VfL Bochum 5-7 Dortmund (Bundesliga)

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Julian Schieber hit three goals in the final ten minutes to see Borussia Dortmund come from behind to win an absolutely crazy encounter at VfL Bochum that saw the sides go in at the break level at three-each, before Dortmund ran out eventual 7-5 winners. With neither side concentrating on defence, the goals flowed freely and the near sell-out crowd in Bochum will have gone home happy at the entertainment.

Centre-back Felipe Santana scored twice in five minutes from corner routines to give Dortmund a 0-2 lead at the twenty minute mark, before Nikoloz Gelashvili pulled one back shortly after the second. Mirkan Aydin equalised on 33′ with a helping hand from the post after Dortmund gave the ball away in midfield and Bochum broke quickly. Within five minutes though, Julian Schieber was given freedom to get into the box and drill Dortmund back in front.

Two minutes later and Mirkan Aydin had equalised for the second time in the match when he was on hand to tap home a square ball after questionable defending. Bochum went ahead for the first time in the match ten minutes after the break, Gelashvili joining his strike partner on two goals apiece when he intercepted a woeful header back by Andreas Beck.

The lead lasted barely 80 seconds before Schieber got his second of the night, looping a header over the ‘keeper from a great cross from Andreas Beck, who immediately made amends for his error. Eight minutes later, Bochum were awarded a hotly-debated penalty after Mirkan Aydin went down over a seemingly-fair challenge from Neven Subotic. Marcel Maltritz saw his penalty saved by Mitchell Langerak, but had the easiest of rebounds to slow home to put Bochum 5-4 up.

As the clock ticked into the final ten minutes, Dortmund were now playing four up-front, with Marco Reus partnering Schieber, allowing Ivan Perisic and substitute Mario Götze to join them from wide. Fellow substitutes Gündogan and Katsouranis were given the freedom of the midfield.

Julian Schieber sealed his hat-trick with the best goal of the night to draw Dortmund level at 5-5, turning his man and bringing down Gündogan’s ball forwards before cracking it past Jonas Ermes. Five minutes later and he’d scored his fourth with a lovely half-volley at the far post from a Kevin Großkreutz cross.

Bochum had a couple of half-chances to create shooting opportunities shortly afterwards, but Dortmund ensured they went home with the points with just over a minute to go when – who else – Julian Schieber lashed home a ball from Marco Reus to seal this incredible twelve-goal thriller and become the first player to score five goals in a league match since Dieter Müller hit six for Köln in 1977.


                   VFL BOCHUM 5-7 BORUSSIA DORTMUND
            Gelashvili 23, 55     Santana 16, 20
                 Aydin 33, 40     Schieber 38, 56, 80, 85, 89
                  Maltritz 64
                                                  Att: 28,780
  Bundesliga, rewirpowerSTADION. Dry 10°C. Referee: K.Kircher

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          VFL BOCHUM                  BORUSSIA DORTMUND    
34. Jonas Ermes           6.0  | 20. Mitchell Langerak    7.0
16. Ronny Philp           6.9² |  2. Andreas Beck         6.9
15. Hólmer Eyjólfsson     5.6  |  4. Neven Subotic        6.9
 4. Marcel Maltritz (c)   6.1  | 15. Neven Subotic (c)    6.9 
 2. Mounir Chaftar        5.4³ |  3. Marcel Schmelzer     5.9¹
18. Leon Goretzka         6.7  | 26. Dennis Praet     [Y] 7.3³
 7. Paul Freier           7.0  | 19. Kevin Großkreutz     6.9
20. Faton oski            6.9  | 11. Marco Reus           7.0
17. Per Ciljan Skjelbred  7.0¹ | 24. Ivan Perisic         7.1
 9. Nokoloz Gelashvili    8.8  |  7. Viktor Fischer       5.9²
22. Mirkan Aydin          8.8  | 23. Julian Schieber [*] 10.0
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28. Alexander Ried         .   |  1. Roman Weidenfeller    .
10. Hakan Calhanoglu       .   |  8. Ilkay Gündogan       7.0³
11. Zlatk Dedic            .   | 10. Mario Götze          7.0¹
13. Alexander Madlung      .   | 17. Marc Hornschuh        .
24. Carsten Rothenbach    6.3² | 18. Moritz Leitner        .
27. Florian Brügmann      n/a³ | 22. Julian Koch           .
30. Marvin Matip          6.3¹ | 28. Kostas Katsouranis   7.0²

Match report by @realtimeFM:

“Bochum can’t pick up a win from anywhere at the moment, let alone at home. I think this match will be Dortmund all the way and we should see a few goals. Leverkusen put six past Bochum on Saturday, will we see as many?” – Mikhail Andreev, worldsoccer.com.

