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Played
August 22, 2010 4:30 PM BST
Signal Iduna Park, Dortmund
Referee:‬ Florian Meyer (Burgdorf)‎
Attendance:‬ 73000‎
 
Top of the Match
Renato Augusto
Renato Augusto
Bayer 04 Leverkusen
Renato Augusto
Renato Augusto
Bayer 04 Leverkusen
Flop of the Match
Sebastian Kehl
Sebastian Kehl
Borussia Dortmund
Sebastian Kehl
Sebastian Kehl
Borussia Dortmund

Dortmund 0-2 Leverkusen: Ruthless Werkself Trump Lacklustre Hosts

Leverkusen applied pressure for barely more than five minutes, but that was enough time to score two goals and earn three points.

By Clark Whitney

Bundesliga: Borussia Dortmund v Bayer Leverkusen (Getty)
In-form Europa League hopefuls Dortmund and Leverkusen faced off today on a rainy day in the Ruhr valley, and it was the visitors who came up the better team. Dortmund looked bright at the start, but Leverkusen were sharper and were well on their way to victory after quickfire first-half goals from wingers Tranquillo Barnetta and Renato Augusto.

Red-hot Dortmund playmaker Shinji Kagawa forced an excellent save from Rene Adler early in the match, but Leverkusen then enjoyed a sublime spell. Eren Derdiyok's long-ranged blast deflected off the woodwork before Tranquillo Barnetta finished from a fine set-up by Arturo Vidal.

Dortmund tried to counter, but Sebastian Kehl's headed goal was controversially disallowed for offside, and seconds later, Renato Augusto played a lovely one-two with Derdiyok and fired in a splendid goal.

After the goals, Dortmund had no trouble winning possession but struggled to create chances to score. Leverkusen survived a sustained spell of pressure to enter the halftime break with a comfortable 2-0 lead.

After the break, Leverkusen went into a strictly conservative mode, and had plenty of success. Nuri Sahin's free kick forced an excellent save on 57 minutes, but Dortmund's next chance did not come until the 80th minute when Marcel Schmelzer tested Adler with a long-ranged blast.

The result will be a bit discouraging for Dortmund ahead of this week's Europa League play-off with Tavriya Symferopol. Leverkusen, who thrashed weaker opponents in the last week, will take comfort in the fact that they retained their form against their talented rivals.

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Borussia Dortmund

1
Roman Weidenfeller
Goalkeeper
2.50
29
2.00
4
Neven Subotic
Defender
2.50
15
Mats Hummels
Defender
2.50
25
1.50
19
Mario Götze
Midfielder
2.00
18
Nuri Sahin
Midfielder
2.50
26
Shinji Kagawa
Midfielder
3.00
5
Sebastian Kehl
Midfielder
63′
1.50
19
Kevin Großkreutz
Midfielder
67′
2.00
19
L. Barrios
Striker
1.50

Bayer 04 Leverkusen

3.00
15
René Adler
Goalkeeper
2.00
24
2.50
3
2.50
-
Sami Hyypia
Defender
3.00
27
3.00
25
2.00
13
3.00
23
Arturo Vidal
Midfielder
88′
4.00
10
Renato Augusto
Midfielder
22′ 81′
2.50
9
2.00
11

Substitutes

20
0.00
5
0.00
16
0.00
6
Sven Bender
Midfielder
0.00
30
Tamas Hajnal
Midfielder
0.00
9
1.50
26
2.50
-
0.00

Substitutes

0.00
22
0.00
2
0.00
18
Sidney Sam
Midfielder
0.00
21
Marcel Risse
Midfielder
0.00
28
Burak Kaplan
Midfielder
0.00
8
Lars Bender
Midfielder
76′
0.00
3
0.00
5
Hanno Balitsch
Midfielder
88′

Coach/Manager

-
0.00

Coach/Manager

0.00
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Results
 
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
Robert Lewandowski Robert Lewandowski
Striker
Dortmund
17 4
Mario Mandzukic Mario Mandzukic
Striker
Bayern
17 0
Adrian Ramos Adrian Ramos
Striker
Hertha BSC
16 3
Josip Drmic Josip Drmic
Striker
FC Nürnberg
16 2
Stefan Kießling Stefan Kießling
Striker
Leverkusen
15 2