UEFA Super Cup: Dortmund 3-2 Arsenal

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perisicIvan Perisic was introduced from the bench to score a brace as Borussia Dortmund came from behind to beat Arsenal and lift the UEFA Super Cup for the first time in the club’s history. The Croatian midfielder was gifted a pair of tap-ins in the second-half to turn the game on its head.

Santi Cazorla curled home a hotly-debated free-kick after five minutes to put Arsenal in front following Marcel Schmelzer’s challenge on Xherdan Shaqiri, with replays suggesting that Arsenal’s £18m summer signing went down without contact.

André Schürrle scored his first goal for Dortmund thirteen minutes later as the UEFA Champions League winners carved open their opponents, who never looked confident in front of a goalkeeper who publicly expressed his unhappiness at Arsenal last week.

Stevan Jovetic came on shortly after the interval for his Dortmund début alongside Perisic, and it was the substitutes that combined to put BVB in front. Dennis Praet’s superb through-ball for Jovetic was steered into the path of Ivan Perisic who slotted past Fabianski.

Arsenal drew level ten minutes later when a ball over the top from Cazorla was squared by Park Chu-Young to Pedro who side-footed home an equaliser, but within twenty-five seconds of the restart shot themselves in the foot when Laurent Koscielny’s backpass was intercepted by Perisic who rounded Fabianski for the winner.

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Welcome to Cardiff for the 2014 UEFA Super Cup between Borussia Dortmund and Arsenal. Both sides will be looking to win this competition for the first time in their history, having been losing finalists back in the mid-90s.

The clubs met in the Champions League Group Stage last season, with Dortmund winning 2-0 at home before a 2-2 draw in London. Dortmund going on to win the competition, beating Barcelona on penalties, with Arsenal lifting the Europa League with a 2-0 win over PSG.

One change for Dortmund: Mario Götze starts ahead of Ivan Perisic, after he replaced him a week ago at half-time, and scored a brace in the 3-0 win over Werder Bremen.

Big changes for Arsenal from their 1-1 draw with Wolves at the weekend: Fabianski in goal, with Mertesacker, Walcott, Arteta, Podolski and Wilshere all out of the staring XI.

It’s Dortmund manager Gray Surman’s 100th competitive match in charge, and just two days after his birthday, a massive opportunity to lift his fourth trophy.

Danny Shelley from World Soccer Magazine has made his call, and he’s going for a draw. “I can’t choose between these sides and it may well take a shoot-out to separate them.” Remember, we go to extra-time after 90 minutes here if the sides are level.

[00] Arsenal kick-off!

[01] Xherdan Shaqiri’s early cross into the box is headed away by Mats Hummels, with Robert Lewandowski playing it over halfway. Thomas Vermaelen is late on Marco Reus and BVB win the first free-kick of the game.

[01] Vermaelen, then Koscielny clear deliveries into the box from Dennis Praet at the set-piece, before Santi Cazorla is penalised for a foul. 3 yards out, just to the right of centre.

[02] Dennis Praet lifts it over the wall, but it’s too close to Lukas Fabianski and the want-away Arsenal ‘keeper saves.

[04] Spell of Dortmund possession comes to an end when Xherdan Shaqiri gets to the ball ahead of Sven Bender and wins a free-kick in his own half for Arsenal.

[05] Shaqiri’s run towards goal is halted prematurely by Marcel Schmelzer who trips the Swiss midfielder 25 yards out. Schmelzer and Mats Hummels guilty of backing off there a little, and not closing him down sooner.

[05] Replays suggesting that Shaqiri went to ground without any contact.

[06] Borussia Dortmund 0-1 Arsenal: The Turkish referee is hounded by Dortmund players as Santi Cazorla celebrates curling home a fantastic free-kick right into Roman Weidenfeller’s top corner.

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[07] Dortmund get us back under way, looking rattled as Lewandowski is almost immediately penalised for a barge on Sagna.

[10] André Schürrle cuts inside from the left before finding Marcel Schmelzer on the overlap. Laurent Koscielny closes down the cross, as Dortmund were getting men into the box.

[11] Dennis Praet dummies and beats Santi Cazorla before slotting a through-ball to Marcel Schmelzer who gets between the centre-backs. He takes it first time but Lukas Fabianski makes a great save to push it wide. José Enrique prevents the corner.

