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25 April 2015
• Signal-Iduna-Park, Dortmund
Referee: M. Weiner
• Attendance: 80667
P. Aubameyang 24'
S. Kagawa 32'
That's all from me, Matthew Judge, and it has been a great pleasure talking you through all of today's action at Signal Iduna Park. We hope to see you again soon. Take care!
BVB's win means they will now enter Tuesday's tie against Bayern Munich in the DFB Pokal semi-finals with back-to-back league triumphs under their belt, while Frankfurt - on the other hand - are now five games without a victory in Germany's top flight. Next up for the Eagles is an away tie to in form Werder Bremen.
Former Saint Etienne forward Aubameyang scored the opener from the spot after Schmelzer's cross struck the hand of Kittel, before the Gabon star played in Kagawa to make it 2-0 to the hosts before the half-time whistle.
Goals from Aubameyang and Kagawa help Dortmund secure a 2-0 win over Frankfurt to keep up their hopes of securing a European qualification berth in the Bundesliga this season.
FULL-TIME: BORUSSIA DORTMUND 2-0 EINTRACHT FRANKFURT
The officials have indicated that a minimum of two minutes are being added onto this second half, as Inui appears to catch Sokratis with his boot when trying to test Langerak with a shot.
UNLUCKY! Kagawa picks up the ball down the left flank and plays in Immobile, who takes one touch to set himself before he lashes a shot just wide of Trapp in the Frankfurt goal.
Frankfurt are enjoying a good spell of possession at the moment as the second half draws to a close. Dortmund look set to pick up a very important three points in their hopes of sneaking into those European qualification places in the Bundesliga.
Seferovic tries to break in beyond Dortmund's backline past Sokratis, but the referee blows up for offside. It appears BVB look set to bring on Immobile in these late stages.
Die Schwarzgelben are happy to cede possession, with Frankfurt having all of the ball at the moment. The yellow and black ranks are sitting back in organised fashion, relying on their substitutes to take them upfield at pace. The home fans are in great voice, urging their side towards the finish line and other three points.
Seferovic attempts to play in Valdez but Sokratis steps across and clears away the danger brilliantly. Dortmund are in complete control at the moment as time ticks on in this contest.
Zambrano goes down in a heap after trying to help clear a corner, after colliding with his own player. Without any treatment, the defender gingerly gets back to his feet. The visitors need two goals and fast, if they are to take a share of the spoils home with them.
We're into the final 10 minutes at Signal Iduna Park, with Die Schwarzgelben continuing to impress. Kampl is found just inside the box by Reus, but the former Salzburg man sees a stabbed effort turned behind for a corner by a deflection!
Aubameyang is to be withdrawn by the home side, with Kampl thrown into the fray for the remaining minutes. After his brilliant first-half contribution, the Gabon international earns himself some applause and a handshake from Klopp as he leaves the field.
Aubameyang appears to be tiring after leading the line excellenty for Dortmund today, which is something BVB boss Klopp might want to think about attending to in the next few minutes.
Dortmund have really taken control of this match since going 2-0 up, while it appears that Frankfurt are going to make their second substitution of the match, with Waldschmidt stripped and ready to come on for the Eagles.
Bender splits Frankfurt's defence wide open to feed in Kagawa, who shifts the ball onto his left and drives a shot towards goal, but Zambrano prevents it from reaching Trapp with a terrific outstretched leg.
BIG CHANCE! Reus almost makes it 3-0 minutes after coming on but just misses out on latching onto Kagawa's ball across the face of goal at the back post. Superb move from the hosts.
Schmelzer sends a long ball over the top of the Frankfurt backline towards Aubameyang, but the referee blows up for offside. It appears Dortmund are looking to send on Marco Reus in the next few minutes.
CHANCE! Kagawa dips inside from the right flank and drives a shot towards goal on his left-foot, but the ball flies too close to Trapp and the Frankfurt goalkeeper makes a good save in the end.
Ginter, one of the only men yet to receive a yellow card in what has been a busy game for the referee in that respect, escapes a caution after clattering into the side of Kittel, with both men committed to winning the ball.
BIG CALL! The home supporters make their voices heard as the referee decides not to point to the spot, with Zambrano appearing to foul Aubameyang inside the penalty area. It was certainly risky defending from the Peru defender to say the least.
Yellow CardAlexander Madlung
Madlung, who has made a couple of important interceptions today, gets his name in the referee's book as he completely whipes out Blaszczykowski down the right for a free-kick to the hosts, and a yellow card.
Dortmund seize the ball high into Frankfurt's half from the latter's goal-kick and as Blaszczykowski attempts to play in Aubameyang, Madlung again blocks the ball's path from reaching the BVB striker.
