Having claimed a sixth runners-up spot in the previous ten league campaigns, Dortmund entered the clash with nothing tangible to play for except bragging rights. Despite being dominated from the very outset, relegation-dicing Hertha stunned the Signal Iduna with an early penalty via Ishak Belfodil, who slotted into the bottom left corner, giving shot stopper Roman Bürki no chance of saving. ‘Die Borussen’s possession play failed to stir the visitors, who found respite in soaking up pressure and playing on the back foot. Thanks to that, Hertha’s stern defence kept the Manchester City-bound Erling Haaland and co. effectively contained, as the hosts recorded no shots on target before the end of the first period. With 68 league goals conceded to that point, it was never going to be easy for Hertha to contain the home side for long. Duly, the 65th minute witnessed an unintentional handball in the Hertha penalty area, and Haaland banged the leveller from 12 yards low past Marcel Lotka into the middle of the goal. The equaliser seemed to up Dortmund’s tempo, as the Norwegian sensation found openings on a whim. However, it was 17-year-old Youssoufa Moukoko who stole the show six minutes before FT, as he latched onto a precise assist and thumped in a low drive to further jeopardise the visitors’ chance of safety. The goal demoralised Felix Magath's men, as they failed to muster a reply. They end up in the play-off fight by virtue of Stuttgart scoring right at the death to go 2-1 up against Cologne to stay afloat, just as Halaand exited the pitch to emotional and thunderous applause on his final game for Dortmund. The visitors also extended their cycle of suffering defeats on the final matchday to six straight top-flight seasons.

On May 14, in the last 34th round of the Bundesliga of the 2021/22 season, Borussia Dortumund and Hertha met. The match was played at the Signal Iduna Park stadium.

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Table Bundesliga 2021/22

Borussia D 2-1 Hertha

Goals: Belfodil, 18 – penalty (0:1). Haaland, 68 – penalty (1:1). Moukoko, 84 (2:1).

Line ups:

Bürki, Zagadou (Pongracic 82),Guerreiro, Akanji, Reus, Brandt, Bellingham, Can (Baino-Gittens 46), Witsel (Moukoko 83), Haaland (Reinier 90+1), Wolf. Lotka, Pekarik, Boyata, Mittelstedt (Bjerkan, 65, Boateng, 88), Kempf, Plattenhardt, Serdar (Darida, 56), Eckelenkamp (Richter, 46), Askasibar (Jovetich, 88), Touzar, Belfodil.

Warnings: Plattenhardt, 66′. Askashibar, 66′.

Referee: Stieler (Germany).

Borussia Dortmund, who finished second this season, are the favorites for this season’s last Bundesliga game against Hertha.

Video review of the match Borussia Dortmund – Hertha

From the first minutes, the relegated Hertha took a good turn and surprised everyone in the 18th minute with an early penalty through Ishak Belfodil, who shot into the bottom left corner, leaving no chance for the home goalkeeper.

After Borussia Dortmund began to take possession of the ball, but the guests went on the defensive and were able to keep the attacking hosts led by Haaland, as a result, not allowing them to hit the target in the first half.


Yet the hosts were not going to give the victory to the opponent. As you might expect, in the 65th minute, an inadvertent handball was played in the Hertha penalty area, and Haaland shot the ball into the center of the goal from 12 yards past Marcel Lotka. Borussia after the goal continued on their way to victory and with 6 minutes left in regular time, Youssouf Mukoko grabbed an accurate pass and shot into the bottom goal, scoring the second goal of this match.

As a result, the victory of Borussia Dortumndt, the team finished this season in 2nd place with 69 points, and Hertha took 16th place with 33 points, and can be relegated to the second division.


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