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Despite being only 16, only Erling Haaland and Jadon Sancho have scored more goals in the Bundesliga this season for Borussia Dortmund than Youssoufa Moukoko. Incredible.
We're now into five minutes of added time at the end of this game.
A FIRST AT HOME FOR MOUKOKO!
Already the youngest goalscorer in the Bundesliga's history, Moukoko fires home his first goal at the Signal Iduna Park. Haaland's dribble is cut out by Stark and Moukoko is onto the loose ball., He weaves his way past Stark before shooting low at goal from a tight angle at the near post. It creeps through the legs of Jarstein and finds the back of the net. His 3rd ever Bundesliga goal!
GOAL!2 : 0
REYNA OFF THE POST!
What a chance for the American to get among the scoring as Haaland flicked a pass to Moukoko to the left of the Hertha area. He goes for what appeared to be a shot and dragged it across goal, but Reyna slid in at the back post to get onto the ball, only to smack it back out off the post.
Jude Bellingham Jhon Córdoba
REUS COMES OFF
He tried to continue, but Reus has signalled to come off after that foul and Moukoko comes on for him.
Alderete comes on for Piatek to support the defence with only 10 men on.
REUS IN PAIN
The Dortmund captain is in pain here, but is back on his feet and walking off the pitch. We'll see if he can continue and thankfully, for a player plagued by so many injuries already, it doesn't look serious.
DARIDA SENT OFF!
Hertha's industrious midfielder has been shown a straight red card for a studs-up foul on the back of Reus' right foot.
BIG CHANCE FOR CAN!
Reyna whips in a well-hit corner to the near post and Can beats Dardai to it to head at goal. Jarstein produces a fantastic reflex save to push the ball over the top.
THEY ALL WANT A PIECE OF BRANDT
REUS OFF FOR A MOMENT
The Dortmund captain is just taking some treatment to his right foot for a moment, but is coming back on again.
Here come Reyna and Meunier for BVB, replacing Hazard and Morey.
HERTHA'S ATTACKING STRUGGLES
7 off target
2 on target
3 off target
0 on target
Dilrosun comes on for his first appearance of 2021, injecting some more pace into the Hertha attack in place of Cordoba.
STILL PUSHING ON
Dortmund are clearly not content with a one-goal lead here, knowing that Hertha will be pushing on for a goal of their own. You can sense that this game is going to rapidly open up.
OFF THE BAR!
Dahoud crosses the ball from the right side of Hertha's penalty area and it deflects up off Darida towards goal. Jarstein can't reach it as the ball bounces off the top of the crossbar and out for a corner.
THAT FEELING FOR BRANDT...
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Leckie and Lukebakio come on with Zeefuik and Plattenhardt replaced just before the hour mark.
The first card for Hertha comes for their Dutch defender as he brings down Bellingham on the break.
Hummels has a knock here and signals that he can't continue, with Zagadou coming on in his place. Looks like a muscular injury for the defender.
HERE COME HERTHA
As expected, going behind means Hertha are coming out of their defensive shape. Dortmund under some pressure now.
WHAT A HIT FROM BRANDT!
They've tried everything to score in this game, but a long-range shot was the only thing missing. Reus plays Brandt the ball 30 yards from goal and he simple stops, takes a touch into space and thumps a shot at goal. It's straight at Jarstein but he struggles to pick it up and can't keep it out in the end.
GOAL!1 : 0
DORTMUND BACK IN CONTROL
The second half has started in much the same fashion as the first, with BVB on the ball and Hertha sitting deep.
No changes at the break as we get back underway for the second half in Dortmund. BVB have scored 37 goals in the second half to just 13 in the first this season...
Hazard plays a neat one-two with Reus into the area and looks to return the pass again to Reus just six yards from goal, but his return pass is just ahead of the BVB captain and Hertha can clear.
APPROACHING THE BREAK
Most of the first half has been spent in Hertha's half and Jarstein was finally brought into action with Bellingham's shot from close range. Hertha are growing into the game more and more though, and putting the Dortmund defence under some late pressure as well.
ALL DORTMUND ON THE BALL
HUGE CHANCE FOR BELLINGHAM!
The English teenager has not come closer to scoring his first Bundesliga goal. Hazard is played in on the right and his cut back in front of the byline is perfect to meet Bellingham in front of goal, 10 yards out. He makes fine contact with his shot but it's blocked behind by superb one-handed save from Jarstein, much to his disbelief.
A lovely flick from Bellingham to Brandt sent the midfielder in on goal, but it's a perfectly-timed clearance from Dardai which ends the chance and puts the ball out for a corner.
Speed check: The fastest player in the game after 30 minutes
Emre Can 33.66km/h
Erling Haaland 33.22km/h
Jhon Cordoba 32.96km/h
We've had six attempts on goal from these two sides (5 for BVB, 1 for Hertha) but neither has been forced to make a save thus far. Dardai will be happy with how his plan is working out.
A first threatening piece of play from Hertha as Zeefuik's cross from the right goes through to Mittelstädt and it bounces off of him, more than the left wing-back having an attempt on goal, and the ball dribbles across and just wide of Hitz's goal. A warning sign from the visitors.
The first yellow card of the game comes for Dortmund's left-back after a late challenge on Zeefuik.
HAALAND HEADS WIDE
With his first touch of the ball all game, on the end of Reus' free-kick, Haaland turns and heads at goal with the back of his head from around 12 yards. This one floats harmlessly wide.
