Borussia Dortmund 4-0 Werder Bremen (B’Liga)


Dortmund played their final match at Signal Iduna Park this season, signing-off with a comprehensive 4-0 win over mid-table Werder Bremen in manager Gray Surman’s 50th competitive match in charge at BVB.

Surman made a staggering eleven changes to the starting line-up, replacing every player who began the win at Bayern Munich last Sunday, giving Marc Hornschuh and Moritz Leitner rare starts, with Mitchell Langerak returning between the posts after he expressed his desire to stay earlier in the week.

Viktor Fischer fired BVB in front inside quarter of an hour as the hosts started with their usual explosive style, and he was twice denied a second goal – once by a fantastic save, and the other by a harsh free-kick decision. Though BVB were robbed of the Danish teenager for the second-half after he was injured following a strong challenge.

After the break, it took time for Dortmund to extend the lead, with the second goal coming through – what else? – a corner, when Felipe Santana headed home at the near post. Five minutes later and Jakub Blaszczykowski was tripped in the box, and Ivan Perisic converted the spot-kick. It was Perisic’s ninth Bundesliga goal of the season, and he’ll be looking to bag a tenth on Wednesday against Eintracht Frankfurt which will trigger a £500,000 bonus payout for the Croatian midfielder.

If the third goal was a gift, then BVB’s fourth was handed to them on a plate. Perisic’s last-minute free-kick from out wide was too close to the visiting goalkeeper who looked to have a routine catch. Unfortunately he spilled the ball, and Mario Götze has the simplest of finishes from inside the six-yard box.

There remains three matches for BVB this season: the aforementioned trip to Frankfurt in the final league match, followed by next Saturday’s trip to Berlin for the DFB-Pokal Final against Düsseldorf, and lastly the UEFA Champions League Final in Lisbon against Barcelona on 24 May.

Dortmund were presented with the Bundesliga trophy after the match.

                   Fischer 13
                   Santana 72
             Perisic (pen) 77
                     Götze 90

                                            Att: 79,388
  Bundesliga, Signal Iduna Park. Dry, 16°C. Ref: G.Perl


20 Mitchell LANGERAK      7.0  | 20 Raphael WOLF           5.1
22 Julian KOCH            7.6  | 32 Theo GEBRE SELASSIE    6.5
15 Felipe SANTANA     [*] 9.0  | 22 SOKRATIS (c)           6.5
17 Marc HORNSCHUH         7.4  | 15 Sebastian PRODL        8.5²
14 Taye TAIWO             7.8  | 13 Lukas SCHMITZ          5.3
18 Moritz LEITNER         7.0² |  8 Clemens FRITZ          7.2
28 Kostas KATSOURANIS (c) 6.9  | 17 Aleksandar IGNJOVSKI   7.5
30 Jakub BLASZCZYKOWSKI   7.9  | 44 Philipp BARGFREDE      6.7
26 Denis PRAET            8.0  |  6 Bashkim KADRII         6.8
 7 Viktor Fischer         7.3¹ | 41 Niclass FULLKRUG       7.0
 9 Robert LEWANDOWSKI     6.9³ | 10 John CHIBUIKE          6.7
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 1 Roman WEIDENFELLER      .   |  1 Sebastian MIELITZ       . 
 2 Andreas BECK            .   |  2 Marnon BUSCH            .
 5 Mats HUMMELS            .   |  4 Nikolce NOVESKI        n/a²
 8 Ilkay GUNDOGAN         7.0² |  5 Assani LUKIMYA          .
10 Mario GOTZE            7.4³ |  7 Marko ARNAUTOVIC       n/a¹
19 Kevin GROBKREUTZ        .   | 19 Joseph AKPALA           .
24 Ivan PERISIC           7.6¹ | 25 Tom TRYBULL             .

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 Werder Bremen.” – Leon Horn, The Express.

[00] A full eleven changes for Dortmund after sealing the title on Sunday. These two sides drew 0-0 at the Weserstadion back in January.

[00] The hosts will want to end their season unbeaten at home, while the visitors are in need of three points to maintain their push for a Europa League spot.

[01] Werder Bremen kick-off!

[01] Clemens Fritz concedes a free-kick in a dangerous position after he gives the ball away at the back then hauls down Ivan Perisic. Dennis Praet bends it round the wall but is off-target from 25 yards out.

[02] First touch for Mitchell Langerak as he comes to gather a cross. Will he still be here next season? It seems unlikely.

[03] First goal of the day has come at Fürth where a Sararer penalty has put them in front at home to Frankfurt.

[05] Theodore Gabre Selassie holds the ball up well on the right wing before finding Phillip Bargfrede inside the penalty arc. His effort is neither shot or chip and it’s scooped over the bar. Should have done better.

