Jonathan Klinsmann makes penalty save in pro debut with Hertha Berlin

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The 20-year-old has been forced to settle for a place on the bench at the German side but his goalkeeping coach feels it will be tough for him

Naive and still too American - Klinsmann struggles explained by Hertha coach

The 20-year-old has been forced to settle for a place on the bench at the German side but his goalkeeping coach feels it will be tough for him

Jonathan Klinsmann made his professional debut on Thursday, and the goalkeeper saved a late penalty to preserve Hertha Berlin's 1-1 draw with Ostersunds FK in the Europa League.

The 20-year-old is Hertha's third-stringer, but got the nod in the team's final group-stage game with starter Rune Jarstein unable to play in European matches and backup Thomas Kraft out with illness.

And with Thursday's match tied 1-1 in the 87th minute, Klinsmann went down low to his left to deny Brwa Nouri from the spot.

"Klinsmann had a very good game, he stayed firm under pressure and saved the penalty," Hertha boss Pal Dardai said after the match.

Klinsmann, the son of legendary striker and former Bayern Munich, Germany and USA manager Jurgen, signed with the Bundesliga side in the summer after impressing for the United States at the U-20 World Cup in South Korea.

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Since arriving in Germany, the California-born Klinsmann has been playing for Hertha's reserve side in the lower divisions of German football.

Despite the draw, Hertha finished bottom of their group with just five points in six matches.

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