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21 December 2013
• Signal-Iduna-Park, Dortmund
Referee: P. Gagelmann
• Attendance: 80645
M. Reus 7'
A. Ramos 23'
S. Allagui 45'
That's all from me for this afternoon folks. Thank you for joining me!
FULL-TIME: DORTMUND 1-2 HERTHA - The visitors secured a fine win at Signal Iduna Park this afternoon to condemn Dortmund to their third home defeat in a row in the Bundesliga – something that has not happened since 2000. Reus put the hosts ahead early on after a calamitous error from the Hertha debutant Gersbeck, but Hertha showed great spirit to turn the game round with two goals before the break from Ramos and then Allagui. They weathered a late storm to hold on to all three points and move up to sixth place in the league.
90' + 7'
Hofmann swings in the corner but it is headed away by Lustenberger! And there is the final whistle!
90' + 6'
Up comes Weidenfeller for the set piece...
90' + 5'
We're into the fifth minute of added time at Signal Iduna Park and the hosts have a corner and one final chance to grab an equaliser.
90' + 3'
Allagui goes down on the edge of the Dortmund box and looks to be churning up a few vital seconds.
90' + 2'
Sahin gets a yellow card while trying to steal the ball from Wagner. To be honest that booking has been a long time coming for the Dortmund man, he's been guilty of an array of offences in midfield today.
90' + 1'
Yellow Card Nuri Sahin
90' + 1'
Tick follows tock...
The fourth official signals for FOUR minutes of added time at Signal Iduna Park.
CHANCE FOR GROSSKREUTZ! Is that Dortmund's last chance to equalise? Grosskreutz meets a cross from the right but his header is off-target and the ball whistles out for a goal kick.
Cigerci is on the wrong end of Sokratis' studs but play is allowed to continue with the midfielder down and in agony in the centre circle. Dortmund, somehow, get a free kick of their own, but they fail to test Gersbeck.
Hertha are defending like lions, if lions were into that sort of thing, as they continue to snuff out Dortmund attacks.
Lewandowski is a bit fortunate to avoid a booking there! The Polish forward caught Niemeyer with a rash tackle after letting the ball run too far in front of him.
The ball is just not falling kindly for Dortmund here as they continue to push forward. Lewandowski and Hofmann have both seen the ball deflect away from their path in the last few minutes alone.
Lewandowski flicks a header wide from the free kick, with Sahin in a much better position just behind him. A lack of communication let Dortmund down there – it was a great chance.
Yellow Card Hajime Hosogai
Hosogai crashes into Lewandowski and is shown a yellow card for his troubles. The Japanese midfielder was two or three minutes late with that challenge.
Is there a Dortmund spark hiding somewhere? Their fans are certainly behind them at Signal Iduna Park. The drums are thumping and the atmosphere is absolutely rocking inside the stadium with 10 left on the clock.
Hertha have been forced into making a change after Ramos landed awkwardly. The goalscorer limps off for the visitors, while Sandro Wagner trots on in his place.
FInal change for Dortmund! Julian Schieber replaces the Dortmund captian Sebastian Kehl.
Cigerci lofts a free kick towards Allagui at the back post for Hertha, but the impressive midfielder fails to test Weidenfeller in the Dortmund goal.
The hosts are throwing men forward in search of an equaliser. Piszczek is the latest man to try his luck, from around 20 yards, but his swirling effort flies high and wide.
STAT: The game at Signal Iduna Park is sold out today, with 80,645 spectators in attendance.
Time is running out for Dortmund to turn this game round. They produced a brilliant comeback in the Champions League against Marseille recently to seal a place in the knockout stages but they have looked remarkably off-colour today.
Per Ciljan Skjelbred
Hertha make their first change of the afternoon as Peter Niemeyer comes on for Skjelbred. The Norwegian midfielder gets a hearty congratulation from his coach as he makes way.
Yellow Card Levan Kobiashvili
Kobiashvili is the latest player into the book after hugging Lewandowski a little too tightly in the centre circle.
