thumbnail Hello,


  • February 8, 2014
  • • 22:30
  • • Weserstadion, Bremen
  • Referee: G. Perl
  • • Attendance: 42100

Live Commentary

  • That's it from me, it's been a pleasure. Bye for now.
  • Professional and comfortable job from Dortmund, who never looked in danger of losing this one since Lewandowski broke the deadlock before half an hour. The Polish striker added another late on, which, alongside a brace from Mkhitaryan and a further effort from Friedrich, rendered Aycicek's late goal nothing but bitter Bremen consolation. Klopp's men solidify their grip on third, while Bremen edge closer to the drop zone.
  • 90' + 1'
    And just like the first half, the referee brings an end to the period with barely a second of injury time gone.
  • 89'
    Goal Levent Ayçiçek
    Nifty finish from Aycicek, who got past Schmelzer at the near post and bent a well placed shot between the woodwork and the outstretched hand of Weidenfeller.
  • 89'
  • 87'
    Can Dortmund grab another before time runs out? There are gaps opening up all over the Bremen defensive third, and the sixth goal is there if BVB want it.
  • 85'
    Assist Jonas Hofmann
  • 85'
    Goal Robert Lewandowski
    The Bremen defence has completely given up in the final stages here. Lewandowski easily races past them, onside, onto a long punt over the top, and has time to hold up the ball, cut past a defender and plant a finish into the back of the net. Halfhearted efforts made there to stop him.
  • 83'
    The easy pick for man of the match might go to two goal hero Mkhitaryan, but while he has been excellent, my pick goes to the man up front, Lewandowski. He has led the line superbly, constantly bringing his teammates into play, to add to a beautiful goal scored earlier in the first half.
  • 81'
    Real inevitable feel to the match now as play winds down with less than ten minutes remaining. Dortmund are keeping the ball with impunity, making Bremen do all the running, as has been the case since the referee blew the whistle to start the second half.
  • 81'
    Real inevitable feel to the match now as play winds down with less than ten minutes remaining. Dortmund are keeping the ball with impunity, making Bremen do all the running, as has been the case since the referee blew the whistle to start the second half.
  • 79'
    SubstitutionAaron Hunt Levent Ayçiçek
  • 79'
    Time for Bremen to make their last change as well. You would have expected a little more from Hunt today, but he ends a substandard evening by trudging off for Aycicek.
  • 77'
    SubstitutionPierre-Emerick Aubameyang Jonas Hofmann
  • 77'
    Aubameyang departs in Dortmund's final change of the game for Hofmann. The Gabonese forward had a rather quiet game in attack compared to the performances of Reus, Mkhitaryan and Lewandowski.
  • 75'
    WEIDENFELLER CALLED INTO ACTION! Selassie, who never stops running, strides past Schmelzer on the left flank, and though his cutback is a little too close to a Dortmund player, Kobylanski wins the loose ball, cuts onto his right and drills one in at goal that is pushed clear spectacularly by the keeper!
  • 73'
    Getting a bit testy out there now, as the home fans take umbrage with some perceived theatrics from Aubameyang, who got Kobylanski booked, and Lewandowski, who tried to win a free kick moments earlier.
  • 71'
    Lewandowski goes down in a heap at the top of the box to loud howls from the traveling Dortmund faithful. The referee is unmoved, however and quite rightfully so - Lewa lost his balance rather than any malicious contact from Lukimya.
  • 70'
    Yellow Card Martin Kobylanski
  • 70'
    The Bremen substitute Kobylanski also gets cautioned for bringing down Aubameyang carelessly.
  • 69'
    Yellow Card Sokratis Papastathopoulos
  • 69'
    Sokratis gets his name taken in the referee's notebook for a late sliding lunge into Selassie from the side. He prevented the fullback from getting to the byeline, but it came at the cost of a booking. At 4-0 and with defenders dropping like flies all season at the Westfalenstadion, it was really an unnecessary risk to take.
