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We'll have three minutes of time added on at the end of this one.
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At 16 years and one day old, Youssoufa Moukoko comes on to become the youngest player in the history of the Bundesliga. A huge smile on his face as he replaces Erling Haaland.
Here it is. Bundesliga history is about to happen.
SIX SHOTS, FOUR GOALS. ERLING HAALAND.
Matheus CunhaErling Haaland
FOUR FOR HAALAND!
Unbelievable again from Haaland who immediately scores again for Dortmund. He dribbles through a couple of Hertha players and finds Bellingham, who then returns the ball to him superbly to go in on goal and he duly slots the ball past Schwolow. Just 44 seconds between Cunha's goal and Haaland's fourth. WOW!
CUNHA FROM THE SPOT
A brace for the Brazilian who reduces the erreas. He steps up cool as you like and slots the ball past Bürki, sending the Swiss goalkeeper the wrong way.
Guendouzi is brought down by Akanji in the Dortmund box and a penalty is given.
TWO FOR BVB
Fresh legs for Dortmund as well with Pisczeck into defence for Can, with Reyna also on for captain Reus.
All change in attack for Hertha with Ngankam and Leckie on for Piatek and Lukebakio, while Löwen is on in place of Darida.
Hertha enjoying some time on the ball here for the first time in the second half. Darida ends up firing a shot far over the Dortmund goal, but a promising spell for Hertha.
This match defines the old saying - "a game of two halves" - with Dortmund utterly dominant in this second half. Four chances, four goals and Hertha have rarely had a sniff at the other end with Cunha, Piatek and Lukebakio isolated from their midfield.
GUERREIRO MAKES IT FOUR!
That should seal the points in Berlin for Borussia. Reus finds Meunier on the right side of Hertha's penalty area in space and he cuts back towards Guerreiro. The ball is blocked between him and Pekarik, but Guerreiro gets up quickly enough to poke the loose ball beyond Schwolow - his first of the season!
"MY BALL" - HAALAND
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INCREDIBLE! Dortmund's No.9 has a hat-trick inside 15 second half minutes. Plattenhardt's backpass misses Alderete and Haaland latches on. He skips past the defender, and then Schwolow back across goal before slotting the ball home. His 9th goal of the season, and his third away goal having not scored one before tonight.
A yellow for him after protesting a decision.
DORTMUND A CHANGED TEAM
Without possession BVB are pressing well and winning the ball back from Hertha as a team. And with the ball, they're happy to take the temp out of the game now having gone into the lead and remain patient in possession. Jude Bellingham is waiting to come on, too.
HE'S RAPID AS WELL...
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Matheus CunhaErling Haaland
A NEW HAALAND RECORD
With his 21st goal in his 22nd Bundesliga game, Erling Haaland has set a new Bundesliga record. He's overtaken Uwe Seeler's record of scoring 20 times in his first 22 Bundesliga games. What a player we have on our hands in Haaland.
REUS DRAGS ONE
End-to-end stuff here as Dortmund break with Brandt. He finds Reus on the right and the captain goes for goal from the edge of the box, but he drags it wide across goal.
BIG CHANCE FOR PEKARIK!
Plattenhardt beats Meunier on the left and crosses deep into the Dortmund box. Pekarik and Guerreiro go for the ball together and it takes a touch off the Dortmund full-back before going over the bar.
HAALAND TURNS THE GAME AROUND!
Brandt drifts inside from the left and plays Haaland in on goal with Dortmund's No.9 timing his run to perfection. He then controls and composes himself before smashing the ball beyond Schwolow from an angle to the left.
Dortmund are level already with a fantastic start to the second half. Haaland's first away from home this season as the ball is out with Meunier on the right. He plays it inside to Reus, who sends Can in behind and his low cross to the back post is tapped home by Haaland. Fantastic run from Can to assist that goal.
The away side get the ball rolling again here in the German capital. No changes for either side.
SOMEHOW NOT IN!
A huge chance at the end of the first half as Brandt plays Guerreiro into the Hertha box. He cuts the ball back with Haaland right next to him, and he's forced to take a touch with Alderte on his back. A shot was being called for, but neither Guerreiro or Haaland could take one.
We'll have just one minute of time added on at the end of the first half.
A BAD OMEN FOR BVB?
In the two previous games that Dortmund fell behind in the Bundesliga this season - against Augsburg and Bayern - Dortmund went on to lose. Can Favre's side change the record today?
NOT ENOUGH STILL
Reus' cross meets Guerreiro in the Hertha box, but he can't get any power or direction behind his effort which bobbles through to Schwolow.
Dortmund have enjoyed most of the possession, but Hertha have made the most of their time on the ball.
WHAT A GOAL FROM CUNHA!
A sensational opener for Hertha from their Brazilian magician. A goal kick goes up the pitch with Piatek battling Can for it. The balls drops to Lukebakio, who finds Cunha to his right. He winds up a stunning shot with his right foot and sends the ball into the far corner past Bürki with his fifth goal of the season.
TEASING FROM REUS
The BVB captain's floating cross to the back post is almost met by Witsel on the run, but bounces out harmlessly for a goal kick in the end.
SEARCHING FOR HAALAND
Dortmund are finding space down either flank so far, but can't get Haaland on the ball through the middle. He's been restricted to five touches in the opening half an hour, which BVB will have to change soon if they want to get ahead.
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DARIDA ON TARGET
Hertha having some fun through the middle here as Darida glides past Hummels before shooting at Bürki.
AKANJI THE WALL
Cunha is almost in front of goal with a clear shot to take, but Akanji makes a last-ditch challenge to win the ball back for Dortmund.
