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May 3, 2014
• 9:30 AM
• Signal-Iduna-Park, Dortmund
Referee: T. Welz
• Attendance: 80200
K. Großkreutz 29'
H. Mkhitaryan 31'
Ł. Piszczek 34'
Roberto Firmino 5'
N. Süle 66'
Borussia Dortmund return to Bundesliga action next weekend when they travel to Hertha Berlin for the final game of the season while Hoffenheim will be looking to bag some more goals when they host already-relegated Eintracht Braunschweig. Thanks for joining me, Max Bentley, on the live commentary. Until next time, goodbye.
Hoffenheim never fail to disappoint, do they? Markus Gidsol's side have now scored a whopping 69 goals in the Bundesliga this season, while also conceding the same amount. There was certainly nothing to be admired about either defence today.
FT: Dortmund 3-2 Hoffenheim. Jurgen Klopp's side win their final home game of the season courtesy of three quickfire goals in the first half. Roberto Firmino's 15th goal of the season gave Hoffenheim the lead before Kevin Grosskreutz, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Lukasz Piszczek completed a dramatic turnaround in a six-minute spell. Hoffenheim pressed after the break and Niklas Sule pulled one back with a helping hand from Roman Weidenfeller but it was not enough as Robert Lewandowski enjoyed a win on his farewell to the Signal Iduna Park faithful.
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BECK HEADS OVER! Grahl is up from the back and the ball is swung towards the Hoffenheim goalkeeper but Beck rises highest to nod an effort inches over the top. With that, the referee blows the final whistle.
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Hoffenheim win a corner. It's the last chance for the visitors, can they find a late equaliser?
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Dortmund enjoy a sustained spell of possession deep inside the Hoffenheim half as they run down the clock. Jurgen Klopp's side have struggled at times at home this season but it appears that they will end with all three points today.
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Robert Lewandowski will not score on his Signal Iduna Park farewell as he is replaced for the final few minutes by Julian Schieber. The Poland international receives a tremendous ovation from the home crowd before he is warmly embraced by Jurgen Klopp on the touchline. A nice gesture.
The fourth official raises his board to signal THREE minutes of stoppage time.
The chances keep coming for Hoffenheim but Volland cannot direct his header on target after he rose well to connect with Gyau's left-wing cross. Can Dortmund hold on here?
ANOTHER CHANCE FOR HOFFENHEIM! The visitors are sensing a late equaliser here but Gyau cannot provide the goods as his shot from the edge of the box flashes just over the bar.
A final roll of the dice for Hoffenheim as Bruno Nazario comes on to replace Tobias Strobl. Can the Brazilian make a late impact?
SO CLOSE FROM SALIHOVIC! Hoffenheim are pressing for an equaliser and Salihovic goes within inches of making it 3-3 as he drives forward from midfield before arrowing a low shot agonisingly past Weidenfeller's left-hand post.
Hoffenheim have a chance to equalise when Firmino floats in a free kick from the left. However, Strobl cannot adust his body quick enough and fails to turn in the ball at the back post.
Jurgen Klopp decides to make a second substitution as Henrikh Mkhitaryan, who scored Dortmund's second goal, is replaced by Jonas Hofmann.
Grosskreutz has enjoyed a terrific match for Dortmund today and he deceives Johnson with a clever nutmeg before being brought down on the left side of the box. Jonas Hofmann is stripped on the touchline.
Kevin Volland has worked tirelessly up front for Hoffenheim this afternoon but the 21-year-old again cuts a frustrated figure as the referee judges that Piszczek made a clean tackle, denying him a route to goal.
Marco Reus receives a tremendous ovation from the Dortmund fans as his number is illuminated on the touchline. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang comes on to replace him.
It just isn't Lewandowski's day. The Poland international latches onto Grosskreutz's pass inside the box but he cannot score that elusive goal as his low drive flashes past the far post.
