Dortmund remain unbeaten at home under Gray Surman’s management (23 matches), with a second consecutive hat-trick from Julian Schieber in the league at home seeing BVB repeat their 4-1 win over Nürnberg with the same scoreline over a lacklustre Köln side. The victory restores an eight-point lead, albeit temporarily, with Schalke and Bayern Munich both playing tomorrow.
BVB made two changes from the side that drew 1-1 at Juventus four days ago, giving another league start to Mitchell Langerak in goal, and Sven Bender came back after missing three matches, replacing Kostas Katsouranis in the centre of midfield.
Marcel Schmelzer’s diving header after Schieber hit the bar put BVB in front on thirteen minutes, with Schieber doubling the lead seven minutes later by driving home a low shot from twelve yards out. Mario Götze won a penalty ten minutes before the break, on his 100th league start, but Mats Hummels had his effort saved by a great stop from Kessler.
Six minutes after the break, Schieber had his second and Dortmund’s third. Again from a corner, this time Schmelzer turned provider when his close-range effort was blocked on the line with Schieber poking home the rebound.
Matthias Lehmann gave Köln a lifeline with a strike from the edge of the box on 70 minutes that bobbled underneath Langerak much to Surman’s disdain. Dortmund have only kept one clean sheet in their last twelve matches, and the First Team Manager was seen shaking his head in annoyance.
On 77 minutes, Julian Schieber hit his hat-trick with a great turn-and-shot after fine work by Schmelzer, to put the game behind the visitors and seal the win. That was his 24th Bundesliga goal of the season, which draws him level with Bayern’s Mario Mandzukic at the top of the scoring charts.
Dortmund are back in action here at on Wednesday night against Juventus, where the tie is poised at one-apiece from the First Leg.
BORUSSIA DORTMUND 4-1 FC KOLN Schmelzer 13 Lehmann 70 Schieber 20, 51, 77 (Hummels m/pen 35) Att: 80,267 Bundesliga, Signal Iduna Park. Breezy, 24°C. Ref: W.Stark
BORUSSIA DORTMUND | FC KOLN 20. Mitchell Langerak 7.0 | 18. Thomas Kessler 5.3 2. Andreas Beck 7.1 | 2. Miso Brecko (c) 5.7 4. Neven Subotic 7.2 | 5. Dominic Maroh 6.5 5. Mats Hummels (c) 6.9 | 16. Tomoaki Makino 5.6 3. Marcel Schmelzer 9.0 | 4. Christian Eichner 6.4 6. Sven Bender 7.6 | 8. Adam Matuszczyk 5.6¹ 26. Dennis Praet 7.0¹ | 19. Mato Jajalo 6.6 11. Marco Reus 7.0² | 33. Matthias Lehmann [Y] 7.1 10. Mario Götze 7.2 | 23. Charles Taki 6.3 9. Robert Lewandowski 7.1 | 12. José María Cárdenas 6.8² 23. Julian Schieber [*] 9.7³ | 11. Thomas Bröker [Y] 7.2³ ------------------------------- ------------------------------- 1. Roman Weidenfeller . | 1. Timo Horn . 7. Viktor Fischer n/a³ | 3. Lukas Kübler . 8. Ilkay Gündogan 6.7¹ | 13. Christoph Janker . 15. Felipe Santana . | 15. Sascha Riether 6.4¹ 28. Kostas Katsouranis . | 17. Mikael Ishak 7.0³ 22. Julian Koch . | 20. B.Basala-Mazana 7.0² 30. Jakub Blaszczykowski 6.7² | 21. Moritz Volz .
Match report by @realtimeFM:
 Welcome to Signal Iduna Park! Top against 15th today, and it’s the hosts who get us underway. Mario Götze is making his 100th Bundesliga appearance, all for BVB of course.
 Köln win the first corner of the match when Marcel Schmelzer nods a Charles Takyi cross behind. BVB captain Mats Hummels is first to the delivery and clears for the hosts.
 Mario Götze is given far too much time and space, and he nearly punishes the defenders who keep backing off him when he curls a shot inches wide of the top corner from twenty yards out.
 There’s been a goal in the Bundesliga already. Marcel Risse scored a fist-minute goal for Düsseldorf against Nürnberg.
 Thomas Bröker is cautioned for Köln for a trip on Dennis Praet.
 Corner for Dortmund. Schieber’s square ball towards Lewandowski is slammed behind.
 1-0 DORTMUND! From the corner, Mats Hummels flicks the ball on with a near post header which Julian Schieber meets six yards out, crashing his header against the bar. As the ball drops loose, Marcel Schmelzer flings himself at it and grabs his third of the season.
 Julian Schieber has a go from just outside the box but puts it over the top.
 Dortmund comfortable since the goal. Happy to pass the ball around and wait for an opportune moment to pierce the Köln back four. When Köln do clear, it’s always a BVB player who’s first to it.
 2-0 DORTMUND! Mario Götze comes inside with the ball from the left before squaring it across the penalty area. Julian Schieber takes a touch and sends the ball low past the ‘keeper for a second.
 Jiracek has put Hamburg 1-0 up at Hannover.
 …but Sobiech equalises for Hannover within ninety seconds.
