Dortmund wore t-shirts in support of the Black Lives Matter movement before the game whilst both teams took a knee in the centre circle before kick-off.
Hertha, whose form has been second only to Bayern Munich since the Bundesliga restart, defended excellently and restricted Dortmund to a handful of clear chances. But the difference in attacking class was increasingly evident as the match progressed.
Dortmund produced their usual elegant passing and movement, with Achraf Hakimi and Jadon Sancho particularly incisive. But Sancho missed two good chances to add to last week’s hat-trick at Paderborn.
Hertha’s only real chance came just before Can’s goal, when the substitute Alexander Esswein flashed a shot just wide on the counter-attack.
Dortmund’s win takes them four points above third-placed Leipzig and seven above Monchengladbach and Bayer Leverkusen in fourth and fifth. The title may be beyond them, but qualifying for the Champions League for the ninth time in ten seasons will be some consolation.
TALKING POINT – A mixed day for Sancho
There is an effortless class to everything Jadon Sancho does on a football field. And while he will be disappointed not to have taken at least one of the two excellent second-half chances, he produced a number of moments that showed why he is arguably the world’s best young player. His vision and composure in possession were as impressive as ever, and his through passing for the wing-backs was a delight. He has so much time on the ball, and in his career: he only turned 20 in March.
MAN OF THE MATCH – Achraf Hakimi
If boffins tried to create the perfect modern wing-back, Hakimi is what they would come up with. He was a constant menace down the right and one of the main reasons why Dortmund wore down Hertha's defence over the course of 90 minutes.
Achraf Hakimi Mouh of Borussia Dortmund shoots on goal during the Bundesliga match between Borussia Dortmund and Hertha BSC at Signal Iduna Park on June 06, 2020 in Dortmund, Germany.
21’ Hazard misses a sitter! Dortmund should be ahead. A cross from the left skimmed off the head of Torunarigha and fell perfectly for Hazard, who controlled the ball and then slashed wide from six yards.
51’ Sancho misses a great chance! Witsel played in the overlapping Hakimi on the right. His low cross beat everyone in the middle and came to Guerreiro, who slid it straight back towards Sancho on the six-yard line. He opened his body up so that he could sidefoot a first-time shot, but steered it just wide of the near post.
56’Just wide from Esswein! That's the closest Hertha have come to scoring. Darida's through ball was dummied neatly by Ibisevic, which allowed Esswein to run diagonally onto the ball and whip a first-time shot back across goal from 18 yards. It beat the diving Burki and curled just wide of the post.
58' GOAL! Dortmund 1-0 Hertha (Can) Emre Can gives Dortmund the lead with a fine goal! Sancho, on the left, dinked a pass into the area towards Brandt. He cushioned a header inside to Can, who waited for the ball to bounce before guiding a low first-time shot past Jarstein from 17 yards.
90’Jarstein makes a fine save from Sancho! It was lovely play from Dortmund, with Sancho and Guerreiro combining sweetly on the left. Sancho tried to clip a close-range shot back across Jarstein, who saved with his feet.
Vladimir Darida ran 14.7km in the match, breaking the Bundesliga record of 14.3km that he set against Augbsurg last weekend.