[08] First period of real pressure from Dortmund, with crosses coming in from both flanks. Bargfrede concedes the first corner.

[09] The set-piece ends up at Viktor Fischer 20 yards out whose shot is saved at full stretch by Wolf when it looked like it was creeping in at the bottom corner. No corner though, Marc Hornschuh has been penalised for offside as he went for the rebound.

[11] Diekmeier has given Hamburg the lead at home to Schalke, 1-0.

[13] 1-0 DORTMUND! Dortmund bring the ball forward over halfway through Viktor Fischer, who gets it to Taye Taiwo on the left wing. The one-two sends the ball into the box for Fischer to latch onto and slam past Wolf from 10 yards out on a tight angle.


[14] There’s also been a goal at Wolfsburg where Hasebe has put them in front against Stuttgart.

[20] Moritz Leitner fizzes a shot across the face of goal.

[21] Bashkim Kadrii gets on the end of a through-ball from Füllkrug, beats his marker but drags his shot just wide of Langerak’s near post. Nice flowing move until the finish.

[22] Jakub Blaszczykowski takes advantage of a ricochet to clip the ball into the box for Dennis Praet but his shot from close range is blocked on the line. It goes behind for a corner.

[29] Great bit of awareness from Blaszczykowski as he creates space at a quick throw-in, but his ball across the six yard box can’t be turned home at the far post by Leitner.

[31] Viktor Fischer is penalised for a push in the box as he out-muscles a defender and slips the ball past Wolf. Looked harsh, that. Dortmund have a good case to be two-up.

[31] Meanwhile, Wolfsburg ARE two-up. Jönsson has scored their second at home to Stuttgart.

[33] Werder Bremen have their first corner when Julian Koch gets a touch on Chibuike’s shot to divert it wide.

[34] Blaszczykowski sends a cross in from the right-hand touchline towards the far post for Robert Lewandowski, but it curls in the wind and only just misses the top corner. Open match, this.

[36] Theodor Gebre Selassie has gone in hard on Viktor Fischer and the young Dane looks in some discomfort. Physio signalling to the bench, that may be the end of his afternoon. Hopefully not his season.

[37] He’s continuing for now, but Ivan Perisic and Mario Götze have both been sent out of the dugout to finish a warm-up.

[38] Sub for Dortmund¹: Ivan Perisic replaces Fischer (7.3).

[39] Almost an instant impact for Perisic. He heads down Blaszczykowski’s cross for Lewandowski who’s lost his marker twelve yards out, but Wolf makes a good save to deny him.

[40] Afellay has equalised for Schalke at Hamburg, 1-1.

[41] Blaszczykowski wins Dortmund another corner. He’s looking very lively on the right wing today. There’s a foul after it’s cleared away, a yard outside the box. Ivan Perisic clips the corner of crossbar and post after he blasts it through the wall.

[43] Julian Koch saves Dortmund with a clearance off the line. John Chibuike chased a long ball forwards that looked like a lost cause, whipping it across field for Kadrii to tee up Gebre Selassie whose deflected shot looped over Langerak.

[44] Engelbrecht has put Bochum in front at Düsseldorf.

[45] Two additional minutes in this first-half.


HALF-TIME: Borussia Dortmund 1-0 Werder Bremen (Bundesliga).

[HT] Bundesliga scores: Dusseldorf 0-1 Bochum, Fürth 1-0 Frankfurt, Hamburg 1-1 Schalke, Wolfsburg 2-0 Stuttgart. Goalless between Freiburg-Nürnberg, Hannover-Köln, Leverkusen-Bayern, and Mainz-Gladbach.

[HT] Current scores lift Wolfsburg into the top six at Mönchengladbach’s expense. Only other move is Freiburg climbing above Frankfurt into tenth.

[HT] No changes for either side.

[46] For the final time this season, Borussia Dortmund kick-off in front of their home fans.

[49] A fantastic challenge from Marc Hornschuh stops Kadrii having a clean run at goal. he was caught in possession, but made up the distance to track back and win the ball back. Surman visibly impressed with his commitment.

[52] As the home fans are cheering every pass, Taiwo sends a cross in from the left that Perisic heads inches wide. The Yellow Wall thought the ‘keeper got a touch on it, but goal kick given.

[54] Schipplock has doubled Fürth’s lead at home to Frankfurt, 2-0.

[55] Corner for Werder Bremen. It’s cleared well and Blaszczykowski picks the ball up thirty yards from his own goal and takes it down the left before cutting inside and firing a shot towards the far post. It’s deflected for a corner. Great counterattacking move.

[58] Schmitz somehow clears the ball over his own crossbar from inside the six-yard box. Blaszczykowski is giving the full backs real headaches today.

[60] Attendance here today is 79,388. About 1500 away from being a full house.

