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3 March 2012
• Signal-Iduna-Park, Dortmund
Referee: P. Gagelmann
• Attendance: 80720
J. Błaszczykowski 26'
S. Kagawa 77'
Mohamed Zidan 74'
Thanks for joining us. Stay tuned to Goal.com for all the fall-out from the Bundesliga weekend, including this thrilling encounter.
90' + 3'
And that's full time. Despite a little scare, Borussia Dortmund have their victory. It ends 2-1 to the hosts, who go seven points clear at the top of the Bundesliga. Big gap opening up.
90' + 1'
Mainz are furious that they don't have a corner. At the other end, Lewandowski has been caught narrowly offside.
90' + 1'
There's going to be two minutes of added time here.
Weidenfeller is quickly out of his goal to seize upon a through-ball with Zidan looming.
Dortmund struggle to clear a Mainz free-kick, but it's eventually hoofed away by the defence.
Mainz are firmly in control of the ball of the ball, and are pumping it forward, but Dortmund seem to be far from troubled by it.
Lewandowski wins a free-kick mid-way through the Mainz half, but it's promptly wasted.
Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting
Antônio da Silva
Dortmund have the chance to finish the game, as Lewandowski meets Schmelzer's ranging cross at the far post, but the Pole's volley is miscued and well wide.
GOAL!!!! KAGAWA!!!!!!! The Japanese star restores his club's lead, lapping home Piszczek's cross at the near post. But who couldn't Dortmund do that earlier?
Schmelzer tries, rather optimistically, to restore the lead with a 30-yard volley that sails well, well over.
GOAL!!!! Bavaria breathes a sigh of relief as Zidan hammers the ball home after a deft touch. He refuses to celebrate, however. 1-1!!!
Subotic fancies a goal, but his blasted shot can't find its way through a sea of bodies. Easily smuggled away by the visitors.
Bender tries to swing the pendulum back in Dortmund's direction with a cross into the box, but Wetklo claims the ball easily.
Szalai, only recently on as a sub, finds himself one-on-one with Weidenfeller, only for the Dortmund 'keeper, and the offside flag to deny him.
Mainz have come back into the match a little more of late, but they still look to be completely without cutting edge. Despite it only being 1-0, I can't see Dortmund conceding.
Zidan has the chance to equalise from a free-kick, but it goes well over. The former Dortmund man is yet to make his old employers regret selling him.
Dortmund are all over Mainz. Grosskreutz crosses the ball towards Lewandowski, who tricks a defender by cutting back onto his left-foot, but his shot is little more than catching practice for Wetklo.
One-way traffic continues. Even Schmelzer is having a shot now, but the full-back's effort goes into the side-netting.
Big let-off for Wetklo. The Mainz 'keeper's clearance goes straight to Kagawa, who tries to chip the ball into the net, only to see it drift over.
Another Dortmund chance... A lovely ball from Kuba goes towards Grosskreutz at the far post, but Mainz smuggle it out of play for a corner, which is promptly wasted.
Mainz have a free-kick in a potentially threatening area, but Polanski's ball is easily cleared by the first man.
And again!! A great ball from Hummels finds Lewandowski, who is challenged bravely, and brilliantly, as he looks to apply the finish.
KAGAWA!!! Some lovely footwork from the Japan midfielder, who mesmerises several defenders before feeding Piszczek, whose tame shot is saved.
GREAT SAVE!!! Grosskreutz plays an acute flick to Kagawa, whose through-ball to Lewandowski is near-perfect, but the Pole's shot is too close to Wetklo who saves it.
Four minutes into the second half, and Mainz have barely touched the ball.
Kuba, who has been like a train all day, does brilliantly to keep the ball in, but his cross is cut out and Mainz clear it.
Schmelzer wins an early free-kick, which halts Mainz's right-wing attack.
And Dortmund have got us restarted!!
And that's half-time. Some brilliant play from Dortmund, who go into the break a goal up, and crucially, seven points ahead of Bayern Munich as it stands.
KUBA!!! Kagawa pokes a lovely ball between two defenders to Kuba, who hesitates, allowing the Mainz defence to get across and block the Pole out. Great play, again.
