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29 October 2011
• Mercedes-Benz-Arena, Stuttgart
Referee: M. Gräfe
• Attendance: 60000
S. Taşçı 22'
Ł. Piszczek 45'+
Full time here, and 1-1 is a fair result for both teams. Stuttgart stay in 5th place with 18 points, while Schalke leapfrog Dortmund into second place by a point. That's it from me, Keeghann Sinanan, keep it here at Goal.com for the match report, player ratings and reactions!
90' + 2'
90' + 2'
Piszczeck almost....but he's offside! Kagawa and Gotze combine at the top of the box, but the full-back fires just wide before he notices the linesman's flag!
90' + 1'
Hajnal comes off for Gentner to waste a little time.
Dortmund going for it now. Backs to the wall time for Stuttgart...
Dortmund go close twice! Some great goalkeeping by Ulreich denies both Subotic and Piszczek from successive corner kicks! Well played by the keeper!
Chance for BVB! Pizczek is picked out unmarked at the edge of the area by Gotze, but his shot is blocked out for a corner!
Yellow Card Rodríguez
Free-kick for BVB in a dangerous area! Grosskreutz is half-tripped by Maza, and half-slips 20 yards from goal. The Mexican is booked, and Schmelzer sends the free kick through the wall, but Ulreich gets his hands to it.
Yellow Card Marcel Schmelzer
Hemlein is brought down by Schmelzer about 30 yards from goal on the right. Free kick, but Molinaro puts it right at Weidenfeller's chest.
Traore! The substitute picks up a slack back-pass, races down the left and blasts the ball straight at Weidenfeller, who barely has time to see the ball bounce off him for a corner.
Play has really slowed down here in the last ten minutes or so. There simply has not been much inspiration and cutting edge from both sides for a while.
Hemlein is thrown on for Cacau, who was not playing at 100 percent fitness.
Molinaro passes to Traore, who is given his forst opportunity to stretch his legs with a pacy run down the left flank. However, his attempted cross is blazed into the stands.
Another change for the visitors. Perisic makes way for Grosskreutz.
Gotze again pulling the strings. He finds Kagawa 25 yards from goal, but the Japanese is quickly crowded out and loses control of the ball.
Harnik free on the right, and picks out Kuzmanovic inside the D. He tries to place it inside the far post, but it goes wide.
Here comes Barrios for Lewandowski. The Pole, apart from hitting the post, did not have the greatest game.
Okazaki off, Traore on for the last 20 minutes. The Japanese was a willing runner all game despite not being the most menacing presence.
The hosts try to attack - Cacau and Harnik combine in the center of the park, but Hummels cuts out the danger.
Barrios is warming up on the sidelines, and may make an appearance in his continued quest for match fitness and playing time after his long injury layoff.
A great touch by Gotze takes him away from Boularhouz. The young German advances into the opposition half and tries to pick out Lewandowski, but the Pole decided not to make an effort to get on the end of the pass.
Ooohh...a painful clash of heads there between Hummels and Cacau going up for a high ball! Not pretty!
Dortmund are having the better of the second half so far. Most of the play has been in the Stuttgart half, and Kagawa has had two great chances to give them the lead.
Kagawaaaa....so close!! A quick throw in finds the Japanese on the edge of the box, two brilliant touches take him past the backline and into the clear, but he skies is finish over!
A series of corners in the last minute or two here for Stuttgart. Things get a bit crowded and tangled, but Subotic and Hummels manage to get their heads on all of them.
Free kick to Stuttgart, near the Dortmund byline on the right, given for a Subotic foul on Okazaki. Hajnal's effort is cleared into the path of Kuzmanovic, who fires an effort which the keeper parries out for a corner.
Another opening for the visitors! Schmelzer sends in an absolute peach of a ball right along the six-yard line, and Ulreich fumbles it in his uncertainty. But no Dortmund player can get on the rebound!
ULREICH GREAT SAVE! Kagawa finds himself with the ball 20 yards from goal, he lines up the shot but the Stuttgart keeper manages to divert it out for a corner!
Kuzmanovic is booked for a foul on Kehl, needless really.
Yellow Card Zdravko Kuzmanovic
Bender, who took a knock to the ankle, is replaced by Leitner.
Here we go again!
Halftime! Dortmund must surely be smiling going into the interval, holding a 1-1 scoreline despite being second-best. Jurgen Klopp needs to sort out his backline though, because some of the defending has been quite poor. Stay tuned for the second half!
