FC Augsburg 1-1 BVB (Bundesliga, Match #16)

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For the first time under Gray Surman’s management, Dortmund are without a win in three matches after an unexciting 1-1 draw at Augsburg this evening, the first of matches on two consecutive nights for the club.

Surman made five changes from the side defeated at Mainz, and saw his side go in front after five minutes when Robert Lewandowski turned home a Kevin Großkreutz cross. The other three changes saw Mats Hummels, Mario Götze and Dennis Praet restored to the starting XI.

The lead lasted a little under two minutes however, when Hummels slipped, Weidenfeller saved from Schaken and Marcel de Jong had an easy finish from a narrow angle to restore parity.

BVB threatened more after the break, but from the two-thirds mark onwards, the game petered out and a point was a fair result for either side.

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Welcome to SGL Arena on a gusty, wet night. BVB are a wounded animal after being knocked out of the Champions League, and defeat at Mainz at the weekend. Tonight they must put a half to their woeful away record (7 defeats in 11 this season), but they also play tomorrow at home in the Pokal.

Surman has made five changes tonight, going for a flat 4-4-2 from the off as they need some stability in front of the back four. In come Mats Hummels and Robert Lewandowski at either end, with Kevin Großkreutz, Dennis Praet, and Mario Götze in the midfield.

Shai Swisa from worldsoccer.com is going for an away win: “This shouldn’t even be a contest today. Augsburg will suffer at the hands of a rattled Dortmund side and we could see a cricket scoreline.”

There’s one other Bundesliga fixture tonight, with Düsseldorf hosting Stuttgart.

[00] Augsburg kick-off!

[04] Rupp wins the hosts the first corner of the game. He skips past Praet, but Schmelzer puts the ball behind. Bender clears the set-piece away.

[06] Müller makes a great save from Jovetic on the edge of the box. Großkreutz keeps the move alive on the left.

[06] AUGSBURG 0-1 DORTMUND: Großkreutz crosses from the left after Müller’s fine save, sending the ball back in towards the near post where Robert Lewandowski slides home to put BVB ahead in front of the travelling fans.

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[07] Jovetic has a great chance to double the lead as Augsburg concede possession at the kick-off, but he overruns Praet’s through-ball and Müller gathers.

[08] AUGSBURG 1-1 DORTMUND: The lead lasts just 97 seconds as Schaken stings Weidenfeller’s palms from the edge of the box, but Marcel de Jong is on hand to slot home the loose ball from a tight angle despite Hummels’ effort on the line. First goal of the season for the Augsburg man.

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[10] Augsburg are throwing everything forwards and should have gone in front following some pinball in the box, as Gregory Schaken strikes it straight at Weidenfeller from eight yards out. Corner.

[11] Edu meets Verhaegh’s corner ahead of his marker but sends it over the top.

[17] BVB win their first corner when Verhaegh heads behind Schmelzer’s cross. Hummels gets on the end of Praet’s delivery but can’t flick the ball goalwards and Augsburg clear.

[22] Dortmund are pushing Praet forwards from the middle to support the front two, while Bender sits in front of the back four. They look more dangerous in the attack, but Augsburg’s centre backs are first to crosses into the box.

[26] Lukas Rupp is getting treatment after a tangle with Schmelzer.

[28] Edu sends a free-kick into the box, but Verhaegh heads it wide.

[33] Paul Verhaegh clatters through Kevin Großkreutz but receives nothing more than a ticking-off from the referee.

[38] Andreas Lambertz has put Düsseldorf in front at home to Stuttgart.

[39] Stevan Jovetic goes in the book following his aerial challenge on Andreas Ottl.

[44] Müller saves well from Großkreutz, before Lewandowski’s follow-up is cleared off the line by Callsen-Bracker.

[45] One additional minute.

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HALF-TIME: Augsburg 1-1 Borussia Dortmund (Bundesliga).

[HT] Stephan Hain has replaced Israelsson (6.9) at the break for Augsburg.

[46] We’re back under way. Düsseldorf lead Stuttgart 1-0 at the break in tonight’s other match.

[48] Paul Verhaegh has tangled with Stevan Jovetic in the box, and the Dortmund striker looks in pain ater the challenge.

[49] Marco Reus is replacing the injured Jovetic (6.7).

[51] Ostrzolek trips Reus about 25 yards out. Good range for Praet. He goes for the top corner but there’s not enough power in it and Müller gets over to claim the delivery.

[52] Seconds later, Gregory Schaken up-ends Praet 22 yards out. No yellow card which has annoyed the BVB bench somewhat. Praet beats the wall and it whistles past the post.

[55] Julian Koch gets the ball into Augsburg’s six-yard box and there’s a big scramble, but no one can turn it home. Augsburg counter and win a corner when Hummels heads a cross behind. Weidenfeller saves well from E
yjólsson’s header.

[62] Mario Götze wins a free-kick for Dortmund a yard outside the box. Replays show he went down without much contact at all. Callsen-Bracker penalised. Müller pulls off a brilliant save to tip Praet’s strike over.

[65] Lewandowski’s header from Schmelzer’s cross skims the top of the bar. Augsburg get the go-ahead to make their second change: Christoph Menz is on for Schaken (7.1).

[67] Corner Dortmund, won by Lewandowski. Müller tips Koch’s header over the top. Heavy pressure from the visitors.

[72] Reus has a shot blocked on the edge of the area, and Großkreutz has a long-range folow-up held by Müller.

[73] André Schürrle and Ivan Perisic replace Großkreutz (7.4) and Götze (6.7).

[74] Perisic almost immediately puts BVB in front but his header clips the bar from Koch’s cross.

[76] Lars Bender is cautioned for a foul on Rupp. Verhaegh has a chance to deliver the ball into the box, but Subotic heads it away.

[78] Rupp then trips Bender and is only spoken to. Dortmund bench having a moan at the fourth official about it.

[85] Five minutes to play here.

[88] Final change of the game as Augsburg bring on Ovidy Karuru for Rupp (7.0).

[90] The fourth official announces a painful additional four minutes. Very little has happened for quarter of an hour or so.

[90+3] Last chance for BVB as they win a corner, but it’s cleared away.

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

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A match that started so brightly really petered out today. Definitely two points dropped, but the run of defeats is halted. They’re back in action tomorrow with the visit of Eintracht Frankfurt in the cup. Expect a whole host of changes!

    • 11.12: Bundesliga Borussia Dortmund v. Eintracht Frankfurt (Signal Iduna Park)
    • 14.12: Bundesliga Borussia Dortmund v. TSG Hoffenheim (Signal Iduna Park)
    • 19.12: FIFA Club World Cup SF v. New York Red Bulls / Al-Sadd QC (in Morocco)
    • 22.12: FIFA Club World Cup Final TBC (Casablanca)
    • 03.01: Friendly Borussia Dortmund v. TSV Alemannia Aachen (Signal Iduna Park)