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Matchday 24: New investor, but only one point: Hertha draw against Mainz

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3 x 7 makes 21. Hertha BSC presents a new investor in the Bundesliga relegation battle. Name and current number of points lead to humorous arithmetic games. But the situation remains precarious.

Niederlechner junior was terribly boring. “Papaaaa”, complained the little son of Hertha striker Florian Niederlechner about the interview in the catacombs of the Berlin Olympic Stadium, which he felt was far too long, and clutched his father’s hand tightly. Niederlechner senior quickly gave a few answers and then politely wished everyone a nice weekend.

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Everyone around and Niederlechner himself knew that it could have been a really nice weekend for Hertha. If it hadn’t been for Ludovic Ajorque’s lucky shot (57th minute) to make FSV Mainz 05 1-1. “It’s bitter that we didn’t win the game,” said Niederlechner, who didn’t score for Hertha in the seventh game of his own, but put a lot of pressure on Berlin together with penalty goal scorer Jessic Ngankam (18′).

Hertha coach Sandro Schwarz called the missed chance to win “annoying”. Nevertheless, he spoke of the intact “basic trust” in his team. In the relegation battle, the coach has been playing this psycho card for a long time, always talking hard about his team. After the good game against his ex-club, with the exception of about 20 minutes around the Mainz equalizer, he even had good reason for it.

777 Partners replace Windhorst as financier

A third home win in a row would have fitted perfectly into a new spirit of optimism in Berlin. A few hours before the game, Hertha announced the cooperation with the new investor 777 Partners. The Americans replace the controversial entrepreneur Lars Windhorst as financier. According to media reports, new millions will soon be transferred. When it comes to licensing, that could be essential for Hertha. On Monday, the club and the new partner want to comment in more detail on the deal concluded after several weeks of negotiations.

Three points would have been more important for Schwarz than the news from the Hertha office. With 21 points, the Berliners remain in the acutely endangered table zone. Alluding to the new partner 777, humorists could add that the sum in the name is at least identical to the number of points currently achieved.

Mainz coach Svensson: “Lucky point”

After their big upswing, Mainz, who were well served this time with a point, don’t need numbers games. But they couldn’t get any closer to the top third of the Bundesliga rankings. Coach Bo Svensson didn’t want to sugarcoat anything after the end of the four-win streak. The first half was “bad”. He likes to take the “lucky point” with him. But you have to “talk critically” about your own performance.

Hats off to so much reflection on the Rheinhessen, one might think. Mainz had every reason to use the goal as an excuse. Arguments have been made for all skeptics of the video evidence. When Lucas Tousart crossed (15′), the ball apparently touched Leandro Barreiro’s hand on his outstretched arm. Video referee Sören Storks saw it. Referee Benjamin Curtus checked the scene on the screen and awarded a penalty.

“How long do we have?” Svensson replied when asked what he thought of the whistle. “It’s a topic that always accompanies us, very problematic, no further comment”. That was it for the Svensson analysis. Sinner Barreiro said about the referee’s decision in a nutshell: “Absolute nonsense”.

Source: Stern

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