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September 1, 2012
• 9:30 AM
• Grundig-Stadion, Nürnberg
Referee: T. Welz
• Attendance: 50000
T. Pekhart 31'
J. Błaszczykowski 40'
And that's full time. Dortmund are left frustrated, but their long unbeaten run continues. Big chance for Bayern Munich to get an early advantage in the Bundesliga title race tomorrow when they face Stuttgart.
90' + 2'
It looks as though time is up for Dortmund as Schafer comes out to claim a lofted through ball from Gundogan over the top.
90' + 1'
Yellow Card Kevin Großkreutz
90' + 1'
Into added time now, and Grosskreutz finally gets involved. However, all he does is get himself a booking with a clumsy tackle.
Schmelzer's delivery is another in the catalogue of wasted opportunities today, and Chandler heads it clear.
Julian Schieber wins a corner down the left wing for Dortmund - how they would love to get a winning goal here.
OFF THE POST!! Robert Mak goes on another fantastic run, leaves Schmelzer completely confused and crosses. His delivery takes a deflection, and bounced off the woodwork - how did that stay out?
Pinola sends a free kick long, but it fails to trouble the Dortmund defence and Weidenfeller claims the ball and tries to start a counterattack.
Gotze swings in a free kick from the left wing that Subotic does well to win in the air, but the referee had blown up for an infringement in the box. Just seven minutes now for either side to grab a winner...
GREAT SHOT!! So close to a breakthrough here as Schieber lets fly from distance, but Schafer gets down well to tip the shot around the post.
Pinola makes a great interception to stop a threatening-looking Gotze run.
And here he is - Kevin Grosskreutz has come on to replace Kuba...
A final throw of the dice for Dortmund now - Kevin Grosskreutz is being readied for a substitute's appearance. Could he be the man to decide the game? He's been in poor form for a while now...
Dortmund are starting to turn the screw - Schieber tries to play in Schmelzer, but the ball runs out of play for a throw in. Time is starting to run out now...
What a chance!! Mak, who has been excellent all afternoon goes on another winding run down the right and pulls the ball back to Balitsch, who skies his shot when he should have done far, far better.
Dortmund have muted appeals for a penalty turned down as Schmelzer makes a charge into the Nurnberg box. That was never going to be given...
Another change from Jurgen Klopp now - Marco Reus is replaced by another of Dortmund's summer signings, with Schieber coming on the final 17 minutes or so. Can he be the much-needed breakthrough?
Yellow Card Lukasz Piszczek
It's all getting a bit scrappy now - Piszczek gets his name taken by the officials after bundling over Esswein just inside the Dortmund half.
Yellow Card Hanno Balitsch
Balitsch becomes the latest player to pick up a booking with another clumsy tackle in the centre of the park.
So, we're half-way through the second half, and with the exception of Hummels' header, which was superbly blocked by Pinola, Dortmund have not really hit their stride this half. They need to pick up the pace, but with Gotze now on the pitch, anything is possible...
Yellow Card Timm Klose
And Klose, who has taken a fairly rough approach all afternoon is finally booked for a late lunge on Reus. He's had that coming for a long time...
And Gotze has finally been introduced as the expense of Ivan Perisic, who hasn't really shone today.
OFF THE LINE!! Dortmund finally do something with a set piece as Hummels meets a corner at the near post, but a wine-red shirt is there to block the ball off the line. Schafer was completely beaten!
Controversy here! Kiyotake plays a great ball to Pekhart, but as the young forward was bearing down on goal, Piszczek gets across and bundles him over. It could well have been a penalty, but the referee doesn't blow his whistle...
Schmelzer swings in a free kick, but it's headed away. By the first man. Again.
Mario Gotze is being readied and should enter the fray momentarily...
MAK!! The Nurnberg attacker drifts in from the right wing, dodges a sea of tackles, before sending a left-footed effort well over the bar. Great work up until the finish.
Pisczek plays in Kehl, who can't quite find the opportunity to get the shot away and is forced wide, before his right-footed cross is cleared away with ease.
