DFB-Pokal Final 2015: Schalke 1-2 Dortmund

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Dortmund’s 54-match season ended on a high as a last-minute winner from Marco Reus sealed the DFB-Pokal Final against Schalke in Berlin tonight, winning back-to-back domestic doubles to ease away some of the continental disappointment.

Gray Surman reverted back to the asymmetrical shape and brought in the strongest possible staring XI, with only Sven Bender unavailable as he sat out with a broken collarbone. Dortmund were happy to sit back and counter, and came closest in a goalless first-half, when Mats Hummels was denied twice on the line from corners.

Half-time substitute Dennis Praet provided the catalyst for the opener, when his snap-shot was pushed back out by David Ospina only as far as André Schürrle who slotted home into an unguarded goal ten minutes after the break.

Schalke pushed for an equaliser and won a number of corners, but the game flattened out as defences played high lines and the assistant referees had a busy night. With ten minutes remaining, route one stuff drew Schalke level as Teemo Pukki poked through Roman Weidenfeller for an equaliser.

As the clock ticked into the final ninety seconds, Rafinha was denied by a boot from Praet as Klaas-Jan Huntelaar intercepted a back-pass and played him through. BVB cleared the corner and hammered the ball forwards. Cristiano Zaccardo made a mess of a pass towards Benedikt Höwedes and substitute Ivan Perisic stole in.

He took two touches to get into the box before firing at Ospina who once again pushed the ball back into play, and Marco Reus had the easiest of finishes to win it. BVB weathered a brief storm as Schalke threw everyone forwards in stoppage time, but it was Dortmund who retained the trophy.

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Welcome to Berlin’s Olympiastadion for the 2015 DFB-Pokal Final, and first between Schalke and Borussia Dortmund. Schalke finished 4th, eleven points off the pace of champions Dortmund, but managed to sneak in to the Champions League spots with a final day win.

Lewis Holtby (broken foot) and Marco Höger (hamstring) are out for Schalke, while Sven Bender (collarbone) is absent for Dortmund who have won the last four meetings between these fierce rivals.


[00] Wolfgang Stark gets the 72nd DFB-Pokal Final under way! Dortmund have four wins from six previous final appearances, while Schalke have five wins from twelve.

[04] First touch for Roman Weidenfeller in the Dortmund goal as he comes to claim a Matip cross. Good work down the right from Schalke, but Huntelaar couldn’t get on the end of it.

[04] Weidenfeller bowls the ball upfield and Dortmund break. Marco Reus has a shot from just inside the box which deflects wide off Papadopoulous and they win the first corner. Howedes and Draxler combine to clear.

[05] Good sliding challenge to ceny Reus another shot at goal. Contento makes the tackle. Götze whips in the second corner but Rafinha clears from the six-yard box.

[10] Schalke giving free-kicks away all over the park. Rafinha brings down Jovetic 25 yards out. Reus’s free-kick deflects up off the wall and is floated back into the box by Subotic but Jovetic heads inches over the top from eight yards out.

[17] Half-chances at both ends but neither Draxler nor Jovetic can get a shot away.

[18] Farfán’s attempted cross cannons behind of Schmelzer and Schalke have their first corner. Draxler’s delivery is headed aWay by Subotic and Dortmund regroup.

[20] Twenty played and Schalke have more of the possession (64-36%) but haven’t tested Weidenfeller yet. BVB look happy to defend deep then break.

[22] Corner for Schalke as Schmelzer challenges Draxler. Huntelaar beats Hummels to the ball at the far post but can only find the side netting with his header.

[23] Another corner for Schalke as Lars Bender challenges Rafinha. Hummels heads away.

[24] Draxler bends an effort well wide from 25 yards.

[26] Corner number four for Schalke. Dortmund defend this one well, with Schmelzer finally hammering it away. They try the quick counter but Rafinha clears his lines.

[33] Still haven’t had a shot on target registered by either side yet. Schürrle puts a lovely ball through to Jovetic, but the flag goes up.

[34] Rafinha is the first player in the book after his fourth foul of the game, barging Schürrle over in the middle of the park.

[35] Reus runs at Neustadter down the right and wins Dortmund a corner. Götze whips it in low to the near post and it’s met by Hummels who has his volley stopped at point-blank range by Ospina before Matip clears it behind.

[36] Off the line! Hummels causes problems again when he meets Götze’s corner. His header beats Ospina but Matip hacks it clear.

[36] Jovetic bends a daisy-cutter wide from 20 yards.

[39] Schalke corner, won by Farfán. Subotic clears.

[40] Schmelzer challenges Farfán in the box, but again Dortund clear Draxler’s corner.

[43] Jefferson Farfán stays down after he collides with Schmelzer and Hummels. He looks like he’ll play until the break though.

[44] Hunterlaar wins Schalke a corner, their seventh. Schmelzer clears.

[45] Two minutes added on.

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HALF-TIME: FC Schalke 0-0 Borussia Dortmund (DFB-Pokal Final).

[HT] One change at the break for Dortmund who bring on Dennis Praet for Verniers (6.7).

[46] Schalke kick-off the second-half. The two sides now defending the ends in front of their own fans.

[49] Jonathan Viera has a go from the edge of the box but his effort is always droping wide.

[54] Game very stop-start at the moment with offside decisions at both ends, all correct.

[55] Bender trips Viera a yard outside the box, Howedes flicks the free-kick on but Hummels clears away.

[56] SCHALKE 0-1 DORTMUND: The holders take the lead, and it comes out of nothing. Dennis Praet takes a touch to set himself before curling towards goal from the edge of the box. Ospina makes a brilliant save to push it away but is powerless to stop André Schürrle knocking home the loose ball.

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[56] Second change for Dortmund: Robert Lewandowski is on for Jovetic (7.1) who has picked-up a knock.

[56] Schalke are making a change before the restart: On comes Teemo Pukki for Viera (6.7).

[62] Pukki makes good progress into the box but Hummels closes him down, challenges, and Schalke win a corner. They make a double change and bring on Cristian Zaccardo and Sergio Escudero for Farfán (5.9) and Draxler (5.9).

[62] Bender clears the corner, but the ball only falls as far as Rafinha who hammers it back towards goal but he’s off-target through the packed penalty area.

[66] Escudero gets by Beck and tries to chip a shot from a tight angle past Weidenfeller, but it drops just over the top.

[67] Robert Lewandowski is cautioned after a bad foul on Benedikt Howedes. First of the season for him.

[70] Twenty minutes separating Dortmund from the domestic double. Schalke really need to start testing Weidenfeller, he’s not had a save to make.

[74] Corner for Schalke. Beck knocks Howedes’ cross behind.

