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February 22, 2014
• 9:30 AM
• Volksparkstadion, Hamburg
Referee: F. Brych
• Attendance: 57000
P. Jiráček 42'
P. Lasogga 58'
H. Çalhanoğlu 90'+
That's your lot from me, Harry Slavin. Thanks for joining me this afternoon and be sure to tune in next week when we'll be bringing you more Bundesliga action. Until next time though, goodbye!
FULL-TIME HAMBURG 3-0 DORTMUND. Hands up who saw this result coming before kick off? Dortmund have been thumped by relegation haunted Hamburg to give new boss Slomka the best start imaginable. A trio of terrific strikes from Jiracek, Lasogga and Calhanoglu give the HSV fans a day to remember.
90' + 1'
Goal Hakan Calhanoglu
90' + 1'
GOOOAAALLL!!! WHAT A STRIKE!!!! This strike has sent the Hamburg fans into dreamland!!! From the resulting free kick, Calhanoglu lines up an effort from fully 40-yards and finds the top corner! An incredible strike to put the rubber-stamp on an emphatic victory for Hamburg.
Yellow Card Marco Reus
Into three minutes of stoppage time we go. Reus picks up a yellow card for a foul on Rincon. That means he'll miss the next Bundesliga match for BVB.
Adler holds Schemlzer's cross to quell any threat to his goal in these final stages. The keeper has barely put a foot wrong all afternoon.
Yellow Card Jacques Zoua
I think Zoua has literally been on the field all of 20 seconds and he's in the book for slipping the ball into the net after the referee's whistle had sounded. Not the introduction his manager would have been hoping for.
Into the final five minutes we go. The home crowd are well and truly in party mode now. They give Lasogga a standing ovation as he leaves the pitch to be replaces by Zoua.
Reus gets hold of a half-volley on the edge of the area but he can't get over it and sends it high over the crossbar. Reus just hasn't had the impact Klopp would've expected in this second half.
Less than 10 minutes for Hamburg to hold out now. This was one of the best attacking teams in the Bundelsiga against one of the worst defensively. The roles have certainly been reversed today.
It's still HSV coming forward here. Aubameyang has to race all the way back from his advanced role to divert Arslan's effort behind for a corner. What a day this is turning out to be for Hamburg!
Still Weidenfeller is being forced into saves. Badelj again gets a shot away from range and the German international has to be on his guard to get down low and keep the Croat's effort out.
Final replacement for BVB as Hofmann comes on for Grosskreutz.
Hamburg have the worst defence in the Bundesliga but it looks as though Slomka has already set about addressing that problem. This has been a much better performance at the back from Die Rothosen.
Piszczek is now denied! Another fantastic save from the Hamburg keeper as he tips the Pole's header onto the crossbar! It could be 2-2 if it wasn't for Adler's heroics.
Fantastic stop from Adler! The keeper was largely at fault for HSv's defeat last weekend against Braunschweig but he's om top form here to keep out Duksch's effort from close range.
Another substitution for BVB. Lewandowski is off , possibly to keep fresh for midweek. Duksch is on in his place.
Hamburg think they have a third but Djourou's header has been ruled out for a foul by Rajkovic following a corner. That really would have been curtains for BVB.
Schmelzer is now caught offside for BVB. They've cranked up the pressure but they've left it a little late. The two goal deficit still looks a big ask.
Great chance for Aubameyang! He slams a volley at the back post into the turf but Adler reads the bounce and is able to tip the ball away from goal before winning a free kick as he tries to collect the loose ball.
Big chance for Dortmund to get back into this! Aubameyang clips the ball over his shoulder to Lewandowski. The Pole looks in an offside position but in any case he can't bring the ball down and fails to get a shot away.
Arslan tries to add a spectacular third with a half-volley from outside the area, but the shot bends high and wide.
Assist Tolgay Ali Arslan
Goal Pierre-Michel Lasogga
GOOOAAALLLL!!! LASOGGA MAKES IT TWO!!! The man on loan from Hertha Berlin shows great composure to stick the ball beyond Weidenfeller after being played through one-on-one by Arslan. What a start for Slomka!
Weidenfeller is not happy with his defence! They don't get out quikc enough for the keeper's liking and Rajkovic goes close to adding a second.
Yellow Card Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang
That foul has brought a yellow card for Aubameyang. The right decision - it was clumsy but there was no malice in it.
OUCH!!! A high boot from Aubameyang catches Arslan in the face! The HSV man is still down. He might take a while to get to his feet after that one.
Dortmund are behind and are having to take the game to their beleaguered opponents here. HSV aren't playing like a side in the relegation places though and are looking to get forward themselves and build on their lead.
A change of pace and a change of emphasis from BVB at the beginning of the half. Reus picks up the ball on the left hand side of the area and curls an effort just wide of Adler's goal.
Mkhitaryan picks up the ball on the edge of the area but loses the ball at the vital moment to a well-timed challenge from Westermann.
Yellow Card Tomás Eduardo Rincón
Sven Bender makes way for Reus. BVB are already on the front foot as they have a free kick on the left for Rincon's foul on Schmelzer. The HSV man is also booked.
The side's are back out. Reus is indeed on the pitch and we are about to get back underway.
Marco Reus has been out on the field during half-time warming up and may be about to come on. BVB certainly need a change in emphasis and Reus would be more than capable of providing it.
Jiracek has been one of the best players out there in that first period so you'll be surprised to learn that this is only his third start of the season for Hamburg. maybe if they'd played him a little more, they wouldn't be in their current predicament!
HALF-TIME HAMBURG 1-0 DORTMUND. A very satisfying opening 45 minutes of Slomka's reign as HSV boss. They lead against a lethargic Dortmund side who have offered little in the opening exchanges. Can the hosts hold on for what would be a massive three points?
