A bitter end to the year! Die Roten Bullen suffered a 3-2 loss to Hertha BSC in front of 36,109 spectators in the Red Bull Arena (894,877 total at home games in 2017).
Davie Selke gave the Berliners an early lead in the sixth minute and Salomon Kalou headed home a free kick in the 31st minute to take the capital club into a 2-0 lead. After Hertha lost a man on the pitch, when Jordan Torunarigha saw red in the seventh minute, Die Roten Bullen increasingly picked up the tempo and created more and more chances. Diego Demme had RBL’s best chance when he hammered the ball from 17 yards out following a corner and struck the crossbar with his effort (37’).
Leipzig had big plans for the second half. However, Selke scored a third goal for Berlin from a corner and effectively ended the game in the 51st minute. Die Roten Bullen tried everything to get back into the game, but Willi Orban (68’) and Marcel Halstenberg (90+2’) were the only players able to make use of the many chances to shorten Hertha’s lead.
Nevertheless, Leipzig can look back on 2017 with pride and go into the winter break fifth in the Bundesliga table, only two points behind second place and can also look forward to the Europa League.
- There was one change to the starting XI who faced Wolfsburg: Willi Orban rotated in for Dayot Upamecano, who is serving a ban for a double yellow card.
- Shortly before the game, Péter Gulácsi’s contract extension until 2022 was announced.
- Willi Orban and Marcel Halstenberg both scored their second goals of the season.
- Ibrahima Konaté left the field injured in the 31st minute.
- Naby Keïta saw his fourth yellow card and will receive a one-match ban should he see one more.