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February 3, 2013
• BayArena, Leverkusen
Referee: D. Aytekin
• Attendance: 30210
S. Reinartz 58', 62'
M. Reus 3'
J. Błaszczykowski 9'
R. Lewandowski 63'
90' + 4'
And that's all from this. Leverkusen's unbeaten home record is left in tatters by the champions, who make it nine points from nine after the winter break. Stay tuned to Goal.com for all the fallout to this clash!
90' + 3'
Here's an odd change. Gundogan comes off and Schieber comes on. Bring on a defender or a midfielder, not a striker!
90' + 2'
Kiessling is penalised for a hand-ball on the edge of the box. Another 90 seconds for BVB to hang on.
90' + 1'
And we are to have three minutes of added time. Can Leverkusen snatch a late, late equaliser? Or will Dortmund hang on to claim three vital points.
Dortmund are bringing on Sebastian Kehl, another defensive body, to replace Gotze.
Reus plays a lovely ball down the channel to Gotze, who tries to keep possession around the Leverkusen corner flag, but gives it away.
Amazing for a team protecting a one-goal lead against free-scoring opponents, Dortmund are counterattacking in numbers. It comes to nothing, though, and they have to scurry back.
Yellow CardMitchell Langerak
SO CLOSE!! A lovely cross comes in from the right which Schurrle meets fantastically. It looks as though it's going in, but drifts inches wide of the post.
Dortmund think Toprak should be sent off after stepping in front of Gotze, who was looking to make a dart into the box. It was certainly a risky tackle from a man already on a yellow card.
Momentary period of respite for Dortmund as Gotze wins a throw down the left. Only seven minutes for the champions to hold on...
We're having a momentary break in play because the ball went flat. Just when you think this game had had absolutely everything.
Dortmund make their first change - Blaszczykowski comes off with Grosskreutz replacing him. Will the Pole watch on from the bench as his penalty miss proves costly?
Jens Hegeler comes on for Castro, and almost makes an immediate impact, but heads the ball over the bar.
Kiessling wins a free kick in a similar position to the one from which the second B04 goal came. Castro takes it and Santana heads it precariously towards his own goal, but Langerak saves it.
Yellow CardStefan Reinartz
Reinartz becomes the latest Leverkusen player to pick up a booking thanks to a late, rather cynical tackle on Gotze in the centre of the park.
Reus takes it and Leno acrobatically palms it away! Another 15 minutes to go, and we'll be on a knife edge for every second of them.
Yellow CardÖmer Toprak
Omer Toprak gives away a free kick with a cynical tackle on the edge of the box to prevent Gundogan from running in on goal. He's lucky to have only picked up a yellow card.
Gundogan gets a free kick in the centre of the park, and we get a moment to catch our breath.
Brilliant defending! Boenisch charges down the left once more and puts it across the face of goal, but as Sam looks to apply the finish, Schmelzer appears from nowhere to put it behind for a corner.
Missed PenaltyJakub Blaszczykowski
Kuba goes the other way this time, and Leno saves it! It's still 3-2, and Leverkusen survive. Can they take advantage?
Penalty saveBernd Leno
PENALTY!! Lewandowski strikes into the area, and completely fools Boenisch, who can only foul his Poland team-mate. Penalty number two for Dortmund. It's Kuba again...
What next? This game really could go either way. Reinartz gives away a free kick in a dangerous area with a bad, bad tackle on Reus, but the former Gladbach man sends his delivery straight into the palms of Leno.
Yellow CardSebastian Boenisch
Another chance! What a game this really is. Bender ducks and weaves in the box and eventually gets in an effort, but it's a tame one and Langerak saves.
GOAL!!! It's 3-2 to Dortmund! This match is crazy! Gotze charges down a sloppy back-pass from Wollscheid, and Leno can only direct it to the looming Lewandowski, who rolls it into the back of the net.
