Dortmund - Borussia Dortmund took another significant step towards securing European qualification courtesy of a 2-0 win over Hertha Berlin at the Signal Iduna Park on Saturday afternoon.
Dortmund in cruise control
Goals from Neven Subotic and Erik Durm either side of half-time were enough to dispose of the harmless capital city side, who mustered up just two shots on goal in the entire encounter.
BVB wasted little time in asserting their authority on proceedings as they dominated possession, whilst keeping the deep-lying visitors pegged inside their own half. Therefore it came as little surprise when an unmarked Subotic broke the deadlock inside ten minutes, heading home the hosts’ seventh goal of the season from a corner. Dortmund managed their lead intelligently against a harmless Hertha side, who remained a goal down at the break having registered just a single shot on goal in the first half.
The hosts’ grip on the game was only strengthened when, 76 seconds after the restart, Durm cut in off the right flank to extend the lead with a left-footed effort that nestled in the far corner. With Hertha offering nothing in the final third to threaten a comeback, Dortmund spurned a handful of half chances to put the game to bed. With just under ten minutes remaining, Thomas Kraft pulled off a stunning double save to keep the scoreline respectable with what proved to be the final goalscoring chances of a comfortable victory for the European hopefuls.
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