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  • 14 October 2016
  • • 19:30
  • • Signal-Iduna-Park, Dortmund
  • Referee: P. Ittrich
  • • Attendance: 80800
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  • That's all from us this evening. Thanks for joining throughout this Bundesliga clash between Borussia Dortmund and Hertha Berlin.
  • Dortmund break a 50 year unbeaten home record, but the headlines are with Hertha Berlin who performed brilliantly to get a 1-1 draw at Signal Iduna Park.
  • 90'+4'
    Pulisic manages to register a late shot but the angle was against him and he's only able to fire into the stands behind the goal.
  • 90'+3'
    SubstitutionAlexander Esswein Maximilian Mittelstädt
    Final sub for Hertha as Mittelstadt is introduced for Esswein to run down the clock.
  • 90'+2'
    Well, eventful is certainly a way to describe these final 15 minutes; a penalty miss, two red cards and a goal. If only the rest of the match was this exciting!
  • 90'
    Red Card Valentin Stocker
    ANOTHER RED! ten veruss 10 as Stocker chops down Ginter aggresively in the middle of the pitch.
  • 89'
    Following the number of cards being thrown around, we're expecting a few added minutes on the end of this game for Dortmund to find a winner.
  • 88'
    Yellow Card Sami Allagui
    Yet another yellow card! This time for Allagui.
  • 87'
    Scuffle in the middle of the pitch as Dembele goes to ground following a foul from Allan. Tempers need to settle if Dortmund want to win this game.
  • 85'
    Dembele does little with the free-kick on the edge of the box after Mor won a foul from Langkamp. A manic few minutes at Signal Iduna Park.
  • 84'
    Red Card Emre Mor
    Mor gets a red card after pushing Langkamp to the floor after he won a foul from the defender.
  • 84'
    Yellow Card Sebastian Langkamp
    Yellow card for Langkamp following a scuffle with Mor.
  • 83'
    Dortmund can smell blood and they're going for all three points here as they refuse to drop the tempo. The hosts have had nine shots on goal this half and there's likely to be more in the final minutes.
  • 81'
    SubstitutionVedad Ibišević Sami Allagui
    Hertha looking to see out the match as Allagui comes on for Ibisevic.
  • 80'
    Assist Ousmane Dembélé
    Wonderful change of pace from Dembele to break behind the Hertha defence and cross to Aubameyang at the back post.
  • 80'
    Goal Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang
    GOAL! Aubameyang makes up for his miss as he converts from close range at the back post to bring Dortmund back level.
  • 79'
    It's going to be a manic end to this match in Dortmund as the hosts seek an equaliser, but the Hertha side must be gathering more and more belief as the clock ticks on.
  • 78'
    SubstitutionPer Ciljan Skjelbred Allan Rodrigues de Souza
    After playing twice for Norway over the international break, Skjelbred is withdrawn for Allan.
  • 77'
    Penalty save Rune Almenning Jarstein
    SAVED! Jarstein guessing correctly and pounces on the ball. It was a poor penalty from Aubameyang and the away fans will argue justice has been served. 
  • 77'
    Missed Penalty Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang
    Penalty Miss Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang
  • 76'
    PENALTY! Strike from Kagawa is blocked by Haraguchi and the linesman believes it was done so illegally with his hand. 
  • 75'
    Cries for a penalty from the home fans as Mor weaves between the Hertha defence and goes to ground following some contact from Langkamp, but the referee waves away the claims.
  • 73'
    CHANCE! Esswein could have killed the game as he got behind the Dortmund defence but Burki managed to make himself as big as possible and put himself in front of the effort.
  • 71'
    SubstitutionMarcel Schmelzer Joo-Ho Park
    Park makes his first appearance for Dortmund since January as he's introduced for Schmelzer.
  • 70'
    Dortmund a knocking on the door here! Hertha are struggling to cope at which the hosts are attacking now. It may be just a matter of time until the home side are level.
  • 68'
    SAVE AND POST! Aubameyang through on goal and tries to chip the ball over Jarstein, but goalkeeper reads the play well and gets a hand on the effort as it loops against the post. Still 1-0 to Hertha.
