Wolfsburg 4-1 Borussia Dortmund (Bundesliga)

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Dortmund suffered their worst defeat under Gray Surman’s management having been turned-over after the break by a Wolfsburg side who go level with Schalke at the top of the table tonight.

Having to make two changes from the 5-0 win over Stuttgart with Jovetic (broken ribs) and Götze (knock) both unavailable following the international break, Ivan Perisic and Robert Lewandowski led the line, and the latter failed to trouble the scorers in his eighth match of the season.

Less than three minutes in, Bas Dost fired the hosts in front from twenty yards when he drilled low past Lindner. Ivan Perisic had Dortmund back on level terms eight minutes later when he slotted home after Schürrle’s shot was pushed into his path by Benaglio.

Dortmund had plenty of chances to go in front, but with five minutes of the first-half to play, Tolga Cigerci was played through by man-of-the-match, and the midfielder calmly bagged his second of the season.

Diego put Wolfsburg three-one up shortly after the break, and as BVB failed to test Benaglio at any stage until the dying moments, Bas Dost grabbed a fourth when he beat the offside trap and doubled his tally.

BVB have a solitary point from three matches against Wolfsburg under Surman, and now face five tough matches over the next three weeks. Warsaw home and away, with trips to Hamburg and Düsseldorf, and next weekend comes the visit of Schalke.

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Bundesliga is back, hooray! Yesterday, Hannover and Gladbach drew 0-0 (as this fixture finished for each of the last two seasons). Hannover move up to 16th, but Gladbach stay bottom.

Results from earlier today: Stuttgart 3-2 Hamburg, Freiburg 3-0 Augsburg, Frankfurt 1-0 Bayern, Werder Bremen 1-1 Hertha Berlin, Schalke 1-1 Hoffenheim. Schalke had two sent-off in the second-half, but they still go top temporarily. Hamburg slip three places to fourth with the defeat.

What that means for us here at the Volkswagen Arena is that Dortmund will go top with a point. Wolfsburg would climb to second with a win.

[00] Dortmund kick-off and we’re under way in the Wolfsburg rain!

[02] Tolga Cirgerci has the first shot of the match, a speculative 30-yarder that he drills over the bar.

[02] Sven Bender slides the ball left for André Schürrle whose first-time shot needs a good save from Diego Benaglio to push it away.

[03] Wolfsburg 1-0 Dortmund: We’ve had an end-to-end start and right on the three-minute mark, Bas Dost drills a low shot into the bottom corner past Heinz Lindner from the edge of the box. Diego with the square ball, and a tidy finish from the Dutchman for his first of the season.

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[07] Lively stuff here, Dortmund trying to get balls into the box, but Naldo is winning the aerial duels with Lewandowski so far. Wolfsburg certainly not sitting back on their lead either.

[10] Andreas Beck plays a one-two with Marco Reus before fizzing a low ball across the six-yard box. Christian Träsch smashes it behind his own goal at the far post. That clearance could have gone anywhere!

[10] Ivan Perisic beats the first man with the corner, but Benaglio gets fingertips to Mats Hummels’s header which clips the bar on its way over for another corner.

[11] Wolfsburg 1-1 Dortmund: The hosts get the corner away, but Sven Bender finds Schürrle on the left, who stays onside. He turns inside and drills at goal from 20 yards, Benaglio saves but Ivan Perisic slots home the loose ball.

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[15] Schürrle is involved in every positive Dortmund move so far today. Träsch is having a battle to match him.

[17] Schmelzer gives away a free-kick with a foul on Diego on the Wolfburg right wing. Fágner has a great opportunity to swing the ball into the box, but Subotic heads away.

[18] Excellent breakaway by Dortmund who get the ball forward with the pace of Perisic and Lewandowski. The latter wins a corner off Träsch.

[19] Naldo makes two clearing headers from the corner, and a second ball in to the box.

[20] Schürrle darts past Träsch, but he hits the shot too early and gets underneath it.

[22] Two Bundesliga matches tomorrow to round out the weekend: Unbeaten Düsseldorf host Leverkusen, and Nürnberg are at home to Mainz.

[25] Sven Bender fortunate to escape a booking as he brings down Diego in the middle of the park.

[29] Ortigoza finds Cigerci on the edge of the box but the shot is looped over the bar.

[33] Andreas Beck heads behind a free-kick from Fágner, as Wolfsburg win their first corner… which comes to nothing

[35] Schürrle has a couple of efforts from just outside the box within thirty seconds of each other. Bengalio saves both.

