After losses for Bayer Leverkusen and Borussia Mönchengladbach, and RB Leipzig shooting at home with Paderborn, it was a fantastic opportunity for Dortmund to take over the Champions League qualifying places – and they seized it for stand four points from the third.
The former Liverpool Can midfielder, who played as central back, hit the winner in the 57th minute by controlling a smart finish in the bottom corner after a great shot from Julian Brandt.
It was the first loss for Hertha boss Bruno Labbadia, who has overseen a four-game unbeaten streak since he came to power.
- Erling Haaland remained on the treatment table with a knee problem while Mats Hummels was suspended after winning his fifth yellow card of the season against Paderborn. Emre Can intervened in the rear center.
- Matheus Cunha is still recovering from a concussion for Hertha Berlin, so they kept the same XI that beat Augsburg 2-0.
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Dortmund and Hertha Berlin players knelt before their Bundesliga match in tribute to George Floyd, an unarmed black man whose death in police custody has sparked worldwide protests.
Hertha entered the shock in a rich vein of form under Labbadia – as shown by his record of 10 points out of 12 possible since the restart.
They looked like a well-organized outfit from the start because despite some whimsical footwork from Jadon Sancho, Dortmund was rarely threatened. Brandt skewing an 18-meter-wide effort was the closest they came in a lackluster 45-minute opening.
Sancho, who had a hat-trick in last week’s 6-1 victory at Paderborn, suffered a frustrating afternoon and was struck by an unusual point blank loss at 51 minutes when he managed to place the balloon wide at six meters.
Dortmund began spotting the visitors and their resistance finally erupted after 57 minutes when Can finished a movement while in the back. Brandt’s padded head towards Can created the odds and he took full advantage of the opportunity, controlling a nice finish in the bottom corner.
Hertha’s response was limited and Sancho really should have finished late, but wasted another golden point chance at point blank range.
Dortmund will travel to Fortuna Düsseldorf next Saturday, while Hertha Berlin will host Frankfurt.