BVB kept-up their unbeaten home record this season with a second-half Julian Schieber hat-trick sealing a 4-1 win at Signal Iduna Park. Dortmund were in front inside seven minutes thanks to a Robert Lewandowski tap-in set-up by Schieber, but were pegged-back on 20 with Adam Hlousek finding space and time inside the six-yard box to level.
Dennis Praet came on for Gündogan at the break, and provided the impetus for BVB’s second, driving forwards to find Marco Reus who slipped Schieber in for his first of the afternoon. With BVB 2-1 up, the next half-hour was a fantastic end-to-end match, but when Schieber cracked home a shot from twelve yards out on 83′, the win was secured.
After a 5-match goal drought, Schieber wasn’t done just yet though, and with 45 seconds of normal time remaining, he smashed home a cross from Mario Götze for his hat-trick.
Surman made five changes from the side that drew at Freiburg last week, restoring Langerak in goal, giving starts to Götze and Hummels after their returns from injury, Taiwo replaced Schmelzer who is one caution away from a ban, and Katsouranis stepped-in to cover the injured Bender.
With Schalke being held to a 1-1 draw at Fürth, the win restores BVB’s five-point cushion at the top. BVB are back in action on Wednesday night, hosting Bayern Munich in the DFB-Pokal Semi-Final. The winners will meet either Dinamo Dresden or Fortuna Düsseldorf.
BORUSSIA DORTMUND 4-1 FC NURNBERG Lewandowski 7 Hlousek 20 Schieber 49,83,90 Att: 79,323 Bundesliga, Signal Iduna Park. Breezy, Wet 9°C. Ref: M.Gräfe
BORUSSIA DORTMUND | FC NURNBERG 20. Mitchell Langerak 7.2 | 1. Raphael Schäfer (c) 6.5 2. Andreas Beck 7.1 | 5. Francisco Gamboa 5.8 4. Neven Subotic 7.8 | 15. Timm Klose 6.5 5. Mats Hummels (c) 8.3 | 13. Juhani Ojala [Y] 7.5² 14. Taye Taiwo 7.5 | 25. Javier Pinola 6.4 28. Kostas Katsouranis 7.0 | 27. Markus Mendler 6.9¹ 10. Mario Götze 7.8 | 8. Almog Cohen [Y] 6.6 8. Ilkay Gündogan 6.8¹ | 2. Timmy Simons [Y] 7.9 11. Marco Reus 6.7² | 6. Nana Asare [Y] 6.9 9. Robert Lewandowski 7.3³ | 10. Marek Mintal 6.9³ 23. Julian Schieber [*] 9.6 | 23. Adam Hlousek [Y] 7.2 ------------------------------- ------------------------------- 1. Roman Weidenfeller . | 30. Alexander Stephan . 7. Viktor Fischer . | 3. Per Nilsson n/a² 17. Marc Hornschuh . | 4. Arturo Javier Ledesma n/a³ 18. Moritz Leitner 7.0³ | 7. Markus Feulner 6.7¹ 19. Kevin Großkreutz . | 16. Róbert Mak . 26. Dennis Praet 7.6¹ | 17. John Mensah . 30. Jakub Blaszczykowski 7.0² | 21. Marvin Plattenhardt .
Match report by @realtimeFM:
 The visitors get us underway on a breezy and wet Saturday evening!
 Timmy Simons pushes over Ilkay Gündogan a yard or so outside the box after Dortmund start brightly, putting the Nürnberg centre-backs under aerial pressure.
 Marco Reus curls the free-kick around the wall perfectly, and it’s only a fingertip save from Raphael Schäfer that diverts it over the top. Subotic’s header from the corner is saved easily.
 Somehow Nürnberg haven’t gone in front. Mendler whips a free-kick into the six-yard box from out wide, Langerak comes to collect, spills it, and Asare pokes the loose ball towards goal. Langerak gets a hand to it, and the ball stops ON the goal line. In the melee, Langerak dives on the ball and clutches it tightly.
 Lewandowski plays in Schieber who fires narrowly wide from 12 yards out.
 1-0 DORTMUND! Mario Götze sends the ball right across the six-yard box for Julian Schieber. A defender gets a touch to deflect his shot back across goal and Robert Lewandowski pounces to score from close range.
 Andreas Beck wins the ball and runs nearly the entire length of the Signal Iduna Park pitch, the move only breaking down when Julian Schieber fails to find him with a return pass. Dortmund do win a free-kick on the edge of the box though, but Reus puts it wide.
