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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Daily Diary: Schmelzer Gets Three-Game Ban

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As expected, the DFL has imposed a further two-match ban on Marcel Schmelzer in addition to the automatic one-match suspension for his dismissal in the 3-1 home win over Bayer Leverkusen last Friday.

27 year-old Schmelzer was shown a straight red card for his poor challenge on Daniel Schwaab with the game half-hour old and goalless. He’ll miss the trip to Nürnberg and visit of Hannover in 1.Bundesliga as well as the DFB-Pokal Quarter-Final match at Leverkusen.

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Teenage defender Wout Devriendt celebrated his seventeenth birthday by signing a two-year professional contract with the club. The promising left-back joined last month from AA Gent and has looked impressive for the U19s so far. Despite turning 17, he’l be unable to play in 1.Bundesliga this season, as the registration deadline has passed.

BVB 3-1 Leverkusen (Bundesliga, Match #21)

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Goals from Marco Reus and Mats Hummels have fired BVB to the top of the table for the first time this season after beating Leverkusen 3-1 at home tonight despite the first-half dismissal of Marcel Schmelzer.

Dortmund went into the match third, two points behind leaders Leverkusen, but now sit clear by a single point for at least another day after a fifth straight Bundesliga win, though Schalke will take top spot if they win at Hertha Berlin on Sunday. Gray Surman kept an unchanged starting XI from the side that won at Mönchengladbach last weekend, with just one change in the squad: Dennis Praet returning from a minor leg injury to replace Kevin Großkreutz on the bench.

Leverkusen started brightest, and Linder was called into action inside the opening two minutes but was equal to Renato Augusto’s fierce drive. As Dortmund were starting to get a foothold in the match, the dynamic was changed when Marcel Schmelzer lunged into a poor challenge on Daniel Schwwab, seeing a straight red.

Dortmund moved to three at the back, keeping the attacking drive, and within ten minutes Marco Reus had scored a brace to throw the title race wide open. the first game when Mario Götze was given time to knock a ball into Steven Jovetic that the strike flicked on for Reus to run onto and drill past Bernd Leno.

Within 45 seconds of Leverkusen restarting, they conceded possession allowing Götze and Jovetic to repeat the move. Reus cut in from the right, latched onto the through-ball and doubled the lead with aplomb.

At the break, Felipe Santana replaced Andreas Beck, giving BVB three centre-backs. They came out the blocks fast looking for a killer third, but were caught out on a counter attack seven minutes in, with Simon Rolfes finishing a long-ball from Renato Augusto.

Leverkusen pushed and pushed, but Dortmund matched them in the final third, and when Mats Hummels headed home a corner with twelve minutes to play, it was the motivational lift the hosts needed to show confidence in seeing the game out and go top of the table.

Marcel Schmelzer was fined one week’s wages for his dismissal and has been given an automatic one-match ban that may be extended by the DFL. He’ll miss the trip to Nürnberg taking place a week on Sunday.

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Holders host leaders here at Signal Iduna Park as matchday twenty-one of the Bundesliga season gets under way with Borussia Dortmund at home to Bayer Leverkusen. The winners will be top tonight, but will it be the hosts for the first time this season, or can the visitors extend their lead over their rivals the five points?

Just one change in the matchday squad for Dortmund and it’s on the bench where Dennis Praet replaces Kevin Großkreutz. Lars Bender and André Schürrle both start against their previous employers, while Moritz Leitner is on the bench for the visitors.

[00] Thorsten Kinhöfer checks his watch, gives the signal, and Dortmund kick-off this title clash!

[01] Early opportunity for Bayer as Subotic fouls Kießling. The free-kick gets clipped into Augusto who takes a snap-shot which Lindner does well to palm away.

[08] Early pressure has been from the visitors, but Dortmund are starting to get their foot on the ball. Jovetic is penalised for a foul on the visiting ‘keeper as Reus swings a cross into the box.

[10] Schürrle hits a speculative effort well-wide from all of thirty yards.

[11] Dortmund have the first corner of the game as Schwaab puts behind a low cross whipped in from Reus towards Schürrle at the far post. Rolfes heads behind Götze’s deliver for a second from the opposite side. Subotic rises highest the second time but heads wide.

[14] Jovetic tries a cheeky flick towards goal as Leno is off his ine but he underhits it and the goalkeeper gathers.

[18] Schürrle whistles a daisycutter wide of Lenos left-hand post from the edge of the box.

