ Kaufmann) – Ujah (46′ Krauße), Lauerbach
Goal scorers: 1-0 Ejuke (56′)
Referee: Alexander Sather