An Ivan Perisic hat-trick followed an early Stevan Jovetic strike powered Dortmund into a four-goal lead at the break against a Fortuna Düsseldorf side they had suffered humiliation against back in November. The result sees Dortmund end a weekend at the top of the table for the first time all season.
Surman made two changes as he matched Düsseldorf’s diamond system, with Mario Götze and Jovetic replacing Marco Reus and Dennis Praet in the starting XI, with the almost ever-present Reus rested ahead of the trip to Ajax on Thursday.
A little over three minutes were on the clock when Jovetic poked home from inside the six-yard box following a scramble when he had a drive saved by the visiting ‘keeper, and three minutes later he thought he’d doubled the lead when he looped a header home, but the flag was up.
From the free-kick, Götze picked the ball up in midfield and found Perisic. The Croatian international took a couple of touches to burst forwards before smashing a 30-yarder into the top corner past a diving Tim Weis, possibly the best goal scored at Signal Iduna Park so far this season.
Perisic completed the first hat-trick of his career with a three-minute double salvo around the half-hour mark. Firstly he turned home from close range after Fischer played a loose ball back into the box, before he headed home a Götze free-kick.
Marcel Risse pulled a goal back for Düsseldorf before the break when he lobbed Weidenfeller from fully 35 yards, but BVB deserved the lead – that Lewandowski had chances to increase – at half-time.
Düsseldorf made two changes at the break, and were soon forced into a third when Rafael was stretchered off after his own heavy touch took him crashing into Lars Bender (who was later cautioned). One of the replacements, Sandro Wagner, made it 4-2 after Risse worked hard to play the ball into the box.
BVB had taken their foot off the gas, and Düsseldorf sensed a chance to snatch points. They thought they were hard done by when Adam Bodzek slotted past Weidenfeller when Dortmund didn’t clear a free-kick that got hit back into the box, but replays show the assistant got it right.
We’re back at Signal Iduna Park for Dortmund’s second game here in four days. These are the last two teams to play in this weekend’s Bundesliga fixtures, and both can climb the table tonight.
Dortmund will go top by a point with a win, and still have two games in hand over the rest of the top four. Düsseldorf will climb to 8th with all three points today, leapfrogging Freiburg who moved above them with their 1-0 win at Mainz earlier today. A draw will keep the sides in 3rd and 9th respectively.
Maximilian Drum (calf) and Daley Blind (groin) are out for the visitors, while Sven Bender is the only absentee for Dortmund as he recovers from a minor knee injury. He should be fit for the trip to Ajax in midweek.
It’s a different shape for Dortmund today, playing a diamond 4-4-2 instead of their usual 4-2-3-1, looking every much like they’re going to match Düsseldorf man-for-man across the park. The change of shape means Stevan Jovetic starts ahead of Dennis Praet, while Mario Götze is a straight swap for Marco Reus who isn’t named on the bench.
Wolfgang Stark is today’s referee, and he’s taken charge of both sides already this month: Dortmund’s cup quarter-final win at Leverkusen, and Düsseldorf’s Bundesliga defeat at Mainz.
 Düsseldorf kick-off!
 Van den Bergh challenges Götze in the box and Dortmund win a corner. Good pass forwards from Jovetic to find the midfielder who’d given his marker the slip. Götze’s delivery from the set piece is claimed by Weis.
 DORTMUND 1-0 DÜSSELDORF: Marcel Schmelzer starts the move by intercepting a cross which he nods back to his ‘keeper. He then receives the ball further up the field, runs into the final third and plays in Stevan Jovetic. His first shot is saved, and in the ensuing scramble, the Montenegran gets the final touch to poke home.
 Weidenfeller has to get down low quickly to push away a daisy-cutter from Risse.
 Offside! The ball loops over Weis and into the net but the whistle had long gone against Jovetic from a deep cross from the right. No contention.
 DORTMUND 2-0 DÜSSELDORF: Holy moly, what a strike! Götze picks the ball up in the centre circle and knocks it forwards to Ivan Perisic. The Croatian takes a couple of touches to get the ball out his feet and burst forward before smashing it into the top corner from thirty yards. You don’t stop those!
 Lewandowski drives towards goal from 25 yards, but Weis pushes his shot away. Dortmund going for the kill here.
 Schmelzer loops a cross into the six-yard box but Lewandowski fluffs his header and sends it wide. Any clean connection would surely have been a third goal there.
 Hummels clips Exslager 25 yards out. Bellinghausen bends it round the wall, but Weidenfeller is calm as it flashes a yard wide.
 Rafael goes to ground in the box under pressure from Götze as a throw-in comes in, but the officials are unmoved.
