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Bayern 0, Hertha 0: Post-match awards

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Huh, what? Is the game over? Here are the match awards.

Jersey swap: Jordan Torunarigha. Nobody, and I mean nobody, stood out in Hertha’s team today, with Pal Dardai trying to see how many of his players he could cram into his own penalty box, but despite the commentators constantly commending Niklas Stark’s efforts, the nod has to go to his fellow center back Torunarigha. The 20-year old led his team in essentially all defensive categories, recording four tackles, five interceptions, three blocked shots, and clearing the ball eight times, and helped break Robert Lewandowski’s record home scoring streak.

Tip of the hat: Robert Lewandowski

It just wasn’t his day, but not for a lack of trying. The Polish striker worked hard, but had to contend with a packed offensive end, with Hertha Berlin players stacked in front of, around and behind him. Nevertheless, he managed to tally an impressive 11 shots, with three on target, although he didn’t show his usual deadliness in front of goal, raising the question whether his recent player agent change and rumored transfer was a big distraction.

Golf clap: Thiago Alcantara

The Spaniard is working his way back into form, and he was ever present on the field today. He exhibited his usual smooth playing style, always having an eye for an open teammate, and played some solid defense, working back to help out on the few occasions Hertha decided to explore the other half of the field. His passing accuracy was above 90%, which is not a surprising stat for the midfielder.

Standing ovation: Arjen Robben

The Flying Dutchman seemed eager to show that he should have been starting the big match against Besiktas Istanbul in midweek, and was as creative a force as you could expect against a very defensive opponent. His interplay and through-balls to Rafinha and Thomas Müller led to countless crosses into the box, and his four key passes were tops on the team. He probably should have been able to claim an assist, but fellow winger Franck Ribery blasted the ball over the goal in the 36th minute.

Meister of the match: Mats Hummels

With fellow German CB starter Jerome Boateng sidelined with a cold, it was up to Mats Hummels to run the defense. The cooperation with Niklas Süle worked quite well, snuffing out even the hints of chances by Berlin with timely interceptions or clearances. Hummels is the definition of calmness under pressure, knowing when to pass and when to dribble out of pressure. Bayern’s high line — in large part to Hertha’s deep position — meant a lot of the buildup play went through number 5, resulting in a team-high 145 touches.

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