Dortmund cruised past last season’s cup runners-up Fürth in the first match of the season at Signal Iduna Park this evening. Mats Hummels headed home a corner inside two and a half minutes before Lewandowski’s superb diving header doubled the lead with 10 played. With seven minutes to go, Lewandowski scored a fantastic volley from the edge of the box for 3-0.
PREVIEW: Borussia Dortmund welcome Fürth for the first competitive match at Signal Iduna Park this season. Kevin Großkreutz starts ahead of Viktor Fischer, with Ivan Perisic coming in for the injured Marco Reus. Former BVB full-back Oliver Kirch starts against the club he left in the summer. No sub GK for BVB today.
Borussia Dortmund 3-0 SpVgg Greuther Fürth Hummels 3 Lewandowski 10, 83 Att: 77,534 Bundesliga, Signal Iduna Park. Dry 18°C. Ref: D.Aytkein
BORUSSIA DORTMUND | SPVGG GREUTHER FURTH 1. Roman Weidenfeller 7.5 | 1. Max Grün 6.3 2. Andreas Beck 7.8 | 2. Oliver Kirch 6.7 3. Marcel Schmelzer 7.7 | 3. Orlin Starokin 5.8² 4. Neven Subotic 8.7 | 4. Mergim Mavraj (c) 5.7 5. Mats Hummels (c) 8.7 | 5. Thomas Kleine 5.7 6. Sven Bender 7.0 | 6. Heinrich Schmidtgal 6.7 8. Ilkay Gündogan 7.0³ | 9. Djiby Fall 6.0¹ 9. Robert Lewandowski 8.8 | 11. Gerald Asamoah 6.9 10. Mario Götze 7.0 | 14. Edgar Prib 5.6 19. Kevin Großkreutz 7.0¹ | 22. Thanos Petsos 5.6 24. Ivan Perisic 7.4² | 23. Sercan Sarerer 6.8³ ----------------------------- ---------------------------- 7. Viktor Fischer 6.9¹ | Sub Wolfgang Hesl . 14. Taye Taiwo . | Sub Johannes Geis 7.0² 15. Felipe Santana . | Sub Kevin Kraus . 18. Moritz Leitner 6.7² | Sub Felix Kraus 7.0³ 22. Julian Koch . | Sub Ilir Azemi 7.0¹ 23. Julian Schieber . | Sub Florian Bauer . 28. Katsos Katsouranis n/a³ | Sub Bernd Nehrig .
Live match report by @realtimeFM:
“I can see BVB edging this. It’ll be tough and Fürth won’t roll over but the home side get my vote. Darida and Schipplock are big absentees for Fürth today.” – German Football Gazette.
00′ Fall and Asamoah kick-off for Fürth!
02′ Götze bursts away with his first touch of the ball and wins a corner off Starokin.
03′ 1-0 DORTMUND! Ivan Perisic floats the corner to the near post where captain MATS HUMMELS powers home a header.
GOAL! Borussia Dortmund 1-0 SpVgg Greuther Fürth (Mats Hummels 3′)
05′ Fürth look to get straight back into it and win a corner when Schmelzer deflects Schmidtgal’s cross wide.
10′ 2-0 BVB! LEWANDOWSKI plays the ball right for Beck who whips a cross in to the back post where the Pole meets it with a flying header.
GOAL! Borussia Dortmund 2-0 SpVgg Greuther Fürth (Robert Lewandowski 10′)
11′ Lewandowki is inches away from a spectacular third. Fürth give the ball away from the kick-off and he tries an audacious 40 yard lob.
13′ Fürth test Weidenfeller for the first time, Schmidtgal has a low drive from 20 yards but its straight at the keeper.
14′ Subotic meets a corner right at the near post but can only steer his effort wide.
18′ Lewandowski hits the underside of the crossbar with a header from 10 yards out. Großkreutz’s rebound shot deflected wide.
24′ No signs of BVB letting up yet, and they look gag for the two-goal lead. Beck and Götze at the heart of most moves going forwards.
25′ Oliver Kirch is late on Perisic in front of the home bench and gets away with a stern dressing down. Not a great return for him so far.
34′ Perisic finds himself free of defenders on the edge of the box and tries to bend the ball into the top corner, but it’s over the top.
36′ Fall catches Hummels as they both go up for a header. The BVB skipper looks like he’s taken a knock here.
37′ Götze is fouled a yard outside the box, dead central.
37′ Perisic lifts the ball over the wall, and the bar, and half the stand behind the goal.
42′ Ball squirms loose in the six-yard box following a Dortmund corner. Bender and Asamoah clash but Fürth prevent a third goal before HT.
45′ Ivan Perisic is cautioned for a late tackle on Kirch.
Half-Time: Borussia Dortmund 2-0 SpVgg Greuther Fürth (Bundesliga)
HT’ Change for Fürth: Ilir Azemi replaces Djiby Fall (6.0).
46′ Dortmund attack right from the kick-off and Götze is denied by a great save just 15 seconds after the break.
50′ Double change for Dortmund: Viktor Fischer and Moritz Leitner replace Kevin Großkreutz (7.0) and Ivan Perisic (7.4).
55′ Brilliant save by Roman Weidenfeller from a point-blank Prib header.
60′ Second-half certainly lacking the vigour of the first. BVB controlling the midfield but Fürth breaking game up with fouls.
66′ Fischer cuts inside from the left, plays a neat one-two with Götze and crashes a shot against the upright from 15 yards.
68′ Second sub for Fürth: Johannes Geis replaces Orlin Starokin (5.8).
70′ Andreas Beck fortunate to escape a caution for a late challenge on Schmitdgal. Free kick towards the back post headed away by Subotic.
74′ Klaus fires a shot over the bar. Fürth really looking to claw their way back into this game. About fifteen to play.
78′ Asamoah heads against the bar, and fluffs the rebound, but his blushes are spared by an offside flag.
80′ Third change for the visitors: Felixstowe Klaus replaces Sercan Sararer (6.8).
82′ Katsos Katsouranis looks ready to come on for BVB, but the ball isn’t going out of play.
83′ 3-0! Robert LEWANDOWSKI rifles a volley from Fischer’s cross into the top corner from the edge of the box. Grün had no chance!
GOAL! Borussia Dortmund 3-0 SpVgg Greuther Fürth (Robert Lewandowski 83′)
84′ BVB substitution: Katsos Katsouranis replaces Ilkay Gündogan (7.0).
90′ Just one extra minute to be played here. Attendance announced as 77,534.
90+1′ It’s all over here at Signal Iduna Park, with BVB running out 3-0 winners, Lewandowski’s brace earning him man of the match.
Full-Time: Borussia Dortmund 3-0 SpVgg Greuther Fürth (Bundesliga)
A dominant performance in front of their own fans, which is just what Surman demanded of his boys today. Lewandowski’s third goal was absolutely sublime.