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September 14, 2013
• Signal-Iduna-Park, Dortmund
Referee: T. Welz
• Attendance: 80645
P. Aubameyang 19', 65'
H. Mkhitaryan 22'
R. Lewandowski 73', 81'
M. Reus 74'
Z. Lam 26'
H. Westermann 49'
That is it from me. My name is Tom Webber and it has been an absolute pleasure to watch this game with you. Have a great night.
FULL TIME - Dortmund 6-2 Hamburg: After Lam and Westermann cancelled out Aubameyang and Mkhitaryan's opener it looked like a close end to the game was set up, but the Gabon international added his second before Reus scored between a Lewandowski double. Klopp's men maintain their perfect start to the season with five wins from five.
90' + 1'
The final-whistle goes!
Lam fails to deal with a ball over the top and Aubameyang races behind to get on the end of it. He looks to cut inside and roll the ball across the box but only finds a white shirt.
Dortmund look happy to just knock the ball about leisurely for the rest of the game. They have completely run away with this, even after Hamburg equalised early in the second half.
Rafael van der Vaart
Van der Vaart makes way for Hamburg. He has really struggled to make his mark on this match but is still greeted with deafening jeers and whistles from the home fans.
There have been 31 shots on target for BVB this afternoon. That is practically an effort every three minutes giving the keeper something to worry about. Hamburg look utterly deflated and will do well to get away without conceding a seventh.
Assist Nuri Sahin
Goal Robert Lewandowski
GOOOAAALL! THERE IS THE SIXTH! Sahin pixks up a loose ball in midfield and is given plenty of time to curl in a cross from deep. Westermann is in no-man's-land as Lewandowski rises to head home his second of the night.
Hamburg nearly pull one back through Van der Vaart, but the Dutchman's shot is deflected behind for a corner. Zoua again gives away a free kick inside the box which causes the attack to break down.
Lewandowski tries to make it six as he dribbles through the centre of the park and advances towards the box. He strikes the ball from distance but Djourou again gets himself in the way.
Goal Marco Reus
GOOOOAAL!! HSV have fallen apart! Aubameyang causes trouble in the Hamburg defence but they fail to clear ball and Diekmeier's attempted clearance falls straight to Reus. He stands the right-back up and rolls the ball through his leg and into the bottom corner.
Assist Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang
Goal Robert Lewandowski
GOOOOAAALL!! BRILLIANT PLAY! Absolutely stunning football from BVB as Reus spreads the play out to Aubameyang on the right on the break. He rolls the ball into the area and the Germany international dummies it, enabling Lewandowski to take a touch to beat his marker before slotting into the bottom corner.
Yellow Card Tolgay Ali Arslan
Mkhitaryan looks to have picked up a knock in the build-up to that move and is forced to hobble off the pitch. Hopefully it is nothing serious, and indeed he makes his way back onto the pitch.
Vital clearance from Djourou! The HSV defence is all over the place. Aubameyang gets into space inside the area but this time tries to cut the ball back for Lewandowski at the back post. It is out of the reach of the Poland striker and Djourou cleans up by clearing the ball away for a corner.
SO CLOSE!! Mkhitaryan picks up the loose ball on the edge of the box and fires an effort towards the far corner. His effort is pulled just wide of the post, though, and Adler breathes a sigh of relief.
JUST WIDE!! Reus finds space in behind Diekmeier and is fed with a brilliant through-ball. He comes in from the left, one-on-one with Adler, but side-foots his shot into the side netting at the near post.
Assist Henrikh Mkhitaryan
Goal Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang
GOOOOAALLL!! Finally Adler is beaten, and it is Aubameyang with his second! Mkhitaryan again intelligently holds the ball before feeding the Gabon international to his right. His shot may have taken a deflection and the keeper is unable to stop it from finding the far corner.
DOUBLE SAVE FROM ADLER!! He has really made up for that shocker in the first half as he stops Reus from 10 yards before tipping Mkhitaryan's volley over the bar from the follow up.
Sokratis comes on for his second appearance of the season, replacing the disappointing Subotic. The Serbian does not look happy as he takes his spot on the bench.
GREAT BLOCK!! Mkhitaryan looks so cool in possession as he bides his time before sliding a pass out to Grosskreutz on the right. The right-back drills a square cross into the area which Aubameyang connects with, but Adler gets himself in the way of it and diverts the danger away.
Van der Vaart swings in another free kick, this time from the right, and again pumps it towards the back post. He hits it a bit too deep, though, and Weidenfeller rises to gather the ball just under his cross bar.
