“BVB is back,” agreed the Dortmund fans after the 4-1 (2-0) win against Hertha BSC. And that’s not all: after years of boredom, the tension in the Bundesliga title race is back. Borussia Dortmund took advantage of FC Bayern’s mistake and drew level on points with the leaders and 1. FC Union Berlin. “We all want titles. Our goal is to continue to be successful,” said BVB captain Marco Reus on the DAZN streaming service.

Four days after the 1-0 win in the Champions League against Chelsea, BVB showed their strong form again and underpinned their claims as Bayern challengers with goals worth seeing. Karim Adeyemi with the hoe (27th minute), Donyell Malen (31st), Reus (76th) with a dream free kick and Julian Brandt (90th) scored for BVB.

Dortmund has already won its eighth competitive game in a row. “It’s a nice feeling to expand the series,” said Brandt. However, Adeyemi’s injury, who had to be substituted in the first half, put a damper on the mood. “He probably won’t be available for the next few games,” said coach Edin Terzic.

The question of the German champions has not been as open as this year for a long time. According to the data service provider Opta, there has never been three teams tied at the top since the three-point system was introduced in 1995 at such a late point in the season. “You can see that you can’t lose an inch, otherwise it will be difficult,” said Reus. There are only five points between industry leader Bayern and Eintracht Frankfurt in sixth place. However, Terzic warned: “We’re not there yet, so we remain humble and modest.”

The guests from Berlin can only dream of such table regions. Hertha suffered a setback in the relegation battle and is penultimate in the table. The only goal for Sandro Schwarz’s team was scored by Lucas Tousart (46th) in front of 81,365 spectators in the sold-out Dortmund stadium. “We really threw everything in, threw ourselves into every duel,” said Marco Richter. “Unfortunately, those are the small key moments that were missing and the consistency in the end.” Coach Sandro Schwarz saw “a lot of positive things. That’s the way we keep going.”

Terzic relied on rotation at BVB. Among others, Reus and Mats Hummels were new in the starting XI. At first, however, no one could show themselves. Shortly after kick-off, referee Harm Osmers interrupted the game because thick pyrotechnic smoke wafted through the stadium from the Hertha fans’ block. After the restart, the Berliners had the first chance. Jessic Ngankam aimed a little too high from the edge of the penalty area.

Dortmund took a while to get into the game. Although Borussia took over the game design, BVB did not become really dangerous for a long time. Up to the 27th minute – and then right away: Reus moved from the right into the penalty area, served Adeyemi and the German international hit the first Dortmund goal with a hoe, which is worth seeing.

Now BVB really got going. Adeyemi ignited the turbo on the left flank, served Malen and it was already 2-0. However, Adeyemi injured himself while preparing the goal. The 21-year-old grabbed his back left thigh and had to be substituted. “Of course it doesn’t look good, but we’ll wait and see,” said Terzic. “We hope it won’t take too long.” The Dortmund fans supported Adeyemi with loud chants and then switched to party mode. “Who will be German champions? BVB Borussia”, the supporters sang euphorically.

The game was not decided yet. Shortly after half-time, Hertha caught BVB unsorted in defense. Tousart gave the capitals hope with his goal. In terms of results, the game remained open until the late 3-1 by Reus, but Dortmund did not allow themselves to be disrupted in the long term. BVB remained superior and defensively stable and followed up again with Brandt’s fourth goal.

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