It was a night of epic highs and lows for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who netted a late equaliser in Dortmund’s 1-1 draw with Hertha Berlin at Signal Iduna Park in the Bundesliga on Friday night.
- Dortmund 1 Hertha Berlin 1
- Stocker opens scoring
- Aubameyang misses from the spot
- Before equalising three minutes later
- Mor and Stocker sent off
The home side definitely enjoyed the lion’s share of possession and clear-cut opportunities in the first half, but were unable to turn their dominance into goals.
They were made to pay six minutes after the break when Valentin Stocker gave the visitors a surprise lead.
Aubameyang squandered a glorious opportunity to level the score from open play 10 minutes before he then missed a 77th minute penalty as the hosts continued to chase the game.
Fortunately for the Gabon international, and Dortmund, he was given another chance in the 80th minute and this time he made no mistake to earn the hosts a desperate 1-1 draw.
The match ended in rather bizarre fashion with both sides finishing with ten men after Emre Mor and Stocker were given their marching orders.
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Dortmund began the game brightly and Mor went close seven minutes in after latching on to a wonderful cross from Sebastian Rode, but squandered the opportunity.
The visitors enjoyed a strong spell in the middle of the first period with Alexander Esswein spraying a good chance disappointingly over the bar before Stocker shanked a shot high into the stands.
BVB regained the ascendancy toward the end of the first 45 minutes but were held back by some impressive defending from Hertha Berlin.
Unlike the first half, it was the visitors who started better after half time, with Vedad Ibisevic hitting a great ball over the Dortmund defence for Stocker, who composed himself well before slotting his side into an unexpected 1-0 lead.
The goal shifted the home side into a new gear and but for a superb performance from their goalkeeper Rune Jarstein, Hertha could have found themselves behind within 15 minutes of scoring.
First Marcel Schmelzer had a crack from distance, which the Norwegian stopper deflected with ease, then came two glorious chances for Aubameyang within 60 seconds of each other, with Jarstein pulling of a couple of incredible saves.
Dortmund thought they had finally found their opening when Genki Haraguchi was controversially blown up for handling the ball in the box, but once again Jarstein stepped up to deny Aubameyang.
However, the pressure was relentless and the 32-year-old was eventually beaten by the Gabon international after Ousmane Dembele picked him out with a beautiful ball and the striker had a simple tap-in to an empty net.
The drama was far from over and both Mor and Stocker were sent off with straight red cards in the 84th and 90th minutes respectively as the game ended 1-1.