André Schürrle scored the first Bundesliga goal of 2015 with a strike after just 69 seconds that was enough to guide Grayson Surman’s Dortmund to victory on his 600th day in charge at the club.
Surman made two changes from the club’s last outing at Bielefeld, bringing Dennis Praet and Lars Bender back to the starting XI, though both were replaced before the interval with minor injuries.
The goal came in the second minute when Beck’s cross was met on the volley by André Schürrle and saved well by the home ‘keeper, but the defence couldn’t clear as the ball came back to Schürrle and he managed to bundle the ball home.
With ten minutes played, Lars Bender hobbled off having suffered a dead leg and shortly after the hosts were reduced to ten men after 18 minutes when Tom Trybull flung an elbow at Praet, catching the European Golden Boy in the jaw and was dismissed by referee Felix Brych.
BVB had chances to double the lead but were kept at bay by some stalwart defending, with Sokratis performing very well for the hosts. In the final ten minutes Werder Bremen poured forwards, and had a glorious chance to draw level through Niclas Füllkrug who was denied an equaliser by a brilliant Heinz Lindner save with one minute on the clock.
Füllkrug – who had a penalty saved against BVB on the opening day – held his head in his hands as Bremen’s goalless run stretched to four games against Dortmund, who picked up a much-needed third away league win of the season.
Welcome to the Weserstadion in Bremen where 15th place Werder Bremen take on the defending champions who currently sit in fifth in the table, four points behind leaders Wolfsburg.
Dortmund have made just one change from their last match, a friendly win at third-tier opposition seven days ago, with Robert Lewandowski being replaced by Lars Bender meaning that the Bender twins start alongside each other for the first time in eight weeks. Marco Reus is playing in his 200th career league match today.
There’s one change for the hosts from their previous Bundesliga outing, with Tom Trybull in the starting XI taking the place of the injured Adam Matuszczyk. Four other matches are kicking-off at the same time and we’ll bring you updates from each of them. Gladbach-Mainz, Hamburg-Hoffenheim, Hannover-Hertha, and Wolfsburg-Frankfurt. Leverkusen take on Bayern Munich later this evening.
Paul Weiß from Football Review is with us and he’s going for an away win: “I fancy Dortmund to win this one. They’ve lost 5 of 8 on the road, but Bremen have been struggling lately. Despite impressive friendly wins, they lost Adam Matuszczyk in the process.”
 We’re under way, with the hosts kicking-off!
 WERDER BREMEN 0-2 DORTMUND: There’s just sixty-nine seconds on the clock when André Schürrle taps home from inside the six-yard box. The move started on the right with a quick throw taken by Beck, to Reus who immediately knocked it up the line to the right-back. His cross was deep towards Schürrle who had his volley saved before prodding home.
 First Bundesliga goal of 2015, after last night’s match between Stuttgart and Freiburg ended goalless.
 The official stats probably won’t record it as an assist for Andreas Beck as Gebre Selassie got to the loose ball first before Schürrle muscled it over the line, but Dortmund’s wing back deserves credit for a fine cross.
 Schürrle puts a low ball right across the face of goal but neither Jovetic, Praet nor Reus arriving at the far post could get a touch to the cross.
 Sloppy pass by Lars Bender is intercepted by Lukas Schmitz but Neven Subotic is quick to come across and cover. Dortmund break and win themselevs a corner. Subotic goes up for it and gets on the end of Praet’s delivery but nods it just wide.
 Lars Bender (7.1) has collided heavily with Chibuike and he won’t be able to continue. Kevin Großkreutz is on as his replacement. Dortmund will be hoping to seal the Jos Verniers deal next week, he could have a route straight into the first team if Bender is out long-term.
 Oscar Wendt has put Mönchengladbach ahead at home to Mainz, and Hoffenheim are ahead at Hamburg through Eren Derdiyok.
 John Chibuike gets underneath a speculative effort from 25 yards and the ball ends up with the away fans behind Heinz Lindner’s goal.
