Nürnberg 4-5 Dortmund (DFB-Pokal Semi-Final)

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BVB booked their place in the DFB-Pokal Final after a crazy nine-goal thriller at Nürnberg tonight, with the visitors scoring all four from the red hoot boots of Marcus Berg. Dortmund were three-up inside eighteen minutes, but found themselves pulled back level come the interval.

Surman made four changes from the defeat at Ajax, with Heinz Lindner returning in goal, Jos Verniers and Marco Reus in midfield, and Robert Lewandowski up front taking the places of Weidenfeller, Beck, Götze, and Jovetic respectively.

Verniers opened the scoring with his first goal for the club when he thumped home a half-volley when the hosts couldn’t clear a corner, and Lewandowski doubled the lead on the quarter of an hour mark when BVB went on a deadly counter attack. Julian Koch drilled home a third, before Berg hit a 19-minute hat-trick to stun the visitors before the break.

Five minutes into the second-half, referee Wolfgang Stark pointed to the point after Javier Pinola dived-in on Reus, and Ivan Perisic sent Raphael Schäfer the wrong way from the spot to put Dortmund ahead. Substitute Mario Götze extended the lead with seven minutes to play, but Berg still had enough time to score a fourth and set-up a tense final couple of minutes.

BVB held on and will play Schalke on 23 May.

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Welcome to the Frankenstadion where FC Nürnberg host holders Borussia Dortmund for a place in the DFB-Pokal Final against Schalke in Berlin on 23 May.

Nürnberg’s most recent success in the competition was in in 2007, their sixth final which brought their fourth Pokal and first since 1962. They’ve gone one stage better than last year where they lost on penalties at Bayern Munich.

Today’s referee is Wolfgang Stark from Munich, and he took charge of Dortmund’s last domestic match – the 4-2 home win over Düsseldorf that took them top of the table. He was also the man in the middle for the quarter-final win at Leverkusen.


[00] Nürnberg kick-off this semi-final tie!

[01] Offside! Adam Hlousek has the ball in the net, but the flag had long gone up against Marcus Berg before he found his team mate. Early warning for Dortmund but they had stopped upon hearing the whistle.

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[03] First attack for Dortmund as Bender finds Schmelzer in acres of space on the left, he cuts inside but his square ball across the box is cleared away.

[05] Berg has a go from distance but his low effort is easily held by Lindner.

[06] Dortmund have a corner when Chandler heads behind a Schmelzer ball into the box.

[07] NÜRNBERG 0-1 DORTMUND: It’s a first goal for the club for Jos Verniers since his move from Brugge and it puts Dortmund in front early on. Perisic’s corner is flicked towards the penalty spot by Hummels and Verniers hits a left-footed half-volley smashing it past the man on the line.

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[09] Schürrle plays an underhit backpass towards Lindner and Hlousek is in between Subotic and the ball, but the defender gets back to deflect his shot wide for Nürnberg’s first corner. Dortmund clear away and upfield.

[10] Lewandowski is onside and in behind the back four, but he’s forced wide as the tweo centre backs come to cover and he can’t work a shot away, before having a pass towards Perisic intercepted.

[11] Perisic plays Lewandowski through again but Schäfer is quick off his line to push it away at the striker’s feet. The ball spins up into the air but Nürnberg clear it away from the edge of their own box.

[13] Tim Chandler heads narrowly over the top as Asare whips a free-kick in from the right.

[14] Jos Verniers adds to his first Dortmund goal with his first booking for a foul on Karim Guédé.

[14] Nürnberg over-commit and when Guédé gives the ball away to Verniers after Asare’s sloppy pass, the ball gets played to Robert Lewandowski who’s the only man except the home ‘keeper in the other half. One on one…

[14] NÜRNBERG 0-2 DORTMUND: Absolutely suicidal play from the hosts, as all ten outfield players were in the Dortmund half. Verniers intercepts, gets it out of his feet to Reus who just slots it through the middle to Robert Lewandowski. He has 40 yards to run unopposed before slotting home his 14th of the season.

