It was a top six clash between league leaders Borussia Dortmund and sixth place Hertha BSC on Saturday. For a while, however, the attention in the stadium turned to the away stand as Hertha fans and riot police clashed in the first half. Dortmund’s Jadon Sancho continued his impressive early season run in the league with two goals.
Hertha always countered Dortmund’s goals, which ended with a Salomon Kalou penalty in second half stoppage time. Dortmund continue to lead the league with 21 points, and Hertha BSC are still in European contention with 16 points.
Dortmund: Bürki – Piszczek (Toprak 90+2′), Diallo, Zagadou, Hakimi – Witsel, Dahoud – Sancho (Pulisic 72′), Reus (c), Guerreiro (Bruun Larsen 79′) – Götze
Unused subs: Hitz, Weigl, Wolf, Philipp
Absentees: Schmelzer (knee), Akanji (hip), Alcacer (thigh), Delaney (foot)
Coach: Lucien Favre
Hertha: Jarstein – Stark, Lustenberger, Rekik – Lazaro, Maier, Skjelbred (Darida 46′), Mittelstädt – Kalou, Duda (Dilrosun, 70′) – Ibisevic (c) (Selke 57′)
Unused subs: Kraft, Köpke, Plattenhardt, Luckassen
Absentees: Gersbeck (cruciate ligament), Kade (ankle), Torunarigha, Grujic (both fitness)
Coach: Pal Dardai
Once again, our intrepid photo journalist,
@Kai_Dambach, brings you his exclusive visuals of the match
Christian Pulisic gets ready for the game.
Hertha BSC coach Pal Dardai cracks a laugh just before the start of the match.
The pyrotechnics let off by Hertha BSC fans left the start of a game in a blue haze. Achraf Hakimi had some trouble navigating his way through the smoke.
Hertha BSC fans and riot police clashed early in the first half. The game was an afterthought during the scuffle.
Police ripped a banner from BSC fans’ hands by any means necessary, including using batons and sprays.
A firefighter puts out a flare that was lit by a Hertha BSC fan. Order was eventually restored in the away section.
Jadon Sancho can barely believe his luck as his little flick trickled into the net. His goal was called off after VAR as his assistant was offsides.
Sancho got to celebrate a goal that stood just a few minutes later.
Mahmoud Dahoud’s shot from distance is accidentally blocked by Marco Reus’ backside.
Hertha BSC’s Salomon Kalou gets to the ball first on the corner.
Lukasz Piszczek’s header goes just off target in the second half.
Marco Reus (right, on the ground) initially draws a penalty, which was changed to a free kick after VAR.
Raphael Guerreiro draws a crowd in the box.
Sancho had another tap in goal, but knew the most important man on the goal was Reus with the dummy move.
Dortmund celebrates their 2-1 lead.
Raphael Guerreiro gets alone and tries to extend the lead.
Guerreiro cannot believe he did not score on his wide open attempt.
Jacob Bruun Larsen took his chance and could not find the back of the net either.
Hertha’s Arne Maier lunges for an interception.
Mahmoud Dahoud leaps over Valentino Lazaro late in the second half.
Hertha BSC keeper Rune Jarstein celebrates after Salomon Kalou buries a late penalty at the other end to tie the game.
Hertha BSC players run to their supporters to celebrate the goal.
Christian Pulisic tries a pass into the box in stoppage time.
Jacob Bruun Larsen just gets a pass off before Vladimir Darida came in for the tackle.
Mario Gotze talks with Marco Reus after the game.
Dortmund thanked their fans a little longer than usual after the game.
Borussia Dortmund coach Lucien Favre said the offside call that wiped out the first goal was only by maybe a couple of centimeters.
Favre and Dardai embrace after a tough game.
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