2020-21 German Bundesliga
  • Amine Harit (6')
  • Dedryck Boyata (18')
  • Jessic Ngankam (73')
  • Dodi Lukebakio (88')

Hertha Berlin beat Schalke to dig themselves out of trouble

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Hertha Berlin picks up crucial win over Schalke (1:53)

Hertha Berlin earns a much-needed 2-1 win over Schalke 04. (1:53)

Hertha Berlin substitute Jessic Ngankam snatched a 74th-minute winner as his team came from a goal down to beat already-relegated Schalke 04 2-1 on Wednesday and boost their own chances of staying in the Bundesliga.

In a delayed game due to Hertha's coronavirus quarantine last month, the Berliners earned three crucial points that lifted them to 13th place on 34 points, three above the relegation playoff spot in 16th occupied by Arminia Bielefeld, with two matches remaining.

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Werder Bremen are in 15th on 31 points while Augsburg have 33 in 14th.

Amine Harit put bottom club Schalke ahead when he rifled in a low shot in the sixth minute.

But Hertha, who have managed two wins and a draw from their three delayed games in the last week, hit back with Dedryck Boyata in the 19th before Ngankam completed the turnaround in the second half.

Unbeaten in their last seven league games, Hertha were reduced to 10 men when Dodi Lukebakio was dismissed after a second booking in the 88th minute and had a lucky escape when Schalke twice hit the post in stoppage time through Shkodran Mustafi and Benito Raman.

German Bundesliga Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Bayern Munich 34 +55 78
2 RB Leipzig 34 +28 65
3 Borussia Dortmund 34 +29 64
4 VfL Wolfsburg 34 +24 61
5 Eintracht Frankfurt 34 +16 60
6 Bayer Leverkusen 34 +14 52
7 FC Union Berlin 34 +7 50
8 Borussia Monchengladbach 34 +8 49
9 VfB Stuttgart 34 +1 45
10 SC Freiburg 34 0 45
11 TSG Hoffenheim 34 -2 43
12 Mainz 34 -17 39
13 FC Augsburg 34 -18 36
14 Hertha Berlin 34 -11 35
15 Arminia Bielefeld 34 -26 35
16 FC Cologne 34 -26 33
17 Werder Bremen 34 -21 31
18 Schalke 04 34 -61 16