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[17] Schürrle cuts inside from the left, beats his man, but fires wide from the edge of the box.

[18] NÜRNBERG 0-3 DORTMUND: It could be all over and we haven’t even played twenty minutes. Lewandowski brings he ball down 25 yards out before clipping it over the top for Julian Koch to run on to and bury first-time past Schäfer. Great finish from the right-back.

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[23] Julian Koch puts behind Pinola’s cross at the near post.

[23] NÜRNBERG 1-3 DORTMUND: The home side give themselves a life line as Marcus Berg powers home a thumping header at the near post from Pinola’s corner. 22nd goal of the season for the Nürnberg top-scorer.

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[25] Pinola brings down Reus giving BVB a great opportunity to whip the ball into the box. Reus takes on the shot though, and it’s an easy take for Schäfer.

[26] Corner for Dortmund. Two corners, two goals so far today.

[27] So very nearly three from three as Raphael Schäfer has to dive to his left and fingertip a Subotic header over the top. Chandler clears, but Guédé gives possession away to Schürrle on the edge of the box. Nürnberg just about clear their lines before he can get a shot away though.

[29] Marcus Berg’s diving header drops inches wide as he gets on the end of a Mendler cross. Good move from Nürnberg, but Berg couldn’t get enough power on it.

[33] Reus wins Dortmund a corner down the right. Pinola’s sliding challenge knocks it behind.

[36] Asare comes off second-best in a challenge with Bender. Lewandowski puts the ball out so he can get treatment, but he’s back on after the restart and looks like he’ll shake it off.

[39] NÜRNBERG 2-3 DORTMUND: Surman is furious with his defence as half step-up and half drop back, playing Marcus Berg onside. He only needs one touch as he controls Mendler’s pass before slamming it past Lindner. Comeback?

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[41] Timothy Chandler brings down Perisic as he bears down on goal. Free-kick 30 yards out, and surprisingly no caution.

[42] Heinz Lindner bursts out of his goal to clear a throughball, but slices his clearance to Mendler but he’s closed down before he can take a pop towards goal.

[42] NÜRNBERG 3-3 DORTMUND: Hat-trick for Marcus Berg and the stadium is absolutely rocking! Schäfer hits a ball straight up the middle, Hlousek flicks it on, Hummels lets it drop behind him and Berg drills it low into the bottom corner first time. BVB just can’t deal with the ball over the top.

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[44] One additional minute.

[45+1] Lindner saves from Hlousek. Nürnberg are pouring forwards, buoyed by the crowd.

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HALF-TIME: FC Nürnberg 3-3 Borussia Dortmund (DFB-Pokal Semi-Final).

[HT] A thrilling match so far, but Dortmund have thrown the lead away in twenty minutes. Its a tremendous hat-trick from Marcus Berg, and the crowd are right behind the home side now after being silenced early on.

[HT] Surman has work to do during the interval. His Dortmund side need to come out with the right frame of mind. No changes at the break for either side.

[46] Dortmund kick-off the second-half.

[46] Schürrle drills a shot well wide with thirty seconds of the half played.

[49] Penalty! Javier Pinola has been diving in on Reus all game, and this time he’s timed it wrong. Reus controlled a Koch throw-in, turned Pinola and then gets felled by the goal line.

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[49] Ivan Perisic will take it.

[50] NÜRNBERG 3-4 DORTMUND: Ninth goal of the season for Ivan Perisic as he sends Raphael Schäfer the wrong way from the spot, finding the bottom left corner to put Dortmund back in front.

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[52] Mats Hummels and Neven Subotic have swapped sides, and this time they play the offside perfectly and catch Berg.

[55] Verniers wins the ball off Berg and it goes behind for a Nürnberg corner, before Hummels heads behind for a second. It’s worked back to Chandler, but he hits a daisycutter wide from the edge of the box.

[59] Lewandowski muscles his way between the two centre-backs, but Schäfer is equal to his fierce low drive. Nürnberg lose possession quickly but Schürrle is wasteful from distance.