LEWANDOWSKI!!!! The Pole latches on to another chipped ball, but his left-foot volley is inaccurate and goes high and wide. It was from a narrow angle, though.
Mainz put together a good move, but Fathi elects to cross, as opposed to shooting, and it's well cleared.
Gundogan, who is having one of his best games in a Dortmund shirt, tries to play in Schmelzer, but his cross is slightly over-hit.
It's been a pretty commanding performance from Dortmund so far. Jurgen Klopp's men have showcased some great stuff, and thoroughly deserve their lead.
The Dortmund crowd is rampant. they're looking forward to another Bundesliga title. With a seven-point gap between BVB and Bayern, who can blame them?
Top of the net!! Lewandowski manages to toe down a looping ball, but his attempted lob can only find the top of the net.
Defensive mistake from Dortmund. Hummels takes a swing, and a miss, at a loose ball, allowing a Mainz cross which is headed away by the covering Bender.
GOAL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Kagawa takes the ball down in the area, but is under tight scrutiny from Noveski. The ball breaks to Kuba, whose first time effort sails into the top corner!!
Penalty appeals from Dortmund as Piszczek plays a great one-two with Gundogan, but is cut off by Fathi, however, the referee rules that it was a fair shoulder-barge and nothing comes of it.
Piszczek digs out a cross from the goal-line, however, there are enough Mainz bodies to get the ball clear.
First good chancce for Mainz. Caligiui plays a great one-two on the edge of the box, but blasts his shot well over. Lovely move, however.
Subotic, however, only manages to send the ball into the wall from the resulting set piece, as well as the rebound.
Dortmund have a free-kick on the edge of the area. Grosskreutz is fouled by Zabavnik, who manages to hand-ball it when Kagawa collects the ball.
Ilkay Gundogan plays a lovely chipped ball in towards Lewandowski's, whose outstretched foot can't quite reach the the ball.
Subotic looks to pick out Grosskreutz, who has found space on the left-hand side, but his long-range pass drifts out of play.
Polanski does well to keep the ball in on the Mainz right wing, but his cross is easily cleared by Hummels.
Lovely block from Mainz. Piszczek's cross finds Grosskreutz on the edge of the box, but the half-volley is blocked by Bungert.
Mainz go on the attack down the other side, however, all of their attempts at getting the ball in the danger zone are lapped up by Dortmund.
HOW WAS THAT NOT IN?!?!?! Kagawa finds Piszczek in the box, who manages to stab the ball across the face of goal towards Grosskreutz, who, under heavy scrutiny from the Mainz back-line, is unable to turn the ball into the empty net. Great chance!
So, a decent start at Signal Iduna Park. Dortmund have shown some good play up front, but Mainz have look assured in possession. Stay tuned for what promises to be a cracker...
A lovely ball from Hummels finds Schmelzer's run, but the full-back's cross is cut out well. Bender collects the ball, but is unable to do anything with it.
Dortmund are casually passing it around. The hosts seem to be very at ease today.
Mainz have an early corner, however Noveski is beaten in the air and Dortmund have a throw-in.
An early Mainz attack results in a Dortmund goal-kick. Positive start from the visitors, however.
And we're off! Mainz get the game started!
We're just moments away from kick-off. Will Mohamed Zidan be the thorn in Dortmund's side, can Dortmund take a commanding win in the Bundesliga title race? You can tweet your predictions, musings, anecdotes etc. to @eniskoylu...
Meanwhile, Mainz start with: Wetklo; Zabavnik, Bungert, Noveski, Fathi; Caligiuri, Polanski, Soto, Muller; Zidan, Choupo-Moting
The line-ups are in, Borussia Dortmund will begin the game thus: Weidenfeller; Piszczek, Hummels, Subotic, Schmelzer; Bender, Gundogan; Kuba, Kagawa, Grosskreutz; Lewandowski
Good evening and welcome to Goal.com's coverage of Borussia Dortmund's home clash with Mainz. The hosts can take a seven-point lead at the top of the Bundesliga with a victory, thanks to Bayern Munich's 2-0 loss away at Bayern Munich.
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