[80] SCHALKE 1-1 DORTMUND: Schalke draw level with their first shot on target all game. Cristian Zaccardo launches a long ball over the top for Teemo Pukki who out-paces Hummels and pokes the ball through Weidenfeller. It trickles agonisingly over the line as Schmelzer rushes to get back.

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[83] Sixth and final change. Ivan Perisic replaces Götze (7.0) for Dortmund.

[85] Klaas-Jan Huntelaar jumps and catches Lewandowski with an arm, earning him a caution.

[87] Praet flights a free-kick in after Zaccardo brings down Schürrle by the corner flag, but Howedes clears.

[89] Schalke win a corner in the final minute. Huntelaar intercepts a bad ball across the back, and Rafinha has his shot deflected behind. Dortmund clear the corner.

[89] SCHALKE 1-2 DORTMUND: GOOOOOOOOOOOAL! Dortmund have probably won it with one minutes to play. Zaccardo plays a terrible ball back towards Höwedes that’s intercepted by Ivan Perisic. He gets inside the box and is denied by Ospina but Marco Reus slots home the rebound.

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[90] Three minutes to be added on.

[90+1] Schalke understandably throwing everything at Dortmund. Escudero and Neustadter get in each other’s way ten yards out, but Praet deflects the shot behind. Schalke’s 11th corner to Dortmund’s four tonight.

[90+2] Pukki snatches at a shot from 22 yards. Weidenfeller sees it wide.

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FULL-TIME: FC Schalke 1-2 Borussia Dortmund (DFB-Pokal Final). [PKM]

A dramatic end to a match, and Marco Reus is carried aloft by his team mates as he’s won Dortmund back-to-back domestic doubles with his strike with 61 seconds of normal time remaining.

It’s all come together for Dortmund since they got knocked out of continental football, with Surman changing the shape and they’ll celebrate tonight with a sweet victory over their fiercest rivals.

Time for a long summer and a cold beer. Thanks for reading!

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    • 2014-15 Season: No further fixtures

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Hoffenheim 1-3 BVB (Bundesliga Match #34)

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BVB have finished their title-winning season with the best away record in the league with their thirteenth consecutive domestic win, and 11th in 1.Bundesliga with a 3-1 victory at TSG Hoffenheim today.

There were nine changes to the starting XI as Surman maintained his promise to rotate heavily in today’s match, and he gave a notable first start in sixteen matches to young Samy Bourard who partnered Jos Verniers in the middle. Only Marco Reus and Mats Hummels started against Mainz and today.

Dortmund were ahead inside ten minutes when Dennis Praet was fouled out wide, and his free-kick was headed home past Tim Weise by Marco Reus. Within a minute, César Villaluz was denied an immediate equaliser when Cimo Röcker deflected his effort off the line onto the post.

On the half-hour, the hosts were level when Christoph Moritz finished a good counter-attack by drilling a shot into the top corner from fifteen yards out. The first-half fizzled out somewhat, but with two changes at the break, Dortmund burst into life.

There were several chances for both sides to take the lead until Gibril Sankoh held Hummels at a corner and gave away a penalty, spotted by the assistant referee. Subtitute Stevan Jovetic confidently slotted the spot-kick past Weise, and seven minutes later the win was sealed when Felipe Santana headed home after Hummels hit the bar.

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Welcome to Hoffenheim where TSG host Dortmund on the final day of the season, and the hosts and officials give Dortmund a guard of honour after BVB retained their title with a win last weekend.

Today’s man in the middle is Marco Fritz, who was named the German Referee of the Year for his consistently high performances this season.

BVB manager Gray Surman has kept his promise that if nothing was riding on today’s game then he would give new blood a chance today, and his squad of eighteen contains five players under 21 with nine changes being made from the starting XI against Mainz. No Schürrle today, as a booking would rule him out of next weekend’s cup final.

Everyone plays today; the key games are Hertha-Nürnberg with the hosts needing a point to avoid the bottom two, and the race for fourth between Schalke, Bayern and Wolfsburg.


[00] We’re under way!

[02] Hoffenheim mount the first attack with Villaluz cutting inside from the right, but he’s tackled well by Röcker. He manages to whip a low cross in still, but Hummels clears away with a diving header.

[05] Praet plays a lovely ball through for Reus, but his heavy second touch takes the ball away from him and it’s cleared away into touch before the flag goes up against Röcker.

[09] HOFFENHEIM 0-1 DORTMUND: Fürstner concedes a free-kick out wide when he slides in on Praet. The young Belgian takes it himself, whipping it into the box for Marco Reus who beats Fürstner to the ball and heads home the opener.

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[10] That’s the first goal of the day in 1.Bundesliga, only right it should go to the champions! Twelfth goal of the season for Reus.

[10] Woodwork! Villaluz arrives at the far post and somehow is denied a tap-in by Röcker who deflects his shot onto the post and wide. All the hard work done down the left through Volland. Corner for the hosts, which Verniers clears away.

[14] Roberto Firmino fires wide from 25 yards. He’s scored in each of Hoffenheim’s last four matches.

[15] Huge goal at the bottom of the table! Hólmar Eyjólfsson has put Augsburg in front at home to Leverkusen. They need a second, and hope Nürnberg can win in Berlin. Advantage: Hamburg in the race for second.

[17] Kevin Volland holds his head in his hands after he fires straight at Lindner from 15 yards. Hoffenheim looking very good in the attack against a Dortmund side just having a kickabout.

[18] Michael Gregoritsch has a shot from distance held by Lindner.

[21] Dennis Praet curls a free-kick around the wall from 25 yards, but Tim Wiese saves well. Lewandowski was brought down by Derijck.

[23] Pedro León has equalised for Leverkusen at Augsburg.

[24] Penalty shout turned down by Marco Fritz. Villaluz turns Röcker in the box as the young defender makes a challenge. He gets a bit of the man as well as the ball, but the referee waves away the Hoffenheim appeals.

[25] Hoffenheim have a corner as Compper’s cross is turned behind by Santana, but it’s cleared away at the near post by the Dortmund defence.

[30] HOFFENHEIM 1-1 DORTMUND: The hosts are level through a great counter attack. Fischer loses the ball just outside the box and Hoffenheim get it forward quickly. Gregoritsch lofts it forward for Christoph Moritz who hits a half-volley into the top corner.

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[35] Goals at both ends of the table as Rafael Van der Vaart puts Hamburg in front at Mainz, before Hertha take the lead at hoem to Nürnberg through Pierre-Michel Lasogga.

[40] Two more goals have flown in at Mainz as the hosts briefly draw level through Müller before Son Heung-Min puts Hamburg back in front within ninety seconds.

[42] Stefan Kießling has put Leverkusen in front at Augsburg.

[45] One additional minute.

[45+1] Viktor Fischer skims the top of the bar from 22 yards.

