BVB 2-2 Freiburg (Bundesliga Match #29)

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Jan Rosenthal scored a late, superb 25-yarder into the top corner to snatch a point for Freiburg after a thrilling match at Signal Iduna Park this afternoon. Freiburg were restricted to just two shots on target, though scored with them both.

Dortmund made six changes from the midweek defeat by Wolfsburg, bringing in Felipe Santana and Julian Koch in the back four, with Jos Verniers, André Schürrle and Ivan Perisic in midfield, with Julian Schieber starting upfront for the first time in ten matches.

After a one-way first-half where BVB knocked on the door several times but just couldn’t find a way past Oliver Baumann,  it was substitute Jan Rosenthal who fired Freiburg in front just 18 seconds from the restart.

It looked like Baumann was heading for a clean sheet until the final twenty minutes when a Felipe Santana headed crashed down off the crossbar from a Götze corner and came down behind the line to level. Eleven minutes later and Götze pulled back for Stevan Jovetic to drill BVB in front with just nine minutes to go.

Inside the final five minutes, Rosenthal cracked a superb effort into the top corner from fully 25 yards as Freiburg grabbed a point. The gap at the top is cut to four points tonight after late wins for both Hamburg and Wolfsburg.

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Welcome to Signal Iduna Park on a gorgeous Saturday afternoon where leaders Dortmund host 7th-place Freiburg. Regardless of result here or elsewhere in the Bundesliga, these two sides will end the weekend where they started it.

Surman has made six changes from the Dortmund side who were beaten here by Wolfsburg in midweek, which saw the victors move level on points with Hamburg and Leverkusen six points behind Dortmund.

BVB have won 11 of their 14 home games this campaign, while Freiburg rank third on away performances, collecting 20 points out of 42 available so far.

Four other games kicking off at the same time, and we’ll bring you the latest updates from the matches in Hamburg, Hannover, Hoffenheim, and Nürnberg. Bayern beat Werder Bremen 3-0 last night.


[00] Dortmund kick-off.

[02] Daniel Caligiuri has the first effort of the game, firing over the top from 25 yards.

[06] Kim Ojo has the first Bundesliga goal of the day, firing Hannover in front at home to Stuttgart.

[08] Dortmund are getting the ball forwards, but failing to get a sho away with Freiburg getting men behind the ball. In Hoffenheim, Troncoso has put the visitors Hertha Berlin in front.

[09] André Schürrle has a go from 20 yards but Oliver Baumann holds on. Pinto then brings down Verniers two yards outside the box.

[09] Great save from Baumann to push away Ivan Perisic’s free-kick dipping free-kick. Felipe Santana puts the ball back into the six-yard box but Vegar Eggen Hedenstad clears away.

[10] Freiburg break forwards and win a corner through Massimo Bruno. Sven Bender puts the ball behind for a second, which Santana heads away.

[13] Jos Verniers bends one towards the top corner from the edge of the D, and Baumann is at full-stretch to tip it away. Mario Götze keeps it in and squares, but Baumann is quick to his feet to snatch it in midair.

[13] Schindler has put Frankfurt ahead in Hamburg.

[15] Götze bends an effort wide from outside the box.

[20] Schürrle has a go from the edge of the area but it clips the outside of the post and goes wide. Freiburg gift Dortmund possession from the goal kick and Schürrle fires wide.

[22] Salihovic levels for Hoffenheim at home to Hertha.

[27] Ivo Ilicevic has equalised for Hamburg against Frankfurt.

[29] Brilliant save from Baumann from Götze who gets on the end of a fine Schürrle through-ball, but sees his first-time shot from 12 yards out be kept out by the ‘keeper’s legs.

[31] Julian Schieber drills wide.

[34] Dortmund look totally in control but just can’t find the opener. Julian Koch gets on the end of a great cross-field ball from Perisic but sees his cross hacked off the line by Matthias Ginter.

[34] Perisic has his 15-yard low drive pushed away by Baumann. One way traffic, BVB piling on the pressure.

[35] BVB win their first corner when Höhn heads behind a deep Schürrle cross. Götze sends it to the back post where Ginter puts it behind. The second delivery is hacked away and Freiburg break forward with Freis.

[36] Anton Putsila bundles over Verniers in the box and Dortmund win the free-kick to end the Freiburg counter.

[39] Alper Uludag has put Hertha back in front at Hoffenheim.

[42] Fausto Pinto holds back Götze 25 yards out and is lucky to escape a booking even if the Dortmund man went to ground easily. Perisic bends the free-kick well wide.

[45] One additional minute, Freiburg have weathered this first-half storm.

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HALF-TIME: Borussia Dortmund 0-0 SC Freiburg (Bundesliga).

[HT] One-way traffic in the first half but for all their efforts, Baumann wasn’t going to be beaten. Dortmund need to work the ball through the centre-backs more.

[HT] Other Scores: Hamburg 1-1 Frankfurt, Hannover 1-0 Stuttgart, Hoffenheim 1-2 Hertha Berlin, Nürnberg 0-0 Wolfsburg.

[HT] Freiburg have made a change at the break, replacing Bruno (7.0) with Jan Rosenthal.

[46] The visitors kick-off the second-half.

