Hertha Berlin strengthened their top-four credentials after holding second-placed BVB Dortmund to a goalless draw at the Olympiastadion on Saturday afternoon.
Hertha Berlin 0 BVB Dortmund 0
Dortmund dominate possession
Hertha look threatening on the counter
Dortmund rue profligacy
It was always going to be a challenge for Dortmund given Hertha’s impressive thus far and the Berlin side strengthened their claim to Champions League football with their display at the Olympiastdion,
Dortmund dominated the possession and had chances aplenty, but a solid defence from Hertha ensured they would secure a share of the spoils.
Hertha were the first to threaten in the fifth minute when the ball was worked into the box towards Vladimir Darida, but his first-time effort was well saved by Roman Burki.
At the other end, Ilkay Gundogan came close to opening the scoring after bursting through the midfield, but his eventual effort swerved just wide of the near post.
Burki had to be alert at the other end when Jens Hegeler nodded an effort towards goal, but the Dortmund stopper did well to make the save.
It was end-to-end action and Hummels forced Hertha stopper Rune Jarstein into a good save with a header just after the half-hour mark.
Sebastian Langkamp was then made a vital intervention in the 37th minute after Gundogan had squared the ball into the box with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang waiting.
Dortmund piled on the pressure after the break, but Hertha stood stern in defence and were able to keep the opposition’s fearsome attack quiet for the most part.
And the hosts even had a penalty shout turned down in the 70th minute, when Darida fell down in the box, but it was a clean challenge by Piszczek which was well spotted by the referee.
They came close once again eight minutes later when Kalou burst through and fired off a fierce effort. The shot, though, flew inches wide of Burki’s upright.
There was a real lack of end product from Dortmund as Ramos and Hummels squandered chances after some decent attacking football.
And Hertha nearly stole the win right at the death when substitute Alexander Baumjohann burst through on goal, only to be stopped at the last by a crucial Sokratis Papastathopoulos intervention.