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HALF-TIME: TSG Hoffenheim 1-1 Borussia Dortmund (Bundesliga).

[HT] Half-time scores from elsewhere: Augsburg 1-2 Leverkusen, Hertha 1-0 Nürnberg, Mainz 1-2 Hamburg, and goalless in the other five matches. What that means is Hamburg will hold on to 2nd, Schalke take 4th, and Augsburg are down.

[HT] Double change at the break for BVB, who bring on Stevan Jovetic and Lars Bender for Lewandowski (5.9) and Verniers (6.6) respectively.

[HT] Hoffenheim have also made a change, as Sejad Salihovic replaces Volland (6.9).

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

[50] Stevan Jovetic is involved for the first time as he’s played through by Praet. Wiese stands tall and pushes away his drive, and Compper clears before Reus can get to the loose ball.

[50] Elkin Soto has equalised for Mainz at home to Hamburg.

[51] Heinz Lindner tips a Michael Gregoritsch low drive around the post. Good save to match a fine shot.

[51] Dortmund clear the corner and go straight up the other end, but Jovetic can’t get a shot away.

[53] Moritz heads over his own bar as Beck overlaps from Reus and whips a cross in. Corner ends with a free-kick to the hosts as Hummels is penalised for a push.

[55] Olivier Giroud has put Bayern in front at home to Gladbach. They can sneak fourth if Bremen can win in Schalke where it’s 0-0.

[56] Second change for the hosts, who bring on Tobias Weis for Villaluz (6.6).

[57] Jovetic fires wide from just inside the area, he’s up for this!

[58] Bender tries a curler from 25 yards but it bends away from goal.

[60] Corner for Dortmund as Praet has a cross turned behind. Hummels heads at goal from the delivery, where Wiese tips it onto the bar and Salihovic puts it behind.

[61] Hoffenheim clear away as Bourard and Hummels both line-up shots. Hosts packed the box there.

[62] Son Heung-Min has put Hamburg back in front at Mainz with his second of the game.

[69] Moritz cuts inside but drills wide from the edge of the box.

[70] Corner for Dortmund when Jovetic has a square ball put behind.

[72] Penalty! As Dennis Praet curls the corner in, Gibril Sankoh has two arms around Mats Humels, and the referee points to the spot as both men go down with the assistant flagging.

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[72] HOFFENHEIM 1-2 DORTMUND: Stevan Jovetic steps-up confidently and puts the penalty to Wiese’s left for his 21st of the season.

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[73] Hoffenheim make their final change, on comes Vita Nova Wormgoor to replace Sankoh (6.5).

[74] Schalke take the lead against Werder Bremen through Klaas-Jan Huntelaar. They’ll seal fourth by avoiding defeat today.

[75] It’s all happening at Mainz, who are down to ten men as Soto has been sent-off, and seconds later Marica scores to level it at 3-3 against Hamburg.

[75] Adam Hlousek has levelled for Nürnberg at Hertha Berlin.

[79] Compper clatters Reus by the corner flag. Praet will curl a free-kick in here. Reus is off receiving treatment, and BVB look like they’re preparing a sub.

[79] HOFFENHEIM 1-3 DORTMUND: BVB’s centre backs are dangerous in the air, and both are involved as they pull two goals ahead. Hummels sees his header hit the bar, crash down on the line and come back out only for Felipe Santana to head home at the far post which hits the arm of Salihovic on the line but still goes in.

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[80] No assists for Mats Hummels all season, now he has two in ten minutes.

[80] Edu has levelled for Augsburg at home to Leverkusen.

[80] Change for Dortmund: Mario Götze on for Reus (7.6).

[81] Two goals in as many minutes in Düsseldorf. Djuricic puts Wolfsburg in front before Duarte gets the hosts back on even terms.

[81] Son Heung-Min has a hat-trick for Hamburg who retake the lead, 4-3 at Mainz.

[82] Mario Götze is inches wide from a goal a minute after coming on as he beats Wiese from the edge of the box but it clips the post and goes wide.

[84] Mario Gómez has doubled Bayern’s lead at home to Gladbach. That’s fifth spot secured.

[88] Bad Dost has probably won it for Wolfsburg at Düsseldorf, they’ll finish sixth.

[89] Sebastian Rode has been sent off for Frankfurt who are beind held 0-0 at home by Stuttgart.

[89] Evan Bangura has put Nürnberg 2-1 up at Hertha. Can Augsburg find a late winner at home to Leverkusen?

[90] Two additional minutes here.

[90+1] Stephan Fürstner is shown the first yellow card of the game as he bodychecks Praet in the centre circle. Certainly not his first foul today, as the referee is pointing out.

[90+2] Firmino’s scoring run doesn’t look like it’s goig to stretch to five straight games as he pulls the trigger from the edge of the box but it’s always rising over the bar.

[90+2] Vedad Ibisevic has snatched all three points for Stuttgart against ten-man Frankfurt. That’ll seal a top-half finish as they climb to 8th. They swap places with Gladbach in the only change in the table after today’s final day.

[90+2] Spoke too soon about Wolfsburg as Düsseldorf have snatched a point with a 92nd minute goal from Sandro Wagner.

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FULL-TIME: TSG Hoffenheim 1-3 Borussia Dortmund (Bundesliga). [PKM]

It’s all over as Marco Fritz calls time on Borussia Dortmund’s league season, as they end with their 11th away win of the season, highest in the league this campaign. They’ll assess any Marco Reus injury tonight, though it only looked like a minor knock.

Thirteen straight domestic away wins for Dortmund and next up is the DFB-Pokal Final, the first-ever against fierce rivals Schalke. See you on Saturday for one last match this season!

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    • 23.05: DFB-Pokal Final Schalke v.  BVB (Olympiastadion, Berlin)

Dortmund 2-0 Mainz (Bundesliga Match #33)

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Champions! Dortmund have retained their Bundesliga title after a dominant home win over mid-table Mainz this afternoon, despite finishing the game with nine men as Julian Koch and goalscorer and man-of-the-match Sven Bender were both carried off late-on.

Gray Surman made just one change in a match where a win would seal the title regardless of results elsewhere, as Marco Reus came into the starting XI to take the place of Perisic who started on the bench.

After Stevan Jovetic hit the post early on, it was Sven Bender who opened the scoring on his 150th Bundesliga appearance at BVB with his first of the campaign when he squared for Julian Koch whose shot was blocked on the line but Bender was on hand to drill home the loose ball from close range.

Bender was involved in the second as he clipped a lovely ball forwards for Mario Götze who turned and curled home past Männel for his eighth goal of the season to deservedly double the lead.

Dennis Praet replaced Reus at the break, and was able to whip in a number of corners which came close to BVB grabbing a third goal to put the result beyond doubt, with Marcel Schmelzer being denied on the line seconds before Mats Hummels headed against the bar.