Mkhitaryan wins a free-kick for Dortmund as Seferovic brings the Armenia star down towards the right flank, with the referee's decision certainly upsetting Frankfurt boss Schaaf on the touchline.
Kittel sends in a corner towards a queue of Frankfurt players, but Bender rises highest to head away the danger at the back post and set up a Dortmund breakaway.
Durm sends Kagawa off and running down the right-hand side and the Japan international attempts to play a neat cutback towards Aubameyang lurking inside Frankfurt's box, but Madlung steps across and clears.
Bender plays a terrific through ball towards Aubameyang, who shifts the ball from left to right and clips in a cross looking for Kuba, but the ball just bypasses the Poland international at the back post. Another great move from the hosts.
Yellow CardSokratis Papastathopoulos
Frankfurt win an early free-kick as Sokratis stretches out an arm to prevent Piazon's pass reaching one of his team-mates. The Chelsea loanee steps up to take the set piece but drives it straight at BVB's wall.
Welcome back! Frankfurt get us under way for the second half here at Signal Iduna Park, with the visitors bringing on Stendera for Medojevic for the next 45 minutes.
The visitors are certainly missing their star duo of Aigner and Meier and the goals they both bring to Frankfurt today, with Schaaf's men creating a couple of half chances in the opening 45 minutes but they lacked that crucial spark needed in the final third to seriously trouble BVB.
Both sets of players head towards the tunnel as the referee calls time on the first half here at Signal Iduna Park, with Dortmund leading Frankfurt by two goals to nil at the interval. A spot-kick from Aubameyang and a strike from Kagawa have the hosts sitting comfortably at the moment.
HALF-TIME: BORUSSIA DORTMUND 2-0 EINTRACHT FRANKFURT
CHANCE! Aubameyang again causes Frankfurt's defence problems as he cleverly slips in Schmelzer bombing forward from left-back, but Madlung comes across and clears the danger right in the nick of time. Excellent defending from him.
Yellow CardCarlos Zambrano
Yellow CardHenrikh Mkhitaryan
The referee seperates and books both Zambrano and Mkhitaryan, who become embroiled in a confrontation with minutes to go in this first half. The Frankfurt defender wasn't happy with the Dortmund midfielder's challenge on him from behind.
GREAT DEFENDING! Frankfurt break again as Piazon moves in behind Dortmund's defensive line and looks set to test Langerak, but Schmelzer gets back tremendously well and snuffs out the danger, to Thomas Schaaf's frustration on the touchline.
CHANCE! Ignjovski surges forward down the left flank and plays in a fantastic low cross towards the Dortmund box, which Valdez meets but he sends his effort over the crossbar from close range.
Kittel makes a good break down the right and plays a pass back to Chandler, who sends in a cross towards nobody inside the Dortmund box, setting up a counter-attack for the hosts.
Dortmund continue to press Frankfurt superbly in the visitors' half and as Mkhitaryan tries to win possession off Kittel, the latter wins his side a free-kick in a vital moment, which should buy his team-mates some breathing time.
Minutes after grabbing his 14th Bundesliga goal of the season for Dortmund, Aubameyang plays in Kagawa to make it 2-0 in this game. The Gabon international has been excellent in the opening 45 minutes at Signal Iduna Park.
GOOOOOOAAALLL!! It's 2-0 to Dortmund and what a breakaway it was from a goal-kick. Aubameyang latches onto Durm's lovely pass down the right-hand side and plays a beautiful cross towards Kagawa, who taps home from close range with aplomb.
Frankfurt have made a good response since going a goal down, but they are still yet to test Langerak between the Dortmund sticks enough so far, with the hosts looking comfortable in their own half.
OUCH! The referee awards a free-kick to Frankfurt as Aubameyang, completely with his eyes on the ball up in the air, catches Medojevic in the face with his boot.
Yellow CardSven Bender
It must be said that it has been a fairly even game at Signal Iduna Park and Frankfurt are rather unfortunate to be behind, though the officials were correct when handing Dortmund a penalty as it clearly struck Kittel's arm.
Yellow CardSonny Kittel
Penalty GoalPierre-Emerick Aubameyang
GOOOOOOAALLL!! It's 1-0 to BVB! Aubameyang steps up and coolly chips the ball down the middle past Trapp to give his side the lead in this game. What a penalty.
PENALTY TO DORTMUND! Schmelzer attempts to play a cross in towards goal, which smashes off the raised arm of Kittel and the referee makes no hesitation as he points to the spot.
Durm plays a good pass down the right flank to try and set Blaszczykowski off and running at Ignjovski, but Hasebe comes across and slides in to prevent the BVB breakaway with the back of his boot. A perfect challenge on the eye.
