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11 December 2011
• Signal-Iduna-Park, Dortmund
Referee: D. Aytekin
• Attendance: 80720
We've got the full time report and player ratings to come on the site, as well as our imminent live coverage of Bayern vs Stuttgart so stay tuned! Thats my cue for an exit, from me, Keeghann Sinanan, its been a blast!
For FCK, it was the ultimate smash and grab result. A goal of absolute brilliance conjured out of a Piszczek mistake by Sahan has gained them a point, but they fought tooth and nail to protect it. Plenty of guts shown off the ball in this game, and though they rode their luck at times, their effort cannot be faulted.
Dortmund miss a golden opportunity to go top, even if there was a chance it would have only been for two hours with Bayern v Stuttgart kicking off in minutes How they failed to score more than one is beyond me, with the woodwork coming to FCK's rescue no less than four times
90' + 3'
Thats it as the ref blows for full time!!!
90' + 2'
Just as Lewandowski was about to turn into space and strike, Tiffert races back to take it right off his toes at the top of the box. Great work.
90' + 1'
Don't take your eyes off this for a minute!! Three minutes of added time are signaled as Kagawa sends a cross-cum-shot across the face of goal that just evades the boot of Perisic at the far post!
GOALMOUTH SCRAMBLE!!! Gotze pumps a free-kick into the FCK area, Santana and Trapp both go up for it, the ball is spilled and the keeper goes down like he's been shot. Offensive foul called against Santana, perhaps a bit of gamesmanship from Trapp?
The visitors losing their composure slightly, giving away three cheap free kicks in the last two minutes.
A deep free kick from Gotze is plucked out of the sky by Trapp. On the resulting attack, with Dortmund's entire defensive line in the opposition half, Grosskreutz is forced to track back and deny Shechter on the counter.
FCK have managed to calm things down ever so slightly, but don't bet against at least one more clear cut chance for a winner.
How close can BVB get? They have his the woodwork FOUR TIMES and are still being held at a goal apiece!!
Pierre de Wit
Yellow Card Florian Dick
GOTZE HITS THE WOODWORK!!!! Stunning from the prodigious German international!! On another BVB break, he advances through the midfield and smashes a fantastic strike from 20 yards out that plants against the far post with Trapp a mere spectator!
Kitchen sink time it seems for BVB, but Kaiserslautern are showing plenty of spirit since their equaliser. The game is still up for grabs in the last ten minutes
LEWANDOWSKI!!! Similar chance to the one FCK fashioned moments earlier! A brilliant searching cross from deep on the right flank by Piszczek finds the head of the Pole, he loops it towards the far corner but it grazes the post on its way out!!! How close!!!
WEIDENFELLER!! Great goalkeeping! Fortounis with a great cross into the area towards Shechter, and the substitute's header from point blank range is saved by the BVB stopper low on the line! Shechter then fouls Weidenfeller as he stabs the ball out of the keeper's grasp into the ne
Da Silva with a raised boot on Tiffert, but he avoids serious repracussions. That's his last action of the game, as Perisic replaces him.
Real goalmouth action here! With virtually all 22 players still camped around the FCK penalty area, Schmelzer rifles one in that deflects into Lewandowski's path, one on one with the keeper! However, the Pole thought he was offside and only half-heartedly attempts a finish, when the linesman's flag stayed down! Wasteful!
Antônio da Silva
...Which Hummels heads onto the post!!! Great delivery from Da Silva, and the centre-back sends a looping header onto the base of the woodwork! Unlucky again!!!!
Rodnei brings down Gundogan about 40 yards from goal for a BVB free kick...
Two corners in quick succession for FCK. Hummels heads the first away, and cleans up the loose ball for the second. Great defending from the big German.
Promising move from BVB!!! Piszczek advances down the right flank, and his teasing cross goes just behind Lewandowski and just ahead of Gotze, allowing Rodnei to clear!
Gotze's first touch is a poor one, over hitting a pass towards Lewandowski that Trapp can claim with ease.
