The Second Division Premier League match was interrupted for a total of half an hour after a lengthy tennis ball protest. The big question after the restart was who would cope best with this long break.
Five minutes later, Miro Muheim from Hamburg found the answer. His floating ball took Hertha goalkeeper Ernst by surprise and hit the center of the goal. But coach Dárdai reacted and called on Fabian Reese, his difference player. It took less than two minutes after his substitution for him to score a goal.
Fan favorite Reese loaded up and fired from almost 18 yards. Tabakovic took advantage of the rebound to score his eleventh goal of the season. Ludovit Reis, in turn, was able to counter this with his head after a superb move from the Hanseatic League. This put HSV in the lead and moved them to second place on the blitz table.