Schafer gets off his line quickly to claim the ball at Reus' feet after Kehl had attempted to thread a ball through to the former Gladbach forward. The 23-year-old has been a shadow of the man who tore Werder Bremen apart last week.
Pekhart releases a ferocious right-footed effort from the edge of the box, but Weidenfeller gets down well to save it. He's had a decent game so far, all things told.
Dortmund really have to start taking advantage of the opportunities presented to them. They've really been poor in the final third, and with Bayern Munich starting the season at a canter, they could be made to regret this shoddy performance.
What a waste. Kuba does brilliantly to make good ground down the right, and gets the ball across the face of goal, but Reus, Gundogan, and eventually Kehl, all fail to get a shot away and the hosts scramble it clear.
Dortmund look to vulnerable from set plays once more - this time Kiyotake swings in a corner, but can't quite manage to find Klose, who could have done more.
What a tackle!! Kiyotake plays a brilliant through ball to Pekhart, who beats the offside flag, but the Czech forward dithers on the ball and Subotic gets across to make a brilliant challenge to save his side.
Once again, Reus' corner delivery disappoints, and Esswein hacks it away...
Decent start from Dortmund - Schmelzer appears down the left-hand side of midfield and buys a corner - Marco Reus stands over it.
And we're back! Dortmund get the second half started!
And that's half time - Kuba's late goal has given Dortmund a foothold in this match after it looked like they were in for a difficult afternoon when Pekhart put a highly-disciplined Nurnberg side ahead. 1-1 at full time, and everything to play for in the second half.
The teams are making their way back onto the pitch in Nurberg, and we're getting ready for the start of the second half. Can Dortmund come from behind to win? Can Nurnberg end the champions unbeaten run? Stay here to find out...
45' + 1'
Esswein steps inside from the left wing and has a decent opportunity to threaten Weidenfeller, but his shot is weak and goes straight into the goalkeeper's hands.
SO CLOSE!! Gundogan almost gets Dortmund in front after showcasing some neat skills on the edge of the box before volleying the ball wide. Not far away from a goal against his former club!
Schmelzer tries his hand at swinging in a corner from the right wing, but he doesn't have any more success than Reus, and the well-drilled Nurberg defence head it away.
Far better from the hosts, who seem to have been woken up by falling behind - they were unlucky not to be given a spot kick, but now they've got their equaliser through Kuba, who looks more and more indispensable to Klopp each week.
Goal Jakub Blaszczykowski
GOAL!!! Dortmund hit back! Lewandowski meets Schmelzer's cross at the near post, but can't quite make meaningful contact on it. Perisic charges in and smashes the loose ball off the bar, and finally, Kuba taps home the rebound! 1-1!
Much more like it from Dortmund! Kuba plays the ball into Piszczek's path, and the full-back pulls it across the face of goal to Lewandowski, who goes down under Chandler's challenge - and can't bundle it home. Dortmund want a penalty!
Another defensive mistake! This time Hummels fails to intercept a through ball, and pads it straight into Pekhart's path. However, he fails to square the ball to Kiyotake, and wastes a decent opportunity.
Yet again, Dortmund have an opportunity to threaten from a corner, but it's cleared by the first man. Time to take set piece responsibilities away from Reus?
Dortmund are really up against it now - they had a slow start to the match, despite dominating possession, but have now been stung by a corner - it must have been Nurnberg's first meaningful shot.
Assist Hiroshi Kiyotake
Goal Tomas Pekhart
GOAL!!! Nurnberg have take a shock lead! Kiyotake delivers the resulting corner and finds Pekhart, who heads the ball into the ground and into the back of the net. Hummels and Weidenfeller really need to take some of the blame there - there seemed to no communication between the duo.
Essswein sprints down the left and delivers and excellent cross which Dortmund are forced to head behind for a corner.
Kuba is fouled, but the referee plays a positive advantage, only for Dortmund to surrender possession once more.
Kiyotake plays a brilliant reverse pass between two Dortmund defenders and tries to release Mak, whose first touch is poor and the ball bounces harmlessly out play - that really could have been an excellent opportunity to break the deadlock.