BVB saw the game out, enjoying 74% possession, and lifted the trophy for the fourth time in five seasons.

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It’s a breezy, wet afternoon here in Dortmund where the hosts can lift the Bundesliga trophy with a win against a Mainz side sitting tenth and looking for a top-half finish.

Just the one change for BVB today as Marco Reus returns to the starting line-up, he replaces Ivan Perisic who drops to the bench, with Viktor Fischer missing out on the matchday squad.

Sven Bender is making his 150th Bundesliga appearance for Dortmund today, while Anthony Ujah marks his 50th for Mainz. Jürgen Berger is on the bench for Mainz, he’ll make his debut if he comes on and will break the club’s youngest player record.

Everyone kicks-off at the same time today, we’ll have the latest news from the other eight games as it happens!


[00] Referee Günter Perl gets us under way to a massive roar from around the Westfalenstadion as Dortmund kick-off!

[02] André Schürrle is the first to test a ‘keeper when he fires low at Martin Männel from 20 yards, but it’s an easy save.

[05] All the possession is with Dortmund so far, who’ve got into the box twice but haven’t managed to make the final pass.

[06] Woodwork! Stevan Jovetic is persistant and his strength takes him into the area past Stefan Bell. His shot beats Männel, but comes back off the post before it’s cleared away.

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[07] First goal of the day is in Hamburg where Artjoms Rudnevs has put the hosts in front against Bayern Munich. As I type, Salihovic has put Hoffenheim in front against Werder Bremen. A third goal has flown in too, Hemlein putting Stuttgart one-up against Düsseldorf.

[09] Marco Reus turns Junior Díaz inside-out before curling a cross in towards Jovetic on the penalty spot whose header grazes the bar.

[10] Díaz heads behind a Götze cross and Dortmund win the game’s first corner. Soto heads away the delivery from Götze.

[12] Ádám Szalai hits a shot high and well-wide from 20 yards.

[13] Götze’s low drive is pushed away by Männel.

[14] DORTMUND 1-0 MAINZ: The stadium erupts as Dortmund take the lead on what could be the day they retain the title! Sven Bender does brilliantly to beat his man, then ride a challenge in the area, pulling back for Julian Koch. Koch’s shot is cleared off the line by Bell but Bender slams home his first goal of the season.

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[15] Mainz are making a change! Anthony Ujah (7.0) is replaced by Yunus Malli. They’re going 4-5-1, leacing Szalai alone up-top.

[17] Marco Reus drills a 25-yard free-kick wide after Elkin Soto is penalised for a trip on Götze.

[19] DORTMUND 2-0 MAINZ: The hosts have one hand on the trophy now as Sven Bender plays the ball into Mario Götze on the edge of the penalty arc. He turns and hits one first time that loops up and over the wrong-footed ‘keeper.

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[23] We’re a quarter of the way through the match and already the home fans are cheering every pass. Brief intake of breath as Reus floats a cross in for Jovetic, but his header is held by Männel.

[24] Reus skims the top of the bar with a drive from just outside the box.

[26] Didavi has doubled Stuttgart’s lead at home to Düsseldorf.

[26] Schürrle drills a long-range shot way over the top.

[28] Yunnus Malli clatters Götze in front ofthe benches and gets a lecture from the referee. Götze causing problems when he drifts out to the left wing.

[29] Jovetic is tripped right inside the penalty arc. Reus will have another go from here. Díaz lucky to escape a caution. Reus hits the free-kick into the wall before drilling wide.

[30] Leverkusen are in front at home to Hertha Berlin, Quiring the scorer.

[36] Mike Hanke has scored for Gladbach at home to Augsburg, while Sebastian Freis has put Freiburg in front at Nürnberg. Ivan Pranjic has also scored, with Stuttgart now 3-0 up at home to Düsseldorf.

[38] Andreas Ivanschitz is the first player in the book when he up-ends Koch. Nothing too bad about that challenge, but the foul count is mounting up for the visitors. Ivanschitz will be suspended for their final match of the season.

[40] Díaz heads behind for a corner to Dortmund. Soto heads it away. Deliveries from set-pieces not great for BVB so far today.

[45] Götze and Jovetic combine well to come forwards on a counter, but Reus ends the move by scooping a first-time shot over the bar from the edge of the box. We’ll have two additional minutes.

[45+2] Reus cuts inside from the right and smashes a shot towards goal, but it slams into Soto who clears at the second attempt before holding his chest grimacing.

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HALF-TIME: Borussia Dortmund 2-0 FSV Mainz (Bundesliga).

[HT] Dortmund utterly in control and cruising towards the title today. Weidenfeller untested, and the host s have enjoyed three-quarters of the possession so far. Dortmund are making a change at the break: On comes Dennis Praet to replace Reus (6.3).

[HT] Scores from elsewhere: Gladbach 1-0 Augsburg, Hamburg 1-0 Bayern Munich, Hannover 0-0 Frankfurt, Hoffenheim 1-0 Werder Bremen, Leverkusen 1-0 Hertha Berlin, Nürnberg 0-1 Freiburg, Stuttgart 3-0 Düsseldorf, Wolfsburg 0-0 Schalke.

[HT] As it stands, Dortmund are champions, Hamburg and Leverkusen seal Champions League football, Schalke will miss out  on the top three, Hannover are down, and Hertha and Augsburg will fight for 16th.

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

[50] Dortmund string together a wonderful 30-pass move before Schmelzer whips a cross in fron the left, but Bell clears ahead of Jovetic.

[51] Mainz win their first corner of the game when Schmelzer puts behind a ball played through towards Herrmann. Lars Bender heads away.

[54] Götze is receiving treatment behind the goal line after he crashed into the advertising hoardings when he loses his feet chasing a ball into the box. BVB look like they’re preparing a change.

[55] Ivan Perisic replaces Götze (7.5) for Dortmund’s second change.

[59] Szalai drills one right at Weidenfeller from 22 yards out.

[59] Praet’s positive run into the box wins Dortmund a corner.

[60] Goals to report on from elsewhere: Gladbach are now 2-0 up against an Augsburg side down to ten men; Chibuike has levelled for Werder Bremen at Hoffenheim;Adem Hlousek has equalised for Nürnberg against Freiburg; and a Simon Rolfes penalty has doubled Leverkusen’s lead against Hertha Berlin.

[60] Niklas Füllkrug has scored from the spot to put Werder Bremen in front at Hoffenheim. Six minutes ago they were trailing 1-0!

[60] Praet’s corner is headed back to him by Bell, and the second ball is fizzed across the six-yard box, but Jovetic or Perisic can’t get a touch.

[65] Third change for Dortmund: Robert Lewandowski is on for Jovetic (7.0). Mainz make their second sub: On comes Nicolai Müller to replace Yunus Malli (6.9).

