Hertha Berlin take on Freiburg in the Bundesliga on Thursday, with the visitors requiring a win to keep their hopes of a European qualification place alive.
Hertha, meanwhile, returned to action with a 1-1 draw against Mainz 05 on Monday after over three weeks away from the field following their COVID-19 outbreak in April
While Pal Dardai and his players would have been desperate to move outside of the automatic relegation places with a victory against Mainz, avoiding defeat against a side on a seven-match unbeaten run after a considerable period since their previous match was probably a good result for Hertha.
Bo Svensson’s side had dominated the early exchanges, too, with Jean-Paul Boetius and Adam Szalai both going close to scoring, before Lucas Tousart headed in Marton Dardai’s teasing free-kick from the right against the run of the play.
Philipp Mwene levelled the proceedings only four minutes later with his first ever Bundesliga goal. It was quite the way to announce himself as a Bundesliga goalscorer, too, with a sumptuous strike into the top corner from the edge of the area.
Both teams had chances in a slightly cagier second half, with Karim Onisiwo denied by Alexander Schwolow at the near post, before Matheus Cunha saw his curling effort stopped by Robin Zentner.
A share of the spoils was probably a fair result in the end, but Hertha need wins on the board as soon as possible if they are to escape the drop.
Freiburg, meanwhile, had a free week due to the DFB-Pokal semi-final’s taking place, with Christian Streich’s side’s last match being a 1-1 draw against Hoffenheim on April 24.
Andrej Kramaric’s first-half strike was cancelled out by Vincenzo Grifo’s second-half penalty in an enjoyable affair, with both sides pressing hard for a winner.
Currently five points behind seventh-placed Borussia Monchengladbach, who would qualify for next season’s inaugural UEFA Europa Conference League as things stand, Thursday’s game in hand against Hertha represents a real opportunity for Freiburg to make a push for a European spot between now and the end of the campaign.
Moreover, they are two points ahead of 10th-placed Stuttgart, so cementing a place in the top half of the table for a second successive season will be another achievement which Streich has his eye on.
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