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Stuttgart coach Pellegrino Matarazzo gives instructions during the German Bundesliga soccer match between Stuttgart and Hertha BSC in Stuttgart, Germany on Sunday December 5, 2021 (Tom Weller / dpa via AP)

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Hertha Berlin’s bet on a new manager showed promising signs on Sunday as the team fought back to win a 2-2 draw at Stuttgart in the Bundesliga in Tayfun Korkut’s debut in charge.

Stevan Jovetic scored twice for the visitors to score a point and stay just ahead of Stuttgart’s 15th place in the standings. Hertha also managed to withstand a late period of pressure without conceding a goal, unlike in previous games against Augsburg, Bayer Leverkusen and Freiburg.

Korkut was back at his home club after his surprise appointment as Hertha coach on Monday following the dismissal of Pál Dárdai. Korkut hadn’t coached any team since a largely unsuccessful stint at the helm of Stuttgart in 2018.

His new team got off to a bad start with Omar Marmoush scoring on a counterattack in the 15th minute and Philipp Förster grabbing another for Stuttgart four minutes later.

Marmoush might have had another time later, but Hertha goalkeeper Alexander Schwolow saved his effort.

Ishak Belfodil pulled one out in the 34th, but the goal was ruled out by VAR when Vladimir Darida was tried for blocking the goalkeeper’s view from an offside position.

Hertha persevered and duly scored thanks to Jovetic in the 40th.

Marmoush believed he scored a second goal in the 66th, only to see a linesman’s flag raised for offside. A VAR check confirmed the call.

Korkut brought in experienced defender Niklas Stark and veteran striker Prince Boateng in the 72nd as the home side looked tiring.

Jovetic equalized in the 76th and this time Hertha was able to hold on.

Borussia Mönchengladbach hosted Freiburg late in the game.

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