[67] Schürrle hits a cross-slash-shot which neither tests Männel nor drops for Lewandowski at the far post.

[70] Ivanschitz goes for goal but it bends well-wide from the edge of the box.

[71] Praet chases what looks like a ball running out of play, keeps it in, pulling it back for Sven Bender who hits a dipping half-volley inches wide.

[72] Firmino has levelled for Hoffenheim against Werder Bremen.

[72] Koch wins a corner off Díaz. A third goal will wrap this up.

[72] Somehow it stays out! Praet’s corner is headed away by Bell, it lands at the feet of Schürrle who drills it at goal from 25 yards out. Männel makes the save and it falls right to Schmelzer inside the six-yard box but Papp throws himself in front of the ball and deflects it behind.

[73] Woodwork! Dennis Praet curls the corner in from the other side. Hummels gets up highest but sees his header clip the bar and go over.

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[74] Deadlock finally broken in Wolfsburg as Viera has put Schalke in front.

[76] Quiring has his second of the game to put Leverkusen 3-0 up against Hertha, while Schahin has pulled a goal back for Düsseldorf who now trail 1-3 at Stuttgart.

[79] Müller has a go from 30 yards when a free-kick is hit into the Dortund wall, but he blazes high over the bar.

[80] Schürrle hits a daisycutter wide from 20 yards. Dortmund ten minutes from becoming champions.

[83] Sebastian Freis has restore Freiburg’s lead at Nürnberg.

[84] Julian Koch has stayed down holding his leg after turning awkwardly when he slips crossing a ball into the box. He’s receiving treatment off the pitch, but BVB manager Gray Surman seems to be indicating that they’ll continue with ten men.

[85] Kevin Volland might have won it for Hoffenheim as he puts them back in front at home to Werder Bremen.

[85] Naldo has equalised for Wolfsburg against Schalke.

[87] Sami Khedira has put Stuttgart 4-1 up against Düsseldorf.

[88] Christopher Quiring has his hat-trick as Leverkusen now lead Hertha 4-0.

[88] Männel saves at the feet of Lewandowski after Praet plays him through.

[90] Dortmund are going to finish the game with nine men as Sven Bender lands heavily and can’t continue. He looks in a lot of pain as he’s stretchered off.

[90] Three additional minutes. The crowd are cheering every pass.

[90+3] Mainz’s only real chance of the game has come with just ten seconds left. Oliver Sorg has time and space down the right to hit the goalline and cross for Ádám Szalai who beats Hummels to the ball but heads agonisingly over the bar. That’ll probably be it at the goal-kick…

[90+4] It’s all over! Borussia Dortmund are champions for the fourth time in five seasons!

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FULL-TIME: Borussia Dortmund 2-0 FSV Mainz (Bundesliga). [PKM]

Signal Iduna Park is all yellow and black as fireworks and flares are let off around the ground. BVB were rallied by their captain in midweek after the brilliant win at Bayern last time out, and dominated today to lift the trophy in front of their own fans. This new asymmetric system looks superb going forwards, with the central midfield covering the back four.

A fantastic send-off for goalkeeper, vice-captain and long-time servant Roman Weidenfeller who kept a clean sheet today and waved goodbye to the Dortmund supporters ahead of a likely free transfer in the summer.

Surman will undoubtedly make lots of changes for the final match at Hoffenheim next weekend, ahead of the DFB-Pokal Final against Schalke, who have missed out on a top three spot after being held at Wolfsburg today, in a fortnight.

Julian Koch may be touch-and-go after his late slip that left him holding his thigh in some discomfort, while the Sven Bender injury looks more serious with potential collar bone or shoulder damage in the dying seconds. He needed oxygen as he was stretchered off.

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    • 16.05: Bundesliga Last Day TSG Hoffenheim v. BVB (WRN-Arena)
    • 23.05: DFB-Pokal Final Schalke v.  BVB (Olympiastadion, Berlin)

Bayern Munich 0-3 BVB (Bundesliga Match #32)

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“Performance of the season,” is how Dortmund manager Gray Surman described this evening’s crucial 3-0 win over Bayern Munich. His BVB side changed their shape from the familiar 4-2-3-1 to an asymmetric midfield and caused Bayern’s flat midfield and back four endless problems.

Surman made six changes from the side who were held to a draw by lowly Augsburg last weekend, bringing in goalkeeper Roman Weidenfeller, with three changes across the back: Marcel Schmelzer, Neven Subotic, and Julian Koch restored to the starting XI.

Sven Bender came back into the starting eleven to play central midfield alongside brother Lars, while Ivan Perisic was back behind the sole striker Jovetic.

The game will likely be remembered for referee Florian Meyer pointing to the spot three times in the second-half, though none of the decisions could seriously be contested. After Stevan Jovetic pounced on a Philipp Lahm error to put BVB ahead at the break, the game had a crazy spell when Manuel Neuer saved from Jovetic, before Weidenfeller pushed away Bastian Schweinsteiger’s spot-kick within five minutes of each other.

André Schürrle doubled the lead shortly after the hour mark when Neuer could only parry a Jovetic effort, and when Sven Bender was felled in the box eight minutes from time, Stevan Jovetic slammed the penalty down the middle to wrap it up.

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Welcome to the Allianz-Arena for a titanic clash between Bayern and Dortmund, a match will have serious ramifcations on the destination of this year’s title. BVB won 2-1 at home back in November, and did the league double last season as well as winning in the Pokal semi-final.

No Arjen Robben for the hosts through suspension, while Dortmund are still without Marco Reus as he recovers from a broken arm. Bayern’s strike-partnership of Gómez and Giroud have 41 goals between them this season, seven more than BVB’s Jovetic and Lewandowski.

Significant milestones for both teams today. Franck Ríbery is making his 200th Bundesliga appearance for Bayern, and his 375th top-flight career appearance. For Dortmund, Roman Weidenfeller marks his 325th Bundesliga game for Dortmund while Ivan Perisic plays his 100th.


[00] Florian Meyer gets us under way, Bayern kick-off!

[05] Cagey start from both sides, with Dortmund showing the first promise. Lars Bender pops a ball over the top for Stevan Jovetic but it skips off the damp turf and runs out for a goal-kick.

[05] Bayern gift possession away from the restart, and Bender repeats the long ball forwards. Jovetic bring it down and comes inside the box before firing at goal, with Manuel Neuer pushing it round the post for the game’s first corner.

[06] Jerome Boateng heads away Mario Götze’s corner, but it falls for André Schürrle who has a go, but his shot is blocked by one of the numerous bodies in the box.

[08] Dortmund’s asymmetric formation is letting Lars Bender see a lot of the ball, with Bayern looking really flat.

