Pure excitement in Berlin. Hertha BSC receives Hamburger SV on Thursday evening for the first leg in the relegation. Felix Magath in particular is in the limelight against his heart club, HSV. How does Hertha present itself in the Olympic Stadium? The game in the live ticker.

Expected Lineups

Hertha: Christensen – Plattenhardt, Kempf, Boyata, Pekarik – Tousart, Darida – Mittelstadt, Serdar, Boateng – Belfodil

HSV: Heuer Fernandes – Heyer, Schonlau, Vuskovic, Muheim – Meffert, Reis, Vagnoman – Kittel, Glatzel, Jatta

Hertha BSC – Hamburger SV

05/19/2022 | 8:30 p.m

Initial situation: The arguments for Walter’s optimism are quite clear. With five league wins in a row, the Hanseatic League, whose hopes of promotion seemed to have been dashed, are still in third place in the 2nd Bundesliga and have thus jumped into relegation. At Hertha, on the other hand, there was an opposite development. The Berliners had three chances in games against Bielefeld, Mainz and Dortmund to get the necessary points to stay up, three times they didn’t succeed. On the last day of the game, VfB Stuttgart overtook them with a goal in added time.

Personnel: During the game in Dortmund, Hertha’s goalkeeper Marcel Lotka suffered a broken nose and a slight concussion. Its use is questionable. The ailing Davie Selke and Marton Dardai will definitely be out. Midfield clearer Santiago Ascacibar is out due to a yellow card suspension.

At HSV, almost everyone is on deck. Before the final day of the game, 21-year-old Finnish talent Anssi Suhonen broke his fibula and will also have to be replaced in the relegation round. It is unclear whether HSV coach Walter will start again with full-back Josha Vagnoman on the left wing position or with Faride Alidou, who is moving to Eintracht Frankfurt.

Special: Magath is an HSV icon, he worked for the club as a player, manager and coach and is still closely connected to it. Among other things, he scored the decisive goal in the final of the European Champion Clubs’ Cup in 1983 against Juventus Turin. It will be a difficult game for him, he said. Also to note: As in the European competitions, the away goal rule was also abolished in the relegation.