Wednesday 22 July 2015, 6:00pm at Athletic Arena Schladming, Schladming
Hertha BSC
Darida 5'; Hegeler (pen) 14'
Fulham FC
Taggart 31'; Woodrow 71'

5' Goal

Vladmiri Darida

14' Penalty

Jens Hegeler

46' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Florian Kohls
Off:Jens Hegeler

72' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Maximilian Mittelstadt
Off:Roy Beerens

31' Goal

Adam Taggart

71' Goal

Cauley Woodrow

63' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Lasse Vigen Christensen
Off:Emerson Hyndman

63' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Moussa Dembele
Off:Adam Taggart

63' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Ben Pringle
Off:Larnell Cole

Cauley Woodrow completed the comeback as Fulham fought from two goals behind to secure a draw against Hertha Berlin.

Cauley Woodrow completed the comeback as Fulham fought from two goals behind to secure an impressive draw against Hertha Berlin.

Woodrow’s vicious drive to level the scores on 71 minutes was no less than the Whites deserved, after they recovered from a disappointing opening 15 minutes, improving throughout, to claw their way back into the game.

Kit Symons gave full 90 minute workouts to eight players in an aim to bring their levels to closer to full match fitness, but the outlook did not look bright with Fulham two down in 15 minutes.

Vladimiri Darida had blasted Hertha in front after five minutes following good work on the Bundesliga club’s left side, before a Jan Hegeler penalty – given for an adjudged push by Cameron Burgess – doubled the lead on the quarter hour.

Adam Taggart pounced from close range to bring the Whites back into the game, leaving Fulham trailing 2-1 at the interval. Then a moment of inspiration from Woodrow on 71 minutes squared the game.   

The majestic scenery of the region of Styria towered down over the Athletic Arena Schladming, as the Whites walked out with an experimental team to face their German Bundesliga opposition.

Woodrow played behind Taggart in attack, with exciting wingmen Alexander Kačaniklić and Larnell Cole occupying wide areas. Emerson Hyndman and Ryan Tunnicliffe were tasked with patrolling the midfield, in front of back four containing Jack Grimmer, Cameron Burgess, Nikolay Bodurov and Kay Voser. Marcus Bettinelli started in goal.

It was the Whites who showed the first signs of intent when Kačaniklić drifted inside and drove forward, seeing Taggart peel away from his marker. The winger tries to slip the Australian striker through on goal in the third minute but the ball slid away from him on the well-watered surface.

Minutes later, Fulham were punished on their right-hand side when Hertha forced an overload. The combination of Marvin Plattenhardt and Valentin Stocker were no match for an unprotected Jack Grimmer and Darida slammed his fifth minute shot into the corner of the Fulham goal.

The Whites responded well, with Taggart almost charging down goalkeeper Thomas Kraft as Fulham pressed from the front, but our task was made twice as tough when Burgess was judged to have impeded his marker on a corner. Hegeler slotted the 14th-minute past Bettinelli, who guessed correctly and got fingertips on it.

A couple of threatening runs from Kačaniklić pegged Hertha back as Fulham searched for a response. Voser saw a shooting chance pass him by before Bodurov came to the Whites’ rescue, throwing himself in front of Darida’s shot to block inside the six-yard box.

Woodrow could hardly believe it when Kraft flung himself across goal to push his towering header past the post, after Taggart’s excellent left-footed delivery on the half hour. But moments later, the Whites gave themselves a lifeline when Kačaniklić’s corner found Tunnicliffe at the far post. His header went across goal to find Burgess, who, in turn, headed back across goal, and Taggart wriggled free of his marker to nod the ball past Kraft from close range.

The next 15 minutes were a period of consolidation for the Whites, with the German outfit showing their quality in possession, but the SW6 outfit defended solidly and looked a much improved side over the course of the half.

Fulham picked up where they left off after half-time, threatening the Bundesliga side in wide areas but Hertha's defence stood firm and tested the Whites in response, Bettinelli getting down well to save a low strike from Beerens on 66 minutes.

Symons had made a triple substitution to freshen things up with Moussa Dembèlè, Lasse Vigen Christensen and Ben Pringle on to replace Cole, Taggart and Hyndman, and soon after the Whites were level.

Woodrow collected a loose ball around 25 yards out and picked his spot with precision, firing a low shot to the goalkeepers left and leaving him no chance as he watched the ball nestle in the corner.

It was a back-and-fourth last 20 minutes, with both teams matching each other across the pitch, as the Whites played out the contest to claim a well-earned draw.




Match Information

Competition: Friendly

Date: Wednesday 22 July 2015
Kick-off: 6:00pm

Venue: Athletic Arena Schladming, Schladming
Attendance: 400

Hertha BSC

Line-up: Kraft; Pekarik, Langkamp, Lustenberger, Plattenhardt; Skjelbred; Beerens (Mittelstadt 72'), Hegeler (Kohls 46'), Darida, Stocker; Haraguchi

Unused substitutes: Gersbeck


Line-up: Bettinelli; Grimmer, Bodurov, Burgess, Voser; Hyndman (Christensen 63'), Tunnicliffe; Cole (Pringle 63'), Woodrow, Kacaniklic; Taggart (Dembele 63')

Unused substitutes: Rodak, Richards, Hutchinson, Cairney

Hertha BSC (4-1-4-1)
  • 1Thomas Kraft
  • 2Peter Pekarik
  • 15Sebastian Langkamp
  • 28Fabian Lustenberger
  • 21Marvin Plattenhardt
  • 3Per Skjelbred
  • 27Roy Beerens
  • 13Jens Hegeler
  • 6Vladmiri Darida
  • 14Valentin Stocker
  • 24Genki Haraguchi
  • 35Marius Gersbeck
  • 41Maximilian Mittelstadt
  • 43Florian Kohls
Fulham (4-2-3-1)
  • 40Marcus Bettinelli
  • 37Jack Grimmer
  • 6Nikolay Bodurov
  • 38Cameron Burgess
  • 15Kay Voser
  • 28Emerson Hyndman
  • 19Ryan Tunnicliffe
  • 34Larnell Cole
  • 16Cauley Woodrow
  • 11Alexander Kacaniklic
  • 22Adam Taggart
  • 42Marek Rodak
  • 2Jazz Richards
  • 4Shaun Hutchinson
  • 18Ben Pringle
  • 21Lasse Vigen Christensen
  • 45Tom Cairney
  • 25Moussa Dembele
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