Dortmund kept up their great run in the league with a 4-2 win at FC Köln this afternoon, extending the lead at the top for 24 hours at least. Marco Reus and Julian Schieber scored a quick-fire double shortly before half-time to knock the wind out of the home side’s sails who, up until then, had defended resiliently in numbers and looked to catch Dortmund out with long-balls over the top.
Taye Taiwo was stretchered off after a strong challenge from a Köln defender who escaped a yellow card. Initial reports show it’s bone damage to the shin and he may face a couple of months out. Dortmund shuffled round at the back, but were outdone by a great piece of skill by Charles Takyi to pull the hosts back into it.
Within five minutes, Reus had restored the two-goal lead with a fine second goal of his own, and Ivan Perisic scored from a carbon-copy move with twenty minutes to go to put Dortmund 4-1 up. José Maria Cárdenas, cautioned early on for a dive, got on the end of a long-ball to slot past Weidenfeller late on but Dortmund were clear and deserved winners here today.
Surman made two changes to the side who drew at Juventus on Wednesday, bringing in Taye Taiwo at left-back ahead of Marcel Schmelzer, and starting Ilkay Gündogan to rest Ivan Perisic – who dropped to the bench. For the hosts, Sebastian Kehl missed out on the chance to play against the club he used to captain until leaving during the summer after thirteen seasons’ service.
FC KÖLN 2-4 BORUSSIA DORTMUND Takyi 58 Reus 37, 62 Cárdenas 77 Schieber 39 Perisic 70 Att: 39,178 Bundesliga, RheinEnergieStadion. Dry 9°C. Referee: J. Drees
FC KÖLN BORUSSIA DORTMUND 18. Thomas Kessler 6.2 | 1. Roman Weidenfeller 6.3 2. Miso Brecko (c) 6.5 | 2. Andreas Beck 7.0 5. Dominic Maroh 6.4 | 5. Mats Hummels (c) 7.6 13. Christoph Janker 6.4 | 4. Neven Subotic 7.0 4. Christian Eichner 5.7 | 14. Taye Taiwo 6.8¹ 8. Adam Matuszczyk 6.9 | 6. Sven Bender 6.9 33. Matthias Lehmann [Y] 7.2 | 8. Ilkay Gündogan 7.9 19. Mato Jajalo 7.0 | 19. Kevin Großkreutz 6.9² 23. Charles Takyi 7.3 | 11. Marco Reus * 9.3 12. José Cárdenas [Y] 7.4 | 7. Viktor Fischer 7.0³ 10. Jong Tae-Se 8.3 | 23. Julian Schieber 8.0 ------------------------------ | ----------------------------- 1. Timo Horn . | 20. Mitchell Langerak . 3. Lukas Kübler . | 3. Marcel Schmelzer 6.8² 15. Sascha Riether . | 15. Felipe Santana . 17. Mikael Ishak . | 16. Lasse Sobiech . 21. Moritz Volz . | 18. Moritz Leitner . 24. Laglais Kouassi . | 22. Julian Koch 6.8³ 28. Kevin Wimmer . | 24. Ivan Perisic 7.2¹
Match Report by @realtimeFM:
“Köln are going to really struggle to contain Dortmund today. I’m predicting Dortmund to win this by a big margin.” – Shai Swisa, worldsoccer.com.
 With Schalke playing Leverkusen tomorrow, Dortmund can increase the pressure on their main rivals by opening up a seven-point gap with a win here today. Köln have only scored eight goals all season while Roman Weidenfeller hasn’t conceded in 224 minutes for Dortmund.
 Dortmund get us underway here at the RheinEnergieStadion. Köln are struggling but there’s a disappointingly low crowd for the visit of the league-leaders.
 Marco Reus smashes a shot against the post with just 65 seconds played. He jinks inside the box from the right wing and drills a drive smack-bang againstKessler’s left-hand post. What a start that would have been!
 Matthias Lehman gets behind the Dortmund centre-backs and onto Tae-Se’s through ball but inexplicably takes it first time and gives Weidenfeller no trouble at all from 20 yards. He had plenty of time to steady himself.
 Köln win a corner. Tae-Se gets on the end of Cárdenas’s cross and draws a good save from Weidenfeller. Taiwo clears it behind ahead of Takyi at the far post.
 Fischer heads it away at the near post. News coming in that Kim Ojo has put Hannover in front at Hamburg.
 Julian Schieber is cautioned as he leads with the arm during an aerial challenge with Eichner.
 Takyi bundles Großkreutz off the ball just outside the area. Taye Taiwo lines up the free-kick but the wall does its job well and Köln eventually clear.
 Hummels gives the ball away on the half-way line to Jong Tae-Se who has the whole half open in front of him. Weidenfeller comes out to the edge of his area and makes himself big, and gets the save. Glorious chance for the hosts.