[62] A pair of good interceptions by Kostas Katsouranis help Dortmund break-up a promising-looking Werder Bremen attack. They’ve upped their game, pushing for an equaliser.

[65] A trio of penalties to tell you about: Ivanschitz has missed one for Mainz, and Huszti has also mised for Hannover. Both those matches remain 0-0. Rafael Van der Vaart has scored from the spot though, putting Hamburg 2-1 up at home to Schalke.

[66] Caution for Philipp Bargfrede after he trips Katsouranis.

[66] Sub for Dortmund²: Ilkay Gündogan replaces Leitner (7.0).

[67] Dominguez has been sent-off for Mönchengladbach who are drawing 0-0 at Mainz.

[68] Corner for the visitors as Hornschuh makes a good challenge on Selassie.

[70] Lewandowski isn’t getting any change from Prödl this afternoon. The visiting centre-back is first to everything in the air.

[72] 2-0 DORTMUND! From a corner towards the near post, Felipe Santana gets above Sebastian Prödl and flicks a header across goal and into the far corner past the man on the line. Tenth goal of the season for the centre-back. Curse of the commentator for Prödl, sorry about that.


[75] Yellow card for Kostas Katsouranis after he’s late on Niklas Füllkrug.

[77] PENALTY! Has to be a penalty as Jakub Blaszczykowski goes down in the box when he caught by Lukas Schmitz. Referee looks to the Assistant who’s flagging, and he points to the spot! Great ball over the top by Dennis Praet to create the opportunity.

[77] 3-0 DORTMUND! Ivan Perisic smashes the ball low down the middle from the spot and it goes underneath Wolf who’d dived to his right. Not a good technique, but it’s nestled in the back of the net. 16 goals for Perisic this season, 9 in the league.


[78] Sub for Werder Bremen¹: Marko Arnautovic is on for Chibuike (6.7).

[80] Sub for Dortmund³: Mario Götze replaces Lewandowski (6.9).

[81] We’re inside the final ten minutes here at Signal Iduna Park, and BVB look good for a win and a clean sheet as a way of signing-off in front of their home crowd. Will be three clean sheets in a row for them, after not managing one in twelve matches.

[82] Prödl heads behind a Taiwo cross for Dortmund’s eighth corner of the afternoon.

[85] Langerak comes to claim a cross into the six-yard box from the right. Safe hands from him today, though he’s rarely been threatened.

[86] Praet and Perisic get in each other’s way as the ball drops loose in the box. Needed one of them to pull out and let a clean shot fire off.

[86] Werder Bremen push forwards as the Dortmund move breaks down and a long cross-field ball from Aleksandar Ignjovski is headed past Langerak by Marko Arnautovic, but the flag’s up. No doubt about it. The shadow of the East Stand helps the Assistant make the correct call there.


[88] Artur Sobiech has put Hannover 1-0 up at home to Köln who’ll now slip into the bottom two on goal difference behind Fürth (who are beating Frankfurt 2-0). One of Nürnberg, Fürth or Köln will avoid the bottom three next week. All three face tricky fixtures.

[89] Klaas-Jan Huntelaar has equalised for Schalke at Hamburg, 2-2. The visitors need the win to keep the chance of third place alive.

[89] A week after a brilliant performance last week, Manuel Neuer has scored an own goal to give Bayer Leverkusen the lead against Bayern Munich. Elsewhere, Harnik has pulled a goal back for Stuttgart who are 2-1 down at Wolfsburg.

[89] Yellow card for Alekzandar Ignjovski for his foul on Blaszczykowski.

[90] 4-0 DORTMUND! Ivan Perisic whips the free-kick in from the right-hand side, and it looks like a routine take for Raphael Wolf, but he spills the catch in the middle of the six-yard box and Mario Götze simply pokes the ball over the line.


[90] Fourth Official indicates one additional minute.

[90+1] Sub for Werder Bremen²: Nikolce Noveski replaces Prödl (6.5).

[90+1] Mario Mandzukic has snatched a draw for Bayern at Leverkusen!

[90+2] We play sixty seconds over the indicated additional minute before the Referee brings an end to Dortmund’s last home match of the season. The players and staff do a lap of honour here at Signal Iduna Park, and they’ll receive the Bundesliga trophy on the pitch shortly.


FULL-TIME: Borussia Dortmund 4-0 Werder Bremen (Bundesliga).


A good performance from the champions, though those two late individual errors gifted them two goals to make the win look more comprehensive than it would have been otherwise. Take nothing away from Dortmund though, they created the opportunities that put the visitors under pressure they couldn’t cope with. They gap increases back to nine points after Bayern Munich’s dramtic late draw at Bayer Leverkusen.

Just the small matter of the trophy presentation to come…