Mkhitaryan does well to get down the right and steal a cross into the HSV area as BVB look to respond immediately. It's well cleared though and it looks as if Hamburg will be going into the break ahead.
Assist Pierre-Michel Lasogga
Goal Petr Jirácek
GOOAAALLL!!! JIRACEK FOR HAMBURG!!! An almighty release of joy from the Hamburg fans as their side takes the lead. Lasogga is afforded space to squeeze in a cross from the bye-line and Jiracek nips in between two Dortmund defenders to nod beyond Weidenfeller.
Almost a first real sight of goal in this one! Lewandowski is slipped through and looks to round the keeper but play is brought back for an offside decision against the Pole. It looks tight on the replays and I'm not convinced he was.
BVB aren't the only side missing influential players this afternoon. HSV captain Rafael van der Vaart is watching from the stands this afternoon with his kids. I wonder what he makes of his side's display up until now?
According to the stats, we've seen seven efforts on goal so far this afternoon. It doesn't really feel like it. Neither side have produced much of a threat.
A neat dummy from Badelj parts the Dortmund midfield and gives the Croatian a shooting opportunity. He catches it well enough but Weidenfeller is down quickly to his right to keep the effort right.
Lovely feet from Aubameyang as he evades a number of challenges down the right-hand side. He's certainly proving BVB's best outlet so far. They'd do well to get the ball to him more often.
Play is held up for an injury as Rincon takes his time to get back to his feet. He's moving a little gingerly but will be fine to continue.
A half chance for BVB as Grosskreutz arrives late in the area to meet Aubameyang's pull back, but the midfielder can only send his effort into the stands.
There are certainly players in this BVB side that are still capable of causing problems for the hosts. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has a Bundesliga goal record of one every 108 minutes. To put that into perspective, the great Gerd Muller's record was one every 105 minutes.
BVB really are a shadow of the side that were galloping towards the Champions League final last year. Their holding par of Bender and Sahin just haven't got to grips with this one. The pair letting the ball bounce in the midfield and look almost afraid of taking control.
We've reached the midway point then in this first half and there really isn't much to write home about. Both teams are struggling to assert themselves so far.
The game is just beginning to open up now, with decent chances for either side. Both sides seem to be lacking a bit in confidence and you feel the first goal could be pivotal in this one.
Mkhitaryan inches away from opening the scoring! he gets his shot away on the edge of the area but a slight nick off Djourou sees the ball fly just past the post.
First real test for Weidenfeller and he's more than up to the task. Jiracek - who has been HSV's most dangerous player in the opening stages - cuts inside and creates enough space to get a shot away, but his curling effort is well held by the Dortmund keeper.
A free kick wide on the right for Hamburg is swung in by Calhanoglu but it sails over everyone and is easily dealt with by Weidenfeller in the BVB goal.
Klopp's side still have a huge injury list and it's highlighted by the makeshift centre-half pairing of Friedrich and Sokratis, though there has been nothing to worry that partnership so far.
There hasn't been much for either set of fans to cheer so far, but that hasn't stopped them from bringing the noise. Both the home fans and visiting BVB fans are in fine voice, as ever.
Hamburg break up possession in the centre of the park but Badelj wastes a great chance to release Lasogga, the ball easily intercepted by Friedrich.
It's taking a bit of time for either side to find their rhythm so far. The ball is being lofted from half to half at the moment with neither side able to get the ball on the deck.
BVB pick up a free kick in a dangerous position, right on the edge of the Hamburg area but it goes to waste as Sahin slams the set piece into the wall. The rebound falls to Piszczek but he sends his effort way over the bar.
An early opening for Jiracek as Jansen finds him in the box, but the Czech international can't get any purchase behind his shot.
Referee Dr. Felix Brych blows his whistle and we are up and running here.
There is stunning choreography from the fans as well to salute their former physio. The minute is up now though. We are about to get underway!
There will be a moments silence today for a huge cult figure in Hamburg. Hermann Rieger was Hamburg's physio for over 26 years and lost his long battle with cancer this week.
The reverse match earlier this season at Signal Iduna Park saw Jurgen Klopp's men run riot in 6-2 victory. Mirko Slomka will want to avoid any such repeat in his first game in charge of Die Rothosen today.
There is good news for Dortmund ahead of their Champions League clash with Zenit St Petersburg this weeks as Marco Reus returns to the fray from injury - he is on the bench today.
DORTMUND XI: (4-2-3-1) Weidenfeller; Piszczek, Friedrich, Sokratis, Schmelzer; Sahin, Bender; Aubameyang, Mkhitaryan, Grosskreutz; Lewandowski.
HAMBURG XI: (4-2-3-1) Adler; Westermann, Djourou, Rajkovic, Jansen; Rincon, Badelj; Jiracek, Arslan, Calhanoglu; Lasogga.
We have just over 10 minutes until kick off. Team news for both sides coming right up.
Events reached crisis point for Hamburg last weekend after a devastating defeat to basement club Eintracht Braunschweig. That was there seventh league defeat in a row and change was badly needed. In comes Mirko Slomka at the helm to help the beleagured Rothosen to safety. He has a real job on his hands, and it doesn't get much tougher than BVB first up.
Neither of these sides have seen their seasons go to plan, with Dortmund unable to mount a serious challenge to Bayern's dominance and Hamburg struggling in the relegation zone. The points are a must for both teams today.
Good afternoon and welcome to coverage of the Bundesliga action from the Imtech Arena. We're focusing on both ends of the table today as Champions League-chasing Dortmund take on lowly Hamburg. I'm Harry Slavin and I'll be taking you through the action every step of the way.
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