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03 August 2019 Venue Selhurst Park Attendance

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Crystal Palace
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Hertha Berlin

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Preview: Palace set for pre-season finale against Hertha Berlin

2 August 2019

Crystal Palace are just one match away from kicking-off their 2019/20 Premier League campaign, facing Hertha Berlin in their final game of pre-season today.

The Eagles have enjoyed a strong end to their summer preparations, running riot against Bristol City by defeating the Robins 5-0 before a mixed squad drew with AFC Wimbledon at Kingsmeadow stadium 2-2.

However, this afternoon’s test is their sternest yet and sees a competent Bundesliga side under new management arriving in English shores for their clash with the Eagles.

Finishing 11th in Germany’s top tier last season as one of the Bundesliga’s in-form sides, Hertha parted ways with manager Pál Dárdai after four years. Replacing him was Ante Čović, a former Hertha midfielder who also had spells with VfB Stuttgart and 1. FC Nürnberg.

SEE ALSO: Man on the inside: Meyer previews Hertha Berlin Selhurst clash

Coaching Die Alte Dame’s Under-19 squad and later Hertha BSC II - the club’s reserve team - Čović became head coach of the first team this summer. So far in pre-season, he has led the side to three wins from six games, including victory over Fenerbahçe S.K.

On Wednesday night, however, Hertha fell 5-3 to West Ham United despite taking the lead on three occasions. Goals in the 78th and 90th minute put the game to bed for the Hammers, with Grady Diangana and Michail Antonio the respective scorers.

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In the transfer market, Hertha have strengthened their squad in a number of areas, signing central midfielder Eduard Löwen from Nürnberg and re-loaning Serbian international Marko Grujić from Liverpool.

Grujić is one to watch at Selhurst, with the 23-year-old being labelled “by far the best midfielder I've seen in my time at the club” by former coach Dárdai, who spent a total of 22 years with the Berlin team.

Hertha have also added 18-year-old Daishawn Redan from Chelsea and Belgium defender Dedryck Boyata from Celtic this summer. The young forward Redan netted recently against Fenerbahçe to help lead Hertha to a notable 2-1 victory.

However, Palace fans will best know Hertha for being the club which sent former goalkeeper Gábor Király to south London. With over 300 appearances for the two teams combined, Király is a firm favourite in both Croydon and Berlin.

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Ahead of today’s clash, he told the official Palace programme: “I was so happy to join this club [Palace], because for me Crystal Palace is one big family. Everyone was friendly, everyone helped my integration and this enabled me to fall in love with the club quickly, and gave me a huge sense of pride pulling on that shirt. I always felt like I could never play bad for this club and its people; I have a responsibility to them."

Ticket News

Palace to face Hertha Berlin in Selhurst pre-season friendly

31 July 2019

Palace have never faced the German club and Király will be present to watch his former sides compete for the first time live at Selhurst. Make sure to grab a copy of the programme to enjoy his feature-length interview!

Another notable name associated with Hertha is Salomon Kalou, who currently represents Čović’s men aged 33. A former Chelsea forward, Kalou has made over 150 appearances for Die Alte Dame and finished as their third top scorer last season.

Fans can expect to see a versatile opponent later on, with Čović praising his side’s “flexibility” after switching his formation from 4-3-3 to 3-5-2 and making 11 half-time substitutes during the Fenerbahçe clash.

You can buy tickets for this game and bring the family to join you with under-12s going free. There will be family-fun activities in the Fanzone throughout pre-match before you watch the Eagles against their Bundesliga opponents in the final pre-season game of summer. Get your tickets here or on the gate!

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Match Reports

Report: Palace fall to harsh scoreline v Hertha Berlin

Crystal Palace 0-4 Hertha Berlin

3 August 2019

A frustrating afternoon saw Crystal Palace fall to a cruel-looking scoreline at the hands of Bundesliga club Hertha Berlin today at Selhurst Park as the visitors enjoyed a fair-share of luck to run out as 4-0 victors.

Summary

  • Christian Benteke’s 10th-minute effort is ruled out for offside.

  • Scott Dann heads against the post before Jordan Ayew finds the side netting.

  • Shortly before half time, Marvin Plattenhardt scores with a deflection off his back.

  • Vedad Ibisevic doubles the visitor’s lead minutes into the second half.