 José Mária Cárdenas goes down under a challenge from Andreas Beck but wins no sympathy and no penalty from the referee, just a yellow card for the dive.
 Takyi gets on to a through-ball from Tae-Se. Taiwo gets a good challenge in, Brecko crosses back in from the right. Tae-Se’s header is straight at Weidenfeller.
 Brecko and Taiwo come together in a strong challenge. The Köln man is penalised with a free-kick, and the Dortmund left-back looks in some discomfort.
 Substitution¹ for Dortmund: Ivan Perisic replaces the injured Taye Taiwo (6.8). Großkreutz moves to left-back.
 Updates from elsewhere: Nürnberg and Düsseldorf have scored one each against each other in the last two minutes, and Hamburg have equalised at home to Hannover.
 1-0 DORTMUND! Absolute route one stuff. Mats Hummels launches a long-ball forwards from the edge of his own area, Marco Reus takes a touch on his chest, brings it forwards twenty yards into the box and chips Kessler as he goes down to make a save.
GOAL! FC Köln 0-1 Borussia Dortmund (Marco Reus 37′)
 2-0 DORTMUND! Quick-fire double from the visitors, and all because Köln made their own trouble. Janker dithered getting the ball forwards from the restart and conceded a throw-in. Beck and Gündogan worked the ball to Reus who hit the goal-line and squared for Julian Schieber to slot home inside the six-yard box.
GOAL! FC Köln 0-2 Borussia Dortmund (Julian Schieber 39′)
 Mainz have gone in front at Freiburg through Soto.
 Nürnberg are back in front at home to Düsseldorf. Feulner has scored.
 Kessler makes a great save as Marco Reus gets on the end of a Großkreutz cross, firing high towards goal from a tight angle.
 We’ll have an additional two minutes here, for the injury to Taiwo mainly.
HALF-TIME: FC Köln 0-2 Borussia Dortmund (Bundesliga)
[HT] Substitution² for Dortmund: Marcel Schmelzer for Kevin Großkreutz (6.9).
 Perisic wins a free-kick 20 yards out on the left-hand side. He takes it himself and bends it round the wall, but Kessler holds it at a stretch.
 Matthias Lehmann is cautioned after he recklessly trips Ilkay Gündogan.
 Andreas Beck wins a corner for Dortmund. Köln get it away at the second attempt. Elsewhere, Hannover have gone back in front at Hamburg. 2-1 up through Schlaudraff.
 GOAL FOR KOLN! Charles Takyi scores a cheeky chip over the top of Weidenfeller from just inside the box. He turned Schmelzer inside-out before cutting inside and lifting the ball over the ‘keeper who went down far too early.
GOAL! FC Köln 1-2 Borussia Dortmund (Charles Takyi 58′)
 3-1 DORTMUND! BVB restore the two-goal advantage within four minutes through Marco Reus who gets his second of the afternoon. Bender floated a beautiful ball out wide to Gündogan who cushions it through to Reus. He gets into the box and slots it under Kessler from a narrow angle.
GOAL! FC Köln 1-3 Borussia Dortmund (Marco Reus 62′)
 Trio of corners for Dortmund, all being whipped in towards the near post. Hummels and Subotic are the targets but Köln get each of them away. Dominic Maroh is winning the aerial duels so far.
 4-1 DORTMUND! Mats Hummels rides a challenge from Lehmann and knocks the ball into Schieber on the edge of the box. He feeds Ivan Perisic who, like Marco Reus moments ago, gets wide and slots is under Kessler from a tight angle.
GOAL! FC Köln 1-4 Borussia Dortmund (Ivan Perisic 70′)
 Substitution³ for Dortmund: Viktor Fischer (7.0) makes way for Julian Koch. Bit of reshuffling across the back for the league-leaders who have surely taken all three points here.
 GOAL FOR KOLN, 4-2! José Cárdenas races on to a through ball from Jong Tae-Se and bends a great shot round Weidenfeller from the edge of the area.
GOAL! FC Köln 2-4 Borussia Dortmund (José Mariá Cárdenas 77′)
 FSV Mainz are now 2-0 up at Freiburg, Ivanschitz converting a penalty. They’ll leapfrog the hosts today.
 Neven Subotic finds Marco Reus by the corner flag, he wins the set-piece off a defender. Gündogan’s delivery is nodded just over the top by Mats Hummels.
 Just one added minute here.
FULL-TIME: FC Köln 2-4 Borussia Dortmund (Bundesliga)
Marco Reus was the obvious difference between the sides here today, tireless running and always making plenty of space on the right for himself. It’s a good win that piles all the pressure on their fiercest of rivals tomorrow, as Schalke need to beat Leverkusen at home to bring the gap back down to five points.