[19] Schwaab has a go from a 30-yard free-kick but he’s always heading off-target after Sven Bender trpped Rolfes.

[20] Corner for Dortmund as Rolfes gets a deflection on a Götze shot. He takes it himself and is almost celebrating as a Hummels header flicks towards goal but bends inches wide.

[23] Corner for Leverkusen after Schmelzer’s challenge on Junior Fernandes. Lars Bender heads away the set-piece before Augusto over hits a ball back into the box.

[25] Leverkusen should be ahead after a long-ball forwards is collected by Frei who gets inside the box and squares to Kießling twelve yards out. Sven Bender launches himself in front of the shot, sending it back to Frei who hits it first time only to be blocked by Subotic, before Dortmund clear.

[28] Götze bends a Dortmund corner, won by Reus, deep to the far post where SUboptic peels away from his man but heads straight at a Grateful Leno.

[28] Omer Toprak is a lucky man after an abysmal backpass towards his goalkeeper lands at the feet of Mario Götze 15 yards out, but under pressure from Wollscheid, he hits it first time and grazes the outside of the post.

[30] RED CARD! Marcel Schmelzer has been sent-off by Thorsten Kinhöfer after he dived into a challenge on Daniel Schwaab right in front of the assistant referee. It doesnt look like he went with both feet but the scissor-style challenge has been punished strongly today.

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[33] Dortmund look like they’re going with three at the back as Hummels is drifting over to cover the now-vacant left-back spot.

[34] Wollscheid slips as he goes to clear a Schürrle ball over the top, letting Jovetic rob him of possession, but Leno is quick off his line and smothers.

[38] DORTMUND 1-0 LEVERKUSEN: First blood in the title race as Marco Reus smashes home a low drive from a Jovetic flick forwards. Götze does the work to bring the ball forwards and into Jovetic who spins it off into the path of Reus who opens the scoring.

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[40] DORTMUND 2-0 LEVERKUSEN: Bayer concede possession within seconds of the restart to Götze who’s allowed to bring the ball forwards. He plays it into Jovetic who spins it off to Marco Reus who repeats his shot of just 98 seconds ago to double the lead.

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[42] Dortmund are playing with nine as Sven Bender is off receiving treatment following an awkward landing. Leverkusen win themselves a corner, which Subotic heads away but the hosts don’t have the bodies to mount a counter.

[43] Schürrle stings Leno’s palms with a 20-yard drive, and Schwaab dicthers over clearing the loose ball, eventually conceding a corner under pressure from Jovetic.

HALF-TIME: Borussia Dortmund 2-0 Bayer Leverkusen (Bundsliga).

[HT] Change at the break for Dortmund, with Felipe Santana coming on for right-back Beck (7.0) meaning they’re going 3-2-3-1 with three centre-backs after Schmelzer’s dismissal. Bold move from Surman.

[46] Leverkusen kick-off the second-half!

[47] Leno is called into action twice in the opening minute of the second-half, having to sprint off his line to claim firstly at the feet of Götze, then with Jovetic as Reus is feeding balls through into the box.

[48] Great save by Leno who pushes away a fierce Sven Bender drive that was arrowing towards the top corner.

[50] BVB have come flying back out of the box. Götze drills a shot over from 22 yards. They’re definitely looking to stun the visitor and kill this game off with a third. A Leverkusen goal now will make things very interesting.

[52] DORTMUND 2-1 LEVERKUSEN …and there it is! Renato Augusto has time in the middle as he isn’t closeddown, drawing Hummels out of position. He lofts the ball over the top of the centre-backs for Simon Rolfes to race onto and slot past Lindner.

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[54] Dortmund have themselves a corner after Reus has a cross put behind by Kadlec, but they can’t work anything from it, and look vulnerable to a counter.

[55] Leverkusen go forwards and win a corner of their own. One comes former Dortmund midfielder Motiz Leitner for Frei (6.5). He takes the corner which Santana heads behind for another.

[58] Lindner is at full-stretch low down to push away a 18-yard Rolfes drive, and Junior Fernandes fluffs the rebound, screwing it well wide from eight yards out. All the impetus is with the visitors now.

[64] Felipe Santana has come forward and he’s picked out by Sven Bender 25 yards from goal and he’s not shy in having a shot which whistles over the bar with Leno rooted to the spot.

[65] Corner Bayer. Sven Bender challenges Rolfes who’s really running the forward line for Leverkusen.

[70] Couple of wayward efforts from Schürrle and Götze sail past Leno’s posts thirty seconds apart.