 José Cárdenas blasts one towards the top corner from the edge of the Dortmund penalty area. Langerak is rooted to the spot, but it whistles over the top.
 On the half hour mark, Petar Sliskovic gives Mainz the lead at home to Freiburg. Mainz are on a great run of form in the race for fourth spot.
 Felipe has turned it round for Hannover, who are nopw 2-1 up at home to Hamburg. Just Wolfsburg and Bochum that’s goalless from today’s five 3:30 pm kick-offs.
 PENALTY TO DORTMUND! Götze goes down the left, gets to the goal line before cutting inside the box, as he goes round Mato Jajalo, the Köln defender trips him and Wolfgang Stark points to the spot. Dortmund have scored once from three penalties this season. Mats Hummels converted after Ivan Perisic and Taye Taiwo missed their first two.
 PENALTY SAVED! Thomas Kessler dives low to his right and guesses correctly, pushing Mats Hummels’s penalty around the post. Köln get the ball away from the corner.
 Update from around Bundesliga: Dusseldorf 2-0 Nurnberg, Hannover 2-1 Hamburg, Mainz 1-0 Freiburg, Wolfsburg 1-0 Bochum.
 Nothing much to report here since the penalty save. Lots of free-kicks for niggly fouls in the midfield killing the game’s previously high tempo.
 Julian Schieber does brilliantly to work the ball into the box with pace, but crowded out he has to go back to Sven Bender who drills it over the top. Two additional minutes will be played.
HALF-TIME: Borussia Dortmund 2-0 FC Köln (Bundesliga)
[HT] Substitution for Dortmund¹: Ilkay Gündogan replaces Praet (7.0).
 Away we go!
 Andreas Ivanschitz has put Mainz 2-0 up at home to Freiburg. They’ll temporarily be up to second!
 Makino knocks a long ball behind for a Dortmund corner.
 3-0 DORTMUND! Not a great delivery, but Lewandowski fires it back towards the far post. Schmelzer hits it low, Brecko stops it on the line, but Julian Schieber is in the six-yard box to smash it home.
 Second change for Dortmund²: Jakub Blaszczykowski replaces Reus (7.0).
 Positivity from Blaszczykowski straight away, he brings the ball over 50 yards down Dortmund’s right, but Takyi is back to cut out his square ball towards Lewandowski.
 Kim Ojo has put Hannover 3-1 up over Hamburg. They’ll move out of the bottom two with a win.
 Köln have made a change¹: Sascha Riether comes on for Matuszczyk (5.6).
 GOAL FOR KOLN! Matthias Lehmann scores his first goal of the season. Sven Bender’s header towards Hummels is intercepted by Bröker who slips it to Lehmann. He hits a bobbling shout from the edge of the box which squirms in. Langerak will be very disappointed that he didn’t keep that out.
 Second change for Köln²: Bienvenue Basala-Mazana replaces Cárdenas (6.8).
 Stephan Pekhart has been sent-off for Nürnberg who are losing 2-0 at Düsseldorf.
 Dortmund corner, won by Blaszczykowski. Comes to nothing and Köln breakaway.
 Basala-Mazana wins a corner for Köln at the other end in similar fashion. Matthias Lehmann is booked after his flailing arm catches Mats Hummels.
 4-1 DORTMUND! Marcel Schmelzer is involved in another Dortmund goal as he slips the ball through to Julian Schieber inside the box. Schieber turns Maroh and fires a left-footed shot past Kessler for his hat-trick.
 Tomoaki Makino is penalised for a foul on Dortmund ‘keeper Mitch Langerak. Köln pumping high balls into the box to put him under pressure. A little too much pressure for referee Stark’s liking.
 Julian Schieber (9.7) leaves to rapturous applause from the crowd as he’s replaced³ by Viktor Fischer.
 Mikael Ishak is Köln’s third change², replacing Bröker (7.2).
 Mensur Mujdza has pulled a goal back for Freiburg who are now 2-1 down at Mainz. That goal means Mainz won’t go second tonight unless they score a third. Kim Ojo has scored his second of the game to put Hannover 4-1 up at home to Hamburg.
 Sven Bender is being treated after landing awkwardly. Not a good sight in his first game back. Dortmund may finish the game with 10 men today.
 Ilkay Gündogan goes for a chip from 25 yards out, beating Kessler, but it skims off the top of the bar.
 Two additional minutes.
FULL-TIME: Borussia Dortmund 4-1 FC Köln (Bundesliga).
One-way traffic for much of the game, but BVB will be disappointed with the nature of the goal they conceded. Julian Schieber was stunning today, a hat-trick likely explains this, but the work he did out on the left was great throughout, and he much deserved both the match-ball and the standing ovation he received when substituted late.
Dortmund extend the gap at the top to eight points ahead of tomorrow’s fixtures. Sven Bender had a medical check after teh match, and should be fit for Wednesday night’s clash against Juventus. BVB have a vital away goal, and are 90 minutes away from meeting AC Milan or Manchester City in the Champions League Semi-Final.
The win ensures that Dortmund have sealed at least a top six finish in Bundesliga this season, though I’m not sure you could find a single one of the 80,267-strong crowd today who’d be satisfied with anything less than the title after another fantastic performance.