Hertha see off toothless Mainz

Hertha Berlin produced a dominant performance at the Olympiastadion on Sunday afternoon as they cruised to a 2-0 victory over a toothless Mainz 05.

Hertha Berlin 2 Mainz 0
Darida fires Hertha in front
Kalou notches second after half-time
Hertha record third straight win
Mainz's unbeaten run comes to an end

Match summary

Hertha made it three wins on the bounce in the Bundesliga as they were rarely troubled in a comfortable win against Die Nullfünfer.

Vladimir Darida broke the deadlock on 34 minutes before teeing up Salomon Kalou for Hertha's second after the half-time break.

Mainz 05 tried to claw their way back into contention in the closing stages of the contest, but could not forge a breakthrough they were looking for as Hertha eased to victory.

Full report

The first half was virtually one-way traffic as Hertha controlled proceedings throughout, with Mainz 05 failing to lodge a single shot on goal in the opening 45 minutes.

The first chance of note arrived on 16 minutes, but John Brooks was unable to make it count as he headed over from Darida's inswinging cross.

Vedad Ibisevic was the next player to try his luck, on 24 minutes, but fired just wide of bottom-left corner from outside the box.

However, Hertha finally got the breakthrough they were looking for in the 34th minute as Darida latched on to a pass from Ibisevic before firing into the bottom-left corner from 20 yards out.

They could have been three goals to the good following a flurry of chances in the closing stages of the half, but Brooks and Sebastian Langkamp saw their efforts kept out by Loris Karius in the Mainz 05 goal.

There was no notable improvement from the visitors after the break and they fell further behind in the 54th minute. Kalou latched on to a through ball from Ibisevic before slotting the ball past the onrushing Karius.

A rare Mainz 05 chance arrived on 66 minutes, but it came to nothing as Jairo Samperio saw his goal-bound effort blocked by the first line of defence.

The visitors continued to press forward in a bid to reduce the deficit and went close to doing just that when Niko Bungert headed over the bar from Samperio's inviting corner kick.

Bungert and Samperio again combined well in the 79th minute, but the former saw his headed effort blocked by the Hertha defence.

That was the last chance of note, though, as Hertha shut up shop in the remaining minutes to see out the Bundesliga match with relative ease.

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