Borussia Dortmund 0-1 Bor. Mönchengladbach

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Dortmund’s unbeaten home record under Gray Surman has come to a cruel end against Mönchengladbach after Oscar Wendt’s stoppage time goal proved the difference in the Borussen Derby moments after Mats Hummels was dismissed for Dortmund.

Marc-André ter Stegen showed exactly why he’s the German number one with a fantastic performance, keeping out all ten of the shots on target from the hosts, and when he was beaten on four occasions, the woodwork came to the rescue for Gladbach.

Débuts were given to Heinz Lindner, who was three minutes away from a deserved clean-sheet, though the same can’t be said of Cimo Röcker who was disappointing at left-back. Stevan Jovetic finally made his first competitive appearance for BVB, but was replaced early in the second-half.

Referee Manuel Gräfe, quick to whistle and pocket throughout, flashed yellow and red at captain Mats Hummels as the clock ticked into the 90th minute and with BVB unable to pick-up the extra man, Oscar Wendt turned home a low cross from Jens Hegeler to earn their first points of the season.

Dortmund are back in action on Wednesday with the visit of Valencia.

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Welcome to Signal Iduna Park for the Borussen Derby! These games have produced 21 goals in the last two seasons so we could be in for a cracker tonight. Five changes for Dortmund from the Super Cup win over Arsenal, and three players make their début for the club…

Heinz Lindner is in goal, with Cimo Röcker at left-back. Record signing Stevan Jovetic is up top. The other changes are Lars Bender back from injury and he replaces brother Sven in the middle, and Viktor Fischer is in for Schürrle on the left. Dortmund are at Valencia on Wednesday night so some rotation.

For Gladbach, captain and goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen is making his 100th league appearance for the club.

Gregor Wolf from The Gazette is going for a home win, as are the bookies. Man in the middle today is Manuel Gräfe from Berlin who isn’t shy when it comes to dishing out the cards.

Dortmund have won the toss, so it’s the visitors who’ll get us under way in the next five minutes. Dortmund in their traditional yellow and black, Gladbach in all white.

[00] We’re off in the first Bundesliga match of the day. Hoffenheim host Leverkusen later.

[03] Both ‘keepers have had a touch inside the opening three minutes. Mike Hanke fizzes a 22-yarder wide for Gladbach, while Ter Stegen comes to claim a Fischer cross for the hosts.

[04] Andreas Beck sees his man back off and back off, so he cuts inside from the right and fires a shot over the top from 25 yards.

[06] Corner for the visitors as Bender puts in a good challenge on Hanke. Vieirinha is penalised for a push on Jovetic and Dortmund win the free-kick in their own box.

[08] Beck wins Dortmund their first corner off Hegeler. The Gladbach man seems happy to let the wing back run at him, but he gets a foot in to send the cross behind.

[09] Praet whips the inswinger in towards the near post where it’s headed away only as far as Bender on the edge of the box, he squares or Fischer who has his drive from 20 yards pushed away at full-stretch by Ter Stegen, before Wendt clears for the visitors.

[11] Jovetic is involved going forwards for the first time for Dortmund, dropping deep to hold the ball up, but Reus is penalised for a foul as the ball is worked into the box.

[17] Just over quarter of an hour gone and it’s pretty even here. Dortmund perhaps just having more of the possession in the final third, but they’re testing the back four, trying to find an opening. Both sides look quick on the break though.

[18] Vieirinha is the first player in Manuel Gräfe’s book as he trips Andreas Beck in full-flow on Dortmund’s right flank.

[20] Jens Hegeler nearly catches Heinz Lindner out with a cross into the box that curls towards goal and needs the Austrian ‘keeper to scramble across and push it away. Beck makes a clearance before Vieirinha can knock the loose ball home at the far post.

[22] Fantastic cross-field ball from Praet to Reus sees the German lay it off for Lars Bender who charges into the box but can’t pull it back from the goal line to a waiting Jovetic.

[24] Woodwork! Wendt concedes a free-kick level with the edge of the box on the right. Praet whips it in and Mats Hummels meets it at the near post but sees his flicked header across goal come back off the far post. Cimo Röcker can’t poke it home in the scramble and it’s thumped clear.

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[26] Great advantage from the referee as Jovetic is fouled in the air, but the ball is picked up by Götze who beats three men on a run towards the penalty spot, eventually being denied by the foot of Ter Stegen who deflects the shot behind.

[30] Merker skins young Röcker and puts a great cross in towards Vieirinha at the far post for Gladbach, but the touch is heavy from the Portuguese winger and Beck closes him down to help Dortmund clear their lines.

[33] Fischer and Hegeler collide a couple of yards outside the Dortmund box and Manuel Gräfe gives the free-kick to the visitors in very dangerous territory. He’s quick to hit the whistle, the referee from Berlin. 14 fouls already.

[34] Neven Subotic heads the delivery away and Dortmund instantly try to hit the visitors on the break, eventually winning a throw-in ten yards from the Gladbach goal line.

[35] Free-kick to Dortmund right on the penalty arc, just to the left of dead-centre. Domínguez coming through the back of Jovetic to win the ball.

[35] Brilliant save by Marc-André ter Stegen to go to his left and fingertip the ball over the top after Dennis Praet bends it round the four-man wall.

[41] Luuk de Jong has a real speculative effort from 30 yards out but bends it high and wide.

[42] Route one stuff nearly sees Dortmund take the lead as Jovetic flicks-on the goal kick and Fischer is in behind the back four, but his 15-yard shot is charged down by Ter Stegen. Best chance of the game so far for either side.