 Alezander Meier has opened the scoring from the spot for Frankfurt away at leaders Wolfsburg.
 Beck is in acres of space as Großkreutz picks him out, but Selassie heads his cross away. Meanwhile in Hamburg, the hosts are now two-down at home to Hoffenheim with Vito Wormgoor doubling the visitors’ lead.
 Hamburg penetrate the Dortmund box for the first time, and Lindner is quick off his line to close down Chibuike who can’t get a shot away. Beck gets back and clears the danger away and into touch.
 Dennis Praet and Tom Trybull have clashed in the air, and the Dortmund players nearby are indicating that Trybull caught his man with an elbow. Felix Brych has isolated Trybull and…
 RED CARD! Brych saw it and produces a straight red card for violent conduct to Tom Trybull. Stupid stuff, he just flings an elbow out as he becomes aware of being closed down.
 Hoffenheim are now three-up at third-place Hamburg! Eren Derdiyok has his second of the day. Great news for Dortmund who’ll join Hamburg on 34 points, but behind on goal difference, if the results stay the same.
 Neven Subotic flicks a header towards goal from a flighted Praet free-kick, but Mielitz makes a good save and holds on. Ciprian Marica has equalised for Mainz at Gladbach.
 Dortmund are pouring forward in numbers, with six men in the box for Sven Bender to try and pick out. He plays in Schürrle who is challenged by Bargfrede and the visitors have their second corner.
 Dennis Praet has a fierce drive from 15 yards saved by Mielitz after a neat short corner routine.
 How John Chibuike is onside only the linesman must know as he comes back from two yards offside to receive a pass through the Dortmund backline from Kadrii, but Hummels gets back and challenges, giving the hosts their first corner.
 Praet has stayed down after being caught on the thigh by Bargfrede. Dortmund’s bench sent back out to warm-up as a precautionary measure.
 Dortmund always looking dangerous when Reus cuts inside and takes markers with him, leaving space for Beck on the overlap up the right flank.
 Praet bursts in to the box and pulls back for Schürrle but the shot fizzes right across the face of goal, taking paint off the far post. Inches away. Discomfort on Praet’s face after the move, not sure we’ll see him back out after the break.
 Jens Hegeler has put Gladbach back in front at home to Mainz.
 Dortmund make a second change before the interval as Robert Lewandowski replaces Praet (7.0). He looked like he was running well but a wound has opened up above his knee and that looks like it’ll need stitches.
 Within seconds of play resuming, Philipp Bargfrede (6.7) is clutching his knee after his challenge on Schürrle in his own penalty area. After some time, he’s replaced by Zlatko Junuzovic.
 We’ll have a minimum of three additional minutes.
[45+2] Since the sending off, Felix Brych has penalised Dortmund for some soft fouls all across the park. They’re at 11 on the foul count, to Bremen’s 4.
HALF-TIME: Werder Bremen 0-1 Borussia Dortmund (Bundesliga).
[HT] There’s the end of the first 45, and Dortmund might be a little disappointed to be taking just the one-goal lead into the dressing rooms, having had numerical advantage for the last 25 minutes. Two changes before the interval will upset a team’s rhythm though, and the next goal will be instrumental in deciding this match.
[HT] No more changes at the break for either side.
[HT] Scores from today’s other 3:30 pm kick-offs: Hamburg 0-3 Hoffenheim, Hannover 0-0 Hertha Berlin, Mönchengladbach 2-1 Mainz, and Wolfsburg 0-1 Frankfurt.
 Dortmund kick-off the second half!
 Lovely ball forwards from Jovetic to Reus but the winger opts to take an extra touch and he then can’t get a shot away nor find Lewandowski who’s open in the middle.
 Großkreutz gets down the left and bends a cross in but Mielitz claims ahead of Lewandowski.
 Lewandowski powers a header at goal from Beck’s cross but he misses by a yard.