Da Silva feeds Kagawa inside the area. The Japanese is under heavy attention from Rodnei, but still manages to squeeze a shot towards goal that Trapp gets down to save with ease. Meanwhile, here comes Gotze...
Mario Gotze is being readied on the sidelines...
That goal came out of absolutely nothing, and Dortmund are understandably shell shocked. One poor piece of defending from Piszczek has cost them dear. Can they regain their advantage!
Goal Olcay Şahan
ITS 1-1!!! Sahan makes me eat my words!!! A long ball from Tiffert is headed away poorly by Piszczek, and Sahan catches it with a difficult volley that beats Weidenfller at the far post! Brilliant, and just like that, FCK are level!
One hour gone, and Kaiserslautern look no closer to an equaliser. Quite the opposite in fact, Dortmund have been in the ascendancy and look close to a second.
Grosskreutz with a superb defence-splitting pass that Trapp does really well to anticipate, rushing out of his area to boot the ball away just ahead of the onrushing Lewandowski.
Dick almost concedes a penalty twice in quick succession! Some brilliant play by Kagawa on the left flank leads him into the area under the defender's close watch. The Japanese goes down under the pressure, before the ball spills to Kuba who tumbles over as well! Debatable calls both, but careless from the FCK right back!
Tiffert with a delightful ball into the area, which evades three yellow shirts and finds the head of Fortounis, but the striker's jump is mistimed and he nods the ball away from goal.
Yellow Card Ilkay Gündogan
Gundogan dispossessed by De Wit near the center circle far too easily. Apart from his great pass in the buildup to the first goal, the young midfielder has had a rough time of it so far.
Encouraging start to the second half for Dortmund. They are finding space in and around the visitors' midfield, and have been a pass away from a clear sight on goal on a few occasions since the break.
KUBA! Good chance! He appears all of a sudden in front of Trapp, but the FCK keeper does well to block him off and prevent him from getting to the rebound!
Some showboating from Lewandowski on a BVB counter attack, the Pole wrapping one leg behind the other to cross into the area, but it does not reach the onrushing Kagawa.
Here we go again!
Dortmund hold a deserved lead after a well taken goal by Kagawa midway through the first half has made the difference so far. However, its has been far from a vintage performance from both teams, and there is certainly a lot of room for improvement. Join us for the second half in a bit!
We're at the interval here, as the referee blows for HT after only a few seconds of injury time!
HUMMELS!!! From a corner, the big defender gets his forehead on the ball on the penalty spot, but Sahan is on the line at the far post and deflects the goalbound effort onto the woodwork!!!
Sahan dumbfounds Santana and then Kuba down the right, but he seems surprised by the ease at which he evaded the two BVB players and hits a cross-cum-shot that goes nowhere.
Grosskreutz with a high boot on a 50-50 challenge with Kirch. Foul called, but the referee, who has been on top of things today, does not reach into his pocket for a card.
FCK have another spell of possession in the Dortmund half in the last minute or two. Again, nothing of note for the visitors, who cannot make anything happen.
The corner is finally taken, and headed away by Da Silva, which initiates a 3 on 1 break for Dortmund! Lewandowski makes up the ground on the right, and with two BVB players queuing up in the middle, hits a tricky low cross that Rodnei does well to cut out.
Now FCK have a corner, which the presumed taker Bugera holds up for an unexplained reason. Cue whistles from the home fans. Curious one, that.
Ooh, Kaiserslautern almost make something happen on the break! Dick does well on the right, playing in Sahan with a slide rule pass that leaves the defence flat-footed. However, the FCK number 10 cannot do much but cut it back towards a yellow shirt.
Kagawa again! A snap shot from 25 yards out that did not fly to far wide! Trapp must be a little relieved, because was not to aware of that effort!
That was Kagawa's fourth goal of the season. Just as FCK looked to be establishing a bit of a foothold in the game, Dortmund, as they've done so many times at home this season, rip their opponents to shreds with a well worked move.
