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October 1, 2011
• Signal-Iduna-Park, Dortmund
Referee: B. Rafati
• Attendance: 80720
R. Lewandowski 30', 44', 78'
M. Götze 75'
THE GAME IS OVER! Robert Lewandowski and Mario Gotze delivered sublime performances, as the striker bagged a hat-trick, while Gotze scored an assisted two goals. Has Jurgen Klopp found the right tactial setup to get his team back on track? Much harder tests await Dortmund, who will be keen to make this win a start of a long streak. Augsburg, will be disappointed that they could not record their first win in this season Bundesliga, and will feel they could have taken something from this game after Gibril Sankoh missed a penalty.
Robert Lewandowski is presented with a good chance inside the box, but his first-time volley misses narrowly wide of the right post. A minute ago, Augsburg had a chance through Sascha Molders, but the striker saw his finish miss the target by inches.
Not much happening on the pitch now as both teams seem unwilling to make any effort to make adjustments to the score-line.
Dortmund continue to press for more in a display more reminiscent of their all-conquering performances from season 2010-2011.
Lucas shakes of Sankoh easily, but trips over his own feet, and is son dispossessed. He had only Simon Jentzsch to beat, which will surely not go down well with him.
Yellow Card Hajime Hosogai
Kevin Grosskreutz replaces Mario Gotze, while Lowe is lying on the ground after a terrible challenge by Bayer Leverkusen loanee Hajime Hosogai.
Assist Mario Götze
Goal Robert Lewandowski
GOAL! Lewandowski completes his hat - trick! Gotze floated a cross from near the left touch-line, and the Polish strike applied a weak, but precise touch with his head, and the ball sailed past Simon Jentzsch.
Dortmund continues to press. Augsburg are in trouble.
Assist Robert Lewandowski
Goal Mario Götze
GOAL! Mario Gotze makes it 3-0! The Germany international was released with a sublime pass by Lewandowski in the centre of the box, and finished with a delightful chip over the on-rushing Simon Jentzsch.
Barrios tries to release Piszczek with a backheel, but his pass is blocked.
Yellow Card Mario Götze
Mario Gotze is shown the yellow card for a rude foul on Lorenzo Davids.
Daniel Baier is replaced by Sebastian Langkamp. Augsburg's midfielder did not have the best of games today.
Gotze tries to do too much by himself as he attempts to dribble past four players, but is dispossessed by Lorenzo Davids outside Augsburg's box.
Antônio da Silva
Gundogan is replaced by Antonio da Silva. The ex-Nurnberg man had a good game, despite conceding a penalty.
Lucas Barrios replaced Kuba a couple of minutes ago. The hosts continue to press.
OFF THE LINE! Perisic! A low delivery from the corner on the left found the Croatian on the left side of the box, and he executed a superb first-time flick for the opposite corner. which was cleared by Werner off the line with a header from under the bar!
GOTZE! JENTZSCH SAVES! The Germany international goes on a immense run on the right side of the box, beating three paleyrs before freeing up some space to shoot. His finish, however, was stopped by Jentzsch, who just managed to divert the ball for a corner on the left.
Gotze delivers a high cross for Santana, but Jentzsch is first to the ball. In addition, the Brazilian have committed a foul on the goalkeeper as well.
Foul on Piszczek by Lorenzo Davids as Dortmund win a free-kick on the right, near the touch-line.
A mistake by Bender as he is dispossessed by Davids, who in turn releases Bellinghausen, but the ex-Kaiserslautern man could only striker a week finish from the left side of the box, which Roma Weidenfeller easily saved.
Sven Bender is shown the yellow card after a hard foul in the centre of the pitch ....
Yellow Card Sven Bender
Dortmund putting the pressure on Augsburg now as they win a corner, conceded by Lorenzo Davids, but no one is there to head in Piszczek's delivery and the set piece is wasted.
WEIDENFELLER SAVES FROM SANKOH! The defender picked the right corner, but so did Weidenfeller, who parried away his low finish.
A mistake by Piszczek allows Augsburg to counter-attack through Bellinghausen, who in turn finds Molders, but the striker is brought down in the centre of the box by Ilkay Gundogan with a clumsy challenge. PENALTY!
