On Matchday 34, Erling Haaland said his goodbyes to Borussia Dortmund with a goal in a 2-1 win over Hertha Berlin at home, condemning the visitors to the relegation play-offs.
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Dortmund 2-1 Hertha
Hertha began on the front foot at the Signal Iduna Park, their attention sharpened by the
looming prospect of relegation. They pinned the host team back with their intense pressing
and tackling boldness. While they struggled to create any chances in front of a sell-out
crowd, Ishak Belfodil was felled in the box by Dan-Axel Zagadou, one of a number of players
wearing the Dortmund shirt for the final time. When referee Tobias Stieler pointed to the
spot, Belfodil’s perfect shot into the bottom corner gave Roman Bürki no chance.
The hosts improved as the half progressed, but despite having 72 percent possession, they
only managed two shots on target in the first 45 minutes, neither of which troubled Hertha goalkeeper Marcel Lotka.
The hosts introduced Jamie Bynoe-Gittens for the second half, and the 17-year-old proved instrumental in his team’s comeback. His daring drives put Hertha on the back foot, and one of his dribbles set up Dortmund’s equalizer. Vladimir Darida fouled Jude Bellingham as a result of his frantic pace on the edge of the box.
As well as the subsequent free-kick was taken by Raphael Guerreiro, who struck Marvin Plattenhardt on the arm, giving Dortmund a penalty, which Haaland buried to the delight of the Yellow Wall. Dortmund pushed for a winner with the momentum on their side, and they got it when Bellingham split the Hertha defense with a brilliant pass from deep, allowing Youssoufa Moukoko into the box to squeeze a shot past Lotka from a tight angle. Hertha was still safe at the time, but a late goal from VfB Stuttgart at home to Cologne saw them jump Felix Magath’s side into 15th place, forcing the Old Lady to compete in the relegation play-offs against the third-placed team from Bundesliga 2.