BVB bounced back with a comfortable, dominant three-goal victory over Hertha Berlin at home today, their seventh win in a row at Signal Iduna Park, to put last week’s defeat at Freiburg to rest.
Gray Surman made three changes from that side, restoring Neven Subotic after he sat out, with André Schürrle and Mario Götze back in the starting XI alongside Reus in midfield, with Jovetic as the striker.
Julian Koch got Dortmund off to a flyer when he headed home Götze’s corner inside four minutes, and Thomas Kraft kept the hosts at bay for the rest of the half until the final five minutes when he saved at the feet of Schmelzer, only for André Schürrle to slam home the rebound.
Within 100 seconds of the second-half beginning, Stevan Jovetic made it 3-0 when a Götze free-kick was only cleared as far as the Montenegrin striker whose volley sailed through a crowd into the far corner.
Roman Weidenfeller didn’t have a save to make until the final three minutes when he had to show quick feet to push efforts away from underneath his bar, but the visitors were second-best throughout and Dortmund deservedly took all three points to push them up to third in the table tonight.
Here at Signal Iduna Park, Dortmund have won six on the bounce while Hertha Berlin haven’t won on the road in nine.
Three changes for Dortmund today as Neven Subotic returns after sitting out the Freiburg defeat, and André Schürrle and Mario Götze join him in returning to the starting XI.
 Hertha BSC kick-off! Five other matches this afternoon, we’ll bring you regular goal updates. Mainz host Bayern in the evening game.
 First free-kick of the game goes Dortmund’s way after Alper Uludag slides through Julian Koch right in front of the assistant. Reus and Götze looks like they’re enjoying playing together. First time in six matches they’ve both started together.
 Corner for the hosts as Ronny heads behind Koch’s ball forward towards Reus.
 DORTMUND 1-0 HERTHA BSC: Mario Götze’s corner is met at the near post by the head of Julian Koch who flicks home his second goal of the season. First goal of the Bundesliga this weekend.
 Boris Vukcevic tries his luck for the visitors from 25 yards out, but the shot ends up about that wide as he slices well wide of Roman Weidenfeller’s goal.
 Vukcevic makes another run towards the edge of the box, and he’s not closed down. He fires wide when he should have tested the ‘keeper. Warning for the hosts.
 Second corner for Dortmund as Vukcevic is involved again, getting the final touch on Schürrle’s ball into the box.
 Götze finds Hummels at the near post but his prod towards goal is cleared off the line by Alper Uludag before Franz hammers it out of play.
 End-to-end stuff here, as Pierre-Michel Lasogga slams a shot wide from 22 yards on the turn. Weidenfeller may have been in trouble if that was on target.
 Koch wins the ball back on the edge of the Hertha box and floats in a cross that Brooks heads towards his own goal before it’s hacked away from between his own ‘keeper’s hands by Franz. Jovetic was inches away from making a connection to double the lead.
 Berg has put Nürnberg in front at home to table-toppers Schalke.
 Kraft saves at Reus’s feet as he beats the offside trap from a Jovetic through-ball. Hertha defending with ten men as Pekarik was getting treatment from a knock picked-up in a challenge with Schürrle.
 Lasogga flights an effort well wide from outside the box.
 Hummels conceds a corner with a challege on Lasogga. Hertha’s first of the game. Sent towards the far post but Subotic heads away before a ball back into the box is overhit.
 André Schürrle hits a delicious half-volley towards goal that beats Kraft but whistles wide of the post. Good move from Lars Bender and Julian Koch to get the ball out wide and whip it in.
 Merkel has put Gladbach in front at home to Frankfurt, while Huntelaar has equalised for Schalke at Nürnberg.
 Berg has put Nürnberg back in front, while Juelsgard has scored from the spot to give Hamburg the lead over Freiburg.
 Lars Bender arrives on the penalty spot totally unmarked but his head from Marcel Schmelzer’s long ball into thebox is well-saved by Kraft. Good Dortmund move.
 Hamburg have doubled their lead already, Ndlovu has their second against Freiburg.
 Stevan Jovetic is played through by Sven Bender, but the defender makes up the ground on the long run towards goal, before Schürrle curls one wide from 25 yards.
 DORTMUND 2-0 HERTHA BSC: The hosts take a quick throw-in on the right which lets Lars Bender send the ball low into the six-yard box. Kraft saves brilliantly at the feet of Schmelzer but can’t prevent André Schürrle drilling the loose ball home from eight yards out.
 Schürrle fires wide from 20 yards. Dortmund in control.