The visitors have had quite a bit more of the ball so far, although that hasn't directly translated into more dangerous chances as yet.
DORTMUND HOGGING IT
REUS DENIED BY SCHWOLOW!
Haaland causes trouble in the Hertha defence, dribbling past a couple of defenders before getting a shot away. It's blocked, but the ball falls kindly to Reus, whose fierce first-time shot from 12 yards is well saved by Schwolow.
Dortmund get forward well for the first time in a while and Meunier whips a ball across the face of Hertha's goal. It just needs a touch to go in, but there's nobody there!
Darida suddenly finds himself in space inside Dortmund's penalty area over to the left. He brings it down and looks for a teammate in the middle but there's nobody there and he's eventually crowded out.
Guerreiro fouls Lukebakio about 30 yards out, over on the left. It's a dangerous position and Plattenhardt's curling delivery into the box is good, but Dortmund are able to clear their lines.
OPENING FOR DARIDA
Meunier gives the ball away under pressure on the edge of his own area and it's quickly worked to Darida, who lines up a shot from the edge of the box. He strikes it cleanly, but it's blocked by a defender before Bürki is made to work.
CLOSE FROM LUKEBAKIO!
A lightning-fast counter from Hertha almost ends in a goal, as Lukebakio sprints away from Witsel in the middle of the park, striding forward to the edge of the Dortmund penalty area. He unleashes a vicious left-footed strike, but it's always rising and fizzes just off target.
REUS ALMOST IN
Witsel plays a brilliant ball forward into Reus' path. If he can just nick it past the last defender he'll be through on goal, but the BVB captain's touch isn't quite right and Hertha can clear.
Dortmund commit numbers forward, with six yellow shirts on the edge of the Hertha area, positioning themselves to harry the home team. Nothing comes of it, but it's a clear sign of the visitors' intent here.
AWAY WE GO!
The ball is rolling in Berlin...
The final whistle has just blown in Frankfurt, where Leipzig have been held to a 1-1 draw with Eintracht. Alongside Bayern, that's two title contenders who have dropped points today, so this is a big opportunity for Dortmund. Victory would take them up to second place with 18 points (ahead of Bayer Leverkusen on goal difference), one point behind Bayern and one ahead of Leipzig.
CAREFUL OF CUNHA
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To put Moukoko's place on the bench here into perspective, the league's current youngest player of all time is Nuri Sahin, who made his debut for Dortmund on 6 August 2005 at the age of 16 years and 335 days. That's a full 11 months older than Moukoko is now. Bayer Leverkusen's Florian Wirtz set a new record as the Bundesliga's all-time youngest goalscorer, finding the net against Bayern Munich aged 17 years and 34 days in June this year.
HERTHA IN THE HOUSE
HERTHA LOOKING TO FIND HOME COMFORTS
Hertha's 3-0 win at Augsburg was Labbadia's 100th Bundesliga win as a coach. Only opposite number Lucien Favre, with 151 victories from 303 games, has more among current managers. However, both of the Old Lady's wins this season have come away from home. They have only picked up a single point from the Olympiastadion so far.
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HERTHA TEAM NEWS
It's largely as you'd expected from the home side. Niklas Stark will look to hold up the Hertha midfield with Vladimir Darida and Mateo Guendouzi going box-to-box either side of him. Meanwhile, Matheus Cunha is back from international duty with Brazil and starts alongside Dodi Lukebakio and Krzysztof Piatek.
DORTMUND TEAM NEWS
The headline news from Favre's squad is that Youssoufa Moukoko is indeed on the bench. The 16-year-old waiting and ready to become the Bundesliga's youngest-ever player. He's joined on the bench by Jadon Sancho, Gio Reyna and Jude Bellingham who all returned from international duty. Julian Brandt and Marco Reus are the closest support for Erling Haaland in attack.
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HERTHA STARTING XI
Schwolow - Pekarik, Boyata (c), Alderete, Plattenhardt - Darida, Stark, Guendouzi - Cunha - Lukebakio, Piatek
Jarstein, Leckie, Dilrosun, Mittelstädt, Löwen, Ngankam, Tousart, Dardai, Zeefuik
DORTMUND STARTING XI
Bürki - Meunier, Akanji, Hummels, Guerreiro - Can, Witsel, Dahoud - Brandt, Haaland, Reus (c)
Subs: Hitz, Sancho, Hazard, Schulz, Moukoko, Bellingham, Piszczek, Passlack, Reyna
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HISTORY ON DORTMUND'S SIDE
BVB have the upper hand in this fixture historically, winning 30 of the 66 Bundesliga meetings to date. Hertha have won 18, with 18 draws, but the Old Lady's last win was back in March 2017. Since then, they have lost four and drawn two.
HOME CURSE FOR HERTHA
The visitors will be optimistic of picking up a result in the German capital as Hertha are yet to win on home turf in the Bundesliga this season. One draw and two defeats, with just two goals scored and six conceded, is their return so far; only bottom club Mainz have a worse record on their own patch.
BIG CHANCE FOR DORTMUND
Bayern Munich's unexpected slip-up earlier today - they came from behind to draw 1-1 at home to Werder Bremen - means BVB could move to withing a single point of the defending champions with a win here today. Given that Hansi Flick's side only rarely drop points (with 45 wins from his 50 games in charge), this is an opportunity Dortmund can ill afford to let slip.
Here you will find the most important information on the game between Hertha Berlin and Borussia Dortmund on Matchday 8 of the 2020/21 Bundesliga season.