BVB 2-2 FC Augsburg (Bundesliga Match #31)

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BVB are three without a win at home after being held by an Augsburg side fighting to retain their top-flight status. The defending champions found themselves a goal down in under three minutes but fought back to take a deserved lead into the break in their 50th match of the season.

Stevan Jovetic and Ivan Perisic then missed glorious opportunities to extend the lead before the visitors countered from a corner and drew level midway through the second-half. Mats Hummels hit the crossbar but Dortmund couldn’t find a winner.

Surman made three changes from the win in Berlin, with Heinz Lindner coming in between the sticks, Cimo Röcker getting a first start in eleven at left-back, and Dennis Praet started in the number ten role. Felipe Santana started his third match in a row, but was at fault for the opener.

With just two minutes played, he conceded the first foul of the game. The free-kick was lumped long into the Dortmund box where Werner headed down for Edu who stole a yard on Santana and swept Augsburg in front.

Ten minutes later Dortmund were level as Beck cut inside, found Götze on the overlap and his cross was thumped home at the near post by Stevan Jovetic to restore parity and lift the stunned Westfalenstadion.

Santana made amends for his earlier error with a number of clearing headers, and eight minutes before the break he knocked a short corner back to André Schürrle who had time and space to set up a shot from the edge of the box which he bent home into the bottom corner.

Jovetic blazed over the bar after he’d rounded Augsburg ‘keeper Giefer, substitute Ivan Perisic headed wide from six yards, then had a low drive tipped round the post as Dortmund created chance after chance to extend the lead. At a corner of their own, an Augsburg clearance went long and Erik Israelsson finished at the second attempt to grab a point for the visitors.

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It’s a sunny evening here in Dortmund as the leaders have the chance to extend the gap to six points after Leverkusen were helf to a 0-0 draw at home by Frankfurt early this afternoon.

Augsburg haven’t won a match since January, but it’s tight at the bottom with any of four sides facing the possibility of being dragged into the bottom two alongside Hannover.

Today’s referee is Marcel Fritz from Stuttgart, on his second visit to Signal Iduna Park this season. His previous visit was Dortmund’s 3-0 win over Hertha Berlin in November where he didn’t show any cards.


[00] Augsburg kick-off! They need a 4-0 win to move out of the bottom two today. Dortmund can move six clear and take a huge step towards retaining the title with a win today.

[03] DORTMUND 0-1 AUGSBURG: A wonderful start for the visitors who celebrate like they’ve won the league. Santana fouls Oehrl in the centre circle, and Callsen-Bracker lofts the ball high into the box. Werner nods down for Edu who slams a half-volley into the bottom corner from around the penalty spot.

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[03] Signal Iduna Park is stunned as Dortmund restart the match.

[10] Dortmund’s first effort on goal comes from André Schürrle who cuts in and drills low from the edge of the box. Giefer pushes it away and Augsburg clear as Götze plays it back into the box.

[13] DORTMUND 1-1 AUGSBURG: Parity is restored with a fine move down the right from the hosts. Beck does a lot of the hard work, cutting inside from the right wing before finding Götze on the overlap. He drills it in towards the six-yard box where Stevan Jovetic pounces at the near post.

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[21] Dortmund win the first corner after Praet’s ball for Röcker is put behind by Rupp. Praet swings it in, but it’s cleared away.

[22] Callsen-Bracker heads a deep Schürrle cross behind for a second corner. Augsburg faff about, but they manage to clear their lines despite chances for Schürrle and Santana to pull the trigger.

[24] Another corner, Praet pulling the strings behind Jovetic.

[25] Off the line! Praet’s corner is flicked on by Hummels and Jovetic meets the ball six yards out but it’s volleyed off the line by Rupp.

[26] Corner for Augsburg as Hummels heads a free-kick behind. He wins the header at the corner too, but lands awkwardly. Dortmund defending this second corner a man light as their skipper gets treatment.

[29] Praet plays a lovely ball through for Jovetic, but the striker is stopped in his tracks by a fine sliding challenge from Callsen-Bracker who then gets to his feet and blocks a thunderous drive towards goal from Götze.

[30] Mats Hummels is back on and looking comfortable on his feet.

[36] Giefer makes a fine save to deny Jovetic from twelve yards out after Verniers plays him clean through. Corner for BVB.

[37] DORTMUND 2-1 AUGSBURG: Praet plays a short corner towards Santana who comes from the near post unmarked to collect. He sends it back to André Schürrle outside the area who takes a touch to set himself before bending into the bottom corner from eighteen yards.

