ANNOUNCER: Koln welcomed Hertha Berlin to the Rheinenergie Stadion, looking for their first win of the campaign. And in the midst of an injury crisis, 16-year-old Yann Aurel Bisseck was drafted in, to become the second youngest player ever to start a Bundesliga game. Hertha had not won away all season, but got off to the perfect start. Vedad Ibisevic was afforded too much time and space to scramble home from Davie Selke's knockdown.
Over half of Berlin's goals this season have come from set pieces, and the latest helped Ibisevic grab his third goal in three games. Sitting deep, Koln found it difficult to break the visitors down. But Claudio Pizarro on his first start in Koln colors, managed to carve out an opening for Guirassy. The young French striker, however, snatched at the shot, to waste Koln's best opportunity of the half.
Berlin began to dominate, creating several decent openings. Ibisevic, in particular, posed a real threat. Only Timo Horn stood in the way of a spectacular second goal here. Peter Stoger's sider yet to turn a deficit around this season, and went into that break a goal down. Koln came out of the dressing room with renewed vigor. Guirassy saw this effort blocked by Rekik, and after lengthy deliberations with a video assist center, referee Bibiana Steinhaus ruled there was no intentional hand ball.
The experience of Claudio Pizarro was vital in a very useful Koln side. He set up the impressive Tim Handwerker here, but the substitute saw his stinging drive palmed away by Jarstein. In the 64th minute, Berlin delivered a sucker punch. Selke was brought down by Lehmann in the area, a penalty the only option. Up stepped Vedad Ibisevic to register his and [INAUDIBLE] second, and killed the game off. Ibisevic has now found the net 10 times against Koln in the Bundesliga. Koln remain rooted to the bottom, and will have to count on their promising youngsters to get out of trouble.