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BACKS TO THE WALL
Lucien Favre's smiling, which says it all. Dortmund showed real grit following Mats Hummels' sending off. Hertha just didn't do enough - what a chance it was for them to end their losing streak. Five defeats in a row now for the Old Lady - Klinsmann has work to do.
TIME ADDED ON
Sancho's put in a quite the shift - he makes way for Schmelzer. Four added minutes...
The game's opening up for Dortmund on the counter. Jadon Sancho chases a long punt forward, but Thomas Kraft is out of his box in a flash to hoof clear.
Ibisevic has been heavily involved in the last few minutes - just not in the capacity Klinsmann wanted. The Bosnian needs to calm down, otherwise Hertha could end the game with 10 men.
Manuel Akanki completely fluffs his attempted clearance from Marius Wolf on the edge of his own box. Ibisevic is sniffing, but can't get there in time as Bürki comes off his line to mop up the danger.
Klinsmann shows his hand: Dilrosun and Ibisevic are on, Lukebakio and defender Niklas Stark make way.
WITSEL WITH THE BLOCK
Hertha having the best of it as Lukebakio wins back possession on the edge of the Dortmund D, before slipping the ball to his left. Mittelstädt takes aim, but Witsel's there with a crucial block.
HERTHA ASKING QUESTIONS
Hertha are hunting in packs, but Dortmund are getting plenty of men behind the ball. They'll have to keep doing so, if they're to protect their slender lead through to full-time. There'll also come a point when Hertha have to be more adventurous, which could work in the visitors' favour.
SELKE GOAL RULED OUT
Klinsmann's on his feet as Grujic slides in Selke, who sends a neat finish beyond Bürki. There's a whiff of offside, though, a decision confirmed by the Video Assistant Referee. That goal, luckily for BVB, does not stand.
Positive signs from Hertha as Davie Selke lashes goalwards on the turn. It cannons back off a Dotmund player, though, amidst half-hearted handball shouts. Nothing given.
DORTMUND LEAD - JUST!
Dortmund looked like they might rack up a cricket score following quick-fire goals from Sancho and Hazard, but Hertha hung in there and got themselves back in the game through Darida. Hummels' sending off for two yellow cards changes the complexion of the contest entirely, though. Can Klinsi come up with a game plan to complete the turnaround?
DORTMUND DOWN TO TEN!
Gah, not what Dortmund wanted at all! Davie Selke attempts to go past Mats Hummels, who leaves his left foot in. Selke goes over - he would have been through on goal had he not been impeded - and Hummels can have no complaints. He was caught out by Lukebakio for an earlier yellow card - advantage Hertha?
Second yellow card
DARIDA REDUCES THE ARREARS!
Hel-lo! Lukebakio collects a raking pass and sets off on one of those driving runs of his. He cuts the ball back across the box, where Vladimir Darida dispatches with aplomb. Dortmund are suddenly rocking...
Dodi Lukebakio does brilliantly to control a high ball into the box. He sells Guerreiro the dummy and shoots on the turn, but it's too close to Roman Bürki, who beats clear. Encouraging from the home side...
Marco Reus whips a devilish free-kick into the six-yard box. Thomas Kraft doesn’t know where to stay or come - he opts for the latter and punches clear. Just as well!
AKANJI CLEANS UP
Lukebakio, who ended Dortmund's unbeaten start to 2018/19 as a Fortuna player, chases a long ball over the top, but Manuel Akanji steps across to fend off the Hertha forward and clear. BVB missed the big Switzerland international against Paderborn...
Awful time for Hertha to concede a second. Still reeling from Sancho's strike, the Old Lady are caught cold by Achraf Hakimi. He bursts in behind Mittelstädt and sweeps a low ball onto the toe of Thorgan Hazard, who expertly steers it home first time. Klinsmann is shell-shocked!
Way to settle the nerves! Julian Brandt drives forward and weights a fantastic ball between the two Hertha central defenders for Jadon Sancho. He takes one touch with his left foot, before slotting past Kraft on his right. Three goals in three for the Englishman - so much for being out of form!
There's no shame in losing to Barca at Camp Nou, but Dortmund's away form will be of concern to Favre and Co. The Black-Yellows are winless in their last five on the road...