[40] Wolfsburg 2-1 Dortmund: The hosts are back in front through as Jönsson brings the ball forwards, finding Diego who slots through to Tolga Cigerci to score his second of the season.

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[41] Néstor Ortigoza is the first in the book as he trips Schmelzer in front of the Dortmund bench.

[44] Fágner has come off worse in a challenge on Schürrle, who sportingly puts the ball out.

[45+1] Corner for ten-man Wolfsburg as Jönsson outmuscles Schmelzer.

[45+1] Dortmund clear the corner away at the near post and Michael Wiener brings the first-half to a close.

HALF-TIME: VfL Wolfsburg 2-1 Borussia Dortmund (Bundesliga)

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[46] No changes at the break, and the home side kick-off the second-half!

[47] Hosts start brightest after the break, with Diego going close as he beats the offside trap,

[49] Wolfsburg 3-1 Dortmund: Whatever was in the oranges worked for the hosts as they double the lead through Diego. They catch Dortmund on the break, with Jönsson slotting through to Diego – played onside by Schmelzer – who drills past Lindner.

[50] There’s activity on the Dortmund bench, with Julian Schieber stripping off. BVB probably going two up-top.

[52] Bas Dost is inches away from a fourth as he beats the offside line, and only Heinz Lindner’s fingertips deny him slotting home from 15 yards out.

[54] On comes Julian Schieber, with Sven Bender (6.3) making way.

[56] Corner for Wolfsburg. Dortmund look so vulnerable down their left.

[57] Lewandowski and Schieber combine well to get the ball into the box, but Reus can’t get on the end of a cross.

[60] BVB are firing balls into the Wolfsburg box, and it’s Naldo who is on the end of all of them. Heavy pressure from the visitors.

[62] Wolfsburg win a corner on a counter, but Bender heads it away.

[65] Dortmund have managed one shot to Wolfsburg’s eight since the break.

[69] Second change for Dortmund: Dennis Praet is on for Schürrle (6.8).

[73] Viktor Fischer is on for Lewandowski (5.6). The Pole hasn’t scored for Dortmund yet this season.

[79] Wolfsburg 4-1 Dortmund: It’s four! BVB just haven’t been able to handle the hosts in this second-half. Diego is involved again as he draws Subotic out of position before sliding through to Bas Dost who tucks it past Lindner. Game over.

[79] Double change for Wolfsburg: Kevin Pannewitz and Jan Moravek replace Diego (9.3) and Dost (8.8).

[80] BVB have been stunned here, and Wolfsburg are looking to inflict further punishment as they win a corner. They’re first to every ball at the moment.

[82] Hummels clips Jönsson 22 yards out, just to the left of goal. Medojevic hits it into the wall though.

[85] Third change for Wolfsburg as Ortigoza (7.7) takes a knock and is replaced by Nassim Ben Khalifa.

[88] We’re into the final couple of minutes, and Dortmund have been so very flat since the break. Wolfsburg have shut them down and counter-attack brilliantly. A well-won three points for the hosts today, and they’ll be second tonight.

[90] Two additional minutes.

[90+1] Julian Schieber has Dortmund’s first shot for a good half-hour as he drills low from 20 yards out, but Benaglio is at full-stretch to push it away.

[90+2] Reus keeps the ball in on the left, pulling it back right across the face of goal and a stretching Schieber is inches away from a far post tap-in.

FULL-TIME: VfL Wolfsburg 4-1 Borussia Dortmund (Bundesliga). [PKM]

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Compare and contrast the statistics from the end of each half. Dortmund were simply outdone in every aspect following the interval. Fans are already pointing fingers at the full-backs who, great on their day, have little competition and aren’t playing anywhere near to their potential.

Surman faces a striker dilemma with Jovetic injured and Lewandowski in some appalling form. The spotlight is on Julian Schieber to lead the line now, and the squad must regroup ahead of Tuesday’s trip over the border to Warsaw.

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    • 21.10: UEFA Champions League Legia Warsaw v. Dortmund (Pepsi Arena)
    • 26.10: Bundesliga Borussia Dortmund v. Schalke (Signal Iduna Park)
    • 29.10: Bundesliga Hamburger SV v. Borussia Dortmund (Imtech Arena)
    • 01.11: Bundesliga Fortuna Düsseldorf v. Borussia Dortmund (Esprit Arena)
    • 05.11: UEFA Champions League Dortmund v. Legia Warsaw (Signal Iduna Park)

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