Beister and Zoua have been very quiet for the visitors so far, but the former crosses for the Cameroonian from wide on the right. Zoua goes to attack the ball but Subotic manages to head away the danger.
UNBELIEVABLE SAVE!! Reus does fantastically as he comes in from the left, nutmegging Arslan before gliding past Rincon. He then curls an effort for the top-right corner which Adler gets a stretched hand to, diverting it behind via the crossbar.
STAT: There is an even history between these two sides in the Bundesliga. There have been 92 meetings, in which HSV hold a narrow advantage having won 33 compared to BVB's 32 triumphs. Having come from two goals down Fink's men surely now believe they can maintain that advantage.
Yellow Card Dennis Diekmeier
Assist Rafael van der Vaart
Goal Heiko Westermann
GOOOOOAALL!! HAMBURG EQUALISE!! Van der Vaart whips in a free kick from the left which is met by the head of Westermann at the back post. Subotic is nowhere near him and the centre-back nods it past Weidenfeller for the equaliser.
With the introduction of Jiracek, HSV have reverted to a four-man defence. Diekmeier has moved back in on the right while Lam has taken up position on the left. The system in the first half clearly did not work.
Aubameyang picks up the ball in the centre of the park and opts to go for goal from distance. His strike is poor, though, and it rolls just outside of Adler's post.
We are back under way!
The teams are back out! The second half will begin imminently.
HALF TIME - Dortmund 2-1 Hamburg: Two strikes in quick succession from Aubameyang and Mkhitaryan put BVB into a deserved two-goal lead. Lam, though, had other ideas and halved the defecit for hosts with a stunning strike that keeps them in with a shout going into the second half. It is going to be a cracker, so join me in 15 minutes for the final 45 minutes.
45' + 1'
The half-time whistle goes!
Just one minute of added time to be play.
Yellow Card Rafael van der Vaart
BVB have a chance to break and as Reus races through the middle he eventually lays the ball out wide for Mkhitaryan. The Armenian looks to move the ball on immediately and ends up kicking it straight out for a goal kick.
Reus looks to drill a corner from the left all the way across to Sahin on the far corner of the box. Lam reads it though and gets out and clears the ball away with his head. HSV will not want to conceded another before half time.
REUS!! Off the bar!! The forward finds acres of space at the top of the box and is picked out by Aubameyang. He fired the ball to close to Adler, who gets a touch on it which deflects it onto the bar. Sahin follows in but is far too casual to finish the move from an acute angle.
Hamburg pump another free kick into the box from deep but the referee blows his whistle before anyone can get a touch on it. It looks like Zoua committed a foul inside the box.
WHAT A MISS! Aubameyang controls a drilled shot inside the area and turns to shoot. He digs out an effort but fires wide, although it probably would not have counted as the referee's assistant has his flag raised for offside.
Mkhitaryan slips a pass up to Schmelzer which he meets at the byeline and cuts back into the area for Lewandowski. The Poland international's first touch lets him down, though, and BVB are forced to build again.
Van der Vaart wins a free kick just outside the centre circle which he flights into the area himself. Subotic manages to head away the danger, despite Weidenfeller coming off his line to claim it, and there is a short break in play as Westermann receives treatment following a knock.
Reus brings the ball down exquisitely just inside the HSV half and then slips a sublime pass up to Lewandowski. The striker is forced out wide but is unable to get past Djourou as he looks to try and get the ball onto his right foot.
BVB waste no time in trying to restore their two-goal advantage as Lewandowski bulldozes his way into the area and spoons out a shot on target. Adler gets his hand to it and Reus is offside as he tries to head home the rebound.
Yellow Card T. Rincón
Goal Zhi Gin Lam
STUNNING GOAL!! Lam makes light work of cutting inside Subotic from out on the left and he is not closed quickly enough. The midfielder arrows a fantastic shot towards goal which bends just inside of the far post for an emphatic finish.
The tactical switch from Fink does not seem to be working so far. The defence are extremely exposed to the counterattack and BVB have taken full advantage so far. Arslan is yet to make any sort of impact in the midfield for the visitors.
Assist Robert Lewandowski
Goal Henrikh Mkhitaryan
GOOOOAALL!! Lovely interplay from BVB sees them move two goals ahead! Reus fed Lewandowski who, with his back to goal, flicked the ball to his left for the overlapping run of Mkhitaryan. The Armenian held off the challenge of Djourou and slotted the ball in off the post for an adept finish.