JOJIC TO THE RESCUE! Hoffenheim come desperately close to making it 3-3 when Firmino's clever pass sets up Salihovic inside the box. With Weidenfeller at sea, the Bosnian looks set to score but he can only strike his shot straight at Jojic. That was the chance.
Lewandowski is itching to get on the scoresheet on his last home game for the club but he is denied a penalty here as the referee adjudges that he goes down too easily under a challenge from Rudy.
Hoffenheim fans will be happy to know that their team no longer has the worst defensive record in the Bundesliga as a Mario Gotze hat trick has given Bayern Munich a 3-0 lead at struggling Hamburg.
Dortmund look to regain their two-goal cushion instantly but to no avail as Grahl again makes a smart save to deny Sahin's left-footed effort from just inside the box.
HOFFENHEIM PULL ONE BACK! It's an absolute howler from Weidenfeller as Sule comes forward from defence before sending an ambitious shot towards goal which swerves in the air before sneaking between the Dortmund goalkeeper's legs. Weidenfeller won't want to see the replays of that one.
Reus is causing problems with his teasing set-piece deliveries and he fizzes another free kick into the box which is headed on by Hummels straight into the gloves of Grahl.
The travelling fans scream for a penalty when Volland goes down inside the box under a challenge from Sokratis. However, the referee adjudges that the Greece international got a touch on the ball and waves play on. That looked the right decision.
Hoffenheim make their second substitution of the game as Joseph-Claude Gyau replaces Eugen Polanski.
Lewandowski is determined to score on his farewell but he cannot find the net on this occasion as he heads over from a corner.
GOOD SAVE FROM GRAHL! Dortmund continue to have plenty of joy down the left and Grosskreutz is at the heart of the action again as he cuts inside his marker before his curling shot is well palmed away from the bottom corner by Grahl.
SO CLOSE FROM GROSSKREUTZ! The 25-year-old nearly doubles his tally as he collects Sahin's pass inside the box. However, he cannot replicate his earlier effort as he finesses his shot agonisingly past the post.
Firmino has been arguably the best player on the pitch today and he produces an inch-perfect pass to pick out Volland on the edge of the box. The 21-year-old takes the ball away from Hummels brilliantly but he lacks composure at the final moment, slicing his effort well off target.
Markus Gisdol decides to make his first change of the game as Bosnian international Sejad Salihovic replaces the ineffective Tarik Elyounoussi.
Markus Gisdol's side have made a bright start to the second half and they look the most likely to score at present. Volland speeds down the right and looks to pick out Elyounoussi in the middle but Hummels is there to hack the ball clear at the near post.
Hoffenheim win a free kick right on the edge of the box when Johnson is tripped by Schmelzer. Volland steps up to take it but he leans back and balloons an effort high over the bar, much to the delight of the home support.
Lewandowski has linked up excellently with Reus all game and the Poland international looks to send his teammate through on goal once agin. However, Abraham reads the danger superbly to get across and make a crucial interception.
Hoffenheim threaten at the start of the half when Volland wins a corner on the left. However, they cannot reduce the deficit as Beck's ambitious shot is well blocked.
The two sides re-emerge from the tunnel for the second half and Dortmund get the game back underway. Can Lewandowski get on the scoresheet on his final home match for the club?
HT: Dortmund 3-1 Hoffenheim. It's been a terrific first half at Signal Iduna Park with plenty of action at both ends of the pitch. Roberto Firmino's 15th Bundesliga goal of the season gave the visitors the perfect start but their defensive problems again reared their ugly head as Kevin Grosskreutz, Henrik Mkhitaryan and Lukasz Piszczek all scored in a six-minute spell to complete an impressive turnaround for Dortmund.
NEARLY ANOTHER FOR DORTMUND! Sahin is the architect as his inch-perfect pass plays in Schmelzer on the left side of the box. The left-back attempts to roll the ball across for Lewandowski to convert but Abraham is in the right place to make a crucial interception.