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[13] Dortmund furious with the assistant behind the goal as Lewandowski gets onto Bender’s pass inside the box before Koscielny’s challenge puts it behind. Goal kick say the officials. Surman calming his side down from the dogout.

[14] Aaron Ramsey sends Dennis Praet to the deck. Spicy start here in Wales.

[16] Park Chu-Young is offside as Arsenal get hold of the ball after some prolonged possession from the German champions.

[19] Borussia Dortmund 1-1 Arsenal: All-square in Cardiff through André Schürrle who scores his first goal for Dortmund. Mario Götze plays the ball left as Bacary Sagna drifts out of position, and Schürrle latches on and slots past Fabianski.

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[20] Robert Lewandowski beats the Arsenal offside trap but can’t work a shot away. Arsenal’s back four look shaky.

[21] Dortmund have come alive! Fabianski has to make a full-stretch save to stop a Götze curler from fully 30 yards. Praet and Götze creating lots of space for themselves.

[21] Koscielny is caught in possession by Lewandowski, but his ball forwards to Praet is a little short. Dortmund were 3-on-1 there.

[22] Lewandowski can’t keep his shot down as he turns Koscielny and slams Bender’s pass over the top from 20 yards.

[23] First corner of the game goes to Dortmund as they get Andreas Beck into the game down their right. His ball into the box towards Marco Reus is put behind by José Enrique.

[24] Cleared away but an Arsenal breakaway is cut-out by Reus.

[26] Shaqiri has a weak effort from 20 yards easily saved.

[26] Arsenal win a corner on their left as Pedro’s cross is deflected behind off Reus.

[28] José Enrique has flown into a challenge on Marco Reus that inexplicably is only punished by a free-kick. Reus looks hurt.

[30] Reus is receiving treatment as Dortmund play on with 10. The Turkish officials are on the end of some criticism from the BVB bench, rightly so.

[33] Corner for Dortmund, who are back to their full quota after Reus has had treatment. Lewandowski burst onto a ball over the top and Koscielny slides to deflect his square-ball behind as Praet looked for a tap-in.

[34] Praet’s corner is flicked-on at the near post by Andreas Beck but Fabianski gets down to gather.

[35] Still a tense atmosphere here as Mats Hummels and Park Chu-Young clatter into each other. Play on says the Turkish referee, but the Arsenal forward needs treatment.

[40] Arsenal seeing a lot more of the ball, but the games is being squeezed between the back fours. Both sides looking for a precision ball into the final third.

[41] Corner for Arsenal as Hummels is first to Sagna’s cross, but his header loops in the air and Beck has to get it behind and to safety.

[42] Santi Cazorla’s in-swinging corner is met around the penalty spot by Pedro whose header clips the top of the bar on its way over.

[43] Superb stuff from Mario Götze as he holds the ball up, dummies Koscielny, cuts back inside and forces Fabianski into a fingertip save from the edge of the box.

[45] Two additional minutes.

[45] Marco Reus fires a shot from 25 yards but it’s low and always bending away from goal.

[45+2] Dortmund creating options but no one is looking to test Fabianski, keeping the Arsenal back four on their toes before Aaron Ramsey bundles over Mario Götze a yard outside the box. Great opportunity here…

[45+2] Dennis Praet rifles the free-kick through the wall but he fires wide of the far post by a yard, and that’s the half-time whistle. One-all at the break.

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HALF-TIME: Borussia Dortmund 1-1 Arsenal (UEFA Super Cup).

[HT] No changes at the break. Dortmund get us back under way.

[47] Fast start to the second-half, with an Arsenal move being countered by the German side. Sagna’s vital challenge on Beck stopped BVB breaking through 3-on-1. They have an opportunity to swing the ball into the box after Pedro concedes a free-kick out wide.

[47] Bedlam in the Arsenal box as Praet flights the free-kick in, and pinball breaks out. Koscielny saves his side a certain goal with a diving header on the line.

[48] Santi Cazorla pops a 35-yard free-kick way over the top. Activity on the Dortmund bench…

[49] Double change for Dortmund: Stevan Jovetic and Ivan Perisic replace Robert Lewandowski (6.7) and Marco Reus (6.7). Götze goes to the right, Perisic behind Jovetic.

