Emre Can netted the only goal for Borussia Dortmund as they took charge of second place in the Bundesliga with a 1-0 win over Hertha Berlin.
After defeats for both Bayer Leverkusen and Borussia Monchengladbach, and RB Leipzig drawing at home with Paderborn, this was a fantastic chance for Dortmund to take charge of the Champions League qualification places – and they took it to move four points clear of third.
Former Liverpool midfielder Can, who was playing as a centre-back, struck the winner on 57 minutes when controlling a clever finish into the bottom corner after a lovely knockdown by Julian Brandt.
It was a first defeat for Hertha boss Bruno Labbadia, who had overseen an unbeaten four-game run since taking over.
- Erling Haaland remained on the treatment table with a knee problem while Mats Hummels was suspended after picking up his fifth yellow card of the season against Paderborn. Emre Can stepped in at centre-back.
- Matheus Cunha is still recovering from a concussion for Hertha Berlin so they kept the same XI that beat Augsburg 2-0.
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Dortmund travel to Fortuna Dusseldorf next Saturday, while Hertha Berlin host Frankfurt.