Hoffenheim's best means of defence appears to be to attack and Polanski plays a neat ball behind the Dortmund defence for Volland. However, the 21-year-old is denied the chance to reduce the deficit as the linesman's flag is raised.
Those three Dortmund goals mean that Hoffenheim have now conceded 69 goals in the Bundesliga this season - more than any other side.
There is an injury concern for Hoffenheim here as Grahl goes down after his head connects with the hip of Mkhitaryan. The shotstopper groggily gets to his feet after a brief spell of treatment and it seems that he should be able to continue.
LEWANDOWSKI DENIED! Dortmund look capable of scoring on every attack at the moment and they again carve open the Hoffenheim defence as Reus finds space down the left. The German cleverly picks out Lewandowski on the edge of the box but his shot is straight down the throat of Grahl who makes the save.
PISZCZEK MAKES IT 3-1! The Hoffenheim resistance has fallen to pieces as they fail to clear Reus' free kick from the left. It falls to Piszczek on the edge of the box and he opens up his body superbly to send a half volley beyond the helpless Grahl and into the top corner. That's a fine finish from the right-back.
Yellow CardEugen Polanski
Eugen Polanski picks up the first yellow card of the card after cynically preventing Reus from getting clear on the counterattack.
DORTMUND COMPLETE THE TURNAROUND! It's two goals in just under three minutes for Jurgen Klopp's side as Reus surges into the right channel of the box before dinking an inch-perfect cross into the middle where Mkhitaryan is on hand to head home. Where was the Hoffenheim defending?
GROSSKREUTZ PULLS DORTMUND LEVEL! The Germany international scores his first Bundesliga goal of the season, driving beyond several blue shirts in the midfield before curling a wonderful shot beyond Grahl's grasp and into the bottom corner.
GOOD EFFORT FROM VOLLAND! The young German forward has attracted interest from a number of European sides and he shows his class here by collecting Strobl's pass, rolling Hummels and striking inches past the post.
Firmino is causing Dortmind real problems at the back and he produces a superb, instinctive piece of skill to set up Elyounoussi inside the box. However, the Norwegian striker cannot take the ball in his stride, much to the disappointment of Firmino.
Dortmund are in the ascendency at the moment but Reus is denied a chance to run through on goal after the linesman adjudges that he is marginally offside from Lewandowski's neat backheel.
MKHITARYAN GOES CLOSE! The Armenian international collects Grosskreutz's pass on the right corner of the box but he cannot hit the target as he drags his shot inches wide of the far post. This is better from Dortmund.
Dortmund are beginning to take control of this contest now as Hoffenheim take a break from their quick counter attacks. Jurgen Klopp will be praying that his side can avoid further injuries with the DFB-Pokal final against Bayern on the horizon.
Lewandowski is currently tied with Mario Mandzukic at the top of the Bundesliga goalscoring charts with 18 goals. The Munich-bound striker shows good footwork to cut inside from the left but his shot is well saved by Grahl.
Mkhitaryan has enjoyed a good first season in the Bundesliga but he is denied an eighth league goal of the season here as Strobl blocks his goalbound effort from the edge of the box.
There is an extraordinary tempo to this game as both clubs take it in turns to launch attacks on the opposition goal. Firmino again proves a nuisance as he surges towards goal, but Hummels gets across the Brazilian to steal back possession with a well-timed challenge.
SO CLOSE FOR LEWANDOWSKI! It's end to end stuff in the early stages here and Lewandowski nearly gives the Dortmund faithful the perfect parting gift as he collects Mkhitaryan's pass before his shot is superbly blocked by Abraham. Lewandowski seizes onto the rebound but can only drag his second effort past the post courtesy of a slight deflection.
Dortmund look to recover from their shaky start as Lewandowski plays a splendid flick over the head of Abraham for Reus. However, the Germany international cannot take control with his first touch and his poked effort is well saved by Grahl.
