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Late Kalou penalty earns Hertha a point at Dortmund

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Late Kalou penalty earns Hertha a point at Dortmund
Soccer Football - Bundesliga - Borussia Dortmund v Hertha BSC - Signal Iduna Park, Dortmund, Germany - October 27, 2018 Borussia Dortmund's Lukasz Piszczek in action with Hertha Berlin's Salomon Kalou REUTERS/Leon Kuegeler   -   Copyright  LEON KUEGELER(Reuters)
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DORTMUND, Germany (Reuters) – Hertha Berlin’s Salomon Kalou scored twice, including a stoppage-time penalty, to earn a last-gasp 2-2 draw at Bundesliga leaders Borussia Dortmund on Saturday.

The Ivorian had cancelled out the first of teenager Jadon Sancho’s two goals, scored in the 27th minute, with a strike before the break and equalised again with a late spot kick after the England forward’s second just past the hour.

The result ends Dortmund’s four-game league winning streak and sees them drop their first points at home this season.

They are still top, with 21 points, two ahead of champions Bayern Munich, who won 2-1 at Mainz 05. Hertha are fifth on 16.

It started well for Dortmund with Mario Goetze, making his first league start this season, setting up Sancho for the lead.

The hosts looked a for a quick second goal and had a total of eight shots on target in the first half, despite missing injured top striker Paco Alcacer.

Kalou’s equaliser did little to stop Dortmund and 18-year-old Sancho, the league’s top provider, grabbed his first career double just past the hour.

The England international is quickly becoming a hugely valuable asset for the German club, having now scored four goals and set up six more in nine league matches this season.

But a clumsy challenge by Dan-Axel Zagadou on Davie Selke earned Hertha a late penalty, which Kalou converted coolly.

“I think we played well because we had a lot of chances and really wanted to win,” Dortmund coach Lucien Favre told reporters. “But Hertha were dangerous on the break, well-organised.

“We had multiple chances to make it 3-1 but in the end we made a little mistake. That’s football.”

(Reporting by Karolos Grohmann,; Editing by Neville Dalton and Ken Ferris)

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