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March 25, 2012
• 11:30 AM
• RheinEnergieStadion, Köln
Referee: F. Zwayer
• Attendance: 50000
M. Novakovič 13'
Ł. Piszczek 26'
S. Kagawa 47', 80'
R. Lewandowski 52'
I. Gündogan 79'
I. Perišić 84'
Thank you so much for joining us here at Goal.com for this afternoon's LIVE commentary, but it does not end here! Remember to stick with us for all the post-match news and analysis, including match report and player ratings. There is also LIVE coverage of the Serie A clash between Juventus and Inter tonight! My name is Tom Webber and it has been a pleasure to guide you through the action.
That is it! It is full time at RheinEnergieStadion and Borussia Dortmund have restored their five-point advantage at the Bundesliga with a thumping 6-1 victory over Koln. The hosts had taken the lead through Novakovic but were eventually steamrolled by BVB who bagged five second-half goals.
Kuba and Piszczek have been relentless down the right. Kuba finds Gundogan who tries to thread a pass through to Schmelzer down the left but it is just too long.
Koln just seem to want the game to end. Their body language is so negative but they still try to build an attack. However, a looping ball over the top is headed back to Weidenfeller by Piszczek with Podolski in tow.
Koln look to break again but Podolski is offside from Pezzoni's through-ball. The players and fans look completely demoralised.
Assist Ilkay Gündogan
Goal Ivan Perisic
GOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAALLLLLL!!! PERISIC!! This has turned into an absolutely scandalous victory! BVB overload the middle and Gundogan pokes a pass between two players for Perisic. The Croatian drills a low shot into the back of the net past Rensing who dives the other way.
A long ball up for the hosts falls to Podolski on the edge of the area. He shoots on the volley but it is straight at Weidenfeller who holds the ball with ease. Two goals in two minutes has proved too much for some fans who have started leaving.
Assist Lukasz Piszczek
Goal Shinji Kagawa
GOOOOOAAAAALLLL!!! KAGAWA!! Great move by Dortmund. Kuba plays the ball to Piszczek on the overlap and he drills the ball into the area. The Japanese simply angles the ball up into the top corner for an extremely simple goal.
Assist Shinji Kagawa
Goal Ilkay Gündogan
GOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAALLLLLLLL!!! GUNDOGAN!! Poor defending from the hosts there. Sereno is caught on the ball and Geromel faces a two on one. Kagawa gets in behind and rolls the ball across goal for Gundogan to tap in at the back post.
A long throw into the box finds the substitute Perisic climbing highest in the box. He puts far too much on the effort though and it sails well off target.
Dortmund are playing some fantastic football now. A series of connecting passes almost opens up an opportunity in the box but Kagawa's ball across the box was not the best. That was training ground stuff, they seem to be really enjoying themselves.
Gundogan strolls over to take a corner in front of the rowdy Dortmund supporters. They are hoping for another goal but the midfielder fails to provide a worthy cross as his ball in is cleared by the first man.
A one-two out on the right steps up the tempo for the hosts and fools the BVB defenders. Brecko has time to put the ball in from the right side of the box but his cutback is cleared away. Koln have only really punished one defensive error from the visitors today.
Kagawa searches out Grosskreutz with a wonderful lofted pass over the Koln defence from deep. It bounces just ahead of the target and Rensing comes out to claim the ball. That could have been a great goal.
A great move by BVB, this time attacking down the left. Kagawa plays a series of one-touch passes but is eventually halted by Geromel on the edge of the area. There are calls for a foul but the referee sees nothing wrong and allows play to continue.
Dortmund find space down the left and Gundogan plays the ball into Grosskreutz just inside the area. He has time on the ball but seems to rush his pass, poking it straight into a Koln defender and losing the ball. He has been very quiet today.
Another delivery for Koln fails to produce a goal scoring opportunity. A goal for them soon would set up a fantastic end to the game.
It seems to have worked for Koln who are now enjoying one of their best spells of the game. Piszczek brings own Peszko on the right and Riether sends in the free kick from deep but it fails to find a white shirt. BVB are probably happy to allow them some time on the ball and try to widen the gap with a goal on the break.
Once again Koln try to take the sting out of the game by bringing the ball down and trying to maintain possession for a while. Dortmund are not making it easy for them with some very high pressing. The Billy Goats work their way up the field but Peszko's delivery is poor and misses all the bodies in the box.
Dortmund are piling on the pressure now. Koln look crestfallen and are limited to attacking sporadically on the break. Kagawa was absent for much of the first half but has turned up with the goods when it mattered early in the second.
