Borussia Dortmund surged to the top of the Bundesliga with a comfortable 2-0 win over Hertha Berlin, with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang on the scoresheet once again and Nuri Sahin inspirational for the Westphalians.
Dortmund 2-0 Hertha
Aubameyang gave Dortmund a 15th-minute lead, turning in Nuri Sahin's cross for what is already his sixth goal in four competitive games this season. The lively Christian Pulisic was denied a second by Rune Jarstein before an injury to Sokratis Papastathopoulos dampened the hosts' spirits somewhat late in the first half.
Pulisic had the fans in awe with a mazy run which almost culminated in a second Dortmund goal early in the second half as Peter Bosz's men looked to turn the screw. The second goal soon came, though, with Nuri Sahin leaving the crowd open mouthed with his effort into the top right-hand corner as the Westphalians rose to the top of the table with a perfect start to the season.
Dortmund: Bürki - Piszczek, Papastathopoulos (c) (39' Toprak), Bartra, Zagadou - Sahin - Castro, Götze (63' Kagawa) - Pulisic, Philipp (79' Dahoud) – Aubameyang
Coach: Peter Bosz
Hertha: Jarstein - Weiser, Langkamp, Rekik, Plattenhardt - Stark, Skjelbred - Leckie, Darida, Kalou - Ibisevic
Coach: Pal Dardai
- Dortmund have still not lost a league home game since 4 April 2015 – 875 days ago.
- BVB had their worst league record against Hertha last season, taking only a point from the two matches between the sides. In addition, the eventual DFB Cup winners only got past the visitors on penalties in their Last 16 meeting in February.
- Dortmund full-back Lukasz Piszczek played his 250th Bundesliga match in his eleventh season in Germany, also becoming the record appearance holder for a Polish player, surpassing former Bochum and Schalke defender Tomasz Waldoch. Piszczek played his first 68 Bundesliga matches for Hertha between 2004 and 2010.
- In 12 attempts as both player and manager, Hertha boss Pal Dardai has never been on the winning side in Dortmund.
- The Old Lady haven't kept a clean sheet in a Bundesliga game in Dortmund for almost half a century, since a goalless draw back on 5 December 1969.
Watch: Sahin says it was "about time" he scored following his goal against Hertha