WHAT A GOAL THAT WOULD HAVE BEEN
Sancho leaves Pekarik on the floor as he skips into the box. He plays Guerreiro the ball on the overlap in the box and he plays it back to Sancho in front of goal. He skips past another defender and looks certain to score, but Jarstein makes a big last-gasp save. The Hertha keeper denying one of the goals of the season.
DORTMUND KEEPING CONTROL
The home side making it difficult for Hertha to work their way back towards an equaliser in this one.
NO PENALTY FOR DORTMUND
Can has a half-volley at goal which bounces into the ground and then off the body of Boyata as he blocked the shot, and after a check from Video-Assist, no penalty is given.
Situation No penalty
Decision No penalty
Witsel and Hazard replaced by Morey and Balerdi for the home side.
PIATEK IN THE BOOK
Another substitute cautioned and it's the second yellow card of the game. He's penalised for a foul on Hakimi.
WEATHER TAKING A TURN
The rain is absolutely pouring down here in Dortmund as we come towards the end of this game. Could we see a few slip-ups from either side?
The substitute is cautioned for a foul on Reyna.
15 TO GO...
This game is still hanging in the balance with Dortmund just one goal ahead and Hertha pushing for an equaliser. Dortmund have still been able to get forward themselves, but remain at just one shot on target in the entire game so far. Luckily for them, it resulted in Can's goal.
The teenager American talent is on for the final 20 minutes here, replacing Brandt, with Dortmund looking to hold onto victory.
Some big challenges coming in from both sides who are battling for every single loose ball in this game. With the scoreline as it is, the game will definitely continue just like this in the final 25 minutes.
Piatek is on for Skjelbred as Labbadia sacrifices a midfielder for a striker with his side trailing.
CAN OPENS THE SCORING
Lovely stuff from the home side who take the lead before the hour mark. Sancho chips the ball forward into the box to Brandt, who heads it down towards Can on the edge of the Hertha box and he curls a low shot at goal with one touch. A well-worked team goal which has Dortmund in front.
GOAL!1 : 0
Ngankam wins the ball back from Guerreiro and Hertha break. Darida plays the ball across the Dortmund box for Esswein to reach, and he shoots back across Bürki and the Dortmund goal, but his effort whisks just wide of the post.
Dortmund a have three-on-one opening to break with Brandt on the ball. He has Sancho to his left and Hakimi to his right, but he plays the wrong ball as he looks to play the ball through Torunarigha to Sancho. Frustration building for the home side.
HUGE CHANCE FOR SANCHO
It should really be 1-0 for Dortmund. Witsel finds Hakimi in space on the right wing and he sends a low cross into the box which runs to the back post. Hazard collects and plays it back into the middle for Sancho who's alone in front of goal. He goes to score with a first-time shot, but puts his effort wide at the near post.
SANCHO UP FRONT WITH BRANDT
By checking the average positions of Dortmund you can see that Sancho is almost partnering Brandt exclusively in attack, with Hazard playing in behind the creative pair.
SECOND HALF BEGINS
We're back underway here in Dortmund. A change at the break for the away side, with Ngankam coming on at the break for Lukebakio. The 19-year-old coming on for his third Bundesliga appearance for his boyhood club.
DEFENCE WINNING THE DAY
While Akanji has yet to miss the target with any of his 35 attempted passes, Jordan Torunarigha has lost just one - and Dedryck Boyata none - of their challenges so far. Both their defences doing their jobs well.
Hakimi plays him the ball at the edge of the Hertha box from the right and he goes to touch it past a defender and into the box to then potentially score from. It's the perfect idea, but his execution is off as his touch is too heavy and runs through to Jarstein.
HERTHA WORKING HARD
The away side have already covered nearly four kilometres 2.4 miles more than their hosts in this first half as a team.
ENTERTAINMENT UP TO THE FINAL THIRD
It's been a fantastic watch so far here in Dortmund but neither side will be satisfied with their work in the opposition's final third so far. Just two shots on target in this first half, with both coming for Hertha and both coming from long-range.
DARIDA FORCES A SAVE
Hertha are starting to come into this game more and more as Darida has a go at goal, but it's straight at Bürki this time.
DILROSUN LIMPS OFF
A shame to see for the Dutch winger who has to come off early here, replaced by Esswein.
