Hertha Berlin 0 Borussia Dortmund 0
A game pitting third against second that simply failed to ignite. Pal Dardai’s Hertha Berlin have been one of the most amazing stories in European football this season. Coming into the game with only defeat in their last nine matches, Hertha were in unchartered waters at third in the table. However, there are signs that their momentum is stalling since the resumption of the Bundesliga, as they have drawn all three league games in 2016.
Considering the fact that Bayern had a tough away game against Leverkusen, Thomas Tuchel would have hoped for three points to cut the deficit against the league leaders. In stead, a point was all BVB got. Despite having 62 % of the possession, Dortmund failed to ignite against a resolute home defence.
The only gain that both managers could take from the game was that their defences were superb. After a few shaky performances, Sokratis and Mats Hummels were outstanding against Salomon Kalou and Vedad Ibisevic. On the other side, John Brooks and Sebastian Langkamp kept Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Marco Reus quite, with the able support of defensive midfielder Fabian Lustenberger. All in all, Hertha will be the happier side with the point as it keeps them in third, while Dortmund remain eight points behind Bayern Munich.