Ginter plays a lovely sweeping pass over the top of Frankfurt's defence for Aubameyang, who bursts past Zambrano with ease towards the ball but the referee blows up for offside.
Seferovic makes a strong marauding run forward into Dortmund's half, but Hummels comes across and clears the danger once more. The BVB skipper has made a good start to this game.
GREAT CHANCE! Blaszczykowski whips in a teasing cross towards the six-yard box, which Aubameyang meets after rising highest but he aims his header just over the crossbar, with Trapp stranded.
CHANCE! Kagawa floats into a good bit of space down the left-hand side and fizzes a low cross towards Aubameyang, but Dortmund's top goalscorer this season fails to meet the cross inside the Frankfurt box.
Mkhitaryan drives forward down the left flank as Dortmund pile men forward in search of the first goal, but Hasebe drops back superbly and snuffs out the danger for Frankfurt. Great defending.
Dortmund are starting to see a bit more of the ball at the moment but are struggling to create any openings past a sturdy Frankfurt structure, with Kagawa having to drop really deep to receive the ball.
After what was an energetic start from Dortmund, it is Frankfurt who have been on the front foot in the early stages of this first half and are looking sharp, even without key stars such as Alexander Meier and Stefan Aigner.
ALMOST! The away stand goes wild momentarily as Seferovic drives a shot into the bottom corner past Langerak, but the referee chalks the goal off for offside. The quick feet of Piazon put the Frankfurt forward through on goal, but the officials correctly rule the goal out.
Zambrano pumps the ball forward as Frankfurt work a set piece well towards Seferovic, who moves into a neat pocket of space between the lines but Hummels blocks his effort towards goal brilliantly.
Ginter makes the most of Durm's cutback as he wins possession off Chandler inside Frankfurt's box, but the midfielder drives his effort well wide of Trapp between the sticks. It's been a bright start from the hosts.
Dortmund get us under way here at Signal Iduna Park. The man in charge of the cards for today's clash is Michael Weiner.
The players are stripped and raring to go as they leave the tunnel and enter the pitch. In this fixture last season, a brace from Aubameyang and strikes from Robert Lewandowski and Milos Jojic handed Dortmund a 4-0 win over Frankfurt.
TEAM NEWS: Frankfurt boss Thomas Schaaf has made three changes to the side which started the Eagles' last match against Monchengladbach, with Anderson Bamba, Bastian Oczipka and Stefan Aigner all dropping out for Carlos Zambrano, Timothy Chandler and Lucas Piazon respectively.
TEAM NEWS: 17-year-old Dominik Reimann is on the bench for Dortmund today as veteran goalkeeper Roman Weidenfeller is injured. Ilkay Gundogan, who has been heavily linked with a summer move to Manchester United in several national newspapers this morning, also isn't in the squad due to a throat infection.
FRANKFURT substitutes: Wiedwald, Inui, Djakpa, Flum, Stendera, Waldschmidt, Kinsombi.
FRANKFURT (4-4-2): Trapp (c); Chandler, Zambrano, Madlung, Ignjovski; Piazon, Hasebe, Medojevic, Kittel; Seferovic, Valdez.
DORTMUND substitutes: Reimann, Subotic, Jojic, Kampl, Reus, Ramos, Immobile.
DORTMUND (4-2-3-1): Langerak; Durm, Sokratis, Hummels (c), Schmelzer; Bender, Ginter; Blaszczykowski, Kagawa, Mkhitaryan; Aubameyang.
CONFIRMED TEAM NEWS..
For Frankfurt, they really need to pick up a positive result at the Westfalenstadion today if they're to have any hopes of catching up to Augsburg in sixth. The Eagles haven't won in their last four Bundesliga matches, losing two, though they have faced some tough opposition in the likes of Bayern Munich and Borussia Monchengladbach.
Dortmund, however, face Bayern Munich in the DFB Pokal semi-finals on Tuesday and can qualify for Europe that way, but BVB boss Jurgen Klopp has said in the build up to today's clash with Frankfurt that it would be “mad” to prioritise the German Cup over their Bundesliga campaign, especially when they still have a chance of securing a Europa League berth for next season through league placing.
Today's fixture sees two teams looking to keep their respective hopes of securing a European place for next season lock horns, with both Dortmund and Frankfurt sitting six points behind sixth-placed Augsburg in the Bundesliga table.
Good afternoon and welcome to our LIVE text commentary of today's Bundesliga clash between Borussia Dortmund and Eintracht Frankfurt at Signal Iduna Park. I'm Matthew Judge and I will be your host for the match, which kicks off in around 35 minutes time.
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