Sunday, April 5, 2009

Die Schwarzgelben over Berliners

Die Schwarzgelben came back from the international break with a 3-1 victory over the Berliners. The unbelievable triumph breaks BVB to within five points of a Europa League spot and sets up Jürgen Klopp's side for a series of important matches starting with Köln next week.

Olympiastadion had over 74,000 in attendance and what they saw was a revitalized BVB attack pushed forward with the return of Polish international Jakub “Kuba” Blaszczykowski. Hertha had most of early possession as BVB had to adjust the Berliner strikers, Ukraine international Andriy Voronin and Raffael playing deep. However after twenty five minutes Alexander Frei accepted Tamás Hajnal's pass and sent the ball in to give BVB the 1-0 lead. Hertha was still showing the majority of attacking prowess but they couldn't find a Raffael scored nine minutes after the half, when he made his way through BVB defenders before sending it past Roman Weidenfeller. However with the attacking trio of Kuba, Alexander Frei and Nelson Valdez now together for the first time since the start of the Rückrunde, BVB showed a different side and stretched the opposition. Nine minutes after the leveling goal Sebastian Kehl provided what would be the winner as he sent Dedê's cross into the box in. Finally with eight minutes remaining Nuri Şahin, who was a continuous problem for Berliner Patrick Ebert, drove a shot that 'keeper Jaroslav Drobný couldn't handle and Nelson Valdez pounded in for the 3-1 victory.