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29 September 2012
• Signal-Iduna-Park, Dortmund
Referee: W. Stark
• Attendance: 80645
M. Reus 35', 70'
N. Subotić 40'
I. Gündogan 79'
J. Błaszczykowski 85'
And that's full time. Dortmund are back to winning ways after a poor run, and they did it in style. Great performance, and Manchester City had better watch out...
Yellow Card Havard Nordtveit
Good save! Kuba sends in a ferocious left-footed volley, but the back-up keeper does well to turn it round the post.
With Signal Iduna Park in full song, Dortmund are playing keep-ball at the back. Just 90 seconds until Gladbach's humiliation ends.
Gladbach and Dortmund were neck and neck for much of the first-half. That seems like a long time ago now...
Assist Ilkay Gündogan
Goal Jakub Blaszczykowski
GOAL!! Dortmund make it 5-0 through Kuba. The Poland captain was on the receiving end of a great Gundogan pass, and lofted the ball into the top corner.
Another decent chance for Gladbach as Hrgota beats the offside trap, but flashes his effort well over.
Good save!! De Camargo makes a good run and latches onto a nice through ball, but Weidenfeller comes off his line quickly to block it.
Assist Jakub Blaszczykowski
Goal Ilkay Gündogan
Oh my, this is getting embarrassing. Gundogan makes it 4-0 with his first of the season after latching on to Kuba's cut-back.
Marc-Andre ter Stegen
A disturbing sight for any Gladbach fan here - Marc-Andre ter Stegen, who took a nasty fall after an aerial challenge, has been replaced by Christopher Heimeroth. The former Schalke man receives a typically warm welcome...
Marco Reus, certainly tonight's man of the match, has been withdrawn to a standing ovation from the Westfalenstadion, and has been replaced by Sven Bender, who is finally back from injury.
Dortmund are just passing the ball around casually in the centre of the park now. They've been magnificent today - the perfect way to warm up for their Champions League duties in midweek...
Kevin Grosskreutz is introduced in the place of Mario Gotze. Can he end his poor run of form tonight? Dortmund are certainly rampant..
Goal Marco Reus
WHAT A GOAL!! Reus has done it again. The 23-year-old tries to play a one-two with Gotze, but sees his return pass blocked. He picks up the loose ball and chips Ter Stegen exquisitely. Masterful goal.
Kuba tries to latch onto a lovely through ball into the box, but the Pole can't quite reach it. He hasn't been as lively as he has been in recent weeks tonight, but Reus has overshadowed everyone...
Kuba wins a free kick after a tussle with Herrmann. Signs that Gladbach are really starting to get a bit frustrated now...
Just as I say that, we're just seeing signs of the match settling into a rhythm once more. Dortmund are controlling possession, but are happy in the centre of the park.
This second half has been crazy - both teams could have scored on multiple occasions, but 2-0 it remains. Surely we'll see a goal soon enough if it remains this open, though!
Arango is indeed the main to take it, but he swings it well over. What a waste - he's capable of producing far better...
Gladbach have a free kick about five yards outside the Dortmund box. An opportunity to Juan Arango?
Reus looks for the run of Schieber, but he can't get it under control, allowing Ter Stegen to claim it. Incredibly open second-half, so far...
Gotze!! An awful pass from Xhaka goes straight to Schieber, who wastes no time in crossing it to the 20-year-old, who takes it down brilliantly, but it closed down before he can get a shot away.
Gotze tickles a lovely little ball into the box, and, with attackers looming, Ter Stegen darts off his line to make sure it goes behind.
What a waste. Schieber picks up the ball after a great knockdown on the edge of the box, but can only miscue a tame effort well wide.
Great save! Out of nowhere, Gladbach almost pull one back as De Camargo powers a header goal-wards, only for Weidenfeller to put it behind.
Jantschke picks up the first booking of the match after hacking down Gotze as he looked to bound down the left.
Dortmund have really started this half on the front foot. This time, Schmelzer skips down the left and centres the ball, but Ter Stegen claims it.
REUS! Once again, the German skips through a host of Gladbach defenders, but can't pick out Gotze in the middle. Fantastic play from him - what a performance!
Dortmund win a free kick early in the second half as Arango hacks down the onrushing Gundogan.
And we're back! Gladbach get the second half started. Big 45 minutes ahead...
The teams are back out and we're awaiting the second half. Can Gladbach come back? Or will Dortmund see this one out?
And that's half-time. We're 45 minutes in and Dortmund hold a commanding two-goal lead. Sound familiar?
45' + 1'
Dortmund have finished this half so strongly. Schmelzer, whose deliveries from set pieces have been great all day, almost finds Hummels with another dinked free kick, but it narrowly evades the centre-back's head.
What a chance!! Reus could have buried Gladbach there, but as he looked to round Ter Stegen, he loses his footing and the ball dribbles out of play.