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[38] Edu tries to draw Augsburg level almost immdiately, but he fires high and wide from 25 yards out.

[40] Jovetic beats two men but he’s off-target as he cuts inside.

[45] Two minutes to be added on.

[45+1] Röcker concedes a free-kick on Augsburg’s right wing, but makes amends with a fine clearing header that lands perfectly for Andreas Beck who only has one defender to beat as he breaks forwards.

[45+1] Beck is caught in two minds whether to shoot or hold up, and Ostrzolek covers and challenges, before clearing upfield.

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HALF-TIME: Borussia Dortmund 2-1 FC Augsburg (Bundesliga).

[46] No changes at the break for either side. Dortmund were back out first, looking fired-up. They kick-off the second half.

[47] Schürrle fires wide.

[52] Götze tries a dipping half-volley but he’s a yard wide.

[53] The Yellow Wall is already celebrating, but somehow Jovetic manages to fire over the top from ten yards out. Schürrle rides a challenge and plays Jovetic clean through. He goes to round Giefer but opts for power and puts it over the bar.

[53] Double-change for Dortmund: On come Marcel Schmelzer and Ivan Perisic in straight swaps for Röcker (6.7) and Praet (6.7).

[58] Perisic holds his head in his hands after puitting a header wide from inside the six-yard box. The ball is worked to Götze who has a shot blocked by Ostrzolek, but no one reacts and he has time to lift the ball back in for Perisic, but his header somehow drops inches wide.

[63] It’s been all Dortmund, but they can’t work a third. Schürrle smashes one inches over the top.

[66] Fantastic low save from Giefer who tips an 18-yard drive from Perisic round the post.

[66] Beck and Perisic both have efforts on goal from Götze’s corner, but Augsburg have packed the six-yard box and block both before clearing long.

[66] DORTMUND 2-2 AUGSBURG: Classic counter attack as Augsburg leave just Werner up front. He picks the long ball up, charges into the box but has his drive parried by Lindner. It only drops as far as Erik Israelsson who volleys it high into the back of the net.

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[72] First change for Augsburg: On comes Stephan Hain for Rupp (7.0).

[73] Corner for the visitors as Beck knocks a ball into the box behind.

[74] Disallowed! Werner’s corner is to the back post, Lindner comes to claim and is barged over by Edu with Torsten Oehrl knocking home the dropped ball at the far post but the whistle rightly goes and chalks it off.

[76] Hain outpaces Schmelzer but he fires over the top when he snatches at it from 18 yards.

[76] Jos Verniers has taken a knock. Giefer plays the ball out so he can get treatment. Doesn’t look anything too serious, but Dortmund preparing a change soon.

[77] Final change for Dortmund: Robert Lewandowski replaces Götze (7.0). Verniers looks OK to play on.

[79] Lewandowski straight into the mix and his strength wins Dortmund a corner. A brilliant fingertip save from Giefer denies Hummels with a powerful near post header.

[79] Woodwork! Mats Hummels gets on the end of the corner again and sees his header smash against the crossbar.

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[86] Into the final five minutes and Dortmund appear to have run out of steam. Lewandowski’s on and partnering Jovetic up-top but Augsburg are parking the bus, looking more than happy with a point at the league leaders.

[90] Fourth official indicates a minimum of three additional minutes.

[90+1] Change for Augsburg: Sebastian Langkamp cmes on for Eyjólfsson (7.1).

[90+4] Andreas Beck is cautioned after a trip on Werner. We’re over the three additional minutes, and Augsburg have picked-up a valuable point here in the battle to escape the bottom two.

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FULL-TIME: Borussia Dortmund 2-2 FC Augsburg (Bundesliga). [PKM]

A tremendously disappointing result for the leaders who haven’t won here in three matches. They dominated throughout, and really should have pulled more than 2-1 ahead when Jovetic then Perisic failed to hit the target from close range.

The opening goal was a set-piece when Dortmund weren’t awake, and the equaliser was a classic counter attack that we’ve seen Dortmund score here many a time over the last couple of seasons. BVB have just one match left here this season, and they’ll want nothing more than a convincing win.

There’s six days before the trip to Bayern Munich on Friday night, and BVB will know that three points today could have all but sealed them the title at the Allianz-Arena with a win, but Augsburg have kept it open for the rest of the top four.

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    • 01.05: 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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