[46] DORTMUND 0-1 FREIBURG: What an impact! The visitors go ahead just 18 seconds after the break, before the hosts have touched the ball this half. Putsila and Freis bring the ball forwards before the former slots through to half-time sub Jan Rosenthal who lashes a low show past Roman Weidenfeller.

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[47] Koch wins a corner when his cross is put behind. Baumann pushes Santana’s header over the top.

[49] Dennis Praet replaces Perisic (6.9) in Dortmund’s first change.

[53] Jos Verniers smacks a dipping half-volley a yard wide through a crowded box from a yard outside the area.

[60] Bayuman saves from Schürrle. Praet and Bender have got in each other’s way and neither looks comfortable. Dortmund’s bench is all warming-up.

[62] Double change for Dortmund who replace Schürrle (6.9) and the injured Praet (n/a) with Viktor Fischer and Stevan Jovetic. Two up-top for the hosts as they chase the game.

[63] Bauman saves from Schieber twelve yards out before Ginter brings down Götze outside the box. He clips the free-kick in and Putsila heads off his own line as Subotic flicks it towards goal.

[64] Ibisevic has levelled for Stuttgart at Hannover.

[67] Baumann is on hand to deny Jovetic from close-range now. He doesn’t look like he’s going to be beaten this afternoon.

[69] Jovetic’s shot is turned behind off a Putsila deflection.

[70] DORTMUND 1-1 FREIBURG: It’s taken them 19 shots at goal but the hosts finally beat Oliver Baumann and draw level. Götze’s corner is met at the near post by Felipe Santana whose header crashes down off the bar and over the line.

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[70] Second change for Freiburg who bring on Mensur Mujdza for Caligiuri (7.0).

[71] Sebastian Freis picks up the game’s first yellow card as he clatters into Schieber after giving away possession straight from the restart.

[73] Corner for Freiburg after Mujdza wins a debatable free-kick, with the set-piece being headed behind by a Dortmund defender.

[80] Artjoms Rudnevs has turned it around for Hamburg who now lead Frankfurt 2-1.

[81] DORTMUND 2-1 FREIBURG: He’s been constantly at the defenders since his introduction, and finally Stevan Jovetic has his first goal in six matches to put Dortmund in front. Verniers picks out Jovetic on the edge of the box, he plays the one-two with Götze before finding the bottom corner from twelve yards out.

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[81] Final change for Freiburg who bring on Garra Dembélé for Eggen Hedenstad (5.9).

[83] Dembélé fires an effort over the top from 25 yards with his first touch.

[85] DORTMUND 2-2 FREIBURG: The visitors have had just two shots on target all afternoon and they’ve scored with them both. It’s a long ball over the top that’s headed down by Freis and Jan Rosenthal bags his second with a superb hit from 25 yards into the top corner. Best goal of the day by far.

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[85] Fausto Pinto is cautioned after he holds back Fischer.

[86] Freis goes down like he’s been shot under a challenge from Sven Bender, and the Dortmund man gets booked. He’ll miss the trip to Berlin next week now after his tenth yellow of the season.

[90] Ibisevic has won it for Stuttgart at Hannover with his second of the game. Hannover are rock bottom and just can’t hold on to a lead. They’ll be 13 points adrift tonight, with just 15 points to play for.

[90] Four additional minutes here. Dortmund won’t be happy with a point, while Freiburg celebrated the equaliser like they’d won the league.

[90+3] Baumann somehow gets his fingers to a low Schieber drive from the edge of the box that is tipped round the post. That was quite the save! Last chance from this corner, you’d imagine.

[90+3] Götze’s in-swinger is headed away but only as far as Jovetic who whips it back to the near post. Santana flicks it on and Schieber can only head straight at Baumann from six yards out.

[90+4] Sebastian Polter has scored a late, late goal for Wolfsburg to surely win it at Nürnberg.

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FULL-TIME: Borussia Dortmund 2-2 SC Freiburg (Bundesliga). [PKM]

An enthralling match, but Dortmund will have to look at this as two points dropped today. Jan Rosenthal stunned the Yellow Wall twice with his two efforts, and the equaliser was certainly worthy of winning a point.

Dortmund had to make changes from last week as the sheer number of fixtures starts to take its toll on the squad, but those players who came in did well. Oliver Baumann had a good game in goal for the visitors, and he kept Freiburg in it as Dortmund knocked on the door time after time.

Sven Bender will be suspended for the trip to Hertha Berlin next weekend after picking-up his tenth booking of the Bundesliga campaign. Today’s point does confirm European football for BVB next season, though that will offer no consolation should the title slip from their grasp.

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    • 18.04: Bundesliga #30 Hertha Berlin v. BVB (Olympiastadion)
    • 25.04: Bundesliga #31 BVB v. FC Augsburg (Signal Iduna Park)
    • 02.05: Bundesliga #32 Bayern Munich v. BVB (Allianz-Arena)
    • 09.05: Bundesliga #33 BVB v. FSV Mainz (Signal Iduna Park)
    • 16.05: Bundesliga Last Day TSG Hoffenheim v. BVB (WRN-Arena)
    • 23.05: DFB-Pokal Final Schalke v.  BVB (Olympiastadion, Berlin)

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