Well the game seemed poised to go one of two ways at the break, and it has gone the way of BVB. Two goal in quick succession after the break will have sapped any life from this Koln side. The question will now be how many can Dortmund go on and score here?
Assist Jakub Blaszczykowski
Goal Robert Lewandowski
GOOOOAAAALLLL!!! LEWANDOWSKI! Another great finish! Kuba and Kagawa play a one-two on the corner of the box, the Japanese playing the return with an impeccable backheel. Kuba then squares the ball across the box to give Lewandowski a simple tap in.
Yellow Card Lukas Podolski
Koln try to break through Podolski but his ball into the box is far too high and long and Novakovic fails to get on the end of it.
Assist Lukasz Piszczek
Goal Shinji Kagawa
GOOOOOAAAAALLLL!! KAGAWA! An unbelievable goal! Gundogan tried to take a quick free kick and was forced to take it again. This time he sent it short and the ball into the box was headed across goal by Piszczek. It looped up and fell to Kagawa at the back post who caught the ball sweetly and saw his majestic volley crash in off the bar.
Ammar El Jemal
Kuba storms down the left on the break and the ball eventually comes to Schmelzer on the left. He cuts inside of Clemens and is brought down, winning a free kick in a dangerous area.
And the second half has begun! One substitution at the break as Jemal replaces Eichner for the hosts.
Welcome back, the second half is just a few moments away now. Do you think BVB will go on to dominate this game or perhaps you are of the opinion that Koln could sneak something from this one? Send your thoughts and opinions via Twitter to @thwebber.
It is half time at RheinEnergieStadion at the sides go in to the break with one goal a piece. Piszczek levelled after Novakovic's opener in what has been a fairly scrappy game. Dortmund have no played their usual fluid football and Jurgen Klopp will expect a much better second half. Koln may well believe they can take something from this game if they manage to keep the score as it is for the opening 15 minutes of the second period. Join me in 15 minutes for the second half, do not go away!
WHAT A CHANCE!! After Schmelzer's corner fails to find anyone in the box, the ball comes out to Kagawa on the left. BVB have men over at the back post but none of them can make a good connection with the ball and the chance goes begging.
Neither team seems to want the ball at the moment. They keep putting it high and long, giving each other possession. Finally, Dortmund bring it down and try to pass the ball about. A goal on the stroke of half time could make all the difference here.
GOOOAAALLL!!! No. It is offside! Kagawa's cross is headed back into the danger area by Piszcek and Bender gets on the end of it with a diving header. After a brief moment of celebration they realise the flag was raised and the goal is not given. It looked to be the correct decision.
Koln are beginning to grow in confidence again as the half draws to a close. Lanig once again is allowed too much time on the ball about 30 metres from goal. He sets the ball up for a shot but it flies high and wide of Weidenfeller's left post.
GREAT SAVE!! Podolski finds himself in acres of space on the left and ducks inside onto his right foot. Weidenfeller rushes out and stays big to make a strong save from the Arsenal target. That was a great opportunity for Koln to regain the lead.
Peszko his halted down the left flank by Piszczek but he doubles back and picks out Lanig outside the centre of the box. He beats a man with his first touch but his second gets away from him and he hands possession to BVB.
A long ball up from the back from Subotic searches out Lewandowski. Rensing rushes out and punches the ball away from right on the edge of his area. Good, decisive goalkeeping.
Dortmund are playing some good football own the right with Piszczek, Kuba an Kagawa all combining well. They try to work an opening to put the ball into the box but Gundogan ends up misplacing a pass and putting the ball out for a goal kick.
A long ball up from Koln gives Podolski a chance to run in behind the BVB defence. He gets on the end of the ball in the area but is tracked all the way by Subotic. The defender puts a challenge in and wins the ball and only half-hearted claims come from the fans for a penalty.
Well that did not last long. Koln will be disappointed to have conceded that goal so soon after going ahead. How will that affect the hosts now? The momentum will surely swing the way of the league leaders but Koln will want to avoid another embarrassing defeat.
Assist Marcel Schmelzer
Goal Lukasz Piszczek
GOOOOOOAAAAAALLLLL!!!! PISZCZEK!! Schmelzer sends in a great cross from a free kick on the byeline and the Polish defender gets his head on the ball and diverts it in at the far post. Rensing was rooted to the spot there.
Dortmund are becoming a bit more involved in the game now. Koln seem happy with their goal and are allowing the league leader's back into this.