 DORTMUND 3-0 DÜSSELDORF: A Düsseldorf move breaks down with Subotic winning the ball back on half-way and getting it forward quickly. Götze and Jovetic work it to Ivan Perisic who has his shot pushed wide, but Fischer picks it up on the left and sends it back across goal where Perisic taps home.
 Isidoro slides into a strong challenge on Fischer in front of the benches. Looked worse than it probably was, and there’s a scuffle. Wolfgang Stark calms everything down and Dortmund have a free-kick out wide.
 DORTMUND 4-0 DÜSSELDORF: It’s a hat-trick for last season’s player of the year Ivan Perisic, and he wheels away to celebrate in front of the Yellow Wall. Götze sends the free-kick forwards to the near post and Perisic steals a yard on his marker and nods past Weis. Eighth BVB hat-trick this season.
 Dortmund look deadly going forwards at the moment. Lewandowski hasn’t got his shooting boots on though, and he bends an effort well wide from 18 yards.
 DORTMUND 4-1 DÜSSELDORF: We’ve seen a good goal already today, and here’s a second. Exslager wins the ball in midfield, comes forward and slips it wide to Marcel Risse. He spots Weidenfeller off his line from 30 yards, he tries the lob and drops it perfectly into the back of the net.
 Stevan Jovetic fires over the bar from 20 yards with a fierce drive.
 One additional minute.
HALF-TIME: Borussia Dortmund 4-1 Fortuna Düsseldorf (Bundesliga).
[HT] Düsseldorf have made a double change at the break. Isidoro (5.9) is replaced by Adam Bodzek, and Sandro Wagner comes on for Exslgaer (5.8).
 Dortmund kick-off the second-half.
 Weidenfeller holds on to a 20-yard shot from Lambertz.
 Schmelzer and Perisic combine well to come forwards and get the ball right across the face of goal. Götze is slow to react at the far post and Rafael intercepts. He takes a heavy touch though and collides with Bender, and doesn’t look in great shape. Perisic knocks the ball into touch.
 Rafael (5.9) is replaced by Jeron Hazaimeh.
 DORTMUND 4-2 DÜSSELDORF: Is the comeback on? Risse is the architect for Düsseldorf as he penetrates the final third, and wins the ball back when Fischer nicks it off him. He plays through Sandro Wagner who slots through Weidenfeller from 12 yards.
 Lars Bender is cautioned after a firm challenge on Lambertz.
 Triple change for Dortmund: Off go Bender (7.1), Lewandowski (7.0) and hat-trick hero Perisic (9.6) to a standing ovation. They’re replaced by Jos Verniers, Dennis Praet, and Julian Schieber respectively.
 Düsseldorf are still in this! Lambertz curls a cross to the far post for Wagner, and his header beats Weidenfeller but comes back off the outside of the post and wide.
 The visitors have taken their foot off the gas a little, but Dortmund aren’t offering anything going forwards.
 Offside! Adam Bodzek is convinced he’s reduced the deficit to a single goal, but the flag’s up against him and it looks incredibly tight. It’s Lambertz who clips a free-kick into the box that Hummels heads away. Malezas drills the ball back low into the box, where Bodzek collects and slots home.
 Replays show that the officials got it correct. That’s a great call from the assistant.
 Corner for Dortmund as Praet cuts inside and is challenged by Van den Bergh. He takes it himself but the same Düsseldorf defender clears away.
 Two additional minutes.
FULL-TIME: Borussia Dortmund 4-2 Fortuna Düsseldorf (Bundesliga). [PKM]
Disappointing second-half from a Dortmund point of view as they failed to register a single shot. It was a tight offside call to deny the visitors a third goal, but BVB scraped over the line to register a win over Düsseldorf at the third attempt this season.
The first-half was simply fantastic, however. Needing his side to come out the blocks and take control of the game, Surman was able to sit and watch exactly that happen. A first career hat-trick for Ivan Perisic will undoubtedly win him the plyer of the week award. His second goal was an absolute peach.
More importantly, they move back top of the pile and put a two-point cushion between them and Leverkusen, with Schalke and Hamburg a further point back. Dortmund have TWO games in hand over all of those sides meaning they can really pull away as we enter the last seven games of the season.
- 19.03: Europa League 2.2 Ajax v. BVB (Amsterdam ArenA)
- 24.03: DFB-Pokal SF FC Nürnberg v. BVB (Frankenstadion)
- 01.04: Bundesliga #27 VFB Stuttgart v. BVB (Mercedes Benz Arena)
- 04.04: Bundesliga #28 Eintracht Frankfurt v. BVB (Commerzbank-Arena)
- 08.04: Bundesliga #29 BVB v. VfL Wolfsburg (Signal Iduna Park)