Borussia Dortmund bounced back from a poor run of results to secure a much-needed 2-1 win against Hertha Berlin, in what was Jurgen Klinsmann's first game managing in the Bundesliga for ten years.

Dortmund started the game well and deservedly opened the scoring 15 minutes in when Jadon Sancho slotted home Julian Brandt's threaded through ball.

Just two minutes later, BVB doubled their advantage with Achraf Hakimi providing the cross for Thorgan Hazard's simple finish. 


Dortmund continue to dominate the game but it was Hertha who would score the third goal, very much against the run of the play. Dodi Lukebakio fired a shot away from the edge of the Dortmund box and Vladimir Darida stuck a leg out to divert it past Roman Burki.

Just before the halfway mark BVB centre back Mats Hummels was dismissed for a second bookable offence, after he clumsily brought down Max Mittelstadt with Hertha on the counter attack.

The hosts pressed home their one man advantage at the start of the second period and Davie Selke had the ball in the back of the net early on - only for VAR to rule out his goal for offside. 

Dortmund defended gallantly in the second half and restricted Hertha to a handful of chances as they eventually secured a much-needed win.


Player Ratings

Starting XI: Kraft (6); Wolf (6), Stark (6), Boyata (6), Rekik (5), Mittelstadt (7); Grujic (6), Skjelbred (5); Darida (6), Selke (6), Lukebakio (7).

Substitutes: Ibisevic (5), Dilrosun (4), Kalou (5).


Key Talking Point 

Dortmund came into this game with a point to prove. Since losing Der Klassiker two weeks ago, Lucien Favre's side have been in terrible form, drawing 3-3 with lowly Paderborn, as well as slumping to a 3-1 ​Champions League defeat to ​Barcelona.

The results have put the players and manager under significant pressure and BVB came out all guns blazing in response, steaming into an early 2-0 lead.


Dortmund's fluid front four was a joy to watch in this opening spell, interchanging positions and being ably supported by the overlapping runs of Hakimi and, to a lesser extent, Guerriero.

Unfortunately, Dortmund's offensive brilliance was jeopardised by some less than stellar defending.

The visitors were slow to close down the Lukebakio shot that led to Hertha's goal, while Hummels' clumsy tackles that got him sent off just before half time were simply not acceptable from someone of his experience and position within the squad.


After being left in the lurch by the 30-year-old's indiscretions, Favre got his tactics spot on in the second period, re-jigging his side to successfully nullify Hertha's attacking threat. 

It was a disciplined and spirited display that proves that despite recent speculation, Dortmund's players are clearly still motivated to play under their under pressure manager.

Player Ratings

Starting XI: Burki (6); Hakimi (8*), Hummels (2), Akanji (7), Zagadou (7), Guerriero (7); Witsel (6), Brandt (6); Hazard (7), Sancho (7); Reus (6).

Substitutes: Piszczek (5), Schmelzer (5), Gotze (5).

STAR PLAYER - No one Dortmund player really stood out in what a largely unspectacular if effective away performance, but the pick of the bunch was probably Hakimi.

Achraf Hakimi

The right-back was instrumental in his side's early dominance, interchanging well with Hazard in the first half before providing the Belgian with an assist for the visitors' second goal.

In the second period, Hakimi's role shifted into a more defensive one. The 21-year-old was disciplined in his positioning and helped BVB secure the points with some clever game management in the closing stages.

Looking Ahead

Next up, Dortmund welcome struggling Fortuna Dusseldorf to Signal Iduna Park on 7 December as they continue their assault on the top of the Bundesliga. 

Hertha on the other hand travel to Eintracht Frankfurt in what will be new coach Jurgen Klinsmann's first away game in charge.