NOW IT'S BRANDT
Chances continue to go begging for BVB and this time it's Brandt. A magnificent turn on the edge of the Hertha box as he turns with Akanji's pass before curling a shot goalward, but it drifts wide.
HAZARD FLUFFS HIS LINES
The Belgian is in the right place at the right time as Guerreiro's cross is flicked to the back post by Torunarigha. Hazard controls the ball and shoots at goal, but slices it wide into the side-netting of the Hertha goal. Rash in front of goal there, Hazard.
The home side have had over 60 per cent of the possession so far, and Hakimi's shot has been the only attempt on goal. The home side not rushing things.
Both sides looking to get forward on the counter creating an entertaining watch here. Neither side in control.
HAKIMI WITH THE FIRST CHANCE
Tidy movement from the wing-back down the right as he exchanges passes into the Hertha box. He shoots low at the near post from a tight angle rather than going across goal, and only finds the side-netting.
Dortmund playing without a recognised striker once again, meaning Brandt, Hazard and Sancho are all floating in and out of the central position. Meanwhile, Hertha are playing the ball as wide as possible when they have it, using the pace of Dilrosun and Lukebakio down the wings to their advantage.
BIG OPPORTUNITY TODAY
After defeats for both Leverkusen and Gladbach, and Leipzig being held to a draw at home by Paderborn, today is a big chance for Dortmund to cement their place in the Champions League qualification spots for next season.
The ball is rolling in Dortmund for our big Saturday evening game as Dortmund play host to Hertha.
READY TO GO!
The players are coming out onto the pitch here at the Signal Iduna Park and we're moments from kick-off...
WHAT'S AT STAKE?
A win for Dortmund will take them within seven points of Bayern at the top of the table with four games to go, keeping slim chances of winning the title alive. Meanwhile, the capital club are looking to make a late push for European qualification and can go level on points with Freiburg in 8th with a win tonight, and just one behind Wolfsburg a further place ahead.
SANCHO TO SHINE AGAIN?
Last Sunday, the 20-year-old English winger did something he'd never done before in his professional career - a rare thing already for Sancho to do something for the first time. He scored his first senior hat-trick, hitting three of the seven goals scored in total in the second half at Paderborn. He's bang in form and ready for more today.
OR TIME TO REWRITE THE BOOKS?
Bruno Labbadia has never won in Dortmund in seven previous attempts (3 defeats). If ever there was a time for him to collect his first three points from the Signal Iduna Park it would be today. Hertha have won two of their three games under Labbadia, drawing the other 2-2 at RB Leipzig.
SAME STORY TODAY?
Dortmund have won 29 of their 65 previous Bundesliga meetings with Hertha, who have won none of the last five (D2, L3). Meanwhile, Jadon Sancho has scored three times and registered three assists in just four league games against Hertha.
Marcel Schmelzer is one of only two players on the Dortmund bench with a Bundesliga goal to his name. The other is the goalkeeper, Marwin Hitz, who scored one for Augsburg back in 2014/15. The rest of BVB's bench is made up of two teenagers and four players yet to make their debuts in the league, as well as one who made his just last weekend.
DORTMUND TEAM NEWS
Just the one enforced change to Lucien Favre's side for today's game. Mats Hummels is suspended after picking up his fifth yellow card of the season in the 6-1 win at Paderborn last weekend, and Axel Witsel comes in for him, with Emre Can dropping into the centre of defence.
HERTHA TEAM NEWS
No changes for Hertha from the side which beat Augsburg 2-0 at home last weekend. Javairo Dilrosun keeps his place on the wing after his first goal in 2020, with Krzysztof Piatek remains on the bench despite scoring his first goal in the league from open play since joining from AC Milan in January.
HERTHA STARTING XI!
Jarstein - Pekarik, Boyata, Torunarigha, Mittelstädt - Skjelbred, Grujic - Lukebakio, Darida, Dilrosun - Ibisevic (c)
Smarsch, Stark, Piatek, Esswein, Klünter, Maier, Dardai, Ngankam, Samardzic
DORTMUND STARTING XI!
Bürki - Piszczek (c), Can, Akanji - Hakimi, Witsel, Delaney, Guerreiro - Sancho, Hazard, Brandt
Hitz, Rente, Balerdi, Morey, Schmelzer, Pherai, Reyna, Führich, Rashcl
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The official team news from Dortmund will be with us shortly as we look ahead to this evening's game between Borussia and Hertha Berlin.