Borussia Dortmund 3-1 Nürnberg (Bundesliga)

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stevan-jovetic70Stevan Jovetic bagged his first goals for Dortmund since his record £32m move from Fiorentina, hitting a second-half hat-trick that only had the gloss taken off of it by BVB conceding a sloppy late goal from a quick Nürnberg free-kick.

Surman made six changes from the win at Leverkusen on Sunday, with four games coming up in the next eleven days. Lindner came back in goal, with Hummels back from suspension ahead of him. Beck was rested for Koch, while Reus and Schürrle took the flanks behind Jovetic.

A off-target first-half in every sense of the phrase, was kick-started into life with the half-time introduction of Julian Schieber and a change to a 3-5-2 system that the visitors had no answer to. We’d played just 46 seconds after the interval when Schieber peeled away from his man and crossed for Jovetic to slot home the opener.

Twenty minutes later, Jovetic latched onto Lars Bender’s ball into the box, controlling and placing past Raphael Schäfer, and he completed his hat-trick ten minutes later when he lashed home a nod down from André Schürrle at the near post.

The opening forty-five saw Dortmund ride their luck a bit, with Tim Chandler and Adam Hlousek hitting either post in the opening quarter of an hour, with the home side failing to significantly test the ‘keeper and were fortunate not to be a goal down at the break when Alex Søderlund’s hader was ruled-out with the ball creeping out of play first.

Ivan Perisic, cautioned early on, was carried off midway through the first half following a challenge from Hlousek, and he’ll have scans on his knee tomorrow.

Nürnberg, who were battered throughout the second period, grabbed a late consolation when the Dortmund defence switched off at a free-kick whipped into the six-yard box where Juhani Ojala was given time and space to divert it past Lindner who’s still waiting to keep his first competitive clean-sheet for the club.

Dortmund climb to fourth with the win, and travel to 16th place Hanover on Saturday.

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It’s a breezy, wet night here in Dortmund where the champions have made six changes as they look to climb into the top three tonight with a win against Nürnberg who sit 10th having won both their home games, but lost both their away games so far.

There’s five other games on tonight, including Augsburg-Schalke who were the top two on Sunday night ahead of yesterday’s matches.

[00] The hosts kick-off, and we’re underway in the drizzle!

[02] Ivan Perisic is in the book after just 95 seconds when he clatters into Klose.

[04] André Schürrle overlaps onto Perisic’s ball but has his drive richochet to safety off the legs off Reinhardt.

[05] Stevan Jovetic spins and shoots on the edge of the box from Sven Bender’s neat ball into his feet, but he puts it a yard wide.

[06] Woodwork! Nürnberg go within inches of taking the lead as the long goal kick is flicked on to Adam Hlousek who cuts inside and bends it towards the far corner. Lindner makes a great save to push it away before Tim Chandler smashes the loose ball against the post from twelve yards.

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[09] Klose and Pinola combine to get the ball away from Marco Reus as the Dortmund man brings the ball unopposed into the box from the right. He just couldn’t get a shot away or pull it back to Jovetic before being closed down.

[10] First goal of the night has come in Hamburg where the home side are ahead against Leverkusen through Rudnevs.

[12] Ivan Perisic has a sloppy pass to Jovetic intercepted, but gets lucky within seconds with an unfortunate bounce spins away from Pinola. He’s as good as clean through but as he pulls the trigger, Balitsch puts in a good challenge.

[12] Woodwork! Again, long ball forwards and Adam Hlousek has got away from his marker. He takes a heavy touch and hits the near post when he tries to square. Put behind for their first corner, which becomes a second, and eventually Hlousek’s header flashes over the top. Warning signs for Dortmund that they have to keep him on a tight rein.

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[15] Pinola and Ojala clear away fom inside their own six-yard box within ten seconds of each other as crossed from Schürrle and Koch put Nürnberg under some aerial pressure.

[17] Corner Dortmund as Reus’s cross is put behind by Balitsch. Perisic takes on the far side, and Bangura heads away to safety.

[18] Marco Reus goes down in the air right on the edge of the box from Bangura’s challenge. Nothing given either way as appeals go up, more from the crowd than the players.

[20] The referee gets this one though. Pinola right in the back of Reus. It’s a yard outside the box, on the Assistant’s side. Perisic’s delivery is blocked by the wall but falls nicely for Sven Bender 22 yards out but his volley dips inches over the bar.

