BVB blew the chance to go top as they slipped to a 2-1 defeat to league leaders Hamburg tonight, with the hosts scoring twice in two minutes right before the break to claim the points despite Dortmund’s late rally and Mats Hummels strike.
After Robert Lewandowski missed a golden chance to put BVB in front in the opening twenty minutes, the half was heading for a bore draw until Gojko Kacar and Petr Jiracek scored within two minutes of each other to give Hamburg a two-goal advantage at the break.
By this point, Dortmund had made two enforced changes with Sven Bender pulling up with a thigh strain after a shot and Dennis Praet effectively kicked-out of the game by Kacar who was given far too much leeway by the officials.
René Adler made a number of smart saves after the interval to keep Dortmund at bay, but Mats Hummels spoiled his clean sheet with an 87th minute header, but an equaliser wasn’t on the cards and HSV move three points clear at the top.
Welcome to the Imtech Arena where the top two face-off with Dortmund travelling to Hamburg who they trail on goal difference. Also in action tonight are Bayern Munich at home to unbeaten Düsseldorf.
Dortmund are unchanged from the side that beat Schalke at the weekend. Artjoms Rudnevs, the league’s top scorer, leads the line for Hamburg.
 We’re under way!
 Ivo Ilicevic has the first effort of the match with 97 seconds on the clock when he cuts inside and drills a low shot at goal from 22 yards out but Weidenfeller has an easy save to make.
 Kacar concedes two free-kicks on Praet within thirty seconds of each other. Word in his ear from the referee and on we go.
 Fingertip save from Weidenfeller as he tips Rudnevs’s shot from the edge of the box over the top. Great work frm Kacar to hold off two challenges and pull the ball back.
 Dortmund defend the corner, but a break isn’t on.
 Praet whips a free-kick in from the right flank but it’s an easy ball for Adler to come and claim.
 Lewandowski makes a run into the box, but Jansen makes a good challenge to nick the ball away from him before Rajkovic gets to the loose ball ahead of Schieber.
 Kacar makes his fourth foul on Praet so far. No caution though. Free-kick is 25 yards out, just left of centre.
 Praet takes it quickly, slipping it into Götze but he has his shot charged down around the penalty spot.
 Götze nutmegs his man and slots through to Lewndowski who somehow pokes it wide from twelve yards out. That was a golden opportunity for the champions to take the lead, wasted by a striker who hasn’t found the net in 700 minutes.
 Lewandowski intercepts a sloppy ball from Jiracek, as Sven Bender and him tangle. Referee shows a yellow card to the Dortmund man, and infuriates the visiting dugout.
 Arjen Robben has put Bayern in-front at home to Düsseldorf. A win would lift last year’s runners-up to seventh.
 Fifth foul by Gojko Kacar now, again on Dennis Praet. Surman pointing this out to the oblivious fourth official.
 Götze tries to catch Adler off his line from 30 yards out but the ‘keeper gets back to hold on.
 Praet hits a 25-yard free-kick straight into the wall after Rajkovic upends Lewandowski.
 Sven Bender has a sight of goal but blazes over the top from 25 yards. He looks in some discomfort after the effort too. Activity on the Dortmund bench.
 Lewandowski squares the ball into the box for Praet who takes it first time, only to be denied by a good Adler save.
 Change for Dortmund: Marco Reus comes on for Sven Bender (6.9). We’ll have an injury report on him later.
 Julian Koch tangles with Ivo Ilicevic and concedes a free-kick a yard outside the box. Hamburg will take the set piece with ten on the park as Ilicevic is getting treatment.
 Jansen is agonisingly close from the free-kick.
 Ilicevic is back on and is almost immediately involved in a tussle with Subotic in the box. The referee waves away his appeal as he stumbles to the ground.
 Jiracek leaves a foot in on Praet, though not even a free-kick is given. Officials having a poor match.
 Hamburg win a corner as Praet is still down requiring treatment.
 HAMBURG 1-0 DORTMUND: Ilicevic whips the corner in to the near post and it’s bundled home by Gojko Kacar, who’s left his mark on this game in more ways than one.
 Dortmund furious that a foul wasn’t given against Koch by Kacar.
 Second change for Dortmund, as the injured Dennis Praet (6.9) is replaced by André Schürrle.
 Götze fires a free-kick well wide after Jiracek’s foul on Schieber 30 yards out.