ANY GOAL WILL DO...
The BVB captain is brought down just outside the Hertha area and takes the free-kick himself. It's dipping towards the goal and Jarstein attempts to save, but it bounces over the top after clipping the crossbar.
DORTMUND ON THE SEARCH
The home side continuing their positive start here with nearly 80 percent of the ball, but it's been a lot of one-twos out wide, or intense interplay in an attempt to create space in between the deeply set Hertha midfield and defence.
FIRST BIG CHANCE!
Lovely build-up from Dortmund as Dahoud finds Morey in acres of space on the right. He crosses to the near post where Reus has made a fantastic run, but he meets the ball on the volley with his shin rather than that famous right foot. High and wide.
DORTMUND ON TOP
Hertha are allowing Dortmund possession here early on with a compact and deep sitting defensive set-up. Dortmund looking for movement off the ball to open up space around the Hertha area.
ON THE BALL
Dortmund, as expected, enjoying the majority of the possession in the early minutes here. Hertha are intense in their defensive work though.
Zeefuik and Plattenhardt are at wing-back but sitting deeper in these opening stages with Dortmund enjoying most of the ball. Klünter, Stark and Dardai making up the back three as they have done in recent weeks.
HERE WE GO!
The ball is rolling in Dortmund for our late game on Saturday this weekend with the hosts getting things underway.
Dortmund are unbeaten in seven home matches in all competitions under Terzic, winning four. Having lost three under Favre - as we mentioned earlier - it's been quite the turnaround under Terzic, especially without their famous home support.
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DARDAI'S DORTMUND STRUGGLES
Hertha head coach Pal Dardai has faced Dortmund 11 times as a coach, winning one, drawing three and losing six. He has only suffered more defeats at the hands of Bayern (seven).
HAALAND HUNGRY FOR MORE?
Haaland has scored 32 times in 34 Bundesliga appearances. Only Uwe Seeler reached 32 goals faster (33 games).
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BVB TEAM NEWS
Sancho isn't due back before the March international break, so Hazard and Brandt play in his stead. Schulz retains his place at left-back in the absence of Guerreiro, while American teenager Reyna is only fit enough for the bench. BVB can climb a place to fifth, if results go their way.
HERTHA TEAM NEWS
Piatek and Lukebakio scored the goals in the capital last weekend. The former joins Cordoba in the final third, with leading scorer Cunha and Marseille loanee Radonjic still nursing muscular complaints. Arsenal-owned midfielder Guendouzi was a half-time introduction against Augsburg, but he and Ascacibar, as well as Khedira, are not involved.
BVB STARTING XI!
Hitz - Morey, Can, Hummels, Schulz - Brandt, Bellingham, Dahoud - Reus (c), Haaland, Hazard
Bürki, Zagadou, Delaney, Moukoko, Reinier, Meunier, Piszczek, Passlack, Reyna
HERTHA STARTING XI!
Jarstein - Klünter, Stark (c), M. Dardai, Plattenhardt - Zeefuik, Tousart, Darida, Mittelstädt - Piatek, Cordoba
Schwolow, Pekarik, Leckie, Lukebakio, Alderete, Dilrosun, Torunarigha, Netz, Michelbrink
CHANCE FOR BRANDT?
Jadon Sancho has been in dazzling form in 2021, boosting his numbers to six goals and nine assists in recent weeks. The England international will be absent again today, however, due to a muscle injury. He's likely to be replaced by Julian Brandt, who has made just 13 starts in an extremely competitive Dortmund midfield this term.
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TRAVEL SICK HERTHA?
Today's visitors have only taken 10 of a possible 36 points on the road this season (W2 D4 L6), scoring just 15 times and conceding 19. Dortmund have earned 20 of a possible 33 points at home (W6 D2 L3) with a goal difference of 25 for and 14 against.
Dortmund tend to enjoy games against Hertha, having won 31 of the 67 Bundesliga meetings to date in a fixture that has averaged over three goals per game. For comparison, Hertha have win 18, with 18 draws. BVB are unbeaten in the last seven league encounters between these teams, winning five and drawing two. Their last home defeat to Hertha was in December 2012.
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FORM - DORTMUND
Edin Terzic's side had been on a four-game winning run in all competitions prior to last week's 4-2 Klassiker defeat to Bayern. Still, BVB showed a good reaction on the Champions League during the week, with Haaland scoring twice in a 2-2 at home to Sevilla that booked their place in the quarter-finals.
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FORM - HERTHA
The Old Lady have played six matches under new coach Pal Dardai, now in his second spell in the Hertha hotseat. They have lost four of those, although those games were all against the current top four of Bayern, Leipzig, Frankfurt and Wolfsburg. Otherwise, they earned a respectable 1-1 draw in Stuttgart on Matchday 21 and last week's 2-1 triumph over Augsburg was their first victory since Matchday 14.
For Dortmund it's all about keeping pace with the teams around them in European contention. BVB are currently sixth, four points behind Eintracht Frankfurt in fourth, so need to keep picking up wins if they're not to fall too far behind. For Hertha, it's about survival pure and simple. Far too close to the relegation zone for comfort, Augsburg's surprise victory over Gladbach yesterday means Hertha are currently eight points adrift of mid-table security.
Here you will find the most important information on the game between Borussia Dortmund and Hertha Berlin on Matchday 25 of the 2020/21 Bundesliga season.