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March 1, 2014
• 9:30 AM
• Signal-Iduna-Park, Dortmund
Referee: C. Dingert
• Attendance: 80645
M. Hummels 51'
R. Lewandowski 64'
H. Mkhitaryan 83'
That's it from me, Harry Slavin. We'll have more Bundesliga action this evening as Bayern Munich take on Schalke so be sure to join us for that. Until next time though, goodbye for now!
That win sees Klopp's men go second in the Bundesliga as Leverkusen look to be heading to defeat at home to Mainz. It's 1-0 to the visitors and they are deep in stoppage time there.
FULL TIME: DORTMUND 3-0 NURNBERG. BVB were clinical midweek in the Champions League and a clinical second half performance this afternoon see them produce another important three points thanks to strikes from Hummels, Lewandowski and Mkhitaryan.
That's it! The referee blows on 90 minutes!
We are into the final minute of normal time now. BVB are still not done.
BVB fans and players alike are revelling in their unassailable position. The crowd have found their voice and the team on the pitch are continuing to come forward in numbers.
That goal was Mkhitaryan's final contribution as he comes off to a standing ovation. Jojic is on in his place.
Assist Jonas Hofmann
Goal Henrikh Mkhitaryan
GOOOAAALLL!!! MKHITARYAN FINALLY SCORES!!! Of all the players on the pitch, he certainly deserves it. Mkhitaryan finally gets the goal that has evaded him all afternoon, latching onto a neat pas from Hofmann and steering beyond Schafer.
It might surprise you to know that throughout the game Nurnberg have had the better of the possession. They're currently sitting on 53%. What won't surprise you is the fact that BVB have been dominant in the shooting stats.
Leverkusen are still losing at home to Mainz by 1-0 so it still looks as though BVB are going to be sitting in second place in the Bundesliga come this evening.
Hlousek fires in a decent effort on goal from a tight position but it is well stopped from Weidenfeller. We could have been set up for a grandstand finish had that gone in.
Just 15 minutes to go here and it looks as though BVB are just about home and dry. The visitors are still coming forward though to their credit.
A great stop from Schafer once more to deny Mkhitaryan! The Armenian has tried everything to get the better of the Nurnberg keeper this afternoon but it just isn't happening for him.
Aubameyang has made his last contribution of the afternoon. He comes off for Hofmann for the final 20 minutes.
A chance for Lewandowski to grab a second but he snatches at it when the ball drops to him in the area.
Aubameyang hasn't featured too heavily for Klopp's side this afternoon. He gets the chance to stretch his legs here but his maruading run down the right is curtailed as his elbow catches Plattenhardt.
He might be heading to their rivals in the summer but Lewandowski is still giving his all for the Dortmund cause. A really composed finish to double his side's lead here.
Assist Henrikh Mkhitaryan
Goal Robert Lewandowski
GOOOAAALLL!!! LEWI MAKES IT TWO!!! Nurnberg may be out of it now though. Lewandowski is picked out by Mkhitaryan and he makes no mistake from the edge of the area, picking his spot and slipping the ball beyond Schafer.
As it stands, BVB are set to go second in the Bundesliga. That's because Bayer Leverkusen are currently behind at home to Mainz. A bit of a shock there.
A substitution for the visitors as they bring on Campana to spruce up their attacking options. They aren't out of this one yet by any stretch of the imagination.
A really clever finish from Mkhitaryan looks to have made it 2-0 but all celebrations are cut short by the assistant's flag who gives the Armenian offside.
Yellow Card Emanuel Pogatetz
Pogatetz was lucky not to give a penalty away earlier but he's not getting away with this foul. The former Middlesborough defender comes through Lewandowski this time and is booked for his foul.
Klopp's side could be out of sight you know. Schafer has just produced his best save yet, denying Mkhitaryan with a great reflex stop after Aubameyang had set him up.
That goal appears to have lifted BVB and they're immediately back on the attack after going ahead. Grosskreutz though is unable to find a team-mate when he has the chance to cut the ball back inside the area.
Goal Mats Hummels
GOOOAAALLL!!! DORTMUND LEAD!!! Deadlock broken and it's the returning Mats Hummels who's got the goal. Sahin's free kick was met by the head of Lewandowski and although Schafer did well to keep out the initial effort there was nothing he could do to prevent Hummels poking home the rebound.
There aren't that many protests, but BVB really should have a penalty here. Pogatetz came steaming through the back of Mkhitaryan and gets nothing on the ball. The Armenian needs treatment but the referee isn't interested.
Sahin tries to catch the ball on the volley after an unconvincing headed clearance from Pogatetz, but the midfielder gets it all wrong and sends his effort well over the bar.
We are up and running once again here. Can either side find their composure in front of goal in the second half?
The sides have reappeared for the second half. We are about to get back underway.
Dortmund will need to be on their guard at the beginning of the second half. Nurnberg opened the scoring just 10 seconds after the restart last weekend. Anything similar here would set this game alight.
Markus Feulner was booked for something he said to the referee just before the break. It's the only booking in what has been a feisty but fair first period.
HALF-TIME: DORTMUND 0-0 NURNBERG. No goals but it's not for the want of trying at the Signal Iduna Park. Klopp's side have peppered Schafer's goal with shots but it's the visitors that have been guilty of wasting the best opportunity. Either way, I can't see this staying goalless for long in the second period.
Yellow Card Markus Feulner
Lewandowski is looking for a penalty for handball but he won't get it. As he protests Aubameyang gets in on the act and slams an effort over the crossbar from inside the area. There'll be one minute of added time here.