SUPER STOP FROM GERSBECK! The Hertha debutant flings out a strong right wrist to parry Hofmann's rasping shot round the post and out for a corner. So nearly an equaliser from the left boot of the Dortmund sub.
Hertha are showing no signs of letting up here as they go in search of their third away win in a row in the Bundesliga. The seventh-placed side have been superb so far today.
BRILLIANT TACKLE FROM LUSTENBERGER! The Swiss international gets a vital challenge in on Reus to stop the German attacker as he drove towards goal on the left side of the penalty area.
Good covering by Grosskreutz! The Dortmund-bred utility man sweeps across to the right to put the ball out for a throw, with Piszczek out of position.
STAT: Dortmund have had more than twice as many shots as Hertha, 11 compared to five, but they are still behind in this game, and they haven't looked like changing that in this second half.
Gersbeck does love a wander! The 18-year-old goalkeeper is not afraid to sprint off his line and get involved, which is a risky tactic against a side as quick in attack as Dortmund.
Sahin's delivery is a poor one though, as his cross flies straight out of play for a goal kick.
Kobiashvili drags Lewandowski to the deck and Dortmund have what seems like their 100th free kick, this one 45 yards from Gersbeck's goal.
STAT: Should Hertha hold out for all three points today it will be Dortmund's third successive Bundesliga defeat at Signal Iduna Park.
Pekarik comes in with a clumsy challenge on Hofmann about 20 seconds after his introduction. A hard-felt hello from the Hertha defender.
Klopp is clearly not happy with his side's performance as he elects to make his second change. Jonas Hofmann comes on for Kuba with 34 minutes left on the clock.
Dortmund win a corner on the right after decent attacking play from Mkhitaryan. Sokratis, who seems to be a magnet for the ball at set pieces, again jumps highest, but his downwards header bounces once and then goes over.
GREAT CHALLENGE FROM REUS!! The Germany international helps his left-back out by tracking back and sliding in on Allagui to steal the ball just as the Tunisian midfielder glided into the Dortmund box. A very very timely intervention from the Dortmund attacker.
STAT: Hertha's Colombian striker Ramos has scored three goals in his last two games for Jos Luhukay's side.
Yellow Card Tolga Cigerci
Cigerci collects a yellow card after a crunching challenge between himself and Kehl in the centre circle. The referee has got that one bang on the money.
Lewandowski should be passing there! The Pole has a number of teammates to choose from but opts to go it alone, which ends badly for him as he surrenders the ball tamely.
Will Piszczek's introduction spark a comeback for the hosts? They should at least look a bit more composed at the back. Grosskreutz has slipped in to centre-back for Klopp's men, with Piszczek taking up his preferred position at right-back against his former side.
Piszczek replaces Sarr for the hosts. The 18-year-old had a torrid time in the first half and Klopp has decided that his second Bundesliga start is finishing early.
Hertha get the second half underway...
Speaking of experience, it looks like Dortmund will be making a change at the break to try and turn this game round, and it is Lukasz Piszczek that is being introduced.
The camera has just cut to Marcel Schmelzer in the stands. The injured Dortmund full-back does not look impressed by what he has seen in the first half. How Klopp could do with his experience at the back today.
HALF-TIME: DORTMUND 1-2 HERTHA – The hosts took the lead through Reus after starting the game brightly but Hertha have done brilliantly since then to equalise through Ramos and then go 2-1 up seconds before the break courtesy of a super goal from Allagui. The away side are good value for their lead having shown no fear in the opening half up against a Dortmund defence that have looked oh so shaky without the likes of Hummels and Subotic.
45' + 2'
Yellow Card Marian Sarr
45' + 1'
And there is the half-time whistle! What an end to that first half!
Goal Sami Allagui
WHAT A SENSATIONAL GOAL! ALLAGUI MAKES IT 2-1! The Dortmund defence is at sixes and sevens as Sarr dallies in possession 30 yards from his own goal. Allagui stole the ball from the centre-back and showed superb composure to shimmy his way past Weidenfeller and slot the ball into the empty net.