  • 66'
    Hertha appear to be defending significantly deeper now after the introduction of the Dortmund subs. Aubameyang almost scores with his first chance of the match but Jarstein saves.
  • 64'
    Yellow Card Ousmane Dembélé
    Dembele collects a yellow card despite being on the field for under ten minutes.
  • 64'
    Yellow Card Alexander Esswein
    Another yellow card for Hertha as Esswein enters the book.
  • 64'
    STAT: Following the introduction of Dembele, Dortmund now have four teenagers on the field with Passlack, Pulisic and Mor.
  • 62'
    Jarstein finally called into a bit of action as a drive from Schmelzer outside of the box forces the goalkeeper to tip the ball wide for a corner.
  • 60'
    SubstitutionMario Götze Shinji Kagawa
    Tuchel also introduces Kagawa at the expense of Gotze.
  • 60'
    SubstitutionSebastian Rode Ousmane Dembélé
    Tuchel clearly thinks changes are needed as Dembele is introduced for Rode.
  • 59'
    You would be forgiven for forgetting Aubameyang is on the pitch for Dortmund. The striker is having little service this evening with Mor and Pulisic doing the majority of the attacking for the hosts.
  • 57'
    Fantastic work from Weiser to prevent Mor from getting a fantastic opportunity. A long ball forward from Ginter is controlled by Mor, but the Hertha full-back shields the ball out of play.
  • 55'
    Schmelzer tried to whip a free-kick into the top corner from the foul from Brooks earlier, but the full-back is only able to fire his effort wide of Jarstein's post.
  • 53'
    Yellow Card John Brooks
    Brooks picks up his first yellow card of the season.
  • 53'
    Magical work from Ibisevic has left Dortmund with a huge mountain to climb. Hertha are clearly displaying why they currently reside above the hosts in the Bundesliga table.
  • 51'
    Assist Vedad Ibišević
    Sensational from Ibisevic. A glorious backheel from the captain to put Stocker through all on goal. 
  • 51'
    Goal Valentin Stocker
    GOAL! Stocker silences Signal Iduna Park with a calm finish into the bottom corner past the helpless Burki.
  • 50'
    Another free-kick in a good position for Dortmund as Weiser blocks off Mor during a run down the wing, but this time it's Mor who takes the set-piece duties and Ginter should have done better with his header.
  • 48'
    Dangerous free-kick early on for Dortmund as Gotze tried to find a yellow shirt in the box, but his delivery was flat and poor and was easily swept away by the Hertha defence.
  • 46'
    Dortmund get the second half underway.
  • Half time as Signal Iduna Park and it's 0-0! Hertha can go into the break with their heads held high after they've frustrated the hosts, whereas Tuchel will be looking to rethink his strategy.
  • 45'
    A rare corner for Borussia Dortmund as Gotze whips the ball into the box, but just like many of their attacks this evening it comes to nothing as Langkamp is able to head clear at the near post.
  • 43'
    Fantastic pass from Rode over the Hertha defence towards Mor, but the youngster is unable to control the ball and prevents a great opportunity for Dortmund to test Jarstein.
  • 41'
    If anything is going to come of this half for Dortmund it's looking as if it'll come from Pulisic. The American is proving to be a real bright spark this evening when the home side manage to get themselves forward.
  • 39'
    STAT: If Dortmund avoid defeat tonight they'll better their record of 24 unbeaten home games - a record which has stood for over 50 years.
  • 37'
    It's not looking good for Dortmund at the moment! Aubameyang is becoming isolated and Gotze is being marked out of the match by Stark. Dardai will be extremely happy with how his side are performing so far.
  • 35'
    It's fair to suggest Dortmund have been second best in these last ten minutes. Whilst the hosts have had more of the ball, we're yet to see any real chances crafted as we approach half time.
  • 33'
    Hertha are starting to look like the most likely to score as Esswein manages a shot on goal from inside the Dortmund box, but the winger should've opted to find one of his two teammates he had in support.