  • 67'
    Right away, Grosskreutz has a superb chance to make his mark off the bench, latching onto a Lewandowski feed and bending an effort towards the top corner that draws an acrobatic save from Wolf! It's a stop that you might have expected the keeper to make though, and an offside flag renders the play meaningless in the end.
  • 66'
    Dortmund's turn for a double swap. Reus, effective once again in attack, is replaced by Grosskreutz - who may finally play in the attacking third after a long spell covering at fullback. Bender is also subbed out for veteran midfielder Kehl.
  • 65'
    SubstitutionSven Bender Sebastian Kehl
  • 65'
    SubstitutionMarco Reus Kevin Großkreutz
  • 64'
    Once again, Bremen have an opportunity to get back on the scoresheet immediately after conceding, but Petersen, played behind the last defender, is putt off his finish by a combination of Sokratis and Weidenfeller.
  • 62'
    Assist Marco Reus
  • 62'
    Goal Henrikh Mkhitaryan
    Splendid counter attack from Dortmund! They carve through the opposition with confidence. Reus takes it on the run down the left side of the box, holds up play and releases Mkhitaryan with a delightful flick of the heel. The Armenian does the rest, opening up his body to bend the ball into the far side of the goal! Wonderful!
  • 62'
    IT'S ALL TOO EASY! 4-0!
  • 61'
    BVB have held onto possession quite comfortably for the majority of the second half, and it's only a matter of time before they strike again. There's simply no fight coming from Bremen at the moment. Just the type of play that has seen them dragged into the relegation battle.
  • 59'
    A corner is cleared only to the edge of the Bremen box, and Mkhitaryan has an almighty swing at it...and misses the ball completely. To his credit, he recovers quickly to take control of the ball, and instantly attempts to loft it over the top, but no less than four Dortmund players were offside.
  • 57'
    Bender, who has done a typically solid job protecting the back four so far, attempts to take matters into his own hands in the other half of the field with a rocket of a shot from nearly 30 yards that beats Wolf, but cannons off the crossbar and out of play! The woodwork is still rattling!
  • 56'
    Double substitution for the home side. Elia, who has been at his anonymous worst and the equally frustrating De Santo depart, with Kobylanski and Petersen coming on in their places.
  • 55'
    SubstitutionFranco Di Santo Nils Petersen
  • 55'
    SubstitutionEljero Elia Martin Kobylanski
  • 55'
    Completely wasted by Obraniak, who thumps the set piece straight into the wall. Bremen need to at least get the ball into the box on those scenarios if they are to stand any hope of getting back into this game.
  • 54'
    Bender concedes a careless free kick about 25 yards out after hacking down Hunt, who had him beat with a quick turn of pace. This is a good position for Bremen, dead centre.
  • 52'
    Lewandowski very nearly smashes home a fourth Dortmund goal as he gets on his bike to wheel past Prodl and open himself into a shooting position on the right side, but with plenty of goal to aim at, he hammers the ball into orbit instead.
  • 50'
    A hooked cross from Elia evades a queue of interested parties in the Dortmund box, and a half chance for the visitors to strike back instantly goes begging. Hard really to see where a Bremen comeback will originate from, no one has seemed keen to accept any responsibility.
  • 48'
    Goal Manuel Friedrich
    That corner comes back to haunt the hosts in the end, as the resulting corner is flicked on by a Bremen head at the near post, and lands perfectly for Friedrich to stab home on the slide at the opposite side!
  • 48'
  • 47'
    A very important interception from Selassie plays the ball out for a corner with a swarm of Dortmund players converging on the Bremen box! Where was the rest of the defence?
  • 46'
    Here we go again!
  • It's hardly been the most captivating game, but Dortmund have done something that has often been their Achilles heel for many a season - they have taken their chances when presented. Jurgen Klopp can have no complaints at the break. Bremen have been positive in flashes, but for the most part, it's hard to see anything other than a BVB slip up allowing them back into the match. Second half is around the corner, so stay tuned.