 Großkreutz gets away with just a free-kick after a cynical trip on Kadrii five yards outside the penalty area.
 But it nearly got a whole lot worse as Zlatko Junuzovic curled it round the wall and it was mere inches over. Good effort.
 The hosts make a second change: On comes Mehmet Ekici for Kadrii (6.6).
 Adam Szalai has drawn Mainz level, 2-2 at Gladbach.
 Chibuike gets up above Beckat the far post but he can’t get is header on target from a tight angle following a cross from Füllkrug. Most threatening the hiosts have been since the red card.
 Sebastian Polter has equalised for Wolfsburg at home to Frankfurt. With Hamburg being comprehensively beaten at home, they’ll stay top tonight.
 Robert Lewandowski stings Mielitz’s palms from ten yards after a Schürrle square ball takes a deflection off a defender and lands perfectly for the striker on a turn and shot. BVB have a corner, which is eventually hammered away by Chibuike.
 Sokratis heads a Beck cross behind, and Dortmund have another corner. Hummels gets on the end of Schürrle’s delivery but his header goes over. In Hamburg, the hosts have pulled a goal back through Maximillian Beister.
 Werder Bremen have a corner here, with Schmelzer getting the final touch on a long ball forwards up the right. Subotic and Jovetic combine to clear… and start a typical Dortmund counter. Reus leaves Rudy for dead, and wins a corner off Schmitz.
 As BVB work the ball across from one corbner to another, Schmelzer is given offside. Great move otherwise from the visitors.
 Grandstand finish in Hamburg now as Maximilian Beister has a second! Hoffenheim’s three-goal cushion cut to just one as they enter the final quarter of an hour.
 A fierce Schmelzer cross smashes against Junuzovic and goes behind for a corner for Dortmund, which they’ll take as soon as the winded player gets to his feet. Ouch.
 Werder Bremen throwing everything forwards in search of an equaliser. Dortmund not resting on their laurels just yet, they’re committed to every tackle.
 Rudy nearly slips a ball through for Chibuike but Subotic tracks his run all the way and makes a great challenge just when it looked like the striker was going to slot past Lindner.
 Selassie’s cross is perfect for Chibuike from the right but Subotic throws himself in front of the shot and it deflects behind instead. Dortmund hammer the corner away.
 Mike Hanke might have won it for Mönchengladbach as they take the lead for the third time this afternoon against Mainz.
 Assistant referee dugout side is having a ‘mare, incorrectly flagging Schürrle offside as Dortmund broke forwards.
 Änis Ben-Hatira may have hammered the first nail into Hannover’s coffin with a late goal to break the deadlock between the bottom two.
 The Bremen management are yelling at their men to pour forwards, while the composed Dortmund bench a few yards away are just indicating to their backline to stay focused and see this out. Two minutes of regulation time remaining.
 Heinz Lindner has possibly just saved Dortmund two massive points with a brilliant save to deny Niclas Füllkrug. The striker got behind Hummels onto a long Prödl ball and is one-on-one, but Lindner brilliantly tips it round the post as he goes round him.
 Daniel Baier has scored from the spot to put Gladbach 4-2 up at home to Mainz.
 Two additional minutes. Anything could happen!
[90+1] They say that what makes champions worthy is the ability to grind out wins, and Rasmus Jönsson looks to have done just that for league leaders Wolfsburg who’ve turned it round against Frankfurt to lead 2-1 in stoppage time.
FULL-TIME: Werder Bremen 0-1 Borussia Dortmund (Bundesliga). [PKM]
Other than the last ten minutes when the hosts threw everything they had at BVB’s back line, Dortmund resumed their title defence in comfortable fashion helped by an early goal and an early dismissal for the hosts.
That a Werder Bremen defender won man of the match speaks volumes about the number of gerat crosses that beck, Schmelzer, Reus and Schürrle were able to put into the box today and Dortmund could have had the game finished before the hour.
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