BVB came from behind to record a 3-1 win over Hamburg tonight, despite the second-half dismissal of Dennis Praet. After a bright start, the visitors took the lead after twenty minutes when Artjoms Rudnevs powered home a far-post header.
Praet came into the match a lot more after the goal, him and Marco Reus partnering well to get crosses in the box from the right throughout the rest of the first half, and they made the break through just seven minutes later when Hamburg couldn’t clear a corner and Reus drilled home an equaliser low from the edge of the box.
Five minutes before the break, another corner turned into the goal that put the hosts in front. Praet whipped a perfect delivery towards the near post where man-of-the-match Felipe Santana headed past René Adler to give BVB the lead at the break.
Both sides came out for the second-half in attacking fashion, but the match was change by referee Tobias Welz when he showed Dennis Praet his second caution of the match when the Belgian went down in the box under a challenge. BVB regrouped and tightened up the midfield, Bender sitting back into a diamond formation, giving Reus the freedom of the right wing.
With ten minutes to play, Reus squared on a counter attack for Robert Lewandowski to seal the win with a fine diving header and give Dortmund an eight-point gap at the top of the table ahead of tomorrow’s fixtures. With Praet suspended for next week’s trip to Freiburg, and Götze and Perisic both injured, Surman faces a selection dilemma for that central attacking midfield role.
BORUSSIA DORTMUND 3-1 HAMBURGER SV Reus 27 Rudnevs 19 Santana 40 Lewandowski 82 (Praet s/o 64) Att: 80,337 Bundesliga, Signal Iduna Park. Hail 2°C. Referee: T. Welz
BORUSSIA DORTMUND | HAMBURGER SV 1. R.Weidenfeller (c) 7.1 | 15. René Adler 7.0 22. Julian Koch 7.1² | 2. Dennis Diekmeier 6.7 4. Neven Subotic 7.1 | 4. Heiko Westermann 7.0 15. Felipe Santana [*] 9.0 | 5. Slobodan Rajkovic 7.0 3. Marcel Schmelzer 7.0 | 34. Jesper Juelsgard 7.0 6. Sven Bender (c) 7.0 | 13. Robert Tesche 5.5² 8. Ilkay Gündogan 7.8 | 44. Gojko Kacar [Y] 6.8³ 11. Marco Reus 8.5³ | 23. R.vd Vaart (c) [Y] 7.5 26. Dennis Praet [R] 7.5 | 19. Petr Jiracek 6.6¹ 19. Kevin Großkreutz 6.8¹ | 40. Son Heung-Min 5.9 9. Robert Lewandowski 7.6 | 16. Artjoms Rudnevs 7.3 ------------------------------- ------------------------------- 20. Mitchell Langerak . | 1. Christopher Heimeroth . 2. Andreas Beck 7.0² | 3. Michael Mancienne . 7. Viktor Fischer 7.0¹ | 12. Dino Ndlovu . 16. Lasse Sobiech . | 20. Paul Scharner 7.0³ 18. Moritz Leitner . | 21. Maximilian Beister 6.4¹ 23. Julian Schieber . | 22. Jacopo Sala 6.7² 30. Jakub Blaszczykowski n/a³ | 25. Jonathan Tah .
Match report by @realtimeFM:
“Hamburg have found it difficult on their travels of late and I can’t see that changing in this game. I’ve got to go for a Dortmund home win. They’ll be looking to bounce back from their poor display at Hannover.” – Danny Shelley, World Soccer Magazine.
Four changes for Dortmund from side that lost 0-1 at Hannover last weekend: Robert Lewandowski leads the line up-front, with Dennis Praet behind him in the absence of injured Ivan Perisic. Kevin Großkreutz makes his 250th career league appearance on the left ahead of Viktor Fischer, and Julian Koch replaces Andreas Beck at right-back. Today’s match is Grayson Surman’s 100th in charge as a professional manager (51 at Wigan Athletic, 49 at Borussia Dortmund).
 Dennis Praet and Robert Lewandowski exchange passes in the centre-circle to get us underway!
 Dortmund attack from the off, Lewandowski rides a challenge and gets to the edge of the box before firing a shot just over.
 Hamburg have won a corner through Rafael van der Vaart’s surging run, Felipe Santana puts his cross behind. From the corner, Artjoms Rudnevs heads against the crossbar.
 Kevin Großkreutz sends in a deep cross from the left, Adler flaps at it and pushes it on to the bar somehow. Ilkay Gündogan is penalised for a foul on the ‘keeper from the rebound.
 Dennis Praet is beaten to the ball by Heiko Westermann after intense Dortmund pressure. Praet looks at the referee with a half-appeal, and looks aghast when he’s cautioned for diving.
 Rudnevs has had a couple of speculative long-range efforts in the last couple of minutes. Nothing to trouble Weidenfeller though.
 1-0 HAMBURG! They’ve had plenty of possession in the last ten minutes, but finally a great cross comes in from Jesper Juelsgard that Artjoms Rudnevs meets at the far post with a thumping header that smashes past Weidenfeller.
 Juelsgard wins Hamburg their second corner of the game. He’s being given far too much room by Julian Koch down their left.
 Koch clears his lines from the corner, Marco Reus counters and puts a great cross in for Kevin Großkreutz. His header is well held by René Adler, great chance for the hosts to draw level.
 Reus puts another cross into the box that drops for Praet, but his shot is charged down.
 Reus wins a free-kick 25 yards out after a long run towards goal, Kacar trips him.
 Praet bends the ball around the wall towards the top corner but Adler gets over to cover it and deny the Belgian an equaliser.
 Corner for Dortmund. Praet’s through-ball to Großkreutz is put behind by Westermann.
