The high-flying Freiburg had an opportunity to overtake Union Berlin at the Bundesliga summit, providing they could overcome a Hertha Berlin side currently unbeaten in four league games after a sluggish start to the campaign.
After a tightly-contested opening, Freiburg began to command possession, and they eventually made their dominance count, as Daniel-Kofi Kyereh broke the deadlock with a deadly close-range strike, giving his side a 22nd minute lead with his second league goal of the season.
Freiburg’s advantage was agonisingly short-lived, as Die Alte Dame were awarded a penalty mere minutes later, when Christian Gunter was adjudged to have handled the ball inside the area. Belgian international Dodi Lukebakio stepped up and made no mistake from the spot, taking his Bundesliga goal tally for the season to four.
As the second half got underway, Lucas Tousart and Stevan Jovetic fluffed individual chances for the home side, but Hertha’s fightback was completed in the 62nd minute, when Suat Serdar struck an inch-perfect strike from the edge of the area.
But Die Alte Dame had failed to learn from their earlier frustrations, and the away side pulled level through a rebounded strike from substitute Schade, ensuring that the points would be shared.
Freiburg ultimately ended this high-octane clash looking likelier to win, but a draw was the fairest result on balance.
As a result of the 2-2 scoreline, Hertha Berlin moved up to 14th in the table, while Christian Streich’s men stretched their unbeaten run to ten games in all competitions, taking temporary kingdom of Germany’s top division in the process.