SO CLOSE TO 2-0! This Dortmund defence is all over the place at the moment and Volland has the chance to double Hoffenheim's lead when Sokratis again concedes possession easily. Firmino finds the striker inside the box and he does well to beat Weidenfeller but watches his shot get cleared off the line.
HOFFENHEIM TAKE THE LEAD! It's a horror show at the back for Dortmund as Sokratis' clearance is closed down excellently by Volland. The Hoffenheim wideman finds Firmino on the edge of the box and the Brazilian does the rest, surging past Piszczek and firing beyond Weidenfeller for his 15th league gooal of the season.
Hoffenheim are capable of scoring themselves however and only Dortmund and Bayern can better their season tally of 67 goals. Firmino attempts to play a clever pass behind the Dortmund backline for Polanski but Piszczek anticipates the play excellently to make the interception.
It's a terrific start from Dortmund and Lewandowski is denied an early goal on his final home match after Abraham pokes the ball behind after good work from Mkhitaryan. The Poland international then goes close from the resulting corner as Grahl makes a smart stop.
The referee blows his whistle and Hoffenheim get the game underway. Can Markus Gisdol's side spoil Lewandowski's leaving party?
There is a tremendous atmosphere, as always at the Signal Iduna Park, as the two sides emerge from the tunnel. Captains Roman Weidenfeller and Andreas Beck begin the handshakes between the respective sides.
Robert Lewandowski receives a mixed reception from the Dortmund fans as he steps onto the field and receives a montage of his best moments. It certainly will be an emotional occasion for the Poland international after four impressive seasons at the club.
When these two sides met in the reverse fixture earlier this season, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Lukasz Piszczek rescued Dortmund a point after Sven Schipplock and Kevin Volland had given Hoffenheim a two-goal lead.
HOFFENHEIM: Grahl, Johnson, Abraham, Sule, Beck, Rudy, Polanski, Strobl, Firmino, Elyounoussi, Volland.
DORTMUND: Weidenfeller, Piszczek, Sokratis, Hummels, Schmelzer, Jojic, Sahin, Mkhitaryan, Reus, Grosskreutz, Lewandowski.
HOFFENHEIM TEAM NEWS: Markus Gidsol makes two changes to the side which earned their first 0-0 draw of the season against Eintracht Frankfurt last weekend. Tobias Strobl replaces Kai Herdling in midfield while Tarik Elyounoussi is handed a start as a result of Anthony Modeste's suspension.
DORTMUND TEAM NEWS: Jurgen Klopp is forced to make one change to the side which drew 2-2 at Bayer Leverkusen last weekend as Oliver Kirch, who scored his first goal for the club in that match, misses out through illness. However, Marcel Schmelzer makes a timely recovery from injury to return to the starting XI, with Kevin Grosskreutz pushing into midfield. Robert Lewandowski leads the Dortmund line for the last time at Signal Iduna Park.
The Poland international arrived at Dortmund from Lech Poznan in 2010 and has established himself as one of the most prolific strikers in the world, scoring 101 goals in 183 games for the club. It will certainly be interesting to see the crowd's reaction today - especially considering the hostility towards Mario Gotze who made the same move to Bayern Munich last summer.
Dortmund have lost just once in their last seven league matches, guaranteeing second place despite a difficult run-in. However, today's match marks an emotional occasion for Die Schwarzgelben fans as Robert Lewandowski is set to make his last Dortmund appearance at Signal Iduna Park.
Hoffenheim claimed a controversial late victory at Dortmund in last year's season finale which helped them to avoid relegation by the skin of their teeth. However, they will feel more at ease this time around as Markus Gisdol's side sit in ninth place with two games remaining.
Last season's final day encounter between Borussia Dortmund and Hoffenheim will be remembered as one of the most dramatic matches in Bundesliga history. While there may not be as much at stake this time around, today's clash promises to be just as entertaining. Bringing you all the action from today's penultimate Bundesliga encounter at the Signal Iduna Park, my name is Max Bentley.
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