 EQUALISER FOR DORTMUND! The corner is headed away but played back in by Kevin Großkreutz to Julian Koch. He tees up Marco Reus on the edge of the box who cracks it low into the bottom corner for his tenth of the season.
 Robert Lewandowski clips a perfect ball into Reus who takes a touch before smashing a shot towards goal that’s beaten away by Adler.
 Jiracek squares to Van der Vaart who snaps a shot first-time from 18 yards out. Weidenfeller gets hands behind it but it spills loose. Koch puts it behind for a corner.
 Koch whips a cross into the six-yard box. Kacar heads it away before Gündogan catches it on the volley, but it spins away and drops a yard wide.
 Lewandowski loops a header towards goal from Großkreutz’s cross. Adler backpeddles at tips it over the top for a corner.
 2-1 DORTMUND! Under Surman, a Dortmund corner equals a Dortmund goal. Dennis Praet sends the corner to the near post where Felipe Santana heads home to put the hosts in front. That’s his tenth of the season too.
 Rafael van der Vaart is cautioned after he upends Julian Koch on the right wing. Santana flicks a header towards goal from the free-kick but it drops wide.
 One additional minute.
 Julian Koch’s cross from the right bends towards goal. René Adler hesitates but comes to punch it behind under pressure from Großkreutz.
HALF-TIME: Borussia Dortmund 2-1 Hamburger SV (Bundesliga)
[HT] Hamburg have made a change¹ at the break. Petr Jiracek (6.6) is replaced by Maximilian Beister.
 We’re back underway at Signal Iduna Park. Attendance here today is 80,337. Just short of a full sell-out.
 Beister’s first contribution is to bodycheck Marco Reus and concede a free-kick. Rajkovic heads the delivery behind for Dortmund’s fourth corner. It comes to nothing.
 A few challenges go in after each other, which ends with Sven Bender clattering Van der Vaart on the edge of the penalty arc. It’s played short and Weidenfeller saves well, before Heung-Min is flagged for offside.
 Praet brings the ball forwards on a counter-attack, eventually crossing for Reus whose header is saved by Adler. End-to-end stuff here.
 Substitution for Dortmund¹: Viktor Fischer replaces Großkreutz (6.8).
 Substitution for Hamburg²: Jacopo Sala replaces Tesche (5.5).
 Beister cuts inside from the left and draws a smart save from Weidenfeller. Hamburg stepping up their chase for an equaliser.
 Moments later he repeats the move. Dortmund need to close him down.
 Dortmund break down the right with Marco Reus, and he’s wiped-out right in front of the lino by Juelssgard. No yellow card, astonishingly.
 RED CARD! Dennis Praet goes down in the box under a challenge from Kacar. Referee Tobias Welz hits the whistle and summons him over. He could be in trouble here. Surman is apopleptic with rage in the dugout. First red card for a Dortmund player under Surman’s management.
 Substitution for Dortmund: Andreas Beck replaces Koch (7.1). Change already planned before the dismissal, but Surman happy for it to go ahead.
 Beck puts in a deep cross with his first touch. It’s headed behind for a corner to Dortmund.
 Neven Subotic smashes a thunderous header against the bar from Gündogan’s corner. It comes back to Marcel Schmelzer at the far post but he can’t adjust his feet in time and he shins it wide.
 Slobodan Rajkovic trips Lewandowski 25 yards out. Great shooting territory for Marco Reus. He bends it round the wall, Adler is rooted, but it clips the outside of the post on its way wide.
 Juelsgard trips Reus as the winger breaks over halfway, right in front of the benches. No yellow card. Surman shakes his head at the referee.
 Marco Reus drops a shoulder and cuts inside. The defender backs off and Reus attempts to slide the ball past Adler. Great save and it’s put behind for a corner. Hammered away a the near post.
 Gündogan keeps the ball alive and finds Sven Bender with a cross. His header is pushed away by Adler, and after some ping-pong in the box, Hamburg smash the ball clear.
 Gojko Kacar trips Gündogan just outside the box, yellow card and ironic cheers from the crowd. Marco Reus again bends it round the wall and René Adler makes a fantastic full-stretch save.
 Ten minutes to go here. The ten-men of Dortmund are playing really well, still going forwards in their usual style. Getting men back to stifle potential counter-attacks too. Can they keep it up and claim the win?
 3-1 DORTMUND! That might have just answered the question! Gündogan plays a ball over the top for Reus. He wins the aerial battle with Westermann and nods the ball square for Robert Lewandowski. It bounces perfectly and the striker’s diving header beats Adler from 15 yards out.
 Substitution for Hamburg³: Paul Scharner come on for Kacar (6.8).
 Reus is tripped – again – by Juelsgard, right by the corner flag. Just a free-kick. Dortmund work it into the six-yard box but Adler comes to claim safely.
 Final change for Dortmund³: Jakub Blaszczykowski replaces Reus (8.5).
 Into the final few minutes and Hamburg are pushing men forward in numbers. Rudnevs heads inches wide from a cross from Sala.
 Two additional minutes.
 Fischer and, especially, Gündogan are winning everything in the midfield. Fischer plays Lewandowski through, but he fires a yard wide. Should have grabbed his second of the game there.
FULL-TIME: Borussia Dortmund 3-1 Hamburger SV (Bundesliga)
10-man Dortmund arguably played better than they did before the sending-off, not to play down Dennis Praet’s early hard work but his dismissal galvanized the team. Marco Reus was particularly impressive today, as was Felipe Santana at the back. Dortmund go eight points clear at the top, at least for 24 hours.
BVB are back in action on Wednesday night, with the Second Leg of the UEFA Champions League Last 16 tie at home to Spartak Moscow, where they hold a 2-1 lead from the First Leg.