A very intelligent quick free kick from Schmelzer supplied the assist for that goal. His ball was weighted perfectly and Westermann was never going to catch Aubameyang there!
Assist Marcel Schmelzer
Goal Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang
GOOOOOAALL!! Dortmund attack quickly and the pace of Aubameyang enables him to race through on goal. He strikes the ball at goal from an acute angle on the left but Adler lets it slip past him and into the back of the net. The keeper really should have done better.
Zoua is not having much luck up top for HSV so far this evening. Whenever he gets the ball he has looked to hold it up but so far has been able to do so effectively.
The HSV back three are very far apart when in possession, almost taking up the whole width of the pitch. It is leaving rather large gaps between them and the midfield and forcing them to plump for the long ball in order to service the forwards.
OVER THE TOP! Aubameyang gets in behind the defence and as Adler comes out to meet him, he attempts to clip the ball over the top of him. He puts too much power on his effort which sails well over the bar.
OFF THE BAR!! Reus curls in a free kick from the left which is flicked towards the back post by Hummels. The ball crashes off the bar and Bender is too far under it to follow up with a second attempt.
Diekmeier probes down the right and floats a decent cross into the area. Subotic gets his head on the ball but can only send it up into the air. Fortunately for him, Weidenfeller comes off of his line and plucks the ball out of the sky.
GOOD SAVE!! BVB counter through Mkhitaryan and he plays the ball out wide to Reus. The forward dribbles in field before rolling a pass to Lewandowski, who sends a low shot to Adler's right-hand side. The keeper does well to get down and get a hand on it, also turning it behind for a corner.
Rincon goes down in the centre of the Dortmund half following a collision with Bender. The referee awards nothing and the Venezuelan waits for the ball to be kicked out of play before getting up.
Rincon almost gifts BVB a chance to shoot with a sloppy pass that Reus comes desperately close to stealing. Westermann watches it, though, and times his tackle well to come away with the ball.
GREAT SAVE!! Djourou fails to clear Schmelzer's cross and the ball falls to Mkhitaryan just outside the area. His powerful effort is blocked excellently by Adler and Sahin's follow-up is far too weak to beat the keeper.
Aubameyang gets his first chance to run onto the ball this evening as he chases Lewandowski's through-ball down the right. Lam watches him closely and manages to block his cross from getting into the area.
A rather scrappy start to the game so far as both sides look rather rushed in possession. There have been a few misplaced passes already, but hopefully they will fade as the two sides settle into the match.
We are off in Dortmund!
The teams are making their way out onto the pitch so kick off will be upon us shortly.
In stark contrast to BVB's form in the opening four games, HSV’s 4-0 win over newly-promoted Eintracht Braunschweig in the previous round was their first win of the season. They will be hopeful of maintaining their winning run against tonight's hosts, though.
Marcell Jansen is only fit enough for the bench as he continues his return from injury today, and so Thorsten Fink looks to be setting up with three central defenders this evening. The good news, though, is that Rafael van der Vaart is fit to start in behind the strikers.
Grosskreutz continues at right-back due to the long-term injury of Lukasz Piszczek. Lewandowski recovers from a knock taken while on international duty in time to start up front. His compatriot, Jakub Blaszczykowski, has not been passed fit and so Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang begins from the right.
Hamburg bench: Drobny, Jansen, Tah, Jiracek, Demirbay, Calhanoglu, Lasogga.
Hamburg (3-4-1-2): Adler; Sobiech, Djourou, Westermann; Diekmeier, Arslan, Rincon, Lam; Van der Vaart; Beister, Zoua.
Dortmund bench: Langerak, Sokratis, Kirch, Durm, Kehl, Hofmann, Schieber.
Dortmund (4-2-3-1): Weidenfeller; Grosskreutz, Subotic, Hummels, Schmelzer; Sahin, Bender; Aubameyang, Mkhitaryan, Reus; Lewandowski.
BVB will be keen to maintain their perfect start to the new season, having won all of their opening four fixtures. However, Jurgen Klopp's men suffered defeat in both meetings with HSV last season, with this fixture ending in a disappointing 4-1 defeat. Striker, Artjoms Rudnevs, scored twice in that game but is unavailable for the visitors today.
Hello and welcome to Saturday's late Bundesliga kick off as Borussia Dortmund welcome Hamburg to the Signal Iduna Park. My name is Tom Webber and I have the privilege of guiding you through the action this afternoon. Lets hope that we are treated to an exciting encounter!
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