  • 45'
    And that's it for now, as the referee signals for the break without a second of added time.
  • 43'
    Aubameyang turns on the afterburners, and nearly races through onto a ball over the top for number three, but Lukimya kept stride with him and manages to stick out a toe to get a touch on the ball, and put the striker off balance! Important tackle that!
  • 41'
    Assist Robert Lewandowski
  • 41'
    Goal Henrikh Mkhitaryan
    Quite a special strike from Mkhitaryan! Taking a pass from Lewandowski in stride, the Armenian keeps driving towards goal, leaving two defenders scrambling in vain to keep up. With space opened up just inside the box, he hits the ball hard and true into the opposite side of the goal! Wolf could not get a touch on that!
  • 41'
  • 39'
    Bremen get a lot of bodies forward to attack an Obraniak corner, and possibly cause some damage in the box on Dortmund's supposedly soft centre. However, the play is ruined by a foul on Friedrich, and BVB have the opportunity to reset.
  • 37'
    SIDE NETTING FR DORTMUND! A splendid chance for the visitors to double their lead. Aubameyang peeled off to the far post and was found in fine fashion by a Reus cross. The Gabon international wisely elects to head back across the face of goal, and Mkhitaryan seems to be on track to meet it at the far post, but he cannot catch up with the ball in time and swings it wildly into the wrong side of the goal!
  • 35'
    Now another chance back at the other end of the field, as Caldirola's nifty little dink to the near post is met by Di Santo's glancing header, but he's unable to generate any sort of conviction on the effort, and it's a comfortable save for Weidenfeller, who gets down well to smother.
  • 34'
    Decent chance on the break for Reus, as Mkhitaryan threads in a solid through pass to catch Selassie out of position, but Wolf, prowling in his penalty area, is off the line quickly to meet the ball at the striker's feet. Solid goalkeeping.
  • 32'
    That spell of play near the corner flag won Bremen a corner. Obraniak bends in an in-swinger with his left boot, and Prodl rises highest at the centre of the box to meet it, but somewhat disappointingly, he plants his header about a foot over the crossbar.
  • 30'
    Bremen manage to weather the storm, and are wisely holding onto the ball on the left flank, near the Dortmund corner flag. It's working a treat, as the visitors are forced to defend, killing off the buzz they got from opening the scoring moments ago.
  • 28'
    That goal has put the winds in Dortmund's sails for a spell, with the tempo suddenly turned up in everything they do, from their pressing to their passing. Can the visitors gun the accelerator and push their momentum into another breakthrough?
  • 26'
    Assist Marcel Schmelzer
  • 26'
    Goal Robert Lewandowski
    An excellently taken goal from the Poland hitman, who accepts a pass from Schmelzer near the corner of the box, cuts onto his right peg and angles a clinical finish into the far bottom corner!
  • 26'
  • 25'
    Yellow Card Manuel Friedrich
  • 25'
    Friedrich is next in the book for going in late on Junuzovic.
  • 23'
    Lukimya chases down a loose ball well and right away attempts to pick out Di Santo with a deep clip over the top, but unfortunately for Bremen, the Argentine never bothered to get himself onside, and the linesman's flag is up straight away.
  • 21'
    What seemed like a neanderthal-ish punt from Sokratis out of the back ends up being a splendid ball over the top for Reus, who attacks unmarked on the left flank,cuts in onto his right foot but sees the shot blocked with conviction by Prodl in the end.
  • 19'
    Obraniak attempts to control a raking cross field ball from Selassie far too casually, and ends up losing possession over the touchline as Caldirola looked to attack on the overlap.
  • 17'
    Both teams are certainly up for the midfield scrap today, but such patterns of play seem to hurt Dortmund more than Bremen so far. Elia and Obraniak have shown more willingness to get stuck in than competing wide man Reus and Aubameyang so far.