Schmelzer is in an advanced position once more but this time his effort doesn't get as far as Schafer, blocked by red jersey on the ground in the Nurnberg box.
Just five minutes until the break and still we wait for the breakthrough here. Dortmund have looked more likely but Nunrberg have actually come closest!
There wasn't any obvious injuries to either defender just coming off, but neither side are playing badly enough to merit a tactical change. BVB are back on the attack and a spill from Schafer causes a scramble in the Nurnberg area but the danger is eventually cleared.
Horacio Javier Pinola
An interesting occurrence here as we have a double enforced substitution 10 minutes before the break. Pogatetz is on for Pinola for Nurnberg, while Freidrich is on for Sokratis.
Nuri Sahin has been fairly quiet this afternoon so far but he pops up with a header here that sails just wide of the post.
The game is beginning to open up now as Nurnberg realise the BVB defence is vulnerable. Feulner is looking for a penalty in the Dortmund area while at the other end Mkhitaryan's cross for Lewandowski is just too far ahead of the Pole.
The hosts are quickly back on the front foot. They charge down the left again and Mkhitaryan tries to catch Schafer out with a cheeky lob. It takes a deflection though and goes out for a corner.
POST!!! That's why you have to take your chances Dortmund! The home side almost find themselves behind after a horrible mistake from Sokratis. The Greek defender gives the ball away inside his own half and Drmic slips in Pekhart - but the Czech international can only strike the upright with his effort.
Ooh, a small moment of contention here. Schafer comes to collect the ball but is clearly outside his area when he gets his hands on it. The referee deems though that the ball remained in the area and the keeper goes unpunished.
It's been wave after wave of Dortmund attack but Klopp's men aren't taking their chances. They passed up a lot of chances last week too in their 3-0 loss at Hamburg. They won't want to be ruing wasted chances two weekends running.
Schmelzer picks up the ball on the edge of the area and tests Schafer with a rasping effort that the keeper has to palm behind for a corner. The Nurnberg goal is currently under siege!
A great opening for Grosskreutz goes to waste. The winger flies down the left-hand side unchallenged but his cut back is sloppy and Lewandowski can't quite control it - allowing the away side to get back and break up the attack.
Dortmund are battering on the door of the Nurnberg goal but they've yet to find a way past Schafer. The keeper comes up with another top stop to deny Mkhitaryan again, getting down low to his left.
After all the commotion following the decision it's Lewandowski that takes the shot but it fails to find its way through the wall of red shirts on the goalline.
There's a free kick for Dortmund INSIDE the Nurnberg area! A pass back has presented the hosts with a real chance here.
BVB's Aubameyang is one of the in-form strikers in the Bundesliga at the moment with four goals in his last four games. He tries to slip through Lewandowski here but the Pole had strayed offside.
Mkhitaryan is looking for a free kick wide on the right but he won't get one after Frantz cuts across him.
Nurnberg are trying to get themselves into the match but some tenacious work from the Dortmund midfield is preventing from doing so - Mkhitaryan getting back to scupper the advances of Feulner.
Another chance for Dortmund as they pile on the pressure early on. The home side break in behind on the left and when the ball is cut back into the area, it finds its way to Piszczek at the back post but he fluffs his lines and sends his effort wide.
Any early chance for Dortmund! Mkhitaryan is slipped through one-on-one but Nurnberg keeper Schafer does well to get down at the feet of Armenian and the danger is averted.
A few scenes early on that may trouble a few BVB fans as Lewandowski is left clutching his foot after an early challenge. He's back up on his feet though and looks okay after a few steps.
Away we go at a boisterous Signal Iduna Park!
The teams are out in Dortmund, with each BVB player accompanied by a mascot holding either a yellow or black balloon. A nice touch. We are moments away from kick off!
The big news for Dortmund is that they are able to welcome back Mats Hummels at centre-back. He partners Sokratis as Friedrich drops to the bench. Verbeek is able to welcome back Drmic on the right wing for the visitors.
NURNBERG: (4-1-4-1) Schafer; Plattenhardt, Pinola, Petrak, Angha; Frantz; Hlousek, Kiyotake, Feulner, Drmic; Pekhart.
DORTMUND: (4-2-3-1) Weidenfeller; Piszczek, Sokratis, Hummels, Schmelzer; Sahin, Kehl; Aubameyang, Mkhitaryan, Grosskreutz; Lewandowski.
We are just 10 minutes from kick off so let's get some team news before the sides appear at Signal Iduna Park.
Nurnberg don't have the greatest of records against Dortmund, mind you. Klopp's men are unbeaten in their last 10 meetings and a quick glance at the history books will let you know that Gertjan Verbeek would be the first Nurnberg manager since 1990 to lead his side to victory in Dortmund if he were to manage it today.
Dortmund won't have it all their own way today though as they come up against one of the in form sides in the Bundesliga. Nurnberg have won four of their last five games and have put some daylight between themselves and the relegation places.
After a clinical performance in Europe midweek, Jurgen Klopp's team turn their attentions back to domestic duties. They could be second if results go their way by the end of today. On the other hand, Die Schwarzgelben could actually be out of the Champions League places - if Schalke can pull off the biggest of scalps against Bayern later.
Good afternoon and welcome to live play-by-play commentary of Borussia Dortmund's Bundesliga clash with Nurnberg. I'm Harry Slavin and I'll be here to take you through all the action from Signal Iduna Park.
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