Borussia Dortmund 2-1 Juventus (Ch.League)


Borussia Dortmund maintained their perfect start in the UEFA Champions League with a 2-1 win over Juventus at Signal Iduna Park tonight which cements their position as the leaders of Group H, and extends their 100% record at home to nine matches under manager Gray Surman.

The match burst into life after a slow start when Juventus were awarded a penalty in the 12th minutes when Julian Koch bundled over Quagliarella. Arturo Vidal proceeded to fire the penalty to Weidenfeller’s left, but a yard wide of the post. Within four minutes, Dortmund had been awarded a penalty of their own.

Ivan Perisic curled a free-kick from 25 yards out towards the far post and Mats Hummels who was cleared pushed by Asamoah. The Swiss referee pointed to the spot immediately, a second or two before the ball found the corner of the net from the initial delivery. Taye Taiwo stepped-up and drilled the ball low to Storari’s left but the ‘keeper got down well and pushed it away.

Less than 90 seconds later, Perisic had the ball in the back of the net again but was penalised for a foul on the ‘keeper despite the BVB man being jostled and outnumbered by both Italian centre-backs.

Marco Reus, who had come close on a couple of attempts, finally opened the scoring as the half-hour mark approached. Juventus didn’t clear their lines from a corner and he volleyed home Viktor Fischer’s cross. With the second-half less than a minute old, Juve were back on level terms with Emanuele Giaccherini arriving at the far post to slot home an equaliser.

As the match started to be broken up by a series of fouls by the visitors, Julian Schieber headed home from close range on 66 minutes for what was to be the winner, following good work from Fischer on the left. BVB had to defend deep for the last few minutes after Schieber was forced off through injury having made all three substitutions.

PRE-MATCH: Dortmund have made three changes to the side that comprehensively beat Freiburg here on Saturday, with Neven Subotic replacing Marc Hornschuh at centre-back, while Taye Taiwo starts ahead of fellow left-back Marcel Schmelzer. Viktor Fischer gets the nod on the left ahead of Kevin Großkreutz. There’s a change on the bench too, young striker Daniel Ginczek makes the matchday squad.

For JuventusAndrea Pirlo misses out after failing to recover from a wrist injury. Goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon only makes the bench after passing a late fitness test following a cracked rib. Olympiakos host Arsenal tonight in the other Group H match.

   UEFA Champions League, Group Stage - Group H, Matchday 3 

                      Reus 29     Giaccherini 46
                  Schieber 66
             (Taiwo m/pen 16)     (Vidal m/pen 12)
                                                  Att: 64,671*

Signal Iduna Park. Drizzle 8°C. Ref: J.Laperriere (Switzerland)
                                 (*reduced capacity of 65,590)


       BORUSSIA DORTMUND                   JUVENTUS         
 1. Roman Weidenfeller    6.9  | 30. Marco Storari         6.9
22. Julian Koch           7.1  | 19. Leonardo Bonucci  [Y] 6.9
 4. Neven Subotic         7.5  | 13. Davide Astori         7.3
 5. Mats Hummels (c)      8.1³ |  3. Girogio Chiellini (c) 7.4
14. Taye Taiwo        [Y] 6.2¹ |  6. E. Giaccherini    [Y] 7.7¹
 6. Sven Bender        *  8.7  |  8. Claudio Marchisio [Y] 6.8
 8. Ilkay Gündogan        6.9² | 22. Kwadwo Asamoah        6.9
11. Marco Reus            7.7  | 23. Arturo Vidal      [Y] 6.4²
24. Ivan Perisic          7.7  | 10. Sebastian Giovinco    6.9
 7. Viktor Fischer        8.0  |  9. Mirko Vucinic         6.9
23. Julian Schieber       7.7  | 27. Fabio Quagliarella    6.9
------------------------------- -------------------------------
20. Mitchell Langerak      .   |  1. Gianluigi Buffon       .
 3. Marcel Schmelzer  [Y] 7.0¹ |  2. Lúcio                  .
15. Felipe Santana        n/a³ |  4. Martin Cáceres        n/a²
18. Moritz Leitner         .   | 15. Andrea Barzagli        .
19. Kevin Großkreutz      n/a² | 24. Cristian Ledesma       .
21. Daniel Ginczek         .   | 32. Alessandro Matri      n/a¹
28. Kostas Katsouranis     .   | 39. Luca Marrone           .

