Borussia Dortmund has recovered from the shock of the game against Werder Bremen and won 1-0 at Hertha BSC on Matchday 4 thanks to a goal from Anthony Modeste. The Berliners remain without a win in the league.
In front of 65,000 spectators, Anthony Modeste (32nd) scored the winning goal for BVB.
Salih Özcan was in the starting XI for the first time at BVB, while Karim Adeyemi also celebrated his return to the starting XI after a long injury.
Hertha BSC still has one point after four matchdays and is still without a win under coach Sandro Schwarz.
Hertha BSC – BVB: The analysis
In the early stages, Hertha BSC tried to counter with a structure and bring its fast offensive players like Dodi Lukebakio or Chidera Ejuke into running duels, but as time went on the game became more erratic and imprecise in the first round. In some promising one-on-one duels, turnovers were too easy, so Hertha lost the thread.
After a very brisk initial phase, in which Julian Brandt was on the move a lot, BVB designed the game to feed Anthony Modeste with crosses and sent his wingers again and again. This is how the opening goal fell, after which Modeste had had good opportunities before.
Hertha BSC tried to open up the game a little more after the break, took more risks and made well-placed attacks, but Hertha still had a problem finalizing the attacks. Hertha has speed and a lot of emotionality in this game, but the final quality is lacking.
Dortmund made use of the space they were given in the second half with a few attacks, but BVB could have won this game more, too, but neglected good attacking actions too recklessly. Nevertheless, after the Bremen spectacle, there was no panic in the final phase.
Hertha BSC – BVB: The votes
Sandro Schwarz (Hertha BSC coach): “Right at the beginning of the game we had our chance to score with Jonjoe Kenny, which Gregor Kobel saves very well. Then we weren’t so good in the game anymore, we lost the ball a lot easily. We gave the opponent chances to score with their quality. In the second At half time it was an open fight.”
Edin Terzic (Borussia Dortmund coach): “It was definitely important to show an improvement today compared to what we did last week. We did that. I think it was a deserved win, there were a lot of things that were a lot better. However, we did failed to close the sack, leaving the game open to the end.”
Once again the best Dortmunder on the pitch. Acted incredibly far-reaching, was involved in almost every dangerous attack and drove his team again and again. Unlucky in graduation.
The flop of the game: Karim Adeyemi
Only got his pace on the pitch once but was stopped by Hertha’s rushing goalkeeper. Also slipped away once in a good finishing position. Otherwise unobtrusive and with little impact on the game.
The referee: Tobias Stieler
The experienced referee had an easy game, went over 90 minutes without a yellow card and made the right decision in the only reasonably tricky scene before the break, when Hertha was expecting a penalty kick.