[21] Klaas-Jan Huntelaar has put Schalke 1-0 up at Augsburg. The visitors will go back top with a win tonight.

[22] Lars Bender fires straight down Schäfer’s throat from 25 yards. No problem for the visiting ‘keeper.

[23] Yellow card for Adam Hlousek as he leaves a foot in on Perisic, who stays down and is receiving treatment. Dortmund’s outfield subs are sent back out from the dugout to warm-up.

[25] Change for Dortmund as they have to defend a corner. Mario Götze is on for the injured Perisic (6.9). They get it away at the second time of asking. Meanwhile, Artjoms Rudnevs has a second for hamburg at home to Leverkusen, and Klaas-Jan Huntelaar has doubled his and Schalke’s tally away to Augsburg.

[28] Sven Bender has the ball sit-up nicely for him but he’s off-target from 25 yards.

[30] Reus wins a corner off Pinola, but Götze’s delivery is a poor one.

[33] Sven Bender is the third player to see yellow as he brings down Balitsch in the middle of the park. Arjen Robben has put Bayern in front at home to Wolfsburg.

[36] André Schürrle pops one over the top. Just one on-target from nine efforts for Dortmund so far. From the restart Julian Koch fouls his man and is cautioned. In Augsburg, Lewis Holtby has put Schalke 3-0 up.

[38] Alex Søderlund takes a wonderful touch to beat Mats Hummels, with the ball sitting up perfectly for the half-volley but he slices it wide when anything on-target was a likely goal.

[42] Reus has an age on the edge of the box, but there’s no pass on for him. Dortmund’s movement in the final third has been uninspiring today. Akpala has just scored the opener for Werder Bremen at Gladbach.

[44] No Goal! Alexander Søderlund loops a header over Heinz Lindner at the far post, but little resistance was offered as the flag was up and the whistle had gone, with Asare’s cross bending out of play first. Arjen Robben has a second for Bayern who now lead 2-0 at home to Wolfsburg.

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[45] Two additional minutes.

[45+1] Schürrle has a shot saved from 25 yards.

[45+2] Reus tests Schäfer from 18 yards, but again the effort is straight at the ‘keeper.

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HALF-TIME: Borussia Dortmund 0-0 FC Nürnberg (Bundesliga)

[HT] Scores at the interval from around the league: Augsburg 0-3 Schalke, Bayern Munich 2-0 Wolfsburg, Hertha Berlin 0-0 Düsseldorf, Hamburg 2-0 Leverkusen, and Mönchengladbach 0-1 Werder Bremen.

[HT] Two changes at the break for Dortmund and it looks like they’ve switched to three at the back, with both full-backs off. Centre-back Felipe Santana and strikerJulian Schieber replace Koch (6.8) and Schmelzer (6.8). Nürnberg unchanged.

[46] The visitors get the second-half going!

[46] Dortmund 1-0 Nürnberg: What an instant impact from the changes! Felipe Santana collects the ball in the Dortmund third, spreads it wide for Reus who flicks it on for Julian Schieber. The sub gets to edge of the box and squares for Stevan Jovetic who pokes home at the near post for his first goal since his record £32m move from Fiorentina.

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[46] 46 seconds between Nürnberg kicking-off the second-half and Jovetic opening his Dortmund account. Hernández has put Bayern 3-0 up at home to Wolfsburg.

[50] Schürrle always looks dangerous when he cuts in from the left, but after a couple of games where he has laid the ball off, he’s back to having a go from distance and again it’s high and wide.

[53] Ojala concedes a silly free-kick with a foul on Schürrle 25 yuards out. Götze takes it quickly, chipping it into the box but no one is alive to it at the far post.

[54] Raphael Schäfer is a fortunate man not to have conceded a second as the ball is worked to Julian Schieber just inside the box whose shot loops off Sven Bender and looks to have wrong-footed the ‘keeper but as he dioves one way he just gets a hand to the shot.

[55] Andreas Lambertz has put Düsseldorf in front at Hertha Berlin to give us a goal in every game tonight, and as I type, Joseph Akpala has a second for Werder Bremen at Gladbach. Four players are on a hat-trick now across the league.

[57] Jovetic works the ball wide for Schieber in acres of space who drills an effort a yard wide when he really should have hit the target. The ball is kept alive and within moments Schäfer makes a brilliant save to deny Jovetic.

[60] Schieber’s adjusting his shooting boots as he puts one over the top from 20 yards. He’s getting into some great spaces.