Match Report from @realtimeFM:

“I fancy Juventus to win this one. Having looked at the line-ups, Juventus seem to have more about them than Dortmund and I expect this quality to show through during the match. Robert Lewandowski and Mario Götze will be big misses for Dortmund.” – Andreas Holtz, Dortmund Daily.

[00] The visitors get us underway, hoping to fare better than their 3-1 friendly defeat here at the end of August.

[11] First opportunity of note falls to the visitors, a long throw-in is flicked on towards Bonucci at the far post. A BVB defender slips but the shot coming in is miss-hit.

[11] PENALTY! Bonucci crosses the ball to the far post and Fabio Quagliarella goes down in a tussle with Julian Koch. The Swiss referee has no hesitation in pointing to the spot.


[12] MISSED! Arturo Vidal steps up confidently and fires it a yard wide of Roman Weidenfeller’s left post.

[14] Sven Bender is protecting the back four well. Juventus have the extra man in midfield but he’s making some good challenges to keep them at bay.

[15] The long throws from the left are causing a couple of problems for BVB, Hummels and Subotic just doing enough.

[16] PENALTY! Ivan Perisic floats a freekick in, Mats Hummels is pushed to the ground by Asamoah and the referee points to the spot. The ball, meanwhile, has ended up in the back of the net and I don’t think anyone touched the delivery.

[16] Bonucci cautioned for dissent. Taye Taiwo will take the penalty for Dortmund.


[16] SAVED! Marco Storari dives low and left and pushes Taye Taiwo’s penalty away. Decisions evened themselves out, but Surman looks aggrieved at the lack of advantage being played.

[18] DISALLOWED! Ball played in from Taiwo and it’s bundled in by Ivan Perisic but the free-kick is given against him for a foul on Storari, despite Perisic being outnumbered three to one. Surman status upgraded to apoplectic.


[21] Fischer is fouled by the touchline, 25 yards out. Perisic curls the free-kick towards the six yard box and Hummels nods it over the top.

[22] Taye Taiwo, ex-AC Milan, is challenged by Giaccherini and reacts by pushing the Italian to the floor. Yellow card for the BVB left back.

[25] Another of those long throws puts the Dortmund defence under pressure, Reus concedes a corner. Weidenfeller claims the delivery.

[27] Three corners in quick succession for Dortmund. Reus comes very close but it’s blocked on the line. A Subotic header is also pushed round the post.

[28] Chiellini gives away another free-kick 25 yards out. Perisic lobs it into the box and Marco Reus is only denied by a fingertip save from Storari. Arrived perfectly on time but couldn’t get the header past the ‘keeper.

[29] 1-0 DORTMUND! Marco Reus opens the scoring and he deserves a goal for his efforts so far! Juventus don’t deal with a corner and fail to clear their lines, Fischer eventually whips the ball back in to the far post and Reus smashes home a volley from the corner of the six-yard box.

GOAL! Borussia Dortmund 1-0 Juventus (Marco Reus 29′)

[31] Neven Subotic heads off the line to preserve the lead, Giaccherini’s cross from the right is flicked goalwards by Vucinic but the Dortmund centre-back is on hand to clear.

[34] Fischer is seeing a lot of the ball on the left for Dortmund, crosses are teasing but Schieber hasn’t connected well enough yet.

[35] Juventus corner. Hummels challenges Vucinic before heading the delivery behind. Second one gets cleared away by the BVB captain.

[40] Dortmund corner. Schieber flings himself in to a challenge to win the ball ahead of Bonucci who gets back to challenge. Perisic curls it into the near post and it’s cleared away at the second attempt before Fischer can pounce.

