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Report: Rovers Under-23s 0-2 Hertha Berlin Under-23s

Two second half strikes ensures Rovers' Premier League International Cup campaign gets off to a disappointing start

15 November 2019

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Rovers' first ever Premier League International Cup campaign got off to a disappointing start against Hertha Berlin at Ewood Park.

Two goals in the final 12 minutes of the game made sure that Hertha returned to Germany with the three points, with the goals coming through Panzu Ernesto and a late tap in from substitute Timur Gayet.

Rovers huffed and puffed but it was to be a bitterly disappointing second half display, despite an encouraging first 45 minutes on home turf.

It was a first half of few chances at a chilly Ewood, with Jonas Dirkner coming closest to finding a breakthrough on the stroke of half time, with his effort deflecting just past Joe Hilton's post.

At the other end, Samuel's cross-shot flew just over Luis Klatte's upright before landing on the roof of the net.

The second half saw Hertha begin the better side, with Niko Bretschneider twice going close before the hour mark.

His second effort brought an excellent save from Hilton, who was in the right place at the right time to bravely beat away the left back's drive.

The visitors created a glorious opportunity to take the lead in the final 20 minutes, but Jessic Ngankam could only fire into the side-netting after skipping around Hilton.

But with the next chance came the first goal and it came in brilliant style.

Skipper Stefan Mols was robbed in midfield and the ball eventually fell to Ernesto, who ridled beyond Hilton and into the back of the net, leaving the Rovers stopper with no chance.

The second of the night wasn't far away and it was a slick counter attack that resulted in Hertha doubling their tally.

A quick move upfield left substitute Gayet with the simple finish, tapping home from close range to seal the win for the Germans in what was a professional display from the club from the capital.

Rovers Under-23s: Hilton, Whitehall, Paton, Davenport, Barnes, Carter, Rankin-Costello, Mols (c) (Brennan, 86), Samuel, Butterworth, Chapman

Unused substitutes: Eastham, Evans, Boyomo, Pike, Saadi, Burns.

Booked: Butterworth, 89, Chapman, 90.

Hertha Berlin Under-23s: Klatte, Nganham, Ernesto, Fuchs (c), Pfeiffer (Gayret, 70), Bretschneider, Baak, Pronichev (Wertmuller, 46), Kiprit (Ramic, 86), Dardai, Dirkner. 

Booked: Ramic, 90.

Unused substitutes: Wild, Morack, Kastrati.

Goal: Ernesto, 78, Gayet, 90.

Referee: Benjamin Speedie.

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