Assist Kevin Großkreutz
Goal Shinji Kagawa
KAGAWA!! 1-0!!! A lovely attack by the hosts sees them pick apart FCK with ease! Gundogan plays a clever ball along the floor into the area, Grosskreutz draws away a defender and lats the ball run to Kagawa, who hits a first time shot low into the bottom corner! Great team goal!
Dortmund penned back in their own half in the last five minutes or so. Kaiserslautern have not created anything of note, mind, but have still done an admirable job in this brief spell in preventing the BVB counter-attacking machine from initiating.
A devilish delivery into the box by the left boot of Bugera is just too far ahead of Fortounis, and just too far behind Sahan.
Close for FCK! After Dortmund fail to properly deal with a seemingly harmless free kick, the ball spills to Fortounis, who bends a shot just over Weidenfeller's crossbar! The keeper looked to have it covered had it been on target, but a chance nonetheless!
Yellow Card Dorge Kouemaha
Grosskreutz is fed on the edge of the 18 yard area towards the left, he cuts in onto his right foot, but his shot is deflected out for a corner. From the delivery, the ball is headed out of the danger area, and Kouemaha is booked for tripping up Lewandowski
There was some contact on that last penalty appeal, but Kagawa definitely made the most of his tumble in the area.
BVB penalty appeal!!! The hosts break again in numbers, and Kagawa finds himself isolated in the box with Abel, the Japanese going down after twisting and turning around the defender. No foul given, much to the fury of the Signal Iduna Park faithful
...AND LEWANDOWSKI HITS THE CROSSBAR!!! The delivery from Da Silva was not headed away with any conviction, and the Pole hits a scissor kick from the six yard box that smacks against the woodwork!!
Now BVB have a free kick, after Rodnei fouls Kagawa near the right corner flag. Da SIlva steps up to send the ball in...
...and tests Weidenfeller with a stinging drive! The keeper is forced to tip over, it was hit straight at him, but hit with some power.
Free kick to the visitors, given after Piszczek fouls Tiffert about 25 yards out. Dick has this in his sights....
Kaiserslautern trying to get something going, a neat one-two between Tiffert and Fortounis leads to the latter sending a cross into no man's land.
Tiffert dispossessed in midfield, which leads to a BVB break. Grosskreutz is the man leading the break, but his attempted killer ball to Kagawa is mishit and cleaned up by the Kaiserslautern backline.
Schmelzer with a snap shot from the top of the D, which is scuffed and bobbles over the line about a meter wide of the far post.
Good tackle by Rodnei, as Kagawa looks to break down the right. The ball is pumped into the box again and Rodnei heads it away.
TIffert with a wayward effort, which flies a few feet over the bar from 20 yards out for the first shot of the match.
Early foul on Kuba, who goes down in some pain after a rugged challenge by Bugera. Freekick to the hosts, which is pumped into the box for an easy grab by Trapp.
Here we go!!!
Kickoff in minutes...
FCK meanwhile are winless in five games, and in their last six visits to Dortmund, have only a draw to their name. Omens not looking good, but this season has thrown up some surprises so far...
BVB are currently riding a nine-match unbeaten streak in the BuLi, the longest of all teams. They can take the lead in the standings with a win today, provided that Bayern do not achieve a similar result against Stuttgart later.
Kaiserslautern (4-2-3-1): Trapp; Thick, Abel, Rodnei, Bugera; Church, De Wit; Sahan, Tiffert, Fortounis; Kouemaha
Dortmund (4-2-3-1): Roman Weidenfeller; Lukasz Piszczek, Marcel Schmelzer, Mats Hummels, Felipe Santana; Ilkay Gundogan, Antonio da Silva; Jakub Blaszczykowski, Kevin Grosskreutz, Shinji Kagawa; Robert Lewandowski
Welcome to Goal.com's live coverage of the Bundesliga matchup between Borussia Dortmund and Kaiserslautern at the Signal Iduna Park! I'm Keeghann Sinanan and I'll be taking you through the play by play. First, the teams...
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