45' + 1'
Assist Shinji Kagawa
45' + 1'
Goal Lukasz Piszczek
DORTMUND EQUALIZER!!! Kagawa is found brilliantly on the left by Gotze, and he in turn passes up a shot to tee up Piszczek inside the six-yard area, who strokes it home.
Schmelzer has a corner on the right for the visitors, but Ulreich claims very well under considerable pressure from Hummels.
On second glance, Molinaro's challenge on Gotze was more risky than it looked. Cliche alert - I've seen them given!
Gotze and Lewandowski try a one two at the edge of the Stuttgart area, bot some miscommunication sees it cut out easily by Tasci.
Opportunities coming from both sides back to back! First Gotze skips past one challenge before Molinaro sends him flying at the top of the box, but the Italian did get a piece of the ball. Then, Stuttgart break, and Hummels has to make a brilliant last-ditch challenge to deny Harnik a one-on-one!
Harnik slips Cacau through behind the BVB baclkine, but Weidenfeller just beats Cacau to the ball. But another nearly moment for the hosts, and Dortmund really need to sort out this defending here.
Molinaro again! He makes another overlapping run and manages to get the ball in just before it crosses the touchline. However, Weidenfeller is quick off his line to cut out the threat after some confusion by Subotic, who failed to deal with is adequately.
Molinaro collects the ball on the left, and sends in a deep, searching ball right onto the penalty spot which Hummels heads away for a corner. Which is promptly dealt with by the defence.
Yellow Card Sebastian Kehl
Kehl booked for fouling Kuzmanovic near the center circle.
Some shoddy defending here by BVB. Subotic looks unconvincing again, while Piszczek is not at all comfortable in one-on-ones.
Almost a second for Labbadia's men! Cacau is played in by Okazaki but spurns the opportunity with Weidenfeller and the goal at his mercy!
Assist Martin Harnik
Goal Serdar Tasci
STUTTGART HAVE BROKEN THE DEADLOCK!! Free-kick about 25 yards out is curled in by Harnick, and flicks off the post. It rebounds into the path of Tasci, who makes no mistake!!!!
Perisic curls a tame effort into the arms of Ulreich. Too easy.
Piszczek and Molinaro can't stop tugging and tussling with each other here
Finally we get a bit of a breather in the last few minutes. Some slack passing has contributed to the lull in the game's tempo.
Dortmund go close again! Schmelzer finds some space on the flank, and whips in a delicious ball into the area. However, Kehl's diving header goes wide!
End to end start here! The hosts starting to get a foothold in the game here, and Harnik's cutback from the right is missed by an unmarked Cacau from 5 yards out!
First Stuttgart chance! Molinaro races down the left, and is found by Kuzmanovic, Hummels plays him onside. but Weidenfeller blocks his shot from a difficult angle.
Shooting practice at the moment for the visitors here! Perisic and Kagawa both send efforts wide from good positions! Stuttgart really need to tighten up here, because BVB are finding all kinds of space in and around their defensive line.
Gotze...Ooooh so close! He picks up the ball 30 yards out, advances into the box and sends a low shot millimeters wide of the same post struck by Lewandowski moments earlier!
LEWANDOWSKI HITS THE POST!!! The Pole finds an inch of space in the box and manages to squeeze a shot in which just bounces off the base of the post!
Yellow Card Cacau
Early booking for Cacau here, he slips a bit going in for a challenge but still catches Hummels hard.
Here we go!
Finally, we're almost ready here, kickoff minutes away...
Their task will not be straightforward, however. After a shaky start to the campaign, Dortmund have picked up a bit of form, at least domestically. They have won their last four Bundesliga games, and have not conceded in the last 327 minutes of league action, scoring 13 times in the process.
Not to worry, I've still got some pre-match goodies to wet your appetite with. The hosts today sit in 5th place on 17 points, two behind Dortmund, and can leapfrog them with a win today.
Some news coming in here, kickoff may be delayed by 15 minutes or so. Apparently Dortmund are, of all things, stuck in traffic!
Borussia Dortmind (4-2-3-1): Weidenfeller; Piszczek, Hummels, Subotic, Schmelzer; Kehl, Bender; Gotze, Kagawa, Grosskreutz; Lewandowski
Stuttgart (4-2-3-1): Ulreich; Boulahrouz, Tasci, Maza, Molinaro; Kvist, Kuzmanovic; Harnik, Hajnal, Okazaki; Cacau
Greetings, and welcome to Goal.com's Live coverage of Stuttgart vs Dortmund at the Mercedes-Benz Arena! I'm Keeghann Sinanan and I'll be bringing you all the action, blow-by-blow. Lineups to follow shortly.
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