[43] Storari flaps at a Reus cross under pressure from Schieber, but the BVB man is penalised for a foul on him.

Half-Time: Borussia Dortmund 1-0 Juventus (Champions League Group H)

[46] EQUALISER! Juventus draw level 51 seconds after the restart. Reus over-hits a cross for a goal kick which the visitors take quickly. Arturo lofts the ball out wide for Quagliarella, he cuts inside the box and finds Emanuele Giaccherini arriving at the far post to drill home from ten yards out.

GOAL! Borussia Dortmund 1-1 Juventus (Emanuele Giaccherini 46′)

[48] Giaccherini fouls Fischer on the left, free kick is met by Schieber but he heads it wide.

[49] Giaccherini brings Fischer down a second time as the Dane bursts towards the box. Yellow card this time and he can’t have any complaints.

[55] End to end stuff since the equaliser, but neither penalty area penetrated. Both sides catching the other on the counter attack but fluffinf the final ball.

[55] Substituion for Dortmund: Marcel Schmelzer replaces Taye Taiwo (6.2) at left back.

[58] Marcel Schmelzer is cautioned after he hauls back Giaccherini. Not quite the impact his manager would have been looking for.

[60] Reus cuts inside Astori but can’t get his cross past the near post. Julian Koch is having a good game at right-back for Dortmund, keeps finding Reus in space.

[64] Arturo Vidal becomes the fifth player in the book for his foul on Perisic.

[66] 2-1 DORTMUND! BVB keep the ball alive after a corner is cleared, Fischer gets to the goal line and lobs a ball towards the goal where Julian Schieber leaps highest to head home from close range.

GOAL! Borussia Dortmund 2-1 Juventus (Julian Schieber 66′)

[72] Foul count really starting to ratchet up for the visitors. It’s a common theme for away teams here in Dortmund.

[73] Quagliarella is played in by Giovinco,but his first touch to get past Mats Hummels is heavy and Weidenfeller slides out and gathers.

[77] Sven Bender has made some fantastic challenges in the last few minutes. Him and Arturo Vidal are having a great battle in the middle of the pitch.

[81] Substitution for Dortmund, Kevin Großkreutz replaces Ilkay Gündogan (6.9) in the centre of midfield.

[84] Claudio Marchisio is cautioned for his foul on Viktor Fischer in front of the Juventus bench. If stats are available for BVB’s most-fouled player, Fischer must surely be it this season.

[85] Substitution for BVB, their third. Mats Hummels (8.1) is replaced by Felipe Santana. Hummels looks to have taken a knock a moment of two ago.

[89] Julian Schieber is fouled by Astori and doesn’t look like he’ll be able to continue. Dortmund will play the remainder of the match with ten men.

[89] Juventus respond with a double substitution: Matri and Cáceres on for goalscorer Giaccherini (7.7) and Vidal (6.4). They’ll push everyone forward in search of an equaliser.

[91] Marco Reus does the sensible thing and holds the ball up near the corner flag and draws a foul.

[92] It’s whipped in towards Felipe Santana but he’s penalised for a foul. Last chance for Juventus to get the ball upfield.

FULL TIME: Borussia Dortmund 2-1 Juventus (Champions League Group H)


Dortmund ground out a great win here tonight to keep their perfect home run going, and give themselves a six-point cushion at the halfway point of the group stage. The late injury to Schieber is thankfully not serious and he should be ready and available for the club’s next match, in three days time, away at Nürnberg. Sven Bender deserved the man of the match award and praise from Assistant Manager Zeljko Buvac in a post-match interview.

Elsewhere, Olympiakos lost 4-0 at home to Arsenal, and have conceded eleven goals without reply in their three matches so far. AC Milan and Fenerbahçe both won at home to join Dortmund as the three teams with 100% records so far. BVB’s run of four consecutive home matches comes to an end, and they face Nürnberg and Hamburg away before hosting Schalke a week on Saturday.