B. Dortmund V Hertha BSC - As it happened.
FT: Dortmund 1-0 Hertha Berlin. A hard fought win for Dortmund, who – thanks to Can’s strike – have moved back to within seven points of Bayern Munich to keep their slim title hopes alive with four matches remaining.
Creating that chance for Sancho will be Guerreiro’s final act, as he makes way for Schmelzer.
CHANCE! There was the opportunity to finish it for Dortmund, but again Sancho fluffs his lines. He was superbly teed up by Guerreiro, yet despite being five yards out, he could not find a way beyond Jarstein, who rushed off his line to make the save.
There’ll also be fresh legs in midfield, with Maier coming on in place of Grujic.
A final roll of the dice for Hertha. First, Esswein – who only came on in the first half – is replaced by 18-year-old Samardzic.
Defensively, Hertha have only made one true slip up today, but going forward they have not offered enough to test Burki, with time quickly running out for them to salvage a result.
A huge penalty appeal from Dortmund after a strike from Can hits the arm of Boyata. However, there was little the Hertha defender could have done to move out of the way, and the hosts have to settle for a corner
Another change from Favre. Witsel, who has been superb in midfield, makes way for Balerdi.
Morey is replaced by Hazard for the hosts.
Piatek lunges in on Hakimi, completely missing the ball, and duly receives a booking.
A first booking of the game now, and it goes the way of Esswein, who took out Reyna 25 yards out from Hertha’s goal.
First chance for Reyna to get involved but the passing move breaks down. Dortmund get the ball back and take their time. They can afford to be patient.
A first change now from Favre. Brandt is off, with Reyna coming on.
Dortmund have not been at their best so far, but when Brandt, Hazard and Sancho have managed to link up, they have looked increasingly sharp as the match has worn on.
A change for Hertha. Skjelbred is off, with Piatek coming on.
GOOOOOAALLLLL!!! DORTMUND TAKE THE LEAD! Finally, the hosts have the breakthrough, as Can slots in from just inside the area after brilliant combination play from Brandt and Sancho.
We are back underway. A half-time sub for Hertha. Dodi Lukebakio is replaced by the youngster Jessic Ngankam.
HT: A tightly fought first half, with few clear chances for either side. Hazard had the best one, flashing wide from close range after latching onto Guerreiro's cross, but so far Hertha have succeeded in frustrating Dortmund.
Hertha have certainly got braver as the half has wore on, though Dortmund still have the control. However, their visitors are remaining steadfast, snapping into challenges and preventing Favre’s side finding space upfield.
That’s a rash tackle from Esswein, who lunges in on Hakimi and concedes a free-kick right on the edge of Hertha’s area. The angle is tight for a shot, but Guerreiro and Hazard stand over it…
No shots on target yet for Dortmund, underlining the excellent job Hertha have done defensively, despite seeing little of the ball themselves.
A problem for Dilrosun, who is unable to continue having seemingly sustained an injury. Esswein has replaced the winger
CLOSE! Another big chance goes begging for Dortmund. Brandt is the forward who finds space this time, brilliantly engineering room for a shot on the edge of the box. But his effort does not match the quality of his first touch, and Jarstein watches it sail harmlessly wide
HUGE CHANCE! Almost the curse of the commentator there for Hertha! A cross from Guerreiro finds its way through to Hazard, who sets himself and looks likely to drill home. However, under pressure from a defender, he snaps at his effort and sends it wide.
Wonderful play from Sancho, as the winger gets Dortmund up the pitch with a fantastic run from deep, leaving defenders in his wake. The ball is then switched out to the opposite flank, but that gives Hertha time to get back in their shape.
Hertha may be a team in form but Dortmund are playing with a real zip and prowess at the moment, with Sancho, Hazard and Brandt all picking up pockets of space in the final third.
A first chance for Dortmund, and it comes through Hakimi. The wing-back often finds himself in behind the opposition’s defence and this time is no different as the youngster gets down the right. His options for a pass are tight, however, so he elects to go for goal, drilling an effort into the side netting.
And we're off!
Dortmund starting XI: Burki; Hakimi, Piszczek, Akanji, Guerreiro; Delaney, Can, Witsel; Sancho, Hazard, Brandt.
Hertha BSC starting XI: Jarstein; Pekarik, Boyata, Torunarigha, Mittelstadt; Skjelbred, Grujic; Lukebakio, Darida, Dilrosun; Ibisevic.
Hello and welcome to our minute to minute coverage as Dortmund host Hertha Berlin!