[61] A few hearts are in mouths in the yellow wall as Dortmund’s back three dither clearing a ball and are closed down by Hlousek. Santana eventually takes charge and hammers it out of play. Junior Fernandes has pulled a goal back for Leverkusen at Hamburg.

[65] Lars Bender fires at Schäfer from 18 yards out after Götze squares, but it’s straight at the ‘keeper.

[66] Booking for Hanno Balitsch after he trips Sven Bender.

[67] Dortmund 2-0 Nürnberg: The champions have doubled their lead with what’s been their most direct passage of play since the interval. Lars Bender chips the ball over the top for Stevan Jovetic who takes a touch with his right foot to leave Ojala standing, before finishing with his left past Schäfer from 14 yards out.

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[67] Nürnberg make a change before the restart. Off comes their most-likely threat today, Adam Hlousek (6.8) and he’s replaced by Timmy Simons.

[69] We had five players on a brace, but it’s Artjoms Rudnevs with the first hat-trick of the night. He has his third of the game to restore hamburg’s two-goal advantage over Leverkusen.

[70] Today’s attendance is announced as 79,919. Pretty good for a wet Wednesday evening. Corner for Dortmund as Jovetic has a shot defleted behind. Felipe Santana grazes the bar with a heder from eight yards out.

[72] Schäfer gets behind a low drive from Schürrle but the ball drops loose ten yards out. Schieber stretches but Reinhardt takes it away from him. Staright after, the visitor concede a free-kick 20 yards out that Götze curls round the wall and inches over the top with Schäfer beaten. Nürnberg are under some heavy pressure at the moment.

[75] Fifteen minutes to go. Will we see a hat-trick from Huntelaar, Akpala, Jovetic or Robben tonight?

[76] Dortmund 3-0 Nürnberg: Yes. Yes we will! I’d barely finished typing that as Santana loops a ball into the box that André Schürrle nods down for Stevan Jovetic to rifle a half-volley past Schäfer from eight yards out.

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[78] Twelve minutes for the hosts to keep back-to-back clean sheets, Surman reminding his side of their defensive duties from the bench.

[80] Joseph Akpala has his hat-trick now, as he’s got a third for Werder Bremen at Gladbach. Eyes on Robben and Huntelaar now!

[82] Nürnberg have woken up in thuis second-half. Asare makes a good run into the box before being halted by Lars bender’s sliding challenge. As it’s cleared Götze is penalised for a foul.

[83] Dortmund 3-1 Nürnberg: Gray Surman is exasperated in the BVB dugout as a needless foul gives Asare the opportunity to put the ball into the box. He does so, taking it quickly, and finding Juhani Ojala who diverts the cross past Heinz Lindner. Poor marking from the hosts who totally switched off.

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[83] Nürnberg make their second change, with Marcus Berg replacing Søderlund (6.9)

[85] That Nürnberg goal means that Dortmund slip from third to fourth on goal difference on the live table. Surman not impressed with that. He’s out barking orders at his team, who need to snuff out any wind in the visitors’ sails in these final six minutes.

[86] Julian Schieber wins a corner off Asare. Now would be a great time to restore the three-goal lead. Alas, Götze’s corner is put wide by Jovetic.

[88] An average of three goals in each Bundesliga game tonight. Just Hertha… wait. As I type that, Hertha Berlin have snatched a late equaliser at home to Düsseldorf through Fanol Perdedaj. In Hamburg, Leverkusen are trailing 3-1 and are now down to ten men with Stephen Reinartz’s dismissal.

[88] Change for Nürnberg: Arturo Ledesma is on for Klose (6.0).

[89] Stevan Jovetic chests, spins and rifles a shot just past the post in what would have been a spectacular end to the game, but he’s adjudged to have been offside.

[90] The fourth official indicates an additional two minutes, as Götze whips in a dead ball that Bangura heads behind for Dortmund’s fifth corner of the game.

[90] Ilo Ilicevic has put Hamburg 4-1 up against Leverkusen.

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FULL-TIME: Borussia Dortmund 3-1 FC Nürnberg (Bundesliga). [PKM]

For the second match in a row, Dortmund’s shuffling at half-time proved decisive as Julian Schieber provided the side with more going forwards than in the first half, and his cross was perfect for Stevan Jovetic to bang in his first goal for the club, before completing a fine hat-trick.

There will be some grumbles about the nature of the Nürnberg goal, but Dortmund had the game in the bag by that point, looking deadly going forwards in the second-half after having rode their luck a little before the break.

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