Dortmund have failed to really stretch Rensing so far. Lewandowski's header remains their best chance so far but the keeper had that covered. Kagawa has been a bit sloppy so far and given the ball away a few too many times.
Dortmund have started every Bundesliga game this year with the same back four but they were at fault for the opening goal. Subotic allowed Novakovic far too much space in the area while Weidenfeller failed to judge Lanig's cross properly and ended up getting caught out.
Dortmund are unperturbed and Gundogan sends a great cross in from the right. Lewandowski rises above his marker and heads the ball for the bottom corner but Rensing gets down to it and makes a strong save.
Assist Martin Lanig
Goal Milivoje Novakovic
GOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAALLLLL!!! NOVAKOVIC!! The Billy Goats are ahead. A great ball in from the right by Lanig finds the Slovenian behind Subotic. He rises well and nods past an out of position Weidenfeller. His first goal since February!
An interesting fact regarding the Dortmund line-up today. BVB have not been beaten in the Bundesliga when Kehl has started but in all their losses, Gundogan was a starter. Will that ring true today? Let me know your thoughts on Twitter @thwebber.
It has been quite scrappy in the middle and when Dortmund manage to get a ball into the box there does not seem to be anyone capable of getting on the end. This time Kuba's cross evades Lewandowski and is gathered by Grosskreutz out on the left.
Podolski angles a pass to release Peszko down the left and the Pole shows tremendous pace to get on the end of it. His cutback however is deflected away from the lurking Novakovic. Great counter by Koln there.
A bit of a tepid start to the game here. Neither team has managed to get the ball down and string together a few passes. Dortmund however are seeing more of the ball and may take a bit longer to warm up following the delayed start.
Lewandowski plays a tight pass through to Grosskreutz, playing him down the left. The wide-man is adjudged to be offside though so there is no chance to put the ball in the danger area. A tight call there.
A crunching tackle from Eichner on Jakub "Kuba" Blaszczykowski earns Dortmund a free kick out on the right but they fail to test the keeper with the ball into the box.
We are underway at RheinEnergieStadion!
The teams are emerging from the tunnel and kick off is just a few moments away. Looks like a lovely afternoon for football and we should be set for an exciting game.
Lewandowski has scored 16 Bundesliga goals so far this season. Do you guys think he will add to that today? Perhaps you think Barrios deserves a run in the side? Let me know all your thoughts via Twitter @thwebber.
It looks as though kick off has been delayed by 10 minutes due to traffic congestion around the stadium.
The hosts will be boosted by the return of Podolski to the starting line-up today. The Germany international has been linked with a move to Arsenal at the end of the season but for now will be hoping to keep his side away from the relegation zone.
In the reverse fixture between these two sides this year, Dortmund ran out 5-0 winners. They have kept clean sheets in five of their last seven games so could another similar scoreline be on the cards today?
As part of this incredible run, the visitors are on a 10-away-game unbeaten streak, and could break the club record set under Ottmar Hitzfeld in the 1995/1996 season with a positive result today.
BVB are currently on a 20-game unbeaten run in the Bundesliga and will hope to add to that today. In the previous seven times these two teams have come together in all competitions, Dortmund have been victorious every time. But can Koln put a spanner in the works and change that today? Send me your thoughts and predictions via Twitter to @thwebber.
And here is how Dortmund line up this afternoon: Weidenfeller; Piszczek, Hummels, Subotic, Schmelzer; Bender, Gundogan; Blaszczykowski, Kagawa, Grosskreutz; Lewandowski. Subs: Langerak, Kringe, Owomoyela, Leitner, Perisic, Lowe, Barrios.
Koln: Rensing; Brecko, Geromel, Sereno, Eichner; Clemens, Lanig, Riether, Peszko; Novakovic, Podolski. Subs: Horn, El Jemal, Pezzoni, Ishak, McKenna, Roshi, Jong Tae-Se.
Just one change for Dortmund today as Kehl is replaced in midfield by Gundogan following the 21-year-old's extra-time winner in the DFB-Pokal semi-final against Greuther Furth in midweek. Full team news to follow shortly.
Hello and welcome to Goal.com's LIVE commentary on this afternoon's Bundesliga clash between Koln and Borussia Dortmund. The visitors need a win to restore their five-point advantage over Bayern Munich while Koln will hope for a positive result to avoid becoming embroiled in a relegation battle. My name is Tom Webber and I will be guiding you through all the action.
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