GOAL!!!! Dortmund have blown it! And it's Reinartz who's done it again. A free kick comes in from the edge of the box, it's headed across the box and Reinartz equalises.
I doubt even Kevin Grosskreutz would deny that Leverkusen deserve that for all their industry so far this half. Dortmund have hardly hit the ground running after the break, and Leverkusen need have a real chance to claw back the deficit and claim a draw.
GOAL!! Leverkusen have their reward for their fine start to the second half. Carvajal chips it over the top to Kiessling, who does it fantastically to lift it over Pisczek and knocks it back to Reinartz, who finishes well. Lovely goal, and game on!
Boenisch sends in another great ball, but Santana rises high to head it over for a corner. That's their 10th.
Castro sends in an outswinging corner and finds Lars Bender, who heads over from around the penalty spot.
Yellow CardDaniel Carvajal
Gotze tries to give the momentum back to Dortmund with a dart through midfield, but Carvajal, rather cynically, drags him back and makes picks up a booking for the challenge.
And another Leverkusen shot! Schurrle lines one up from distance, but it flies just wide.
How is it not 2-1?! Kiessling looks to have pulled one back with a header from Boenisch's cross, but Langerak saves. The rebound falls to Schurrle, but Hummels gets across brilliantly to save it on the line.
Again Schurrle appeals for a penalty after receiving the ball in the box and going down under Santana's challenge.
Lewandowski! Almost a goal at the other end as Kuba and Piszczek combine down the right to tee up their compatriot, who forces a decent save from Leno.
What a save! Castro finds Sam completely unmarked with a well-weighted through ball, and the substitute almost makes an instant impact with a lovely shot which Langerak does brilliantly to beat away.
And we're back! Sidney Sam has come on at half-time. Could he be the man to spark a Leverkusen fightback?
And that's half-time. It's been 45 brilliant minutes of football at the BayArena. Dortmund lead 2-0 thanks to two early goals, but can Leverkusen claw it back? Stay tuned to find out!
45' + 1'
This time Langerak does make a save! Carvajal, of all people, sends a low shot towards the bottom corner, but the young Australian keeper palms it away. Only for the referee to give a goal kick.
Castro forces the ball across the face of goal, and although Kiessling misses the ball, it falls to Schurrle who fires it over from a narrow angle. Langerak really hasn't had enough to do, considering the number of chances Leverkusen have had.
The third one causes real mayhem! Kiessling, Santana and Boenisch all fail to get meaningful contact on the ball, and the referee calls a foul on Langerak.
Leverkusen have had three corners in quick succession. Castro has been doing well with these deliveries, can he make the third count?
Reinartz becomes the latest player to give the ball straight to BVB, but Toprak forces Gotze wide enough to force him to shoot wide. For all of Dortmund's brilliance going forward, he has been rather quiet.
Free kick for Dortmund after Wollscheid fouls Lewandowski.
Reus, Blaszczykowski and Lewandowski are lining up in the area to take a shot, but the ball doesn't quite come down for any of them, and it's scrambled away by Wollscheid.
This time it goes towards the far post, but Leverkusen get the ball away. This match is still absolutely breathless.
Kuba wins BVB a corner with a drive from 20-odd yards which bounces off Toprak and goes wide. Gotze to take this one, though.
Bender (Sven) picks up the ball on the BVB right and fires in an early cross, but it's over-hit, and Carvajal is able to pad it back to Leno.
What a ball again! Gundogan picks up the loose ball and almost plays in Kuba for a one-on-one, but Leno charges 30 yards out of his goal and beats the Pole to it. Gundogan's having another fantastic game.
Boenisch wins a corner down the Leverkusen left by firing a cross off Piszczek, but Langerak punches clear.
Could that be the turning point for this match? Leverkusen have begun to look more and more composed going forward, but you feel a three-goal deficit would be too much for them. If they get one back now, who knows where their momentum will take them.