[50] Park Chu-Young whips a cross in from the left that deflects off Neven Subotic’s boot and bounces off the top of the Dortmund bar.

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[51] Borussia Dortmund 2-1 Arsenal: They showed how much of an impact they can make from substitutions last week, and they’ve done it again today! Dennis Praet ‘s through-ball to Stevan Jovetic is cut out by Bacary Sagna but the ball drops loose for Ivan Perisic to tap home.

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[54] Stevan Jovetic is inches away from getting on the end of Sven Bender’s through-ball. Arsenal need to sharpen-up at the back.

[56] Schürrle skins Sagna before getting the ball into the six-yard box for Perisic. He turns it goalwards but he’s penalised for a foul on Vermaelen.

[57] Sagna goes in hard on Schürrle but comes off second-best as the Dortmund man rides the challenge. Sagna is ordered off for treatment.

[58] Ever Banega slides in on Schürrle and gives away another free-kick. No cards yet from the Turkish referee. Foul count is 15-9 against Arsenal.

[60] André Schürrle is on the end of a Bagna Sagna foul again, and the referee finally brandishes the first caution of the game.

[62] Borussia Dortmund 2-2 Arsenal: The Gunners have an unlikely equaliser with a rare ball into the box for Cazorla being squared to Pedro to slot past Weidenfeller, much like Dortmund’s second moments ago.

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[63] Borussia Dortmund 3-2 Arsenal: Parity lasts just 57 seconds after Laurent Koscielny woefully under-hits a backpass to Fabianksi, letting Ivan Perisic steal in, round the ‘keeper and slot Dortmund back in front.

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[65] Koscielny is having a nightmare. He’s a fortunate guy to avoid further punishment as he brings down Jovetic in full-flight a yard outside the box.

[67] Park Chu-Young gets onto a ball over the top before lashing a half-volley inches wide of Weidenfeller’s far post from 12 yards out.

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[68] Arsenal gift Dortmund an opportunity that Perisic doesn’t take advantage of. Sagna and Vermaelen give away free-kicks but Fabianski saves well.

[70] Aaron Ramsey is the second man in the book after he trips Bender on half-way.

[74] Approaching the final quarter of an hour and no signs of activity on the Arsenal bench.

[75] Pedro comes through Götze, and Dortmund look like they’re going to be forced into a change.

[79] Dortmund looking very comfortable on the ball, with Arsenal snatching at chances to win possession back. Dortmund make their third change: Viktor Fischer replaces Mario Götze (7.8).

[81] Neven Subotic catches his studs and gifts the ball to Park Chu-Young, 25 yards out but the Arsenal striker goes for a first-time effort and he clips it over the bar.

[83] Laurent Koscielny makes a great challenge on Schmelzer as Dortmund pour forwards in search of a killer fourth goal. Jovetic can’t get the ball back and Arsenal could break 4-on-2 here…

[83] … Koscielny’s ball forwards is totally over-hit and the moment passes as Weidenfeller gathers.

[84] Aaron Ramsey blasts a shot over the top from 20 yards out.

[86] Arsenal pushing everyone forward in search of a late equaliser. Cazorla sends a fantastic cross-field ball out wide to Pedro, but Hummels closes him down.

[89] Into the final minute. Dortmund holding on. Surman’s sides have always looked vulnerable to the long-ball over the top but Arsenal aren’t creating chances for themselves.

[90] Three minutes additional time.

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FULL-TIME: Borussia Dortmund 3-2 Arsenal (UEFA Super Cup). [PKM]

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Last week, Mario Götze came off the bench for a disappointing Ivan Perisic and scored a brace. With the tables turned, Ivan Perisic did exactly what he had to do to fight for his place in Surman’s side as the club lift their fourth trophy in four months.

The club go into the international break buoyant, and have laid down the gauntlet to the rest of the continent ahead of their Champions League campaign getting under way at home to Valencia next month.

speechmarks-leftI am absolutely ecstatic, it was a fantastic effort by the players. They showed real character today. I really hoped Ivan would be able to make an impact, and he did just that, to devastating effect.

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