Dortmund came from a goal-down at the break to register their tenth consecutive win in the league, with a 3-1 victory over struggling Eintracht Frankfurt to maintain the four-point lead at the top of the Bundesliga.
During a scrappy first-half with the game evenly-balanced, Neven Subotic played a suicidal pass towards Roman Weidenfeller, completely gifting the ball to Andriy Voronin and Frankfurt’s top scorer had the simplest of tasks to give the visitors the lead eight minutes before the break.
Bringing on Viktor Fischer at the interval, Surman sent BVB back out with a rousing team talk and Dortmund began to flex their attacking muscle, with Frankfurt ‘keeper Kevin Trapp making a number of fantastic saves.
Julian Schieber thought he’d scored an equaliser with just under an hour played, only to be denied by the Assistant Referee’s flag, which on the video replay was proved to be marginally incorrect. Ten minutes later and Dortmund did make the breakthrough, Ivan Perisic curling a free-kick into the top corner from 21 yards out.
In to the final quarter of an hour and Dortmund went in front. Schieber reacting first to slam the ball home after Fischer’s volley was pushed away by Trapp. Finally, with less than 20 seconds of stoppage time left, Kostas Katsouranis slammed the ball home to seal the win after good work on the right by man-of-the-match Ivan Perisic.
BORUSSIA DORTMUND 3-1 EINTRACHT FRANKFURT Perisic 67 Voronin 37 Schieber 76 Katsouranis 90 Att: 79,491 Bundesliga, Signal Iduna Park. Drizzle, 14°C. Ref: M.Fritz
BORUSSIA DORTMUND EINTRACHT FRANKFURT 1. Roman Weidenfeller 7.0 | 31. Kevin Trapp 6.4 2. Andreas Beck 7.0 | 22. Stefano Celozzi 5.9 4. Neven Subotic 5.4² | 4. Vadim Demidov 7.0 5. Mats Hummels (c) [Y] 7.3 | 2. Carlos Zambrano [Y] 6.3 3. Marcel Schmelzer 7.0 | 6. Bastian Oczipka 6.9 26. Dennis Praet 7.2³ | 13. Martin Lanig 7.0 28. Kostas Katsouranis 7.2 | 20. Sebastian Rode 7.3 11. Marco Reus 7.0 | 17. Alban Meha 6.6 24. Ivan Perisic [*] 9.1 | 14. Alexander Meier (c) 6.8 19. Kevin Großkreutz 5.9¹ | 7. Benjamin Köhler 7.0¹ 23. Julian Schieber 7.3 | 11. Andriy Voronin 7.3 ------------------------------- ------------------------------- 20. Mitchell Langerak . | 1. Oka Nikolov . 7. Viktor Fischer 7.0¹ | 3. Heiko Butscher . 8. Ilkay Gündogan n/a³ | 9. Olivier Occéan . 10. Mario Götze . | 15. Consant Djakpa 6.4¹ 15. Felipe Santana 7.2² | 16. Sofian Chahed 18. Moritz Leitner . | 18. Dominik Stahl . 22. Julian Koch . | 39. Julian Dudda .
Match report by @realtimeFM:
“Dortmund have got to be favourites for this one. They have been impressive at home recently and I expect them to have too much for Frankfurt.” – Tom Wallace, World Soccer Magazine.
 Four changes for Dortmund: Andreas Beck returns at right-back, Kostas Katsouranis and Dennis Praet are in the middle of the park, and Marco Reus starts on the right-hand side.
 We’re underway!
 Speculative drive from Alexander Meier but it’s always bending away from goal.
 Andriy Voronin loops a header towards goal from the edge of the box but it’s no bother for Roman Weidenfeller. Frankfurt with the first efforts on goal today.
 Corner for Dortmund. Ivan Perisic drives towards the goal line but Vadim Demidov clears behind his own goal. Meier heads Dennis Praet’s near-post delivery away.
 Dortmund having more of the ball but the final ball into the box lacking at the moment. Reus and Katsouranis have both taken heavy touches when they had a chance at a shot.
 Perisic swings the ball into Julian Schieber who brings it down and goes round Kevin Trapp but has made the angle too narrow for himself. He gets the ball back into the six yard box but Martin Lanig’s diving header gets it away.
 Match has become very stop-start, Frankfurt giving away silly fouls in their own half. Dortmund win a corner, but Hummels heads over the top at the far post.
 Andreas Beck cuts inside from the right and drives inside the box past two defenders, but he can’t beat the ‘keeper at his near post.
 Carlos Zambrano is cautioned for a foul on Denis Praet a yard outside the box, right-hand side.
 First Bundesliga goal of the afternoon has come at Freiburg where Lewis Holtby has fired Schalke in front.
 Praet whips a free-kick in towards the near post, Neven Subotic meets it but the ball drops wide. He chases his own shot down, keeps it in and finds Praet, but Mats Hummels heads his delivery wide.
 Efforts at either end but neither goalkeeper troubled. Wolfsburg have taken the lead at Fürth through Kevin Pannewitz.
 Kevin Trapp makes a fantastic, full-stretch save to deny Kostas Katsouranis from 15 yards out.