[10] Dortmund work the ball into the box through Götze, it falls nicely for Jovetic but Raúl Albiol gets a toe-in before he can pull the trigger, and Neuer claims as Ivan Perisic goes for the loose ball.

[11] Schürrle brings down Lukas Piszczek, midway into the Dortmund half. Good chance for the former-Dortmund man to lump the ball into the box. Ríbery takes it, floating it in for Dante who heads straight at Weidenfeller, but the whistle goes for his foul on Jovetic.

[13] Ríbery stays down after a sliding challene from Julian Koch. Dortmund continue the attack, and Sven Bender tests Neuer from 25 yards out, wich he parries before gathering. Boos echo around the stadium from the home fans.

[15] Perisic lets fly from outside the box after Sven Bender wins the ball in the air in the midfield and slots it through the Munich backline.

[17] Schürrle is receiving treatment on the sidelines now. Ríbery comes back on. Neither looks in too much trouble.

[18] Piszczek cuts in from the right, plays a one-two with Kroos and fires at goal from inside the area, but Marcel Schmelzer makes a block and diverts the shot away. Perisicis then penalised for bringing down Gómez 25 yards out.

[19] Weidenfeller gathers from Lahm’s cross into the box.

[21] Neven Subotic has made a handful of towering headers to clear crosses into the Dortmund box, but this one falls a little short, and Ríbery bursts onto the loose ball but is denied by a great sliding challenge from Sven Bender before he can test the ‘keeper.

[23] Sven Bender is taken down by Javi Martínez in the centre-circle. Dortmund are first to each of Neuer’s goal kicks so far this evening, and have another chance to win a ball in the air here if they go long.

[23] BAYERN MUNICH 0-1 DORTMUND: It’s a disaster at the back for Bayern as captain Philipp Lahm completely misjudges a header. BVB eventually got the ball forwards from Lars Bender, Lahm is just outside the box and goes to cushion a header back to Neuer, but Stevan Jovetic is on it like a flash and he drills Dortmund in front.

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[25] Mario Gómez fires a low shot well wide from fully 25 yards.

[26] Brilliant, strong challenge from Koch on Gómez that wins Bayern their first corner. Dortmund clear and counter quickly through Götze. Martínez eventually gets back and wins possession back. BVB in control so far.

[29] Raúl Albiol receives the game’s first caution after he bundles over Perisic on halfway.

[32] Neuer is almost caught out by another long ball forwards from the Dortmund midfield. The Bayern backline is all at sea as Jovetic gets in behind, but the ‘keeper rushes off his line to clear away outside of his box.

[35] Albiol steams into a challenge on Jovetic in the box. Corner. The Bayern man is living dangerously having already been booked.

[36] Golden opportunity for Sven Bender as the bal;l sits up nicely for him on the eightteen yard line when Albiol does’t get any distance on a header to clear a Götze cross, but the Dortmund midfielder blazes the half-volley over the bar.

[36] Lukasz Piszczek is cautioned as he clatters through Schmelzer as the left-back plays the ball up the wing.

[38] Brilliant stop from Neuer to tip a Schürrle effort round the post. That was curling towards the top corner from twenty yards.

[45] The game’s calmed down a bit after a frantic fifteen minutes following the goal. The fourth official indicates three additional minutes.

[45+2] Gómez needs attention after a hard (but fair) Subotic challenge.

[45+3] Lars and Sven Bender are playing brilliantly in front of the back four today. Kroos not getting a look in.

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HALF-TIME: FC Bayern München 0-1 Borussia Dortmund (Bundesliga).

[HT] Dortmund absolutely deserve their lead at the break. This asymmetric midfield has won almost all the battles in the centre of the park, and the counter attacking speed and balls forwards are tearing Bayern’s flat backline. You feel that they need a killer second though.

[46] No changes at the break and Dortmund kick-off the second-half.

[50] Great last-ditch challenge from Mats Hummels to take the ball off the toes of Gómez as he gets on the end of a Ríbery through-ball. Free-kick to Dortmund for a foul at the corner.

[51] Penalty! Florian Meyer points to the spot as André Schürrle and Lukasz Piszczek tussle at the back post trying to get on the end of Götze’s whipped cross. Boateng has a nudge on him but Piszczek clearly trips the Dortmund winger.

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[51] That’ll be Piszczek’s (6.3) last action of the game as he’s replaced by Bastian Schweinsteiger. Up steps Jovetic for the spot-kick…

[52] Saved! Jovetic goes low to Neuer’s right, but the ‘keeper goes the same way and stops it low down before pouncing on the loose ball. Great ‘keeping.

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[53] Bayern are lifted by that fine Neuer stop and attacking in numbers. Kroos has a go from 25 yards that Weidenfeller can’t keep hold of, but Olivier Giroud fouls Hummels as they both stretch for the loose ball.

[54] Perisic collects the ball in the centre-circle, looks up and with one touch slots it straight through the back four for Jovetic. It looks a certain goal as the shot creeps under the advancing Neuer, but it drags inches wide.

[54] End-to-end stuff here as Bayern win a corner when Hummels gets in a bit of a tangle and can only put the ball behind under pressure from Giroud. Hummels beats Giroud to the corner, and it’s a second.

[55] Penalty! Meyer points to the spot for the second time in five minutes. The corner from Kroos goes deep to the back post where Giroud gets in front of Subotic and goes down under the challenge. Looks the right call.

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[56] Saved! Bastian Schweinsteiger takes pretty much his first touch since coming on, going high to Weidenfeller’s right, but the ‘keeper makes a brilliant save to push the ball away at shoulder height.

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[57] André Schürrle slides in hard on Schweinsteiger in front of the Bayern bench which sparks a scuffle. Yellow card for the Dortmund man, his fourth of the season.

[58] Schweinsteiger wins Bayern a corner, but Kroos’s delivery is caught by Weidenfeller.

[59] Olivier Giroud is denied an equaliser by Weidenfeller’s fingertips as he drifts between Hummels and Schmelzer to fire Schweinsteiger’s ball towards goal. Weidenfeller gets a touch to take the sting out the shot before Hummels clears in the six-yard box. Half the ground were already celebrating.

[61] Bayern are furious that Julian Koch isn’t penalised for his bodycheck on Javi Martínez in the middle of the park, as Dortmund go on to win a corner through Götze when his square ball into the box is put behind by Boateng.

[62] Hummels’ header grazes the top of the bar.

[62] BAYERN MUNICH 0-2 DORTMUND: The hosts lost their focus to berate the official, but the second Dortmund goal is of their own undoing. Again they lose possession from the goal kick, with Jovetic darting past two men. His shot is pushed away by Neuer but André Schürrle is on hand to slot home from 15 yards. That’s a big, big goal in the title race!