Reus lifts the set piece towards the familiar figure of Sokratis on the penalty spot, but the Greece international is beaten in the air by Lustenberger.
Dortmund get a free kick in a decent position after a foul by Kobiashvili on Mkhitaryan. The hosts with a chance to retake the lead late in the half...
THAT'S HOW YOU TACKLE! Grosskreutz brings a Hertha attack to an emphatic close with a perfectly-timed tackle on Schulz as the left-back bombed forward.
Kehl hurtles into Kobiashvili inside the Hertha box as Dortmund's mistimed tackling shows no sign of abating as we head towards the break.
MARVELLOUS FROM ALLAGUI! The tricky Tunisian jynxes his way through a posse of Dortmund defenders, but sadly for him the ball runs away from him at the vital moment as he finds himself one-on-one with Weidenfeller.
Sokratis pumps a hopeful ball upfield that is controlled majestically by Lewandowski. His second touch is not so beautiful though and he resorts to fouling Lustenberger to try and retain possession inside the Hertha box.
N'Djeng curls a free kick to Allagui at the back post but play is brought back for a push by the Tunisian midfielder. That was needless from the Hertha man!
Sahin leaves his foot in on Schulz after challenging for the ball on the halfway line, which the referee takes a dim view of and decides to give Hertha yet another free kick.
Durm hacks the ball upfield under pressure from Ramos. The visitors are doing their bit to make this one competitive and continue their decent league form.
And that's even worse from Sahin! The on-loan midfielder shanks a shot some way wide of Gersbeck's goal for the home side after fashioning some space for himself about 25 yards from goal.
Skjelbred pings a low shot towards goal that is too close to Roman Weidenfeller, who drops to one knee to calmly collect the ball.
Lewandowski and Mkhitaryan link well 30 yards from goal but a promising move breaks down eventually when the latter dinks a throughball to nobody.
And now the crowd are getting on the referee's back! They want a free kick after Kobiashvili catches Mkhitaryan, only for play to carry on regardless, and the man in black then has the temerity to give Hertha a free kick moments later for a foul by Sarr.
N'Djeng is down complaining about something after clashing with Reus on the near touchline. The Cameroon international wants a free kick but the referee waves away his appeal.
Lewandowski blasts a shot high and wide after shifting the ball onto his right foot on the left side of the penalty area. That was a poor effort from the usually clinical Polish striker.
STAT: Dortmund have scored in a Bundesliga home game for the first time in 50 days. (via Opta)
Assist Sami Allagui
Goal A. Ramos
RAMOS DRAWS HERTHA LEVEL! The Colombian striker grabs his 11th Bundesliga goal of the season with a very well-taken finish at the near post after getting in front of Sokratis to meet another good cross from Allagui. The winger robbed the ball from Durm and supplied a perfect pass for Ramos to make it 1-1.
DECENT BREAK FROM HERTHA! Skjelberg threads a pass out to Sami Allagui, who whips a great cross into the box that Ramos fails to anticipate and the ball bounces all the way out on the far side.
MORE GOOD GOALKEEPING FROM GERSBECK! After his error led to Reus' opener the 18-year-old has been in fine form for the visitors, stopping a header from Sokratis and then just making himself big to deflect Mkhitaryan's strike from a tight angle away.
ATHLETIC STOP FROM GERSBECK! The Hertha shotstopper dives to his right to keep out a header from Sokratis after the Greek defender had climbed highest to meet a Reus free kick from the right.
Hertha were 2-1 winners last time they visited Signal Iduna Park in September 2011 - inflicting Dortmund's only home defeat in a run of 36 games.
STAT: Dortmund have had 49% of possession in the opening 15 minutes or so, which is surprising considering they have looked the far more dangerous team so far.
The hosts get a free kick on the near side after N'Djeng appeared to have won the ball cleanly from Eric Durm. The midfielder has every right to be disappointed with the referee's decision there, the tackle looked absolutely fine.