[45+2] Right on the stroke of half-time, Neven Subotic heads over from six yards as Dortmund work a shot free-kick into the box.
HALF-TIME: Borussia Dortmind 2-0 Hertha Berlin SC (Bundesliga).
[HT] Scores from elsewhere: Gladbach 1-0 Frankfurt, Hoffenheim 0-0 Augsburg, Hamburg 2-0 Freiburg, Nürnber 2-1 Schalke, Stuttgart 0-0 Werder Bremen.
 No changes for either side, so Dortmund kick-off!
 Dortmund come out the blocks flying, as Schürrle and Jovetic have efforts saved inside the opening thirty seconds of the half.
 Mike Franz escapes a booking as he pulls back Schürrle a yard outside the box.
 DORTMUND 3-0 HERTHA BSC: Mario Götze whips the ball in towards the BVB centre-backs who’ve come up for the set-piece. Franz’s clearing header only goes as far as Stevan Jovetic who volleys it into the bottom corner from twelve yards out.
 All Dortmund this half, putting Kraft under pressure with deep crosses ino the box from both flanks.
 Change of system and personnel for Dortmund: Robert Lewandowski replaces Reus (7.0). Götze moves out right and BVB go two up-top.
 Götze cuts in fron the right and as space opens up in front of him he takes the shot but curls it wide. Good chance for a fourth there. Change for Hertha as Daniel Beichler comes on for Alper Uludag (5.7).
 Kraft makes a great save to tip over a Lars Bender header as he again makes a late run into the box and gets his head on the end of a Schmelzer cross. Corner. Brooks heads it behind for another corner.
 Third corner as Brooks beats Hummels to it. He also gets to that one first before the visitors clear their lines.
 Beichler is left unmarked on the edge of the box as Vukcevic hassles Schmelzer to win the ball back before finding his team mate who scuffs his shot wide.
 Robert Lewandowski turns on the edge of the box and aims for the top corner but Kraft makes a good save and holds on.
 In Hamburg, Dino Ndlovu has his second as the hosts go 3-0 up over Freiburg. Elsewhere, Hoffenheim are in front against Augsburg and Frankfurt have equalised at Gladbach.
 Kraft holds a Lewandowski header from Koch’s cross to the far post.
 Hamburg are down to ten men after Reijnen’s dismissal, while Oehl has equalised for Augsburg at Hoffenheim.
 Double change for Dortmund: Off go Jovetic (7.6) and Götze (8.3), with Dennis Praet and Viktor Fischer replacing them.
 Inside the final ten minutes here and Dortmund are firmly in control. Hertha putting balls into the box, but Lasogga can’t get on the end of them yet.
 Double change for Hertha: Mamadou Bah and Sami Allagui are on for Ben-Hatira (6.6) and Lasogga (6.7).
 Allagui almost makes an immediate impact as his cross deflects off Subotic and Weidenfeller has to back peddle and push the ball onto then over the bar before it creeps under the woodwork. Closest he’s had to make to a save today.
 He’s had to make one now as Beichler curls one towards the top corner. Weidenfeller makes a great save and Hummels has to deny Allagui a tap in with a great challenge inside the box. Praet’s challenge clears the corner for the hosts.
 BVB appear to have survived the mini storm from the visitors and are looking like they’ll see out the game back comfortable in possession.
 Schürrle is denied at the far post by a fine save, concluding a great move from the hosts as they worked the ball forwards and to the left wing. Deserved a goal to top it off.
[90+1] Ilo Ilicevic has added a stoppage time fourth for Hamburg against Freiburg.
FULL-TIME: Borussia Dortmund 3-0 Hertha Berlin SC (Bundesliga). [PKM]
Good win for BVB, and a clean sheet which will boost morale ahead of Tuesday’s trip to Group G leaders Valencia in the Champions League. Stevan Jovetic is back on the score sheet, and in truth, was unlucky not to add to his tally. All eyes now move to Spain as Surman can take a fully-fit squad out there for a tough test.
Dortmund are third tonight, a point behind Schalke and Hamburg, with fourth-place Leverkusen in action tomorrow.
- 25.11: Champions League #5 Valencia v. Dortmund (Mestalla Stadium)
- 29.11: Bundesliga Borussia Dortmund v. Bayern Munich (Signal Iduna Park)
- 03.12: Champions League #6 Dortmund v. Standard Liège (Signal Iduna Park)
- 06. 12: Bundesliga FSV Mainz v. Borussia Dortmund (Coface Arena)
- 10.12: Bundesliga Augsburg v. Borussia Dortmund (SGL Arena)