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DORTMUND GET THE JOB DONE!
Dortmund return to winning ways, thanks to Modeste's first goal for the club. They should have had more, and were made to sweat at times. Hertha remain winless after four matches.
Christensen keeps out Bynoe-Gittens to keep Hertha in the game. Soon after, Meunier misses his kick with the goal at his mercy. Dortmund should be out of sight...
Speed check: The fastest player in the game after 90 minutes
Karim-David Adeyemi 34.04km/h
Marius Wolf 33.83km/h
Anthony Modeste 33.24km/h
Bellingham goes closer still to a goal on his 95th BVB appearance. Christensen gets down to make the save, on this occasion.
So close to an equaliser as Richter's thunderbolt is pushed onto the bar by the brilliant Kobel.
WELCOME BACK, MARCO!
Marco Richter makes his comeback after surgery to remove a malignant testicular tumour. He scored his last Bundesliga goals against Dortmund in a 3-2 win in December 2021.
Reus does the hard work, but Dortmund's England international teenager drags his shot wide!
OFF THE LINE!
Dortmund break as Brandt cuts a ball back for Bellingham on the edge of the area. He beats Christensen, but not Kempf, who clears in front of the goal-line.
Ejuke sends Jovetic in on the Dortmund goal. The Hertha sub takes aim for the top corner, but Kobel makes full use of his 6'4" frame to make the save.
Modeste wins back possession in the Hertha half. Brandt collects the Frenchman's deflected inside pass and lays the ball off to Bellingham on the edge of the area. He slides it to Adeyemi to his right, but Christensen makes the stop and the BVB youngster balloons the rebound over.
Reus collects a loose ball and proceeds to ghost past three Hertha players on his way into the box, but Christensen is out to prevent the shot.
CHANCE NOT TAKEN!
Bellingham sends Reus thorugh on goal. The Dortmund captain tries to slide it to the side of Christensen, but the Hertha stopper makes the block.
Modeste's goal is the difference in the capital. Hertha started brightly enough, but BVB have carried the greater attacking threat and deserve their lead.
World-class from Bellingham, who slides in to stop Ejuke in his tracks on the edge of the BVB box. To cap it off, he then back-heels a pass to a teammate to complete the clearance.
TOP OF THE SHOTS
Jonjoe Kenny Anthony Modeste
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Christensen is dispossessed by Modeste down by the corner flag. The BVB striker turns and tries to find Adeyemi with a cross, but overcooks it.
TARGET MAN ALMIGHTY
Modeste scored a league-high 10 headers last season for former club Cologne - half of his total tally.
DORTMUND WORTH THEIR LEAD
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THIRD TIME LUCKY!
Modeste gets his goal - his first for BVB no less! Wolf does brilliantly to keep the ball in play on the right-hand side. Özcan collects and pings a cross towards the penalty spot, where Modeste towers above his marker to plant an unstoppable header past Christensen.
GOAL!0 : 1
Brandt's allowed to carry the ball into the Hertha box. He has teammates left and right, but is caught in two minds. Does he pass, does he shoot? In the end it's neither as Hertha scramble clear.
TONY TAKE II
Dortmund are picking holes in the Hertha rearguard at will as Adeyemi scampers away and threads a ball to his right for Modeste. He takes it in his stride, but drags his shot wide from the edge of the area.
Modeste meets Brandt's right-wing cross into the Hertha box with his right foot. It's not the cleanest hit, but a deflection has Christensen at full stretch to push the ball wide.
Özcan connects with the ensuing corner at the back post, but the post gets in the way. Dortmund suddenly in charge...
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Julian Brandt, who opened the scoring last weekend, cuts in off the left and warms the palms of Christensen. Adeyemi tries to take on the rebound, but loses his footing. BVB come again as a quick free-kick opens the door to a Guerreiro run and shot that's deflected wide for a corner...
OFF THE BAR!
Dortmund come to life as Reus fires a headed clearance goalwards. It takes a wicked deflection and cannons back off the crossbar.
Dortmund aim long for Adeyemi up the right-hand side, but Christensen sees it coming and races out to put the ball into touch.
The home fans are getting right behind the Hertha players, who are controlling the play and first to all the second balls in the early stages.
Hertha have started brightly as Kenny sends in a bouncing drive from distance. It takes a deflection, and Kobel does really well to paw it wide at full stretch.
AWAY WE GO!
The ball's rolling in Berlin. Traditional colours for both teams - Hertha in blue and white, Dortmund in black and yellow.
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THE STORY SO FAR
Hertha have taken one point from their first three league games, having also been knocked out of the DFB Cup at the first hurdle. Dortmund had made a winning start, until last weekend's collapse at home to Werder Bremen that ended Edin Terzic's club record nine-match winning run in the Bundesliga.
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Marton Dardai replaces the suspended Filip Uremovic in the centre of the Hertha defence. There's also a first start for summer signing Jean-Paul Boetius at the expense of Ivan Sunjic. As for Dortmund, Salih Özcan makes his starting debut in place of the injured Mo Dahoud. Karim Adeyemi returns from a toe injury sustained on Matchday 1, meanwhile, with Jamie Bynoe-Gittens dropping to the bench.
HERTHA STARTING XI
Christensen - Kenny, Dardai, Kempf, Plattenhardt (c) - Boetius, Tousart, Serdar - Lukebakio, Kanga, Ejuke
Ernst, Pekarik, Darida, Selke, Mittelstädt, Jovetic, Richter, Boateng, Sunjic
DORTMUND STARTING XI
Kobel - Wolf, Hummels, Schlotterbeck, Guerreiro - Bellingham, Özcan, Brandt - Adeyemi, Modeste, Reus (c)
Meyer, Hazard, Moukoko, Can, Meunier, Süle, Passlack, Rothe, Bynoe-Gittens
Dortmund have by far the better record in this fixture, with 32 wins from the 70 Bundesliga meetings to date. Hertha have won 19, with 19 draws. BVB have taken the spoils in seven of the last 10 league encounters (two draws), although the Old Lady took maximum points in a 3-2 triumph when Dortmund last visited the Olympiastadion.
WHAT THEY'RE SAYING - DORTMUND
“Hertha had a very hectic season last season," said BVB head coach Edin Terzic. "They haven’t started well this time either, even if they’ve had a tough fixtures with the derby against Union, then games against Frankfurt and Gladbach. But they look very stable. They’ve got a lot of new signings and a new coach, so it takes time for everything to click. They played well last week and I’m sure they’ll do everything they can to improve this week. But we also need to drastically improve our performance so that we can end up as winners.”
WHAT THEY'RE SAYING - HERTHA
"On Wednesday we prepared really specifically towards what we expect on Saturday: a top team, that has good individual players, enjoys having possession and plays at a high pace," said Hertha head coach Sandro Schwarz at his pre-match press conference. "Our approach has to be that we're very compact and very aggressive in defence, and obviously to use the moments we get to attack in transition."
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