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2018/19 German Bundesliga
  • Javi Martínez (62')
  • Karim Rekik (84')

Bayern go level with Dortmund at top of Bundesliga after beating Hertha

Bayern Munich needed a second-half goal from defender Javi Martinez to edge past visitors Hertha Berlin 1-0 on Saturday and join leaders Borussia Dortmund at the top of the Bundesliga.

Some seven points behind Dortmund only a few weeks ago, Bayern have now won 10 of their last 11 league games to draw level on 51 points.

But they stay second on goal difference and Dortmund could reclaim the outright lead on Sunday if they avoid defeat when they host an in-form Bayer Leverkusen on Sunday.

Bayern, who drew 0-0 at Liverpool earlier this week in their Champions League round of 16 first leg, were in complete control but lacked clinical finish as Hertha lurked on the counter attack.

Joshua Kimmich almost scored an own goal when he attempted to clear a Davie Selke effort on the line only to mis-hit the ball but luckily it rolled wide in the 57th minute.

Five minutes after Hertha's biggest chance, however, Martinez headed the hosts in front from a James Rodriguez corner to settle their nerves.

Hertha were left with 10 men when Karim Rekik lost his temper and hit striker Robert Lewandowski in the 84th following a challenge outside the Hertha box.

But there was also bad news for Bayern with winger Kingsley Coman, who days ago had recovered from an ankle injury, being taken off with a suspected thigh injury in the 58th minute.

German Bundesliga Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Bayern Munich 26 +41 60
2 Borussia Dortmund 26 +34 60
3 RB Leipzig 26 +24 49
4 Borussia Monchengladbach 26 +14 47
5 Eintracht Frankfurt 26 +21 46
6 Bayer Leverkusen 26 +7 42
7 VfL Wolfsburg 26 +5 42
8 Werder Bremen 26 +8 39
9 TSG Hoffenheim 26 +12 38
10 Hertha Berlin 26 +1 35
11 SC Freiburg 26 -5 31
12 Fortuna Düsseldorf 26 -17 31
13 Mainz 26 -18 30
14 FC Augsburg 26 -10 25
15 Schalke 04 26 -17 23
16 VfB Stuttgart 26 -30 20
17 Hannover 96 26 -37 14
18 Nurnberg 26 -33 13