RTFM is back home, back online and back up to full-speed. Considered reporting everything individually, and posting several updates with match reports and the like, but decided to holiday through to today’s date and bring you a highlights package instead. So, here goes…
Saturday 15 February 2014:
Fortuna Düsseldorf 1-3 Borussia Dortmund Risse 13 Götze 20 Reus 69 Lewandowski 87 Att: 45,813 Bundesliga, Esprit Arena. Drizzle 9°C. Referee: T. Welz
BVB came from behind to beat mid-table Düsseldorf 3-1 away from home, with a strike from Mario Götze cancelling out Marcel Risse’s opener. Marco Reus put the visitors in front with twenty minutes left to play before a late goal from Robert Lewandowski – his tenth of the season – sealed victory as the hosts pressed for an equaliser.
Julian Schieber was carried off shortly after half-time following an aerial collision, but was given the all-clear by the club’s medical staff later that night. The result keeps Dortmund four points clear at the top over Schalke, who won 1-0 at home to Bochum.
Sunday 16 February 2014:
Dortmund’s Under-19s suffered their first defeat in two months, going down 1-2 at Münster in their Group 3 match. Osman Varol’s goal for BVB’s youngsters was sandwiched between a brace by Iliya Tilev. BVB are in 6th place – eleven points off leaders Schalke – with nine matches to play.
Monday 17 February 2014:
Assistant Manager Zelkjo Buvac, who’ll take charge of the trip to Spartak Moscow tomorrow, has been praising the training workrate and performance of midfielder Sven Bender.
Meanwhile, the 1st March Bundesliga match at Hannover has been moved to a 1830 kick-off for live television coverage, netting Dortmund around £40,000.
Tuesday 18 February 2014:
UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE - FIRST KNOCKOUT ROUND Spartak Moscow 1-2 Borussia Dortmund Dzyuba 44 Perisic 2 Götze 18 Att: 32,919 First Leg, Luzhniki. Light Snow -6°C. Referee: Lee Mason
Dortmund braved snow and sub-zero temperatures in the Russian capital to come away with a tough-fought 2-1 win in the First Leg of the UEFA Champions League last sixteen tie. Ivan Perisic got things off to a flying start for BVB with a goal inside ninety seconds, before man-of-the-match Mario Götze got an invaluable second quarter of an hour later.
Artem Dzyuba scored for the hosts right before the break, and Dortmund weathered a storm a little during the second half after losing both Mats Hummels and Mario Götze to serious-looking injuries.
Club captain Hummels has pulled a hamstring and looks set to miss three weeks of action, while Götze has a twisted ankle that will rule him out for a similar period. Both players will face a race to be fit for the second leg on 12th March.
Kostas Katsouranis scored a brace as Dortmund II – the U23 / Reserves side – beat Fürth’s second-string 4-0 at Stadion Rote Erde. The goals came around the half-hour mark, with the Greek international scoring twice in three minutes. Dennis Praet hit a fantastic 25-yarder shortly before half-time, with Marvin Ducksch tapping home for a fourth late on.
Wednesday 19 February 2014:
UEFA have staggered the sixteen matches over five weeks for reasons known only to them, meaning that only four First Leg matches have taken place this week. The matches at Kyiv and Tottenham will take place next Tuesday, with the ties at Benfica and Zenit the following night.
Thursday 20 February 2014:
Here are the results from the UEFA Europa League First Knockout Round, First Leg ties:
Friday 21st February 2014:
Zelko Buvac spoke in the pre-match press conference ahead of Saturday’s home Bundesliga match with 5th-placed FSV Mainz. The main talking point was of the injury to Mats Hummels, of whom Buvac said that he “is a cracking player and the game will be much tougher for us without him on the field.”
In the Friday night match, Fürth hammered Hannover 5-0 to leapfrog them in the table and leave the bottom three.
Thanks for reading, we’ll be back with the Dortmund-Mainz match and regular service over the weekend. The Under-19s are also in action – the face Hannover on Sunday. YouTube uploads of the first team goals will be available shortly.