BERLIN (AP) — Jurgen Ekkelenkamp scored 87 seconds into his Hertha Berlin debut in a 2-1 recover from promoted Greuther Fürth within the Bundesliga on Friday.
The 21-year-passe Dutch midfielder, who joined Hertha from Ajax on the last day of the summer time switch window, scored with a header from a corner within the 61st minute. He was enthusiastic again as an hold-intention from Fürth’s Maximilian Bauer within the 79th proved to be the winner for Hertha.
“It feels worthy,” Ekkelenkamp stated. “I’m a bit bit now not pleased on the bench, now not in actual fact, nonetheless I’m pleased to realize wait on in and ranking … I desire to conflict for the personnel and be crucial with targets.”
It was Hertha’s second straight get — every against promoted teams — after initiating the league with three defeats.
On the other hand, it was anything else nonetheless easy as Hertha lost captain Dedryck Boyata and French forward Myziane Maolida to injuries. Coach Pál Dárdai was also booked in direction of the cease of the sport for an mad outburst on the referee. Hertha’s carrying director Arne Friedrich had to receive Dárdai wait on.
“I’ve apologized already,” Dárdai stated. “I was a tick too aggressive.”
Hertha’s followers had started the sport in buoyant mood after last week’s 3-1 recover from Bochum, nonetheless the essential half failed to reside as much as their expectations.
Suat Serdar provided a uncommon spotlight when he surged throughout the center and shot narrowly vast within the 18th. Then Boyata went off with a honest leg damage, bringing 17-year-passe Linus Gechter on in his space.
The next chance came when Deyovaisio Zeefuik despatched in a foul bound within the 39th, nonetheless it absolutely was out of attain for Maolida and Serdar.
There had been whistles from some Hertha followers on the spoil.
Zeefuik gave away a penalty when he caught Jeremy Dudziak from leisurely in an tried clearance. Branimir Hrgota held his nerve to interrupt the deadlock from the penalty verbalize within the 57th.
But Dárdai introduced on Ekkelenkamp in response and the Dutch midfielder mandatory diminutive time to ranking. Marton Dárdai, the coach’s son, delivered the corner.
Maolida was the next to head off injured, forcing Hertha into its fifth substitution within the 68th, nonetheless the dwelling facet saved pushing and Ekkelenkamp was enthusiastic again as he tried to realize Marco Richter’s bound, forcing Bauer into the hold-intention.
“An comfy player,” Dárdai stated of Ekkelenkamp. “I already stated he was a tidy player after the essential coaching sessions. We honest waited for the honest second. That that chances are you’ll well perhaps also’t throw him straight in. This was the honest second and he took it effectively.”
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