  • Hertha’s dominance proves enough to win the game for the Bundesliga club with Maximillian Mittelstadt and Davie Selke scoring an insurance policy third and fourth.

After a steady-paced first 10 minutes, Crystal Palace fans were sent prematurely celebrating as the Eagles illegally found the net early in the game. Max Meyer laid the ball off well to James McArthur who struck at goal, and with Rune Jarstein beating the ball back into the penalty area, Benteke buried an easy effort but was adjudged to have been offside.

Despite being stuck level, Palace did enjoy the more dominant passages of play as the match found its rhythm and were unfortunate not to hit the target on numerous occasions, most notably when Dann headed against the far post before Ayew struck the rebound into the side netting.

Under clear instructions from manager Ante Covic, Hertha sought to stretch the midfield diamond-four exhibited by Palace - with Plattenhardt and Lukas Klunter religiously hugging the left and right touchlines respectively.

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It was Plattenhardt and Klunter involved at the heart of the action at the tail end of the first half as the latter struck a shot hard to Vicente Guaita’s right, earning Hertha a corner after the Spaniard made a fine save. There was far less skill and panache from the deadball, however, as Plattenhardt turned home almost inadvertently with his back.

Palace may have seemed the sharper of the two sides until the first half’s denouement, but Hertha carried their momentum into the second spell and doubled their advantage almost with their first effort - Ibisevic striking home on the volley from 10 yards.

As the clock ticked down, the daylight stretching between Hertha and their hosts grew brighter and the visitors began to see chances fall their way with greater frequency, but it was Palace who came closest to bagging next as Benteke powered a header at goal from Luka Milivojevic’s long-distance free kick only to be denied by the firm gloves of Thomas Kraft.

Moments later, a determined Palace came agonisingly close to scoring for the second time in as many minutes as Ayew flung himself at the ball close to goal only to head wide under pressure from the travelling defence.

In what proved to be a misleading spell of assertiveness, the Eagles seemed energised by Hertha’s second of the day and the balance of play appeared to swing again in their favour.

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But this seemingly resurgent charge was ultimately in vain and luck cruelly played its part in this afternoon’s clash for the second time as Mittelstadt cannoned an effort into the net via a heavy deflection off Martin Kelly.

With 10 minutes remaining, the game launched into a higher gear and saw both sides come tantalisingly close to further striking the scoreboard. Wayne Hennessey was forced into a double save to deny to visitors and at the other end of the pitch Niklas Stark pulled off a smart last-ditch block to prevent James McArthur from opening Palace’s account.

Hennessey was at the heart of the action shortly afterwards as he felled substitute Selke in the box and watched on as the No.27 converted from 12 yards, sending the Welshman the wrong way.

All in all, it was a frustrating afternoon for Palace which saw no small amount of luck help Hertha to their four-goal haul, however cameos from Development players Luke Dreher and Brandon Pierrick saw two talented prospects benefit from valuable first-team minutes.

Palace: Guaita (Hennessey 45), Van Aanholt, Dann, Kelly, Ward, Meyer (Pierrick 83), Milivojevic, McArthur, Townsend (Dreher 83), Ayew (Wickham 75), Benteke.

Subs not used: Hennessey, Hobbs, Tavares, Riedewald.

Hertha: Jarstein (Kraft 45), Rekik, Stark, Darida, Kalou (Selke 62), Duda, Klunter (Skjelbred 70), Grujic (Leckie 62), Mittelstadt, Ibisevic (Lowen 62), Plattenhardt.

Subs not used: Fryde, Redan.

Keep an eye on Palace TV in your app or by clicking here for post-match reaction and free highlights shortly.

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Ticket News

Tickets still available for Palace's last pre-season clash v Hertha Berlin!

3 August 2019

Matchday has returned to Selhurst Park with the arrival of German club Hertha Berlin onto English shores and the buzz of watching Crystal Palace on the Selhurst terraces is just hours away for the Palace fans donning their red and blue in support of Roy Hodgson's men today.

If you haven't got your ticket for this final pre-season clash yet, don't worry - they are still available both online and on the gate.

A warm summer's afternoon in the school holidays, it's the perfect opportunity to bring the family with you today as under-12s can come along for free! Whether it's their initiation first time of many in SE25 or they're just as excited as you to return, grab their ticket here.

Tickets on the gate will be available and cost £20 for adults and £10 for concessions.

For all the information you need on today's game, head over to our comprehensive matchday guide.

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