CHANCES AT BOTH ENDS!! Gersbeck gets his timing right on this occasion as he runs to the edge of his area to block a Lewandowski shot. Then Hertha go right up the other end and nearly draw level through the in-form Ramos. The striker very nearly notched his 11th league goal of the season after a sloppy pass from Grosskreutz set him on goal, but his effort was blocked inside the box.
Hajime Hosogai picks the pocket of Marian Sarr, the Dortmund defender who is making just his second start for the Bundesliga giants, but the Japan international then wastes possession cheaply.
Dortmund have shifted through a couple of gears since taking the lead through Reus a few minutes go. Grosskreutz is the latest player to try his luck, as he smashes a shot towards goal from distance that flies off target.
Great play from Henrikh Mkhitaryan! The Armenia international forced his way into the Hertha box on the right and swung an inviting ball towards the back post that had to be cleared away in a rather slap-dash manner by Marcel N'Djeng.
Assist Sebastian Kehl
Goal Marco Reus
GOALLLL!!! REUS PUTS DORTMUND AHEAD! That's got to go down as a Gersbeck blunder! The young goalkeeper came rushing from his line to try and beat Reus to a pass from Sebastian Kehl, but the Dortmund attacker got there first and was left with an easy finish into the open net with Gersbeck out of position.
Kuba bursts down the right-hand side for Dortmund and looks to unleash a shot goalwards, only for Levan Kobiashvili to throw his body in front of the effort on the edge of his own penalty area.
Spare a thought for Marius Gersbeck today people, the 18-year-old goalkeeper is making his Bundesliga debut for Hertha. What a place and for him to make his league bow!
Grosskreutz launches a searching ball into the Hertha box but Lustenberger is there for the visitors to thump a header clear and avert the danger.
Lewandowski concedes a free kick after bustling into the back of Fabian Lustenberger. It's been a low key start in Dortmund, with both teams guilty of misplacing a collection of passes already.
The home team get the ball rolling...
The teams are stomping out onto the pitch at Signal Iduna Park, and we are just moments away from kick-off over in Dortmund.
Fabian Holland, Sebastian Langkamp, Johannes van den Bergh, Alexander Baumjohann and Anis Ben-Hatira are all absent for the visitors, who line up in a 4-1-4-1 formation with the in-form Adrian Ramos leading the line upfront.
Dortmund are once again without Neven Subotic, Mats Hummels and Ilkay Gundogan, while Sven Bender also misses out because of an ankle complaint. However, Sokratis Papastathopoulos returns from a one-match suspension to ease Klopp's defensive worries.
Subs: Janker, Ronny, Niemeyer, Kluge, Wagner, Mukhtar, Sprint
Hertha (4-1-4-1): Gersbeck; Pekarik, Lustenberger, Schulz, Kobiashvili; Hosogai; Allagui, N'Djeng, Cigerci, Skjelbred; Ramos
Subs: Langerak, Friedrich, Hofmann, Aubameyang, Kirch, Schieber, Piszczek
Dortmund (4-2-3-1): Weidenfeller; Grosskreutz, Sokratis, Sarr, Durm; Sahin, Kehl; Blaszczykowski, Mkhitaryan, Reus; Lewandowski
Without further ado, let's have a quick look at how the two sides are lined up today ahead of kick-off...
Last weekend the home side battled back against Hoffenheim to salvage a point, having gone 2-0 down in the first half, and after the game their midfielder Nuri Sahin wrote off their title hopes. Hertha, meanwhile, triumphed 3-2 over Werder Bremen to move up to seventh in the table.
My name is Charlie Scott and I'll be guiding you through today's match as Jurgen Klopp's side try and arrest a worrying league slump that has seen them win just twice in their last six Bundesliga games.
Good afternoon ladies and gentlemen and welcome to LIVE coverage of the Bundesliga clash at Signal Iduna Park that pits Borussia Dortmund against Hertha Berlin.
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