[42] Mats Hummels is cautioned for a foul on Granit Xhaka in the centre-circle. The Gladbach man has been a rock in their midfield so far. Granit. Rock. Geddit? Nevermind.

[43] Fischer is getting in some great positions for Dortmund as he again tests the ‘keeper from the edge of the box. Ter Stegen pushes it away, but Röcker tries to put it back into the six-yard box before it’s cleared.

[45] One additional minute.

[45+1] Lars Bender drills a shot low at goal from 30 yards which Ter Stegen pushes away, and the flag goes up against Reus as he gets to the rebound. That’s probably it.

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HALF-TIME: Borussia Dortmund 0-0 Borussia Mönchengladbach (Bundesliga)

[HT] Change at the break for the visitors: Havard Nordtveit replaces Vieirinha (6.2) who was cautioned early on.

[48] Gladbach have come out the blocks brightest, and are inches away from taking the lead when De Jong pulls the ball back to Xhaka who strikes it against Lindner’s right post from 16 yards out.

[53] Robert Lewandowski is on for Stevan Jovetic (6.8). for Dortmund.

[54] Corner for Dortmund, Hanke running at Röcker again on Glabach’s right.

[55] Glabach have made their second change: On comes Jagos Vukovic for Merkel (7.1).

[58] And a double change for Dortmund as Gray Surman rolls his final dice. André Schürrle and Julian Koch replace Fischer (6.8) and Röcker (5.7) respectively.

[59] Ter Stegan makes another save, pushing away Praet’s low drive from the edge of the box. Dortmund keep knocking on his door.

[66] Schürrle cuts in from the left but drills his effort wide. Dortmund comfortable in possession lately but not showing much from it.

[67] Lewandowki’s turn to test Ter Stegan, as the Gladbach keeper gets down low to push a 20-yard drive round the post.

[68] …and now Marco Reus who catches Vukovic in possession and darts into the box, but his shot is pushed away. Gladbach making their final change as Luuk de Jong (7.0) is replaced by Nils Petersen.

[70] Woodwork! Out of absolutely nothing, the ball is lumped forwards, looping in the opposite direction off a deflection and landing for Oscar Wendt who smashes a volley against the upright from ten yards out.

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[73] Marco Reus goes in the book after he clips Vukovic chasing a ball into the box.

[75] Woodwork! Marco Reus’s turn to hit the woodwork now as he’s given space to bring the ball forwards before driving a shot over the ‘keeper but it comes cannoning back off the crossbar from 25 yards out.

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[80] Into the final ten minutes and there’s some tired-looking legs out there for the visitors. Can Dortmund finally beat Marc-André ter Stegen, or can Gladbach hit them on the break? Will we have a winner today?

[83] Woodwork! Lewandowski hits the same part of the crossbar as Reus did moments ago. He crashes it against the woodwork from 22 yards with Ter Stegen well beaten.

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[85] Hearts in mouths as Lindner rushes to head away a long-ball a couple of yards outside his box. It falls for Hanke who tries to lob it back in first time but it drops three yards wide.

[85] End to end stuff as neither side wants a single point. Götze hits a ball forwards for Schürrle who takes it to the goal line, before clipping it in to the box where Lars Bender’s powerful header flashes half a yard wide.

[86] Mike Hanke sees yellow after he pulls back Dennis Praet. Good delivery needed here from the young Belgian.

[86] Again, another fine save from the visiting ‘keeper as he tips a Schürrle drive round the post. Neat free-kick routine from Dortmund wins them their seventh corner of the game.

[87] Seven becomes eight. Vukovic heads Praet’s delivery behind.

[87] Scrambled and cleared away after Koch can’t get enough on it at the far post.

[90] Dismissal! Mats Hummels could be in trouble as he clips Nils Petersen with Gladbach on the counter. Didn’t look too much in it, but Manuel Gräfe is calling the Dortmund skipper over… Second yellow for Mats Hummels and BVB will play the final 50 seconds of normal time, plus whatever’s added on, without their captain.

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[90] We’ll have four minutes of stoppage time.

[90+1] Dortmund 0-1 Mönchengladbach: The visitors have snatched it at the death! Nordtveit picks out an unmarked Hegeler on the right flank, and he sends a cross into the six-yard box where Oscar Wendt beats Lindner and Beck to the ball and steers it home for the likely winner against ten-man Dortmund.

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[90+3] Marco Reus has a chance to rescue a point but blasts over the top as he snatches as a shot on the half-volley.

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FULL-TIME: Borussia Dortmund 0-1 Borussia Mönchengladbach (Bundesliga). [PKM]

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A cruel blow for Dortmund at the death as their unbeaten home record under Surman comes to an end. While they had the better opportunities, they were unable to take them with Marc-André ter Stegen in excellent form for the visitors, but truth be told, there were too many players in yellow under-performing – a fact pointed out to them in the dressing room after the match.

“As soon as has served his suspension, Mats will be back in the side.

“We didn’t cope well after the dismissal, we just switched off and focused on the officials rather than our opponents. 

“It’s rotten luck but luck doesn’t win football matches. Their ‘keeper won the match for them today.”

    • 17.09: UEFA Champions League Borussia Dortmund v. Valencia (Signal Iduna Park)
    • 21.09: Bundesliga Bayer Leverkusen v. Borussia Dortmund (BayArena)
    • 24.09: Bundesliga Borussia Dortmund v. FC Nürnberg (Signal Iduna Park)
    • 27.09: Bundesliga Hannover 96 v. Borussia Dortmund (HDI-Arena)
    • 30.09: UEFA Champions League Standard Liège v. Dortmund (Stade Maurice Dufrasne)

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