[00] Dortmund have made four changes, one enforced, from the team that started against Bayern. Langerak is back between the sticks, Subotic and Praet return to the starting eleven, and Viktor Fischer starts after he set-up three and scored himself at the weekend.

[00] VfL Bochum kick-off. The other match tonight is second-placed Schalke at home to FSV Mainz.

[01] Leon Goretzka gave away a foul on Ivan Perisic. Kevin Großkreutz knocks the ball into the box and Andreas Beck snaps a shot at goal which Jonas Ermes palms away. He had far too much time at the far post there. Corner.

[05] Corner number two for Dortmund. Praet’s looping delivery headed over at the near post by Subotic.

[10] Marco Reus brings the ball forwards on a mazy run, Schieber eventually sends it wide for Beck to curl into the box, but Perisic is beaten to it by the Bochum ‘keeper.

[11] I guess that technically counts as a shot. Nikoloz Gelashvili heads a cross well, well wide. Meanwhile, Schalke have taken the lead through Klaas-Jan Huntelaar.

[13] Viktor Fischer gets on the end of a through-ball from Marc Reus and draws a full-stretch save from Jonas Ermes. Bochum eventually clear the ball after it drops loose in the six-yard box.

[14] Fischer cuts inside from the left and bends a shot round Ermes, but it whistles past the far post.

[15] Third corner for Dortmund. Fischer at the heart of everything.

[16] 1-0 DORTMUND! Dennis Praet drives a low corner in towards the near post where Felipe Santana has time to bring the ball down and slam home past the man on the line from seven yards out.

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[18] Schalke are now 2-0 up, through Ibrahim Afellay. Dortmund have won another corner here.

[20] 2-0 DORTMUND! Same routine, same result. Praet whips it in towards the near post, Felipe Santana meets it with his head. It hits a man on the line, but no one can stop the Dortmund centre-back from poking home his fifth of the season.

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[22] Mainz have a goal back at Schalke, defender Benedikt Höwedes has put through his own net.

[23] GOAL FOR BOCHUM! There’s a goal here too! Nikoloz Gelashvili is granted the freedom of the Dortmund box and he has a simple finish at the near post from Paul Freier’s cross.

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[25] Good chance for Dortmund, Fischer and Praet have shots blocked. Reus works the ball back towards the near post but no one can get a definitive touch.

[30] Fischer tries a dipping shot from the edge of the box but it clears the crossbar by a foot or two.

[31] Jonas Ermes dives to push away a drive from Julian Schieber. It’s been all Dortmund since the Bochum goal.

[33] EQUALISER, 2-2! That’s put the cat amongst the pigeons! Skjelbred intercepts a sloppy ball from Fischer, and pops it through to Mirkan Aydin who breaks over halfway. He wins the foot-race against Santana and cracks it home off the post from the edge of the box.

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[37] Dortmund have been on the receiving end of a trio of harsh free-kick awards, giving the home side to lift the ball into the box. Surman not looking pleased.

[38] 3-2 DORTMUND! That’ll cheer him up. The Bochum defenders back off and back off Julian Schieber as he picks up an Ivan Perisic pass inside the centre circle. He gets inside the box and hits a low drive under Jonas Ermes.

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[40] EQUALISER, 3-3! Apalling defending across the Dortmund back line. Three men get sucked towards Per Skjelbred leaving Faton Toskiunmarked on the left of the box. He picks up the pass and squares for Mirkan Aydin to tap home.

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[42] Marco Reus wins a corner for Dortmund, their fifth of this first half. Neven Subotic heads it narrowly over the top.

[44] We’ll have one additional minute in this thrilling first half.

[45+1] Bochum win their first corner when Subotic and Schmelzer close down Freier. What a chance this is… Mirkan Aydin is penalised for a foul on Mitchell Langerak though.

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HALF-TIME: VfL Bochum 3-3 Borussia Dortmund (Bundesliga)

[46] No changes at the break and we’re back underway!

[51] We’ve had a couple of half-chances at either end, before Neven Subotic heads a free-kick from the right-hand side just over the bar for Dortmund, who look like they’re going to make a couple of changes.

