Hertha 3-2 Dortmund: Rose's side suffer blow in Bundesliga title race

Hertha Berlin 3-2 Borussia Dortmund: Marco Rose’s side left stunned as hosts score three times in 18 minutes to dent their Bundesliga title hopes… with Bayern Munich now nine points clear at the top

  • Borussia Dortmund were handed their fifth defeat of the season at Hertha Berlin
  • Julian Brandt initially fired the visitors in front at the Olympiastadion Berlin
  • But Ishak Belfodil’s strike and a Marco Richter brace swung it in Hertha’s favour
  • Dortmund have lost ground in their pursuit of Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich 

Second-placed Borussia Dortmund slumped to a year-ending 3-2 defeat at Hertha Berlin on Saturday to go into the winter break nine points behind leaders Bayern Munich.

Hertha’s Marco Richter struck twice in the second half as Hertha came from a goal down to score three times against a makeshift Dortmund defence.

The visitors, looking to close the gap with Bayern following their 4-0 win over VfL Wolfsburg on Friday, enjoyed a strong start even though in-form Jude Bellingham was missing due to suspension, and central defender Mats Hummels and keeper Gregor Kobel because of illness.

Marco Richter’s brace handed Hertha Berlin a 3-1 victory over Borussia Dortmund

Julian Brandt had initially given Dortmund the lead at the Olympiastadion Berlin

Brandt has now registered a goal or an assist in each of Dortmund’s last five games

But Hertha turned it around after the break, with Ishak Belfodil drawing them level

They could have scored with a string of good chances before Julian Brandt cleverly dinked the ball over keeper Alexander Schwolow to put the visitors in front in the 31st minute.

The hosts, however, equalised six minutes after halftime when Ishak Belfoldil slotted the ball under reserve keeper Marwin Hitz.

Richter put Hertha 2-1 up in the 57th with an outstanding finish, placing the ball into the top far corner.

Belfodil levelled proceedings six minutes after the restart, triggering a sensational comeback

Richter then popped up with a double in the next 18 minutes to hand Hertha three points

Hertha blitzed Dortmund in the second half to claim their second straight home win

Marco Rose’s Dortmund now trail Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich by nine points

The 24-year-old forward then thundered home on the rebound in the 69th with the Dortmund defence in chaos after an error by Brandt on the edge of the box.

Substitute Steffen Tiggen rose high to drill in a header and cut the deficit seven minutes from time

Dortmund are second on 34 points, with Bayern top on 43. Bayer Leverkusen, third on 28, are in action on Saturday against Freiburg. Hertha’s win moved them away from the relegation zone and into 11th place on 21 points.

The league will resume on Jan. 7.

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