Ekkelenkamp scores on debut as Hertha wins again

Jurgen Ekkelenkamp (L) and Kevin-Prince Boateng of Hertha celebrate after the Bundesliga match between Hertha BSC and SpVgg Greuther Fürth at Olympiastadion on September 17, 2021 in Berlin, Germany.

Jurgen Ekkelenkamp scored 87 seconds into his Hertha Berlin debut in a 2-1 win over promoted Greuther Fürth in the Bundesliga on Friday.

The 21-year-old Dutch midfielder, who joined Hertha from Ajax on the last day of the summer transfer window, scored with a header from a corner in the 61st minute. He was involved again as an own-goal from Fürth’s Maximilian Bauer in the 79th proved to be the winner for Hertha.

“It feels great,” Ekkelenkamp said. “I’m a little bit not happy on the bench, not really, but I’m happy to come in and score ... I want to fight for the team and be important with goals.”

It was Hertha’s second straight win — both against promoted teams — after starting the league with three defeats.

However, it was anything but easy as Hertha lost captain Dedryck Boyata and French forward Myziane Maolida to injuries. Coach Pál Dárdai was also booked toward the end of the game for an angry outburst at the referee. Hertha’s sporting director Arne Friedrich had to hold Dárdai back.

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