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[66] Bayern are a shambles at the back, they just can’t cope with this Dortmund system. Götze plays Jovetic through but he’s denied by the feet of Neuer. He could be on a hat-trick by now. Hosts are so very flat across the park.

[67] Bayern make their second change: Ríbery (6.6) is replaced by Thomas Müller.

[68] Gómez races on to a ball from Kroos, but he takes the shot first time on the bounce, looking to chip Weidenfeller, but it drops wide. Dortmund make their first change, bringing on Dennis Praet for Perisic (7.1).

[73] Weidenfeller holds from a Giroud shot. He, Gómez and Kroos played a nice passing triangular move between them all to get the ball forwards before Giroud had a go from 18 yards.

[75] Javier Hernández replaces Gómez (5.9) for Bayern’s final change. Fifteen to go here. Dortmund look comfortable but Bayern definitely pushing for a goal to shake this game up.

[78] Philipp Lahm brings down Schürrle and gets a yellow card.

[81] Boateng is lucky to escape a booking after he pushes Götze over by the corner flag, right in front of the assistant. Great chance for Praet to whip a cross in for Hummels or Subotic.

[81] Penalty! It’s a third penalty in the game, and it’s gone to Dortmund! Bayern clear the initial free-kick, but Praet plays it back into the box for Sven Bender a yard inside the box who is taken out from behind by Martínez.

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[82] We’ve never had three penalties missed in a Bundesliga game. Stevan Jovetic, who had his spot kick half-hour ago saved by Neuer to his right is going to take this one.

[82] BAYERN MUNICH 0-3 DORTMUND: Manuel Neuer goes to his right again but Stevan Jovetic slams it right down the middle, and runs to celebrate in front of the travelling fans. This will be a huge three points tonight. Two points from their final two games and Dortmund will be champions.

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[83] Sven Bender is a whisker away from making it four. Bayern give the ball away shortly after kick-off, Götze bursts forwards, holds up before setting the shot for Bender who sees his shot tipped onto the post by Neuer.

[84] Olivier Giroud is cautioned for a trip on Lars Bender, and he’ll now miss their huge game at Hamburg next weekend.

[88] Müller holds off Schmelzer and gets by Hummels to square for Giroud, but Weidenfeller pushes away his first-time shot.

[90] Three additional minutes.

[90+2] Praet is in behind the centre-backs as he ghosts forwards and latches onto Jovetic’s through-ball. He lifts the ball over Neuer but it’s inches wide.

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FULL-TIME: FC Bayern München 0-3 Borussia Dortmund (Bundesliga). [PKM]

A massive win for Dortmund who take a stride to defending the title that they won here on this ground a year ago. This changed system, letting Lars Bender anchor in front of the back four while brother Sven can push forwards caused bayern problems all night long.

Dortmund need just two points from their final two matches. A win at home against Mainz next weekend will see them lift the trophy in front of their own fans. It could all be settled this weekend if Leverkusen and Hamburg lose, though.

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FULL-TIME: FC Bayern München 0-3 Borussia Dortmund (Bundesliga). [PKM]

Here’s how the top six look head of the rest of the league playing:

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    • 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)

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)

Hertha Berlin 0-3 BVB (Bundesliga Match #30)

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Dortmund bounced back from two disappointing home matches with a trip to Berlin’s Olympiastadion and came away having beaten strugglers Hertha BSC 3-0 thanks to a Mario Götze free-kick and a brace from Felipe Santana to maintain the best away record in the Bundesliga.

After a draw with Freiburg last weekend, BVB made four changes from the side: Mats Hummels came back after a week rest to captain the side and partner Santana, Julian Schieber returned to the bench as Robert Lewandowski and Stevan Jovetic both started up-front, and Lars Bender replaced his suspended brother Sven.

It was Bender who won a free-kick thirty yards out, slightly to the right of goal when he was bundled over, and up-stepped Mario Götze to crash the ball off the bar, which bounced down on the line, hit the far post and came back out. No replay angle was found to confirm that the ball crossed the line, but it was good enough for the officials who gave the goal.

Ten minutes later, referee Jochen Drees was involve in another controversial moment when he awarded BVB a free-kick inches outside the box and cautioned Ermin Bicakcic when not only was Robert Lewandowski about to pull the trigger, he was clearly inside the box when felled.

He awarded BVB another free-kick shortly after which was deflected behind off the wall, and Felipe Santana met Götze’s delivery ahead of anyone else and doubled the lead seven minutes before the break.

Dortmund kept a perfect shut-out in the second-half, denying Hertha a single effort at goal, and after a trio of corners in the final minute, put the match beyond the hosts when Felipe Santana scored his third goal in two games to make it three-nil.

In stoppage time, Alper Uludag celebrated poking the ball past Roman Weidenfeller, but the flag was up on the far-side as the assistant referee thought it about time to make a correct decision this afternoon.

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Welcome to the Olympiastadion where Hertha Berlin host Borussia Dortmund. It’s the league leaders first visit here since their DFB-Pokal win over Frankfurt last May, but they’ve not faced today’s hosts here since February 2012 when they won 1-0.

BVB won the home match 3-0 back in November, with an early opener from Julian Koch, followed by goals either side of the break from André Schürrle and Stevan Jovetic.

Hertha need a win to escape the bottom three, but a draw won’t be a terrible result given that Werder Bremen and Stuttgart play each other today. Three other matches kick-off at the same time and we’ll have the goals from each of them.

Robert Lewandowski makes his 250th Bundesliga appearance today.


[00] Today’s referee is Jochen Drees, and gets us under way on a glorious afternoon!

[02] Robert Lewandowski gets past his man but doesn’t make a clean connection and Thomas Kraft has a simple save.

[03] Mario Götze comes inside from the right and wins a corner off Ronny. One corner becomes two as Hummels has his header deflected behind.

[04] Goalline clearance! Felipe Santana meets Götze’s header at the near post, looping it past Kraft but Alper Uludag hacks it off the line before Peter Niemeyer puts it out for a third corner.

[05] Götze’s delivery isn’t good, but the ball is only cleared as far as André Schürrle. The Dortmund player overhits a ball back into the box and Hertha escape.

[06] Mamadou Bah tries a half-volley from 25 yards but troubles no one except a bloke sat in row N.

[07] Vedad Ibisevic, whose brace won it at Hannover last weekend, has put Stuttgart in front at fellow strugglers Werder Bremen.

[07] Yellow card for Sami Allagui after he hauls down Lars Bender.

[09] Julian Draxler has put Schalke in front at home to Nürnberg, while Vedad Ibisevic has scored a second for Stuttgart in Bremen.

[10] Stevan Jovetic gets to the goal line on the left of goal and pulls it right back across the six-yard box, but neither Lewandowski nor Götze can get on the end of it.

[11] Schürrle bends an effort wide from 20 yards.

