Nürnberg 1-4 BVB (Bundesliga, Match #22)

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Dortmund came from behind to comfortably beat Nürnberg this afternoon, with all five goal in their 4-1 win coming from set-pieces. Marcus Berg scored an early header to put the hosts in front from a corner, but Neven Subotic headed BVB level on the half-hour.

Right before the break, Marco Reus smashed home a delicious 25-yard free-kick to put the visitors ahead after the first forty-five minutes which had seen them lose both Stevan Jovetic and Mario Götze to injury, with the latter facing a month on the sidelines with a twisted ankle.

Following the interval, Mats Hummels and Neven Subotic headed home from Dennis Praet corners to add some gloss to the well-deserved win that lifts Dortmund level with Schalke at the top of the table.

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Welcome to Stadion Nürnberg where 9th host 3rd. Nürnberg will draw level on points with Freiburg in eighth with a win, while Dortmund can go level with leaders Schalke with victory today. Marcus Berg is on form for the hosts with ten goals in his last four games, but Ung Sokunthea from European Football Express is going for an away victory.

[00] Dortmund kick-off!

[02] Nürnberg have an early corner as Hummels challenges Pekhart and puts the ball behind. Play’s halted at the restart when Berg fouls his marker and Dortmund have a free-kick.

[04] Lars Bender plays a sloppy ball towards Beck that’s intercepted by Hlousek. He bursts forwards but has his cross towards Berg claimed by Lindner.

[06] Second corner for Nürnberg when Lars Bender hammers behind a cross into the box. Dortmund looking vulnerable down their left.

[06] NÜRNBERG 1-0 DORTMUND: The home side take an early lead, and it’s man of the moment Marcus Berg who heads home from Almog Cohen’s corner, beating his man at the near post and thumping home the opener.

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[10] First effort on goal for the visitors as Stevan Jovetic heads a Marco Reus cross towards goal, but it’s an easy save for Raphael Schäfer.

[15] Mario Götze could be in trouble after collapsing following a challenge from Karim Guédé. The hosts aren’t in a compassionate mood and Dortmund win the ball back and put it out of play.

[16] Change for Dortmund: Dennis Praet replaces the injured Götze (6.9).

[17] Praet is straight into the thick of it, and he wins a free-kick on the edge of the penalty arc when he’s fouled by Guédé. He stands over the ball with Marco Reus.

[17] Reus takes it and wins a corner when the wall deflects his effort behind.

[18] Praet whips the corner in towards Subotic who has time to turn and shoot, but he lashes it over the top.

[20] Best chance for Dortmund so far as Lars Bender turns a Jovetic cross towards goal, but Schäfer gets across to push it away.

[21] Guédé clatters Praet and gets away with another. Can’t see him staying out the book for too long.

[22] Neven Subotic wins the ball from Tomás Pekhart in a 50/50 challenge but the Nürnberg man looks hurt.

[24] After a stoppage, Nana Asare replaces Pekhart (6.5).

[26] Beck heads behind a deep cross from the right and Nürnberg have a corner. Subotic heads away Asare’s delivery.

[29] Dortmund win their second corner through Jovetic, and come close as Schäfer makes a good save to tip over Hummels’s header for a third.

[30] NÜRNBERG 1-1 DORTMUND: Dennis Praet changes his delivery for the next corner and whips it invitingly towards the near post, and Neven Subotic gladly obliges and powers a header home to draw Dortmund level.

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[33] Penalty appeal for Dortmund as Juhani Ojala flies into a challenge on Stevan Jovetic in the box. Corner only. He took a lot of the man as well as the ball there.

[35] Second change for Dortmund: Robert Lewandowski replaces Jovetic (6.8).

[40] Lars Bender fires wide from 25 yards.

[44] Klose barges over Lewandowski 25 yards from goal.

[45] NÜRNBERG 1-2 DORTMUND: Marco Reus wheels away in celebration after smashing the set-piece past a stunned Raphael Schäfer. He lifts it up over the wall and it dips in time to dink the bar and crash into the back of the net. Tenth of the season for the 25 year-old.

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[45+3] Karim Guédé trips Dennis Praet by the corner flag and goes in the book. Of Nürnberg’s seven fouls this half, he’s committed four of them.

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HALF-TIME: FC NÜRNBERG 1-2 BORUSSIA DORTMUND (Bundesliga).

[HT] Dortmund deservedly in front at the break, with all three goals coming from set-pieces. Reus’s free-kick to put them in front was sublime, and you’d expect them to tighten the screw.

[HT] Second change for Nürnberg at the interval as Umaru Bangura comes on for Reinhardt (6.0).

[46] Nürnberg kick-off the second half!

[47] Nürnberg start with winning a corner as Sven Bender challenge Asare. Klose meets the delivery at the far post and heads inches wide, with half the ground celebrating an equaliser.

[53] NÜRNBERG 1-3 DORTMUND: Andre Schürrle wins a corner when his driving run into the box is ended by an Asare challenge, but Dortmund extend their lead when Mats Hummels heads home Dennis Praet’s corner. That’s his tenth of the season too.

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[53] Nürnberg make their third change replacing Guédé (6.8) with Hanno Balitsch.

[57] Subotic heads away an Asare corner.

[58] Marcus Berg is found by a long-ball, and attempts a long-range chip over Heinz Lindner but the Dortmund ‘keeper gets to it and holds on.

[61] Jos Verniers replaces Lars Bender (6.9) for BVB’s third change.

[62] Balitsch heads behind a Reus free-kick for a Dortmund corner. Praet sends it in, but after a brief scramble, Nürnberg clear.

[66] Disallowed! Marcus Berg thinks he’s scored his sixteenth of the season, but the flag is up as he slides home Adam Hlousek’s pass. It’s a very tight call, and honestly, it might not be the right one.

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[70] Praet wins a corner, but has his delivery cleared away by Nürnberg.

[72] Corner for Nürnberg as Subotic heads behind a cross. He gets to the delivery first and the hosts draw level with Dortmund on the corner count at seven each.

[79] Bangura has looked lively in this second-half, and he comes close with a header that grazes the bar.

[83] Lewandowski smashes a shot at goal that deflects off Ojala for Dortmund’s eighth corner of the day.

[83] NÜRNBERG 1-4 DORTMUND: Game over as the title-chasers extend their lead with a fourth goal from a set-piece. Praet has a hat-trick of assists as his corner is nodded home by Neven Subotic.

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[85] Adam Hlousek and Marco Reus collide, and the Dortmund man has come off worse. No changes left for the visitors, who keep the winger on the pitch.

[88] Dortmund still looking for goals as they push forwards.

[90] One additional minute.

[90+1] Subotic, impressive at both ends today, challenges Hlousek and the home side have a corner in stoppage time. Hummels heads away and that’s probably it.

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FULL-TIME: FC NÜRNBERG 1-4 BORUSSIA DORTMUND (Bundesliga). [PKM]

Good, solid win for the champions as they keep up the pace with leaders Schalke. Losing Götze will be a blow, but with Praet back to full fitness, and Perisic not far behind, they have cover in that position behind the striker. Dortmund continue to look deadly from set-pieces, and have now extended their winning run to six in the league.

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