What a ball!! Gundogan plays a fantastic ball over the top of the Leverkusen defence to find Piszczek's run, but the Polish right-back fails to find Lewandowski for a tap-in.
Kiessling! At the other end, Santana makes a fine tackle to deny the Leverkusen striker, who was looking to apply the finish to a great ball from the left. Langerak gets great purchase on his punch from the resulting corner, which will do his confidence the world of good.
Another Reus corner finds Santana (again). The Brazilian heads it down and the ball seems to hand in midair with three BVB players around it, but the hosts scramble it away.
The Leverkusen faithful want another penalty as Hummels tackles Kiessling, but the stand-in BVB skipper won the ball cleanly.
CHANCE!! Reus out-swinging corner finds Santana, who heads wide, but should certainly have done better.
Dortmund have got their first corner of the match as Lewandowski took a pop from 20 yards which bounced off Bender and went wide.
Lars Bender strides forward from midfield, reaches the edge of the BVB box and shoots. It goes wide and a goal kick is given, but it looks as though Schmelzer might have got a touch there.
We're almost 20 minutes into this match, but it feels as though an entire half could have passed. We've had chances at both ends, a penalty, some great finishes and some bad misses. And there's still more than 70 minutes to play.
Schmelzer gets down the left and crosses it, but Leno comes out and claims the ball easily. He's got to do better in those situations.
What a miss!! Boenisch gets down the left wing well and crosses to Keissling, who is completely unmarked, but the Bundesliga's top scorer heads it wide. That should be 2-1.
Lars Bender loses possession in midfield and Lewandowski tries to play in Reus on the left wing. BVB are looking very dangerous indeed on the break.
Leverkusen need to sort themselves out. Carvajal hacks down an attacker in the right-back area, but luckily for the hosts, the free kick comes to nothing.
Penalty GoalJakub Blaszczykowski
GOAL!! Blaszczykowski steps up and calmly sends Leno the wrong way. BVB are cruising already. But for those two Castro misses, it could be very different.
Yellow CardBernd Leno
Penalty! Leno rushes out of goal to try and claim the ball at Lewandowski's feet, but brings the big Pole down.
That was comical from Leverkusen. Kiessling plays a lovely ball to Castro, who strides towards goal, but takes an air shot when he could have worked Langerak.
This is already a thriller! Leverkusen have appeals for a penalty turned down at the other end of the pitch as Schurrle goes down under Piszczek's challenge, but the referee gives a free kick against the Germany forward. Frantic match so far.
GOAL!!! Castro's miss looking costly now! Lewandowski collects the ball with his back to goal and flicks it into the path of Reus, who puts his side ahead with a lovely finish. Great goal!
Stefan Kiessling is called offside - he's in search of his 100th Bundesliga goal today.
CHANCE! Castro arguably should have given Leverkusen the lead there as he latched on to a lovely chipped ball over the top of the BVB defence, but could only lift it over Langerak.
And we're off! Leverkusen get the game started, but immediately lose possession to BVB.
The teams are out and we're almost under way. Got any predictions? Tweet them to me (@eniskoylu) - I look forward to hearing from you!
So, in the absence of Weidenfeller and Kehl, Mats Hummels captains Borussia Dortmund for the first of what will surely be many times. With an inexperienced goalkeeper behind him, he may well need to put in a big performance to match the occasion too.
DORTMUND: Langerak; Piszczek, Santana, Hummels, Schmelzer; Bender, Gundogan; Blaszczykowski, Gotze, Reus; Lewandowski
LEVERKUSEN: Leno; Carvajal, Wollscheid, Toprak, Boenisch; Bender, Reinartz, Rolfes; Castro, Kiessling, Schurrle
The teams are in, and BVB are missing a couple of senior players ...
Good afternoon and welcome to Goal.com's LIVE! commentary of Borussia Dortmund's trip to Leverkusen. Two teams in fine form clash at the top of the table, and a thrilling contest awaits.
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