[53] Double substitution for Dortmund: Mario Götze and Kostas Katsouranis replace Marcel Schmelzer (5.9) and Viktor Fischer (5.9). Großkreutz drops to left-back.

[53] Huge penalty appeal from Dortmund straight from the restart. Perisic crosses to Schieber who has his close-range header save. Götze gets his first touch from the rebound before being bundled over by Hólmar Eyjólfsson. Nothing given.

[55] 4-3 BOCHUM! The home side take the lead for the first time in the match, and it’s Nikolas Gelashvili who has his second of the night. Andreas Beck tried to head the ball back to Langerak but it dropped woefully short. Gelashvili with a simple interception and finish.

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[56] EQUALISER, 4-4! 76 seconds separate the goals, and Julian Schieber now has his second goal of the night as Dortmund hit back immediately. Reus knocks the ball back along the touchline for Beck to make amends sending a delicious cross into Schieber, whose header loops over Ermes and drops into the goal.

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[58] What an absolutely crazy match. Some woeful defending at both ends, and some well-taken finishes. No side has scored four past Dortmund under Surman’s management, and there’ll be some explaining to do regardless of the final result tonight.

[62] Corner for Bochum. Großkreutz heads away but Bochum keep pumping the ball back into the box.

[63] PENALTY! Mirkan Aydin goes down under a challenge from Neven Subotic as he cuts inside towards goal. Mr Kircher has no hesitation at all, but that looks very debatable from the replays.

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[64] 5-4 BOCHUM! Mitchell Langerak stands tall and saves the penalty from Marcel Maltritz, but it’s an easy rebound for the Bochum captain to knock home. Surman looks fit to explode in the Dortmund dugout.

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[64] First change for Bochum: Marvin Matip replaces Per Skjelbred (7.0).

[69] Dennis Praet is the first player in the book after he makes a hard challenge on Faton Toski.

[70] Third change for Dortmund: Ilkay Gündogan comes on for Dennis Praet (7.3).

[75] Katsouranis and Reus combine to get a great ball in towards Perisic. His cross is knocked behind for a corner. Subotic is penalised for a foul on Maltritz.

[75] Second substitution for Bochum: Carsten Rothernbach replaces Ronny Philp (6.9)

[80] Bochum happy to take an age over each restart. Dortmund putting them under lots of pressure in pushing men forwards.

[80] EQUALISER, 5-5! Julian Schieber wheels away in delight as his grabs his hat-trick. Gündogan chips the ball forwards, Schieber brings it down and beats his man before slotting it past Ermes from 15 yards. It’s five-all from the best goal of the night so far.

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[81] Bochum make their third change of the game before the restart: Florian Brügmann replaces Mounir Chaftar (5.4).

[84] Gelashvili clatters through Katsouranis, and gets nothing but a ticking-off from the referee. Gray Surman pointing out to the fourth official that the challenge was the same as the one Praet got booked for.

[85] IT’S 6-5 DORTMUND! Perisic takes the free-kick quickly, getting the ball left to Kevin Großkreutz. His deep cross to the far post is met on the half-volley by Julian Schieber.

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[86] Julian Schieber becomes the second player to score four goals in a single Bundesliga match this season. Stefan Kießling has done it twice for Leverkusen this season, including their most recent match, a 6-0 home win over Bochum.

[87] Mitchell Langerak gratefully clutches the ball to his chest as he comes out to claim a ball across the six-yard box. A couple of moments where Bochum worked space to create a chance inside the penalty area there.

[89] 7-5 DORTMUND! That must surely seal it. Marco Reus cuts inside from the left, and drills the ball at an angle towards the far post where Julian Schieber pounces to score his fifth of the night with 88:46 on the clock.

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[90] We’ll have an additional two minutes in this crazy, crazy match.

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Full-Time: VfL Bochum 5-7 (Seven) Borussia Dortmund (Bundesliga)

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Dortmund manager Gray Surman pumps his fist in delight before embracing five-goal Julian Schieber, but in truth there wasn’t a tremendous amount to celebrate before his treble in the last ten minutes. The referee probably won’t be on his Christmas card list this year after a bonkers penalty decision that put Bochum 5-4 in front. The introduction of Ilkay Gündogan shortly after changed the shape of BVB going forwards. It may be interesting to see if they retain the two up-top against Heidenheim on Saturday.

Schalke beat Mainz 2-1 in the only other Bundesliga match tonight.

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