[72] Schürrle wins a corner off Schwaab. Wollscheid clears though. Dortmund not as prolific this season from set-pieces, something they’ll surely want to improve. They win another corner though when Kadlec heads behind.

[75] Corner Leverkusen, Hummels tackles Augusto cleanly, but the Leverkusen man looks uncomfortable. Santana clears Leitner’s deep corner, Reus breaks… but he can’t find Jovetic with a square ball.

[77] Toprak wins the ball off Schürrle, then miscontrols it out for a Dortmund corner. Second change for Leverkusen who bring on Pedro León for Augusto (7.0).

[78] DORTMUND 3-1 LEVERKUSEN: What was I saying about corners just now? Mario Götze whips an in-swinger in towards the near post where Mats Hummels gets above his man and powers a header past the man on the line. That could be a massive goal in the title race!

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[79] Leverkusen make an interesting third change as top-scorer Kießling (6.0) is replaced after a disappointing day. On comes Gonzalo Castro, which means no début tonight for Ryo Miyaichi.

[84] Kadlec has gone in hard on Reus, similar to the Schmelzer dismissal. Just a free-kick. Dortmund bench livid.

[86] León is played through by Schwaab, forced to a narrow angle by Sven Bender, and the Leverkusen sub can’t get a square ball to an unmarked Rolfes by the penalty spot. Last time I typed that a goal would make things interesting it happened, so I’ll shut up.

[88] Opportunity for Leverkusen to get the ball into the box after León is fouled by the touchline by Lars Bender, but the former-Bayer player makes amends with a towering header to clear the danger.

[90] Bayer players are campedoutside the Dortmund box but the hosts are defending resolutely.

[90] Two additional minutes.

[90+3] We’re into the third added-on minute and Dortmund are keeping the ball by the corner flag.

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FULL-TIME: Borussia Dortmund 3-1 Bayer Leverkusen (Bundesliga). [PKM]

A massive win for Dortmund as they go top of the table for the first time this season! The Schmelzer dismissal may have looked harsh, but the referee clamped-down the first opportunity he had in this title-race match and it didn’t boil over.

Leverkusen were made to pay twice in ninety seconds with Marco Reus – putting in a fantastic performance throughout – scored almost identical goals to give Dortmund a two-goal cushion at the break. They pushed hard for a quick third after the interval, couldn’t make it work, and were punished on a counter attack that gave the visitors hope.

Mats Hummels comes up with goals in big games, and the captain did it again today with a towering header inside the final quarter of an hour and with hearts lifted, Dortmund hung on to take three big points today and sit proudly top of the table for 24 hours at least.

These two sides will meet again in a month for a place in the DFB-Pokal Semi-Final.

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    • 07.02: Bundesliga #22 FC Nürnberg v. BVB (Frankenstadion)
    • 14.02: Bundesliga #23 BVB v. Hannover 96 (Signal Iduna Park)
    • 19.02: Europa League 1KR(1) RSC Anderlecht v. BVB (Constant Vanden Stock)
    • 26.02: Europa League 1KR(2) BVB v. RSC Anderlecht (Signal Iduna Park)
    • 04.03: DFB-Pokal QF Bayer Leverkusen v. BVB (BayArena)

19s Lose At Wuppertal, First Defeat in Seven

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Ten-man Dortmund suffered their first defeat after six wins on the bounce, going down 0-2 at SV Wuppertaler this afternoon and having Marwin Kerstiens dismissed on the hour for his second yellow.

Despite dominating possession, BVB’s finishing was wayward throughout with the home ‘keeper only forced to make one save before Wuppertal took the lead after half-hour through Jannik Wengert thunderbolt from 25 yards. Kerstiens picked-up his first yellow shortly after for a trip.

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Dortmund pushed for an equaliser after the break but were unable to turn possession into chances, and were caught on a counter-attack on the hour and Kerstiens brought down his man on the break and was shown a second yellow card. With time running out, Rainer Osieck slotted home to double the home side’s lead.

Dortmund stay third, while Wuppertal remain 12th. BVB U19s are back in action on Sunday at Group 3 leaders Bayer Leverkusen in the last sixteen of the national youth cup.

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Daily Dortmund Diary: Thursday 6th November

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Daily Diary, Thursday 06 November 2014:

bender-larsLars Bender has accepted an official warning from BVB management after his dismissal in yesterday’s 3-0 win over Legia Warsaw. With Dortmund leading 1-0 at the time, Bender was cautioned twice inside ninety seconds and will miss the trip to Valencia through suspension.