Is there any way back for Gladbach now? Dortmund may have squandered a two-goal lead on Tuesday against Frankfurt, but will be far sterner at home.
Assist Jakub Blaszczykowski
Goal Neven Subotic
GOAL!! Dortmund work the resulting corner into the box, and when the cross eventually arrives, Subotic is there to head it past Ter Stegen and into the bottom corner. The young keeper got a touch to it, but there was no stopping that header! 2-0!
Great chance for two! Reus flicks it onto Gotze, who finds himself one-on-one with Ter Stegen, and forces a corner with a stinging volley.
Subotic, of all people, lets fly from around 40 yards, and, unsurprisingly, it goes well wide.
A just reward for Dortmund's efforts over the last 10 minutes or so. The hosts had been starting to pick up the pace and get their goal. However, can they hold onto the lead? They've been incredibly poor at the back this season...
Goal Marco Reus
GOAL!!! Dortmund take the lead, and it's none other than Marco Reus, who runs through the Gladbach half and finishes brilliantly through Ter Stegen's legs. His team-mates rush to congratulate him, but the 23-year-old sportingly refuses to celebrate against his old club.
Great save! Gotze flicks the ball on and Roel Brouwers, in his attempts to deny Schieber a shooting opportunity, almost scores an own-goal. However, Ter Stegen pads it behind!
More wizardry from Reus, who cuts inside brilliantly and attempts a one-two, but can't manage to make a meaningful contact on the return ball.
That was arguably the best chance of the match so far. Dortmund have been extremely wasteful in front of goal so far this season. Could they be made to regret their squandered opportunities once more?
Brilliant play!! Some wonderful quick feet from Reus see him evade a number of challenges and prod the ball across the face of goal. However, Schieber can't quite reach it to tap into an empty net and Gladbach survive.
Schmelzer swings in a free kick from around 10 yards inside the Gladbach half, but it evades both Kehl and Subotic and goes behind for a goal kick.
We're midway through the first half now, and it's hard to pick out the better side. Dortmund have come closest through Subotic's header, but Gladbach have been far from unimpressive. Should be a thrilling encounter.
HANKE! Dortmund were not expecting the former Germany striker to shoot, but he takes them all by surprise from 30 yards and forces Weidenfeller into save. Not a bad effort there, by any means.
Dortmund move forward threateningly in numbers, and Reus tries to slip the ball down to Gotze on the left wing. However, the 20-year-old is, rightly, flagged offside by the linesman on the far side.
Subotic steps out of defence brilliantly to cut out a threatening Arango pass to De Camargo. Excellent defending from the Serb.
Weidenfeller plays an awful pass out to his defence, but they manage to prevent the looming attackers from taking advantage of it and are eventually happy to concede a throw.
Reus darts inside from the left and fires in a low shot towards the near post, but Ter Stegen is there to deny the Germany international a goal against his old club.
OFF THE BAR!! Dortmund win a corner as Brouwers heads a Reus cross behind. Schmelzer takes the resulting kick and finds Neven Subotic, who crashes a header against the woodwork. Herrmann was jumping for it on the line, but is nowhere near tall enough to block the effort.
Kuba tries to spray a cross-field ball to Schmelzer, but he doesn't weight it well enough and Jantschke gets across to make the tackle. Dortmund are soon back in possession, though, and are able to build once more.
Another Dortmund chance now! Gundogan finds some space midway through the Gladbach half and lets fly with his left foot, but Ter Stegen saves it comfortably.
Dortmund almost craft an opening at the other end now, but Kuba can't quite manage to find Schieber.
More good early pressure from Gladbach, who force a corner, which narrowly evades Arango at the far post after an excellent delivery.
What a chance!! Gladbach squander a golden opportunity as Kuba diverts the ball straight to Hanke, only for Weidenfeller to get off his line well and block it. The rebound is miscued, and the hosts survive!
The hosts have regained possession, and Roman Weidenfeller looks to play it long, but Schieber is well-marshalled by the Gladbach defence and the threat is neutralised.
Dortmund get the game under way, but surrender possession sloppily in the centre of the park!
The teams are out and we're seconds away from kick off...
So: what will happen today? Will Lewandowski's absence hurt Dortmund? Or will the champions close the gap with Bayern Munich? If you have any predictions/thoughts/musings, you can get in touch with me via Twitter (@eniskoylu). I look forward to hearing from you...
GLADBACH: Ter Stegen; Jantschke; Brouwers, Dominguez, Daems; Herrmann, Nordtveit, Xhaka, Arango; De Camargo, Hanke
DORTMUND: Weidenfeller; Piszczek, Subotic, Hummels, Schmelzer; Gundogan, Kehl; Kuba, Gotze, Reus; Schieber
The teams are in, and Jurgen Klopp has sprung a slight surprise on us all...
Good afternoon and welcome to Goal.com's live coverage of Borussia Dortmund - Borussia Monchengladbach. A local derby between two teams who have endured disappointing starts to the season and are in dire need of three points.
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