Polanski own-goal gives Hertha victory

Hertha Berlin moved into the Champions League places as their impressive start to the Bundesliga season continued with a 1-0 win over TSG Hoffenheim at the Olympiastadion on Sunday.

Hertha Berlin 1 TSG Hoffenheim 0
Game played in blizzard conditions
Polanski scores first-half own-goal
No shots on target throughout
Brooks almost scores own-goal

Match Summary

The visitors were looking to maintain their unbeaten start under Huub Stevens, who had guided his side to two successive goalless draws since taking over the reins from Markus Gisdol at the end of last month.

But they got off to a bad start in snowy conditions when midfielder Eugen Polanski put the ball past his own goalkeeper in an attempt to clear a free-kick on the half-hour mark.

The weather made for a poor contest, with neither team managing a shot on goal as Hertha held on to move up to fourth in the league standings, while Hoffenheim remain rock-bottom with just one win this term.

Full Report

The game was played in blizzard-like conditions for the most part and it affected play as both sides struggled to get any sort of foothold in the German capital.

The hosts created the first chance on 17 minutes when Genki Haraguchi picked out Salomon Kalou inside the area, but the striker dragged his shot to the left of the goal.

Three minutes later Hoffenheim midfielder Kevin Volland found space for a shot outside the area, but he failed to trouble Rune Jarstein in the home goal.

The defining moment arrived on the half-hour mark when Haraguchi was brought down on the right flank by Kim Jin-Su. The free-kick was swung over by Marvin Plattenhardt into the penalty area, where Polanski inadvertently steered the ball into the back of his own net as the midfielder tried to clear the danger.

The snow subsided after the interval but chances were still few and far between. Kim tried his luck from distance on 55 minutes, but his effort drifted to the right of the goal.

Volland should perhaps have done better when he latched onto Steven Zuber's ball into the box on 76 minutes, but the midfielder skied his effort over the crossbar.

Eduardo Vargas came close to finding the equaliser nine minutes from time as he connected with Zuber's corner, but the striker steered his header fractionally past the keeper's left post.

Nadiem Amiri then fired just over the target late on for the visitors, who were almost gifted an own-goal themselves in stoppage time when John Brooks fortunately deflected the ball the wrong side of the post with his keeper stranded.