  • 31'
    A decent chance for Hertha as Stocker manages to get in behind Ginter following a long ball from Plattenhardt, but the Swiss international snatches at the opportunity and fires over the crossbar.
  • 29'
    Hertha are pressing really high up the pitch and making life extremely difficult for Dortmund to create chances as Rode, Weigl and Merino are forced to circulate the ball in midfield.
  • 27'
    Corner for Dortmund as Langkamp hooks away a cross from Mor. However, little comes of the set-piece and the score remains 0-0. 
  • 25'
    The Dortmund fans are being forced to wait for something to cheer about, but it's not defusing the atmosphere in the stadium as the famous 'Yellow Wall' continues to generate loads of noise!.
  • 23'
    Jarstein or Burki are yet to be tested this evening as the match approaches the 25 minute mark. Hertha and Dortmund are attacking with intent, but both are defending well so far.
  • 21'
    Dangerous cross from Pulisic to the back post across the six yard box was screaming to be attacked by a yellow shirt but unfortunately for the hosts nobody was there to prod home a certain goal!
  • 19'
    Yellow Card Niklas Stark
    Late lunge from Stake on Mor earns him the first yellow card of the match.
  • 19'
    Possession is being dictated by Dortmund so far with the hosts enjoying 71% of the ball so far, but it's Hertha who have come closest with a long shot from Esswein going just over Burki's crossbar.
  • 17'
    Dangerous free-kick for Hertha after Haraguchi carries the ball 30 yards and draws a foul from Passlack on the edge of the box, but unfortunately for the visitors little comes of it.
  • 15'
    Both Esswein and Haraguchi are being worked extremely hard so far in this game as the duo are expected to carry defensive duties this evening with Pulisic and Mor attacking from both sides.
  • 13'
    CLOSE! Close to a fantastic opportunity for Dortmund as Pulisic gathered the ball on the half way line and danced past three tackles, however he put his pass to Schmelzer behind the full-back which brought the attack to a close.
  • 11'
    Hertha are starting to get a bit more time on the ball as the match starts to settle. It seems as if the side from the capital are looking to press hard and fast when in possession.
  • 9'
    Seems as if Dortmund are looking to give Merino as much time on the ball as possible as the defender makes his debut at Signal iduna Park and use his ball playing abilities. 
  • 7'
    The game is only seven minutes old but Tuchel is already on the sidelines getting animated and instructing his side to be more energetic in these opening stages.
  • 5'
    Hertha almost get their first opportunity of the match as Merino gives the ball away cheaply to Esswein, but fortunately for the Spaniard he was able to recover from his mistake and cleared the play.
  • 3'
    Dortmund look to get on the front foot early as Weigl sends a long diagonal ball towards Schmelzer, but the left-back is unable to get a cross into the box.
  • 1'
    We're underway in Dortmund!
  • Just five minutes until kick-off! The fans are in the stands, the atmosphere is building and the players are in the tunnel. Not long now. 
  • With the aforementioned injury list for Dortmund, Tuchel has been forced into a number of changes following the conclusion of the international break with five changes being made to the side which started against Leverkusen. Meanwhile, Hertha keep things fairly simple with Brooks being the only inclusion from the 2-0 victory versus Hamburg.
  • Subs: Kurt, Mittelstadt, Allan, Kraft, Kalou, Allagui, Hegeler.
  • Hertha (4-2-3-1): Jarstein; Plattenhardt, Brooks, Langkamp, Weiser; Stark, Skjelbred; Haraguchi, Stocker, Esswein; Ibisevic.
  • Subs: Dembele, Weidenfeller, Sahin, Bartra, Kagawa, Park, Burnic.
  • Dortmund (4-2-3-1): Burki; Schmelzer, Merino, Ginter, Passlack; Rode, Weigl; Mor, Gotze, Pulisic; Aubameyang. 
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  • On the flip side, Hertha will be hoping to prove their league position is no fluke and reaffirm their desires for European football by taking advantage of an ailing Dortmund team.
  • After slipping up last week versus Bayer Leverkusen, Dortmund will be hoping to bounce back after the international break despite the lengthy injury list they seem to be acquiring. 
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