Borussia Dortmund close gap on Bundesliga top four after routine Hertha win

Borussia Dortmund close gap on Bundesliga top four after routine Hertha win

Borussia Dortmund continued riding high from the midweek Champions League success against Sevilla by easing to a 2-0 victory over relegation-threatened Hertha BSC on Saturday afternoon.

Der BVB were keen to maintain their improved form, and dominated the game from the off. They will probably still be wondering exactly how they failed to score in the first half, with Marco Reus guilty of missing two gilt-edged chances; first skying a difficult volley, and then clipping the crossbar with a free-kick.

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He couldn’t find the net this time | Lars Baron/Getty Images

Prolific goalscorer Erling Haaland fancied his own chances in the opening 45 minutes, but he was also unusually wasteful, missing the target with a header. Goalkeeper Rune Jarstein was then called into action, and did a solid job in keeping out Jude Bellingham’s smart drive from inside the box.

The two sides entered the dressing rooms level at the break, but there was a feeling that it was only a matter of time until the hosts landed the killer blow. And that strike arrived only nine minutes into the second half.

Midfielder Julian Brandt collected the ball 30 yards from goal, took a touch and sized up his options, before hammering a devilish, swerving belter which completely bamboozled Jarstein – though he” arguably admit that he could – and perhaps should – have done better.

Mahmoud Dahoud then hit the crossbar, and Jarstein was called upon to deny Emre Can in expert fashion as the visitors lived a dangerous existence. Gio Reyna then smacked the post from close range, and as the minutes ticked by, it looked as if the hosts would not add to their tally.

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Celebrations and three points for the hosts | Lars Baron/Getty Images

Dortmund had to wait until the 91st minute to wrap up all three points, when teenage sensation Youssoufa Moukoko bagged the third Bundesliga goal of his career, beating his man to fire home inside the near post in superb fashion.

The victory moves Der BVB back into Champions League contention, as they approach the business end of the Bundesliga season.

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