Gundogan brilliant starts a counterattack and runs the entire length of the pitch. Lewandowski makes a clever run, taking his marker with him, and Gundogan elects to shoot, but it takes a deflection and flies over. The subsequent corner, however, is wasted.
Time for a Nurnber attack now, and there seems to be a miscommunication between Weidenfeller and Subotic before the Serb eventually hoofs it into touch. A moment of panic, though.
The Dortmund defence hoofs the ball clear and finds Lewandowski, who can't quite shrug off Nilsson and Klose, and eventually is eased off the ball, leaving Chandler to hoof it clear.
So, we're midway through the first half, and, truth be told, it's been a disappointing affair so far. Dortmund have dominated possession, but just haven't been able to produce the telling pass. Hopefully things will pick up and see some goalmouth action after all.
Gundogan plays a lovely ball down the right wing to Piszczek, who soon finds himself shackled by the Nurnberg defence.
However, Kiyotake's delivery is poor and it's cleared by the first man. Awful set piece...
Nurnberg have the chance to threaten the Dortmund goal at the other end after Schmelzer flattens Pekhart with a clumsy aerial challenge on the right wing.
WHATE A SHOT! After a timid opening to the match, Sebastian Kehl, of all people, almost gives Dortmund the lead. The skipper chests down a poor Esswein clearance 30 yards from goal and lets fly with a volley, only to see Schafer pad the ball away.
Gundogan is penalised for a clumsy tackle on the left wing, and although Nurberg's back line makes their way forward for the free kick, the play it short and soon surrender possession.
Dortmund have been comfortable in possession throughout the opening quarter-hour, but have really lacked any sort of penetration. They really need to step up the pace if they are to get themselves in the lead in the coming minutes.
Marco Reus swings in a corner for the visitors, but it's far too short, and no Dortmund attacker can make meaningful contact on the ball and trouble Schafer.
Kiyotake latches onto a ball in between two defenders, and although he has support and it looks to be a threatening position for him, he's flagged offside - correctly, I might add.
Gundogan is felled in the middle of the park and takes the resulting free kick quickly and sets up a counterattack. Perisic receives the ball in the left-wing channel, but can only dribble out of play - poor play from the Croat, who has a big opportunity to stake his first team credentials today.
At the other end, Javier Pinola tries to thread a ball through to Tomas Pekhart, but it's a very poor attempt at finding the Czech striker and it dribbles out of play - they'd have to do better than that to trouble Dortmund.
Dortmund have a free kick in a great position about 25 yards from goal after Klose tripped the onrushing Lewandowski. Reus stands over it, but can only bend a shot well over the bar - disappointing effort and a huge anticlimax.
A deflected shot falls kindly into Piszczek's path, but the Pole is called marginally offside, as he looked to take advantage of his fortune.
Reus takes a pop shot from just outside the area, but it goes straight to Schafer - poor attempt really, but it's been a positive start from the champions...
Dortmund combine well through the middle and Perisic releases a fierce shot from 20 yards which smashes Klose in the face - he looks very unsteady on his feet and is receiving some treatment.
Nurnberg get the game underway and immediately hoof the ball down the left wing, and give it away to Dortmund.
The teams are out and we're just about ready to start - can Dortmund get another win? Stay tuned to find out...
So. What will happen? Will Dortmund cruise to another victory against Hecking's men, or can the hosts spring a surprise? If you have any predictions, thoughts or musings, you can contact me via Twitter (@eniskoylu) - I look forward to hearing from you...
DORTMUND: Weidenfeller; Piszczek, Subotic, Hummels, Schmelzer; Gundogan, Kehl; Kuba, Reus, Perisic; Lewandowski
NURNBERG: Schafer; Chandler, Nilsson, Klose, Pinola; Balitsch, Simons; Mak, Kiyotake, Esswein; Pekhart
The teams are out, and Jurgen Klopp has sprung a surprise on all of us...
The champions opened their Bundesliga campaign with a 2-1 victory over Werder Bremen, while Nurberg claimed an excellent away win against Hamburg.
Good afternoon and welcome to Goal.com's minute-by-minute coverage of Borussia Dortmund's trip to Nurnberg!
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