[60] Corner for Nürnberg, Schmelzer wins the ball cleanly from Berg. Bender clears the set-piece away.

[61] Pinola penalised again for sliding in on Reus. Error was Nürnberg’s making as they gave the ball away to Perisic in the middle of their half. Hummels can’t send it goalwards when he gets on the end of the free-kick.

[64] Schürrle sends another one wide from distance. Götze sent out to warm-up for Dortmund. Schürrle does so well when he hits the goal line, but today’s he been cutting inside and wasting chances.

[65] First change of the game, Mario Götze replaces Schürrle (5.6) for Dortmund.

[66] Hummels heads an Asare delivery into the box behind for Nürnberg’s sixth corner. Asare fouls his man and Dortmund have the chance to clear.

[70] Nürnberg make their first change: On comes Hanno Balitsch for Asare (6.8).

[72] Marcus Reus looks like he’s taken a knock after another clumsy challenge from Pinola. Dortmund bench having a justified whinge at the fourth official.

[73] Ivan Perisic tries to clip it over Schäfer as he comes out to close the gap. The ‘keeper gets a touch before Ojala clears the ball away before it can drop home for a fifth.

[74] Dortmund substitution: Dennis Praet on for Reus (7.9).

[77] Glorious chance for Adam Hlousek to level it. He’s played through by Cohen, but he drills it inches wide from 15 yards out. He should be celebrating an equaliser right now.

[80] Ten minutes to play here. Looks like Dortmund have shaped-up at the back, and they look comfortable going forwards, but they’ll have to defend well as the hosts will undoubtedly through everything at them.

[81] Second change for Nürnberg: On comes Umaru Bangura to replace Guédé (6.9).

[83] NÜRNBERG 3-5 DORTMUND: One foot in the final for the holders as they counter through Lewandowski when a Nürnberg attacks breaks down. His strength holds off the challenge of Klose before he slips through Mario Götze on the overlap and the substitute buries it from close range.

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[85] Corner for Dortmund when Pinola heads behind a ball towards the box from Koch. It comes to nothing, and the visitors look like they’re preparing their final change.

[87] Third sub for Dortmund: Andreas Beck comes on for Verniers (8.2).

[88] NÜRNBERG 4-5 DORTMUND: What a game! It’s route one stuff as the ball gets clipped over the top for – who else? – Marcus Berg. He takes a touch to steady himself before chipping a lob over Lindner from just inside the box. Brilliant finish for the man who’s scored four today.

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[88] Nürnberg send on their final sub: Tomás Pekhart replaces Chandler (5.9).

[89] I doubt many people were expecting a nine-goal thriller today! Is there one final twist? Ninety seconds of normal time remaining, plus whatever the officials add on.

[90] Three additional minutes as Hlousek is flagged offside. Much better defensive performance from Dortmund this half. Can they hold out and set-up the first-ever Revierderby final?

[90+3] Cohen fouls Praet in the centre circle and you can feel it slipping away from Nürnberg now. Pekhart and Berg both caught offside in the last thirty seconds or so.

[90+4] Play continues but Cohen is penalised for a trip on Bender. BVB taking their time over the restart. The domestic double is still on.

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FULL-TIME: FC Nürnberg 3-5 Borussia Dortmund (DFB-Pokal Semi-Final). [PKM]

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An astonishing match all-round. Plenty of attacking prowess on show, with some woeful defending. Dortmund always looks vulnerable to a ball over the top, with the defence just not dropping deep enough. Marcus Berg deserves all the plaudits coming his way after hitting his 25th goal of the season, surely he won’t be at Nürnberg come September.

Five different scorers for Dortmund, with two assists apiece for Robert Lewandowski and Marco Reus – the latter looking very much missed last Thursday night in the defeat at Ajax. Dortmund are back in action next week with one of the league games in hand  in a trip to Stuttgart.

    • 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)
    • 11.04: Bundesliga #30 BVB v. SC Freiburg (Signal Iduna Park)
    • 18.04: Bundesliga #31 Hertha Berlin v. BVB (Olympiastadion)