 1-0 FRANKFURT! Andriy Voronin celebrates after being gifted the ball by Neven Subotic. Mats Hummels knocked the ball to Subotic who tried to find Weidenfeller with the backpass. Voronin, who chased Hummels down, intercepted and slots it home.
 Mats Hummels is caught in possession by Martin Lanig. He’s eventually up-ended by Subotic but the free-kick is headed away and Dortmund try to counter. It comes to nothing.
HALF-TIME: Borussia Dortmund 0-1 Eintracht Frankfurt (Bundesliga)
[HT] Substitution for Dortmund¹: Viktor Fischer replaces Kevin Großkreutz (5.9).
 Surman has fired BVB up. Julian Schieber has a drive from eightteen yards that’s blocked before the ‘keeper needs to make a save.
 Köhler’s cross is met at the far post by Alban Meha who thunders a volley towards goal, Schmelzer deflects it over the top, but it could have gone anywhere. Glorious chance for the visitors.
 End-to-end stuff at the start of the second half! Viktor Fischer’s header is cleared off the line by Demidov before Ivan Perisic has a shot from ten yards out saved by the feet of Trapp.
 Demidov takes Schieber’s legs away by the corner flag. Mats Hummels meets Praet’s delivery at the near post and Trapp makes a tremendous save to push it over the top.
 Schalke are now two-up at Freiburg with Klaas-Jan Huntelaar scoring the second.
 Dortmund change²: Felipe Santana replaces Neven Subotic (5.4) whose error lead to the goal.
 Viktor Fischer makes a fine sliding challenge on Celozzi who beat the offside trap. Frankfurt corner.
 Julian Schieber slots the ball past Kevin Trapp after fine work from Reus and Praet to work the ball into the box, but the flag is up on the far side. The assistant has got that wrong I’m afraid. Timed the run to perfection.
 Surman barking at the fourth official as Frankfurt keep committing fouls in the middle of the park.
 Mats Hummels defending like his life depended on it, blocking two Frankfurt shots and chasing everything down. Dortmund break and win a corner.
 Santana flicks the corner on at the near post, Schmelzer pokes it towards goal, it’s knocked away, Andreas Beck slams the rebound towards goal and Trapp flings himself at it, getting it away… Santana keeps the ball in, finding Hummels who hits the post from inside the six-yard box before it’s hammered clear. Absolute pinball stuff!
 Mats Hummels heads an Ivan Perisic free-kick wide from the edge of the box.
 Meanwile, two other goals to tell you about. Kevin Pannewitz has his second of the afternoon at Fürth, firing Wolfsburg two-up, and Son Heung-Min has opened the scoring for Hamburg at home to Köln.
 Ivan Perisic runs with the ball and tries a low shot from the edge of the box, it’s deflected into the path of Marco Reus who is tripped right on the penalty arc.
 EQUALISER FOR DORTMUND! Ivan Perisic bends the free-kick around the wall and into the top-right corner from 21 yards out.
 Mats Hummels is late on Meha and goes into the book.
 Lanig snaps a shot towards goal from outside the box that Weidenfeller does well to get to and push away.
 Kostas Katsouranis clips a great ball to the far post for Perisic, but the Dortmund man is penalised for a push on the defender. Dortmund are a different side this second half!
 Substitution¹ for Frankfurt: Constant Djakpa replaces Benjamin Köhler (7.0).
 Perisic gets on the end of a though-ball but has his 15 yard shot saved. Celozzi deflects Fischer’s rebound effort wide, saved a certain goal there.
 2-1 DORTMUND! Ivan Perisic sends a deep cross in towards Viktor Fischer. The young Dane fires a half-volley towards goal, Trapp saves but can only push it as fas as Julian Schieber who slots it home from ten yards out.
 Frankfurt looked dangerous going forwards then, plenty of space on the right, but Viktor Fischer tracks back and makes a great challenge to regain possession.
 Third change³ for Dortmund: Ilkay Gündogan comes on for Dennis Praet (7.2). Meanwile, Wolfsburg are now three-nil up at Fürth.
 Julian Schieber puts the ball in the back of the net for the third time this afternoon, but he’s penalised for a foul on Kevin Trapp as he muscled past the ‘keeper to meet a cross.
 Djakba wins a corner for Frankfurst off the legs of Beck. It’s played short before being swung into the box. Weidenfeller makes a save after the ball richochets towards goal.
 Teemo Pukki has put Schalke 3-0 up at Freiburg.
 Martin Lanig is cautioned for a foul on Andreas Beck right in front of the Dortmund bench. He’ll serve a one match ban now.
 Julian Schieber turns his man and hits a shot that deflects on its way and nearly wrong-foots the diving Kevin Trapp but his out-stretched boot manages to knock the shot away.
[90+1] Djekba doesn’t give up chasing an overhit cross and keeps the ball in, squaring it right across the Dortmund goal but Santana is on hand to clear it away. We’re going to have three additional minutes.
[90+3] 3-1 DORTMUND! Ivan Perisic pulls the ball back from near the corner flag to Kostas Katsouranis twelve yards out and the Greek midfielder slams it into the top corner on the volley. Three goals and three points today for the league leaders.
FULL-TIME: Borussia Dortmund 3-1 Eintracht Frankfurt (Bundesliga)