From the moment Julian Schieber headed Dortmund in front in the fifth minute, they never looked like losing at Hamburg tonight. Marco Reus doubled the lead with a fantastic curling shot into the top corner from the edge of the box twenty minutes later as BVB ran out 2-0 winners, with Dennis Praet playing a significant role in both goals.
The Belgian under-21 international was cautioned moments after creating the opening goal as he went down in the box under a strong challenge, and those two minutes of play fired him up to pull all the strings for BVB upfront until being replaced by Ivan Perisic during the second half. Marcel Schmelzer was given the freedom of the left wing as Viktor Fischer constantly found him overlapping, to send crosses in towards Schieber and Reus, and he was awarded man-of-the-match.
Mitchell Langerak kept a third clean sheet in four matches for Dortmund, while Julian Schieber has scored in four consecutive matches for the club. Collectively, BVB have won all six of their matches in October, four in the league. Only Münchengladbach can match a perfect league record this month.
With Werder Bremen beating Schalke, BVB leapfrog their fierce rivals ahead of the massive derby clash between the two sides at Signal Iduna Park on Saturday evening.
HAMBURGER SV 0-2 BORUSSIA DORTMUND Schieber 5 Reus 23 Att: 51,479 Bundesliga, Imtech Arena. Dry 6°C. Referee: T. Kinhöfer
HAMBURGER SV BORUSSIA DORTMUND 15. René Adler 7.0 | 20. Mitchell Langerak 6.6 2. Dennis Diekmeier [Y] 6.8 | 22. Julian Koch 7.2 4. Heiko Westermann (c) 6.8 | 15. Felipe Santana 7.9 14. Rens van Eijden 6.9 | 17. Marc Hornschuh 7.0² 5. Slobodan Rajkovic 6.9 | 3. Marcel Schmelzer * 8.3 11. Ivo Ilicevic 5.9¹ | 6. Sven Bender (c) 7.0¹ 22. Jacopo Sala 6.9 | 8. Ilkay Gündogan 7.0 13. Robert Tesche 6.9 | 11. Marco Reus [Y] 7.5 7. Marcell Jansen 7.0 | 26. Dennis Praet [Y] 7.8 12. Dino Ndlovu 6.6² | 7. Viktor Fischer 7.0 16. Artjoms Rudnevs 6.9³ | 23. Julian Schieber 7.6 ------------------------------ | ----------------------------- 1. Christopher Heimeroth . | 1. Roman Weidenfeller . 3. Michael Mancienne . | 5. Mats Hummels 7.5² 9. Aristide Bancé 6.5³ | 14. Taye Taiwo . 18. Tolgay Arslan 6.6¹ | 19. Kevin Großkreutz . 21. Maximilian Beister . | 21. Daniel Ginczek . 27. Marcus Brg . | 24. Ivan Perisic 6.8³ 40. Son Heung-Min 6.5³ | 28. Kostas Katsouranis 6.8¹
Match Report by @realtimeFM:
“Hamburg have won all of their matches at home so far this season, but Dortmund are on a superb run of form and I expect them to continue that today. Manager Surman has a strong squad despite the absence of Lewandowski and Götze, and they’ll be going for a perfect six-from-six this month.” – Hermann Bach, Football Daily.
 Dortmund have made four changes from the side that won at Nürnberg to go top of the table on Friday night: Schmelzer and Koch return at full-back, with Bender and Gündogan in the centre of midfield.
 The hosts get us underway here as 7th host 2nd! Four other games in the Bundesliga tonight, most notably Werder Bremen v. Schalke.
 First touch for the Dortmund ‘keeper inside 15 seconds as Hamburg hammer the ball straight out for a goal-kick from the kick-off.
 1-0 DORTMUND! Julian Schieber clips a ball over the back four for Dennis Praet to run on to. The young Belgian gets to the goal-line, turns his man and crosses to the far post for Schieber to head back across the ‘keeper and in for the opener.
GOAL! Hamburger SV 0-1 Borussia Dortmund (Julian Schieber 5′)
 Goals in four consecutive games for Julian Schieber now, and seven for the season so far.
 Ivo Ilicevic challenges Dennis Praet inside the area and the ball goes out for a corner, but the referee gives a free-kick against Praet and cautions him for diving.
 Freiburg have taken the lead against bottom-side Fürth through Julian Schuster. Also, Stuttgart are 1-0 against Bochum through Serdar Tasci.
 A surging run from Viktor Fischer and Marcel Schmelzer ends in Dortmund winning the first corner of the match.
 Hannover 1-0 Bayern Munich (Schlaudraff).
 Ilkay Gündogan is penalised for a push just outside the Hamburg area as Praet slots the ball past Rene Adler.
 Fürth have equalised at Freiburg, Fall the scorer. Hannover now 2-0 up against Bayern Munich, Ojo has grabbed the second.
 Bayern Munich have pulled a goal back through Mandzukic.
 2-0 DORTMUND! BVB double the lead from a deadly counter! A Hamburg move breaks down and Dennis Praet brings the ball forwards some 50 yards, knocking the ball to Marco Reus who takes a touch before curling it home from 18 yards out. Absolutely sublime.
GOAL! Hamburger SV 0-2 Borussia Dortmund (Marco Reus 23′)
 Dennis Praet has a glimpse of goal and tries a chip from the edge of the area but it bends away. He’s having a great game for BVB so far, at the heart of every attack.
 The hosts arguably seeing more of the ball but not creating much with it. Every time BVB get hold of possession, they break quickly through the middle. Fullbacks supporting well in both halves.