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Dortmund staff member Piet Hamberg has failed to gain a Continental Pro Licence. The 60 year-old Dutch coach will need to retake the entire course should he wish to gain the qualification to manage at the highest level.

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Four sides have progressed to the penultimate stage in the MLS Playoffs after winning their conference semi-final ties. The Eastern Conference Final will be played between Chicago Fire and Houston Dynamo, with Real Salt Lake and FC Dallas meeting in the Western equivalent. Ties will be played 08 and 15 November.

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AS Monaco fans have called for Claudio Ranieri’s head after the 63 year-old Italian declared his interest in the vacancy at Bayern Munich. The former Chelsea manager has been at the club for two and a half years, winning last season’s French League Cup. Monaco’s 4-4 draw with Rubin Kazan on Wednesday eliminated them.

Peter Bosk has left Heracles for a club four points below them in the Dutch Eredivisie, as he joins Roda JC.

BVB 3-0 Legia Warsaw (UCL Group G Match 4)

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Dortmund made six changes from the side that slumped to defeat in Düsseldorf at the weekend to comfortably beat Polish champions Legia Warsaw and keep the defence of the UEFA Champions League into their own hands.

In came Heinz Lindner in goal, with Marcel Schmelzer and Julian Koch returning as full-backs. Ivan Perisic and André Schürrle were restored to the starting eleven too, as was Stevan Jovetic making his first appearance since a rib injury.

After Mario Götze fluffed a one-on-one after just sixty seconds, it was Julian Koch who headed BVB in front  when he met a Dennis Praet corner at the near post. Lars Bender then picked up a pair of yellow cards within a minute of each other and Dortmund faced playing over 70 minutes with a numerical disadvantage, but with their next corner of the match, Mats Hummels doubled the lead.

With Legia offering very little going forwards, Surman made changes, and Robert Lewandowski was able to break an 18-match goalless streak when his diving header turned home a fine Götze cross to seal the win late on.

Valencia still top Group G after a 3-1 win at home against Standard Liège that seals their progression to the last 16. Dortmund travel to Spain next time out, but qualification might not be secured until the final match when a two-goal win over Liège should see them through.

 UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE: GROUP STAGE (4/6)
 Tuesday 21 October
  E                Olympiakos  2-1  FC Twente
  E          Young Boys Berne  1-4  Arsenal
  F         Paris St. Germain  0-1  Manchester United
  F           Shamrock Rovers  0-1  Sporting Lisbon
  G         Borussia Dortmund  3-0  Legia Warsaw
  G                  Valencia  3-1  Standard Liège
  H                 AS Monaco  4-4  Rubin Kazan
  H                 Barcelona  5-0  Juventus

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EDITOR’S NOTE: Original match transcription unavailable. Will recreate from highlights at a later date.

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HALF-TIME: Borussia Dortmund 2-0 Legia Warsaw (UCL Group G)

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FULL-TIME: Borussia Dortmund 3-0 Legia Warsaw (UCL Group G). [PKM]

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A much-needed win for BVB after humiliation on Saturday, including a morale-boosting clean sheet, a return from injury for Jovetic, and a duck-breaking goal for Lewandowski after 18 matches without finding the back of the net.

Lars Bender’s dismissal threatened to cast a shadow over affairs, but Dortmund’s ten men were impressive after the dismissal, with Perisic dropping into the middle alongside Praet. Bender accepted a formal warning from manager Surman for his lack of discipline.

BVB host Eintracht Frankfurt here on Saturday, before the visit of Braunschweig in the cup on Tuesday.

speechmarks-leftspeechmarks-rightTo pick up a second yellow within a minute was disappointing, and we’ve chatted to Lars about that moment of ill discipline. Chuffed for Robert and Heinz who were great at either end. Nice to have Stevan back too.

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    • 08.11: Bundesliga Borussia Dortmund v. Eintracht Frankfurt (Signal Iduna Park)
    • 12.11: Pokal R2 Borussia Dortmund v. Eintracht Braunschweig (Signal Iduna Park)
    • 15.11: Bundesliga SC Freiburg v. Borussia Dortmund (Mage Solar Stadium)
    • 22.11: Bundesliga Borussia Dortmund v. Hertha Berlin SC (Signal Iduna Park)
    • 25.11: Champions League #5 Valencia v. Dortmund (Mestalla Stadium)