 HAMBURG 2-0 DORTMUND: Double salvo for the league leaders as Petr Jiracek doubles their lead. He beats Götze in the air to a Hummels header, takes it inside the boxand smashes home from 15 yards out.
[45+1] André Schürrle joins Sven Bender in the book after he pushes Reijnen off the ball. Hamburg: 10 fouls. Dortmund: two. Cautions? Both for Dortmund.
[45+1] Hamburg win a free-kick two yards outside the box on the right-hand side as Hummels trips Bellarabi. If anything, THAT challenge is a caution. Nothing else from the referee, who is having a poor first half.
[45+2] Dortmund defend the set piece well. Hummels and Subotic head away deliveries into the box.
[45+3] Reus clips the top of the bar with a free-kick from distance after Ilicevic fouls Koch.
HALF-TIME: Hamburger SV 2-0 Borussia Dortmund (Bundesliga).
[HT] BVB have made a third change at the break as Ivan Perisic comes on for Julian Schieber (6.6). Hamburg unchanged.
 Adler makes a good save at the feet of Schürrle as the winger latches onto a long ball over the top from Götze.
 Lewandowski is behind the back four but forced wide. His cross is hacked away.
 Hamburg try a counter but it comes to nothing as Kacar fouls Koch stretching for the ball. That’s his sixth foul of the game, more than Dortmund have committed between them.
 Lewandowski fires a daisy-cutter wide from 2 yards. Surman out of his dugout to shout instructions.
 Adler saves well from Lars Bender.
 Yellow card for Gojko Kacar after his seventh foul of the game, a push on Lars Bender.
 Fantastic save by Adler from Schürrle as he smashes a shot towards the top corner from a ball over the top.
 Adler with another fine save as he pushes Subotic’s header from inside the six yard box over the top. Another corner from the far side.
 There’s a scramble but Hamburg get it away through Jansen before he gives away a free-kick 25 yards out… which Perisic clips over the top.
 Hamburg win a corner through Rajkovic off Koch, but he fouls his man at the restart and play goes back Dortmund’s way.
 First change for Hamburg: Jesper Juelsgard is on for Ilicevic (7.1).
 Opportunity for Hamburg as Perisic is penalised inside the penalty arc. Juelsgard takes it and his first touch of the game curls it inches over the top.
 Dortmund win a corner but HSV get it away.
 Adler pushes away a Lewandowski header that was heading towards the top corner.
 Another Hamburg corner. Both sides are putting crosses into the box but centre-backs beating centre-forwards in the air at the moment, at both ends.
 Into the final ten minutes and the game is slipping into a borefest. Neither set of attackers creating much.
 Nando Rafael has scored a late equaliser for Düsseldorf at Bayern, keeping their unbeaten start to the season going!
 Adler makes another great save as he pushes Schürrle’s 25-yard piledriver over the top with a Hollywood save.
 HAMBURG 2-1 DORTMUND: The champions set up a grandstand finish as Mats Hummels heads home Götze’s corner at the near post. Sixth goal of the season for the BVB captain. He’s their top scorer with Lewandowski firing blanks this season.
 Hamburg making their second sub before the restart: Dino Ndlovu replaces Rudnevs (7.0).
 Two additional minutes.
 Rajkovic, probably Hamburg’s best player tonight, concedes a free-kick 22 yards out, right of the penalty arc. Perisic is standing over it… but his shot deflects off the wall and straight at Adler.
[90+1] Karim Bellarabi booked after he brings down Schürrle on the left wing. One last chance for BVB to loft the ball into the box. Everyone’s up for the delivery.
[90+2] Götze’s free-kick is in towards Hummels but Kacar just gets something in the way before clearing.
[90+2] Schürrle drills a shot wide, and surely that’s it.
FULL-TIME: Hamburger SV 2-1 Borussia Dortmund (Bundesliga). [PKM]
Dortmund huffed and puffed but couldn’t blow the Hamburg house down tonight. Lewandowski fired another blank, including spurning a gilt-edged chance to put the visitors in front after quarter of an hour. BVB look so dangerous attacking when they switch to a flat 4-4-2, but it didn’t pay off today like it did against Schalke.
Sven Bender has picked-up a thigh strain and will be out for a fortnight, though Dennis Praet should be fit again for the weekend. Matches coming thick and fast for the side, and Surman will need to rotate for Saturday’s visit of unbeaten Düsseldorf.
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