  • 15'
    Dortmund have won three corners already, and have managed the same number of shots on goal (via Opta), but it's Bremen who look the more decisive candidates in the attacking third thus far, with a quarter of an hour gone.
  • 13'
    Yellow Card Franco Di Santo
  • 13'
    First booking of the game, and it's awarded to the Argentine forward for an over-eager and ultimately careless foul on Piszczek, who rode the contact cleverly to win the free kick.
  • 11'
    NOW THEN! Excellent incisive play from Hunt, who attacks Schmelzer directly and wins his way to the byeline. He pulls the ball back to meet Di Santo at the near post, but under extreme pressure from Sokratis, the striker cannot manage to get a shot off with his back to goal, despite being only a yard or two out!
  • 9'
    The game really breaking up in the centre of the park now, as a series of small fouls sees the tempo of the game stutter for a moment. It's clear that both teams are still feeling each other out, not willing to over commit numbers in attack as of yet.
  • 7'
    We've seen some good touches from Obraniak already, and the winger makes another positive contribution, this time in the defensive half of the field. He reads an attempted through pass from Sahin well, and gets his body in the way to intercept, making Aubameyang's run meaningless.
  • 5'
    Some more positivity emanating from the Dortmund front four, as Lewanowski deftly flicks in Reus on the left hand side, but the Germany international only succeeds in winning a corner. The resulting delivery, lofted in by Sahin, is nodded over the top by Bender.
  • 3'
    It's been a cautious start to the contest from both sides, though Bremen have held most of the ball in this opening spell. There's been some decent possession on the flanks from Obraniak so far, who will have an interesting battle against Piszczek today.
  • 1'
    Here we go folks! The referee gets us started.
  • Dortmund have not lost in their last five against Bremen, with today's hosts last tasting victory against them in 2011. In that five match spell, Bremen only managed to score once against Klopp's men. The omens are with the black and yellow tonight, it seems.
  • Bremen, only three points off the relegation zone despite sitting in 12th place, have endured their worst start since the 1975-76 campaign, and have been in rotten form. Die Werderaner have taken only five points from the last 24 on offer in the Bundesliga, a run that has seen their European ambitions for next season in danger of evaporating.
  • The visitors will not move higher than third place even if they win today, but defeat can see Schalke leapfrog them in the standings - should Die Knappen win against Hannover on Sunday.
  • Dortmund ground out a tough 2-1 win over Eintracht Braunschweig last time out, which broke a sorry streak of four games without a win - and their first Bundesliga triumph since the end of November. Such a run has seen BVB slip from title challengers to second place hopefuls.
  • And in the green corner, it's an expected lineup from embattled Bremen boss Robin Dutt. Former Chelsea man Franco Di Santo leads the line for the home side, with vice captain Aaron Hunt tucking in behind. Eljero Elia and Ludovic Obraniak will provide the width in midfield.
  • It's another patch job at the back from Jurgen Klopp, who plays Manuel Friedrich and Sokratis Papastathopoulos in the centre of defence. Good news is that regular full backs Lukas Piszczek and MArcel Schmelzer are fit and ready to flank the pair.
  • One must really start to wonder if there is a curse around the Dortmund central defence. Having regularly had members of the back four missing for large chunks of the season, a brief glimmer of hope with the return of Mats Hummels from injury was quickly stamped out. The German international injured his foot against Fortuna Dusseldorf on Tuesday, and will face another two weeks on the treatment table.
  • BORUSSIA DORTMUND: Weidenfeller, Piszczek, Friedrich, Sokratis, Schmelzer, Bender, Sahin, Aubameyang, Mkhitaryan, Reus, Lewandowski.
  • WERDER BREMEN: Wolf, Gebre Selassie, Prodl, Lukimya, Caldirola, Bargfrede, Junuzovic, Elia, Hunt, Obraniak, Di Santo.
  • Our teams are in...
  • Hello, and welcome to another round of Bundesliga action, where Borussia Dortmund visit Werder Bremen. I'm Keeghan Sinanan, your designated scribe for all the action.