Marko Grujic's faliling left elbow catches Rapahel Guerreiro in the jaw. The BVB man goes down clutching his face, but the referee gives Grujic the benefit of the doubt. Just a yellow - but he'll need to be careful from hereon in.
Marco Reus uncharacteristically loses possession in the Dortmund half. The ball breaks for Dodi Lukebakio, but Mats Hummels uses all his experience to hold off the Belgian forward and shepherd the ball behind for a goal-kick.
DORTMUND - FORM
Mid-October through to November was also going to be a testing month for Dortmund. BVB came through the first chunk largely unschated, taking a point in the Revierderby with Schalke, beating leaders Gladbach in the league and cup, and cruising to a 3-0 win over Wolfsburg. They also enjoyed a famous come-form-behind victory against Inter Milan in the Champions League, but the wheels have come off in recent weeks with those defeats to Bayern and Barca sandwiching last weekend's 3-3 draw with Paderborn. Don't forget Dortmund lost to promoted Union Berlin on Matchday 3 - that's at least four points almost everybody would have seen as bankers gone.
HERTHA - FORM
The Oldy Lady made a bright start under Ante Covic, holding Bayern to a 2-2 draw in Munich, but they've lost seven and drawn two of their 11 subsequent games. As for their three wins, they all came against the current bottom three: Paderborn, Cologne and Fortuna Düsseldorf.
MORE ON THAT DORTMUND TEAM
Jadon Sancho starts after scoring from the bench against Barcelona - a stunning effort, at that. Raphael Guerreiro moves into a defensive midfield role, with Dan-Azel Zagadou making his first league start of the season at left-back. Achraf Hakimi is preferred to former Hertha defender Lukasz Piszczek over on the right, while Julian Brandt leads the line in the absence of Paco Alcacer.
MORE ON THAT HERTHA TEAM
Karim Rekik returns to the side following illness, albeit at right-back as Lukas Klünter drops to the bench. Thomas Kraft starts in goal in place of suspended No.1 Rune Jarstein, while Dodi Lukebakio is preferred to Javairo Dilrosun on the left wing. No major changes from Klinsmann, then...
DORTMUND SEEK UPSWING
Dortmund could do with a win just as much as Hertha - if not more. Lucien Favre's side have fallen five points behind leaders Gladbach after their 4-0 humbling at the hands of Hansi Flick's Bayern, and last weekend's head-spinning 3-3 draw with rock-bottom Paderborn. BVB trailed 3-0 at half-time, but scored three without reply in the second period to spare some of their blushes. The Black-Yellows were also in Champions League action in midweek, losing 3-1 to Barcelona at Camp Nou, and must now better Inter Milan's result in their final Group F game at home to Sparta Prague, if they're to join Bayern and RB Leipzig in the last 16. "We want to turn a corner," said Favre before the trip to one of his former clubs, Hertha.
KLINSMANN IS BACK!
It's over a decade since Jürgen Klinsmann was last in a Bundesliga dug-out. The former Germany boss, who steered his country to bronze at the 2006 FIFA World Cup, oversaw Bayern's second-placed finish behind Wolfsburg in 2008/09, before returning to international management with the USA (2011-2016). Less than a month ago, he took on a supervisory role at Hertha, but jumped at the chance to take the hot seat earlier this week following Ante Covic's dismissal on the back of a four-match losing run. "I was asked whether I would help the club stabilise their season," he said after signing a deal through to the end of 2019/20. "It's an honour to take on such an exciting challenge and I'm incredibly motivated to do so. When I step into a role like this, I give 100 per cent."
HERTHA STARTING LINE-UP
Kraft - Rekik, Stark, Boyata, Mittelstädt - Wolf, Skjelbred (c), Grujic, Lukebakio – Darida – Selke
Smarsch, Kalou, Klünter, Köpke, Dilrosun, Ibisevic, Plattenhardt, Maier, Torunarigha
DORTMUND STARTING LINE-UP
Bürki – Hakimi, Akanji, Hummels, Zagadou – Witsel, Guerreiro – Sancho, Reus (c), Hazard – Brandt
Hitz, Dahoud, Götze, Schulz, Balerdi, Morey, Piszczek, Schmelzer, Raschi
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