Marco Richter has scored his first goal since recovering from treatment for a testicular tumour as he sealed Hertha Berlin’s first win of the season at Augsburg in the Bundesliga.
Richter tapped home from close range late on to seal Berlin’s 2-0 victory on Sunday.
Richter had made his first appearance since undergoing treatment in last weekend’s 1-0 loss to Borussia Dortmund when he hit the crossbar.
But the 24-year-old winger went one better this time against his former club Augsburg, scoring after Davie Selke had unselfishly passed the ball to him to finish off a counter-attack and wrap up the match in stoppage time.
Richter had progressed through the ranks at Augsburg before joining Hertha last year.
Dodi Lukebakio headed in Marvin Plattenhardt’s cross in the 57th minute for Berlin’s opener.
Augsburg, who have now lost all but one of their five matches, could have taken the lead in the 28th but Mergim Berisha’s finish came off the base of the left post.
In the day’s other game, Borussia Monchengladbach fell to their first defeat of the season, losing 1-0 at home to Mainz after playing most of the second half with 10 men.
The game turned nine minutes after the interval when Gladbach’s Ko Itakura was sent off for bringing down Karim Onisiwo as the last man.
Worse was to come for the home side as Aaron Caricol curled the resulting free kick into the top left corner.
Marcus Thuram had gone closest to breaking the deadlock for Gladbach in an end-to-end first half but his effort came off the crossbar.
Mainz have now won all three of their matches on the road, after only managing to win that number of away matches across the whole of last season.