 Sala has the best opportunity for the hosts so far as he loses Santana and cracks a shot at goal from 18 yards but it doesn’t trouble Langerak. Should have taken an extra touch.
 Fürth have taken a 2-1 lead at Freiburg through Azemi, while Stuttgart are now 2-0 up at home to Bochum (Gentner).
 Gündogan barged off the ball 25 yards out, Marco Reus will look to curl it round the wall from here.
 Great save by Rene Adler! Reus beats the wall and Adler has to be at full-stretch to stop it creeping under the crossbar.
 Praet and Schieber combine well on the edge of the area, the ball is squared for Viktor Fischer but he can’t get enough behind it and Hamburg clear their lines. Elsewhere, Ilir Azemi has a second goal in five minutes as win-less Fürth are 3-1 up at Freiburg.
 We’ll have one additional minute here as Sven Bender requires some treatment. Stuttgart are now 3-0 up at home to Bochum.
HALF TIME: Hamburger SV 0-2 Borussia Dortmund (Bundesliga)
[HT] BVB two-up at the break and good for their lead, their movement going forward is superb, and passing clinical. The early caution for Praet only seemed to motivate him to penetrate the back four. Pass for Reus was perfect.
[HT] Around the grounds, latest Bundesliga scores: Freiburg 1-3 Fürth, Hannover 2-1 Bayern Munich, Stuttgart 3-0 Bochum, Werder Bremen 0-0 Schalke.
[HT] One change each in the middle at the break. Hamburg have sent on Tolgay Arslan for Ivo Ilicevic (5.9), while Kostas Katsouranis replaces Sven Bender (7.0) who took a knock for Dortmund.
 Hamburg kick-off the second half.
 Fischer threads the ball through to Marco Reus but he takes a heavy touch on the edge of the box and Adler clears it away.
 Stuttgart are now 4-0 up against Bochum. Rogne the latest scorer.
 Marco Reus is cautioned for a late sliding challenge on Rudnevs.
 Hamburg give the ball away from the resultant free-kick, and Reus bursts away down the right. He swings a cross in towards Schieber which fools everyone and Adler has to palm it over the top for a corner.
 Two goals to report from elsewhere: Bochum’s Mirkan Aydin pulls ones back for 4-1 at Stuttgart, while Nikolce Noveski scores the opener for Werder Bremen at home to Schalke. A massive goal at the top of the table.
 Sala gets free of his man at the far post but Schmelzer makes a challenge to clear. Heart in mouth moment as the Hamburg man goes down in the box. BVB counter and win a corner at the other end.
 Substitution² for BVB: Mats Hummels for Marc Hornschuh (7.0).
 Hamburg break up a couple of promising BVB attacks with cynical fouls, the second of which earns Dennis Diekmeier a yellow card after he clatters Dennis Praet.
 Substitution³ for BVB: Ivan Perisic replaces Dennis Praet (7.8).
 Javi Martinez has equalised for Bayern Munich at Hannover, it’s 2-2.
 Substitution² for HSV: Son Heung-Min on for Dino Ndlovu (6.6).
 Substitution³ for HSV: Aristidé Bance replaces Artjoms Rudnevs (6.9).
 Marcel Schmelzer is getting a lot of space on the left. He floats a cross towards Reus that’s headed behind for a corner.
 BVB win a corner as they look like they’ve changed shape a little, going four across the middle with Fischer drifting up front. Adler tips a 20 yard drive from Perisic over, then pushes a Hummels header round the post.
 Attendance today is 51,479.
 Freiburg have pulled it back to 2-3 at home to Fürth, Jan Rosenthal giving the hosts hope.
 Hamburg put some dangerous looking crosses in towards the far post, but Santana and then Hummels head away. Langerak will be looking for a clean-sheet today, his 3rd from 4 starts this season.
 After a couple of minutes of strong HSV pressure, Sala concedes a silly free-kick just outside the box on Dortmund’s left-hand side. Perisic finds Fischer but his header is off target.
 Two additional minutes to be played.
 Perisic sends a beautiful ball across to Reus, but Rajkovic heads it behind. BVB will kill this game off now. It’ll be a massive three points if Werder Bremen can hold on against Schalke.
 There’s the final whistle and BVB never looked like losing this. A good performance from the visitors that puts them back top of the table. Marcel Schmelzer man-of-the-match here tonight, always creating chances down the left and had a hand in the first goal.
FULL TIME: Hamburger SV 0-2 Borussia Dortmund (Bundesliga).
Dennis Praet had his best game in a Dortmund shirt in his short time at the club, and the results across the league tonight may go a long way towards the direction of the title come May. Schalke lost their grip on top-spot ahead of the Revierderby at Dortmund on Saturday.
Surman has rotated his squad well with the two huge fixtures coming up in the next week. In the next seven days, BVB could be five points clear at the top of Bundesliga and comfortably through to the last 16 of the Champions League.
Bundesliga, Wednesday 30 October 2013 SC Freiburg 2-3 Greuther Fürth Schuster 8 Fall 16 Rosenthal 84 Azemi 36,41 Hamburger SV 0-2 Borussia Dortmund Schieber 5 Reus 23 Hannover 2-2 Bayern Munich Schlaudraff 13 Mandzukic 21 Ojo 17 Martínez 65 VfB Stuttgart 4-1 VfL Bochum Tasci 7 Aydin 54 Gentner 37 Harnik 43 Rogne 48 Werder Bremen 1-0 Schalke Noveski 52