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Borussia Dortmund wins at Hertha BSC thanks to Anthony Modeste

KShortly after the start of the second half, a noise could be heard in the Berlin Olympic Stadium that had to be interpreted as malicious laughter. The scoreboard showed the score from distant Gelsenkirchen, where Schalke was hopelessly behind against 1. FC Union. This caused general amusement, as the supporters of Borussia Dortmund and Hertha BSC have a common, deep dislike for Schalke.

As great as the gloating may have been at the moment, the self-critical among the Berlin fans must have brought a bitter realization to the repeated victory of Union. Their own team is about as far away from their local rivals’ level of performance and table region as Berlin is from Gelsenkirchen. Although Hertha once again put in a committed performance against BVB, they are still waiting for their first win after the fourth matchday and find themselves in the penultimate place in the table.

In the end it was 0:1 in a game that could have ended 2:2 or 1:6 from Berlin’s point of view. This gigantic spread was partly due to Dortmund’s sloppiness in front of the opposing goal. As regularly as Borussia had to cede the championship to FC Bayern in recent years, they naturally missed opportunity after opportunity in Berlin.

Poor BVB chance conversion

With the consequence that Hertha almost equalized in the end. But the Berliners are also lacking in execution qualities, Marco Richter only hit the crossbar in the final phase on his return after surviving cancer. It was the last, but not the first, time that aluminum played a crucial role that afternoon.

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