[13] Robert Firmino has put Hoffenheim in front at Augsburg.

[13] Yellow card for Mahmadou Bah after he bundles Jos Verniers over in midfield.

[16] Schürrle’s deep cross is headed back by Lewandowski towards Bender who slams an effort towards goal only to smack Jovetic clean on the backside. That will sting!

[18] Bah is miles off target from 25 yards, and is fortunate it doesn’t go for a throw.

[20] Schürrle has had another couple of efforts, getting closer with shots from just outside the box.

[22] Felipe Santana clears from inside his own six-yard box after Anis Ben-Hatira crosses low after beating Marcel Schmelzer down Hertha’s right.

[26] HERTHA BERLIN 0-1 DORTMUND: Lars Bender wins a free-kick 30 yards out after Patricio Troncoso’s push, and Mario Götze steps up and bends it round the four-man wall off the crossbar, down over the line, before bouncing back off the post and coming out but the officials have given it!

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[26] Replays inconclusive that the whole of the ball crossed the whole of the line. Assistant referee didn’t look well-placed.

[29] All Dortmund since the goal, and Jovetic tests Kraft with a low rive that lookd like it was creeping in at the near post.

[32] Jovetic and Niemeyer have clashed in Dortmund’s half and the Hertha man looks like he’s come off second-best. The ball’s played out for him to get treatment on the sidelines.

[37] Penalty shout! Caution for Ermin Bicakcic, Hertha’s third, after he brings down Lewandowski. It looked inside the area, and it looked like the Dortmund man was clean through. Replays show it was definitely inside the box.

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[38] Götze will take the free-kick half a yard outside the area. He blasts it high and wide by a yard.

[38] Hertha concede a free-kick on the right, ten yards from the corner flag. It’s floated in for Andreas Beck who hits it on the volley only for Kraft to make a tremendous save and push it wide.

[38] HERTHA BERLIN 0-2 DORTMUND: The defending champions double their lead ahead of the chasing pack playing when Felipe Santana heads home his second goal in two games from a corner. He rises highest at Götze’s corner to nod past the man on the line.

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[39] Adam Hlousek has equalised for Nürnberg at Schalke, while Gregoritsch has put Hoffenheim two-up at Augsburg.

[40] Martin Harnik has put Stuttgart 3-0 up at Werder Bremen.

[45] Two additional minutes.

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HALF-TIME: Heartha Berlin 0-2 Borussia Dortmund (Bundesliga).

[HT] Dortmund look comfortable at the break, without creatin as many chances as you would think possible against this porous-looking home defence. While you’d expect the hosts to burst out the blocks, an early Dortmund blitz could kill this right off.

[HT] Scores at the break elsewhere: Augsburg 0-2 Hoffenheim, Frankfurt 0-0 Mönchengladbach, Schalke 1-1 Nürnberg, Werder Bremen 0-3 Stuttgart.

[HT] Double change for Hertha at the break as they replace both central midfielders. On come Fanol Perdedaj and Fabian Listenberger for Niemeyer (6.5) and Troncoso (6.6).

[46] Hertha Berlin kick-off the second-half!

[46] The hosts concede possession immediately, and Götze whips a ball forwards to Schürrle who’s denied a shot on goal by Pekarik’s challenge. Corner for Dortmund.

[46] Pekarik hammers away Götze’s delivery.

[46] Gregoritsch has put Hoffenheim 3-0 up at Augsburg within seconds of the restart. They’ll climb to 10th tonight.

[48] Schürrle whistles a shot over the bar when he cuts inside.

[49] Teemu Pukki has put Schalke 2-1 up at home to Nürnberg.

[50] Hertha have a corner as Alper Uludag’s cross is put behind by Beck, but Weidenfeller comes to claim the delivery.

[52] There’s been a fourth goal at Schalke as the hosts go 3-1 up against Nürnberg through Machado.

[57] Dennis Praet comes on for Verniers (7.0) for Dortmund.

[62] Second change for Dortmund as Ivan Perisic replaces Jovetic (7.1).

[69] Final change for Hertha who replace Ben-Hatira (6.7) with Enzio Boldewijn.

[71] Ivan Perisic has a great sight of goal but he skims the bar from 20 yards out as a deflected pass falls right into his path.

[75] Final fifteen here and Dortmund look like they know they’ve won it. Happy to knock the ball around when they’d ordinarily get it wide and go for the throats. Three points is three points, but you feel they couild kill this off before the hosts get a chance.

[78] Disallowed! Ivan Perisic turns the ball home when he twists and flicks a Götze free-kick past Trapp, but it’s disallowed for handball against the Croatian.

[80] Fanol Perdedaj is cautioned as he leaves a foot-in on Bender in the centre circle. Certainly not his first foul today.

[81] Bender hits a dipping effort wide from the edge of the box following a good Dortmund attacking move.

[82] Marcus Baier has put Gladbach in front at Frankfurt!

[84] Bicakcic slides in on Schmelzer and is lucky to escape a second booking. Praet’s free-kick is straight into the wall, though.

[84] Viktor Fischer comes on for Schürrle (7.0) in Dortmund’s third change.

[87] Edu has pulled a goal back for Augsburg at home to Hoffenheim (1-3), as Enzio Boldewijn escapes Hertha’s fifth booking of the game with a lecture from the referee.

[88] Corner for Dortmund as Praet’s free-kick is headed behind. Bah puts that delivery behind for another… and a third…

[89] HERTHA BERLIN 0-3 DORTMUND: It’s the typical near post corner routine for Dortmund as they seal the game with ninety seconds to play when Felipe Santana nods home at the near post from Praet’s corner. Game over. Three in two for the Brazilian centre-back.

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[90] Two additional minutes.

[90+1] Offside! The hosts think they’ve popped-up with a late consolation when Alper Uludag turns home at the far post from a deep Pekarik cross, but the Turk is correctly flagged.

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[90+3] Looks like it’s all over here, BVB have shut-out the hosts in this second-half.

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FULL-TIME: Hertha Berlin 0-3 Borussia Dortmund (Bundesliga). [PKM]

Comfortable performance from BVB today as they played with the confidence created by an early, great goal – debatable as it was. The officials had a bad day in the first half, with two massive decisions both looking incorrect, though they went evenly in favour for the two teams.

Man-of-the-match Felipe Santana has now scored three times in two games, and looks likely to keep Neven Subotic out of the staring line-up next week at home to Augsburg. BVB pull seven points clear until this evening’s Freiburg-Hamburg match, while Leverkusen and Wolfsburg both play tomorrow.

Dortmund will be back in this stadium in five weeks, in the DFB-Pokal Final.

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    • 25.04: Bundesliga #31 BVB v. FC Augsburg (Signal Iduna Park)
    • 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)