 Tommy Simons again concedes a free-kick just outside the box. Reus doesn’t test Schäfer enough though.
 GOAL FOR NURNBERG, 1-1! Andreas Beck doesn’t get enough distance on a clearance, letting Mendler get to the goal line where he crosses to the far post towards Asare. He heads it back across goal where Adam Hlousek smashes past Langerak.
 Lewandowski is denied a certain goal as he looks to pull the trigger from ten yards out, Pinola makes a last-ditch tackle to send it wide.
 Free-kick to Dortmund inside the penalty arc, Simons the guilty party again. Taiwo takes it short to Reus, his shot is blocked and there’s an almighty ping-pong in the box, and a penalty appeal. Nürnberg escape!
 Nürnberg win a corner, their first, when Taiwo is forced to head a cross behind. Cleared away.
 Mario Götze gets behind the back four but snaps at his shot and sends it wide from just inside the box.
 Juhani Ojala is cautioned for his challenge on Neven Subotic.
 Third corner for Dortmund. Ojala heads away from underneath his own crossbar.
 Beck makes a challenge on Hlousek, and Langerak can only look in horror as the ball heads towards his own goal, but it just dribbles wide. Corner ends up in Langerak’s safe hands.
HALF-TIME: Borussia Dortmund 1-1 FC Nürnberg (Bundesliga)
[HT] Dennis Praet¹ replaces Gündogan (6.8) for Dortmund. Suggestions that he had taken a slight knock.
 Julian Schieber is agaonizingly close with a fierce shot from 15 yards out.
 Nana Asare clatters Andreas Beck and is cautioned.
 GOAL, 2-1 DORTMUND! This is a fantastically entertaining match, and Julian Schieber has put Dortmund back in front. Dennis Praet brings the ball over halfway before slipping the ball wide to Marco Reus, he plays Schieber through first-time and he slots is past the diving Schäfer from 12 yards out.
 Nürnberg’s foul count really racking up now, 13 to Dortmund’s 2.
 Adam Hlousek joins two team mates in the book when he upends Mats Hummels.
 …as does Almog Cohen when he barges over Julian Schieber 25 yards out.
 Second change for Dortmund²: Jakub Blaszczykowski comes on for Reus (6.7). Nürnberg make their first change¹ too: Markus Feulner replaces Mendler (6.9).
 End to end stuff continuing here but no ‘keeper truly tested. Nürnberg win a pair of corners, though.
 Hlousek and Subotic have a leg-race and it’s the Nürnberg striker who wins, but he lashes his shot over the top as Langerak comes to close the angle down.
 Timmy Simons becomes the fifth Nürnberg player in the book.
 A defensive mix-uop lets Schieber get into the box and fire a shot at Schäfer, which the keeper parries, but only as far as Blaszczykowski ten yards out. It’s a fantastic save to deny the Polish winger.
 Langerak stops Mintal’s shot with his legs, somehow. It took a deflection and wrong-footed the ‘keeper who was already going the other way. Nürnberg corner, and their second change²: Per Nilsson replaces Ojala (7.5).
 Third Dortmund sub³: Moritz Leitner replaces Lewandowski (7.3).
 Nürnberg throwing everything a Dortmund in search of an equaliser.
 GOAL, 3-1 DORTMUND! There’s a few glances towards the Assistant Referee but Julian Schieber wheels away celebrating his second of the night. Lovely work by Dennis Praet to win the ball, turn his man and send a ball to Schieber who is just – just – played onside by Klose. He takes a touch, cuts inside the box and drills it into the bottom corner from 15 yards out.
 Nürnberg make their final change³: Arturo Ledesma comes on for Mintal (6.9).
 HAT-TRICK! Julian Schieber hadn’t scored in five, but he’s bagged himself a hat-trick tonight and sealed the win. Mario Götze picks up the ball on the left before dropping a cross onto Schieber on the penalty spot who half-volley’s it low past Raphael Schäfer for Dortmund’s fourth as one additional minute goes up on the fourth official’s board.
FULL-TIME: Borussia Dortmund 4-1 FC Nürnberg (Bundesliga)
A thoroughly entertaining match which plenty of chances at either end, but it’s hat-trick hero and man-of-the-match Julian Schieber who was ultimately the difference. Dortmund not tremendously impressive before the half-time introduction of Dennis Praet, but they were more creative in the final third.
Dortmund extend the gap at the top to five points, and are next in action on Wednesday night here at Signal Iduna Park with their DFB-Pokal Semi-Final clash against Bayern Munich. That’ll be some game, and we’ll see you then!