Missed Penalty Gibril Sankoh
Penalty save Roman Weidenfeller
Some less assured defending from Lowe as he blasts the ball into the stands, while everybody expected him to control and pass.
The second half begins ...
45' + 2'
The first half is over. Dortmund have been the better team in the first half, and deservedly lead by two goals against Augsburg. Jos Luhukay's men have plenty of work to do if they are to overturn their deficit. Can they turn the tables? Join us after the break to find out.
45' + 1'
A great piece of skill by Gotze puts an end to an impressive half by Dortmund as the Germany international lifts the ball over Mohrle's feet before striking in first time from outside the box. Jentzsch makes a great save in the right corner to deny the 19-year-old.
Goal Robert Lewandowski
GOAL! Lewandowski completes his brace! Gotze floats in a free-kick, with which Santana connected, but his finish was blocked, and it fell to the Polish striker, who calmly converted in the right corner.
A painful collision between Molders and Kuba leaves both players rolling on the pitch in pain. Both have been dispatched to the sidelines to receive treatment.
We have seen previous little from Lowe and Perisic down the left flank, but on the opposite wing Gotze, Kuba and Piszczek are doing a marvellous job.
Gotze demands a penalty after a rather untimely tackle by Davids brought him down on the right side of the box. The Champions have every reason to feel hard done.
GOTZE! The Germany international and Kuba combine superbly on the right, allowing the youngster to have a crack at goal, but the ball is block and cleared from inside the six-yard box.
Dortmund in ascendency now as they are pushing for another goal.
Goal Robert Lewandowski
GOAL! Lewandowski scores after a run by Gotze is stopped by Sankoh as the defender shields the ball, but a misunderstanding with Jentzsch allows Kuba to get a cross, which is deflected to Lewandowski, who pierced the goal with a fine strike from the right side of the box.
Piszczek combines well with Kuba, winning a corner for his team. The right back is behind the ball ....
Yellow Card Daniel Baier
Lewandowski is given a great chance to shoot from outside the box after some smart moves by Gotze, but sends his finish well over and wide of the right post.
Marcel de Jong, who picked a knock in a collision with Bender, was replaced by Tobias Werner as precaution.
Marcel de Jong
KUBA! The Polish attacker was picked out by compatriot Piszczek, but under no pressure at all fails to drive his header on goal. A great chance wasted here.
Dortmund have seen more of the ball so far, but the better chances have been for Augsburg. The introduction of Santana has been an inspired move by Jurgen Klopp so far as he saved his side from a certain goal.
GOTZE! The young starlet as dribbling well outside the box, before letting it fly, but Jentzsch does well to stop his bouncing shot.
CLOSE ! A long ball nearly catches Jentzsch by surprise, but the goalkeeper races ahead of Kuba, who was ghosting behind Augsburg defence, and claimed the pass.
Just a couple of minutes ago Jentzsch need a fellow defender to keep his goal safe as a header from Hummels was cleared from the goal-line.
SANTANA! What an intervention! A mix up by Hummels and Weidenfeller allowed Brinkmann to send a looping header on open goal, but Santata sprinted and managed to head away the ball in flight just under the bar.
Molders tries to latch on to a long ball deep in Dortmund's half, but Hummels sprints and manages t recover the ball before the striker could break away.
GUNDOGAN! Gotze and Piszczek exchanged passes through the middle with the German international releasing the right back in central position. The Polish defender powered a shot, which deflected in the way of the Nurnberg man, whose finish narrowly missed to the left.
First chance of the game for the visitors as Molders is picked out in the centre of the box, but flashes a weak header over the bar. He holds his head in shame.
Jurgen Klopp has made significant changes to the team that lost to Marseille as captain Sebastian Kehl, centre-half Neven Subotic as well as Shinji Kagawa, Kevin Grosskreutz and Marcel Schmelzer have been relegated to the bench.
The first chance is for Dortmund as Perisic and Lewandowski play an eye-catching one-two before the Croatian blasted into the side netting from the left side of the box.
Dortmund passing the ball around comfortably, looking for cracks in Augsburg's defence.
The first half begins ...
Jentzsch; Hosogai, Mohrle, Sankoh, De jong; Callsen-Bracker, Davids; Brinkmann, Baier, Bellinghausen; Molders.
Dortmund: Weidenfeller; Piszczek, Santana, Hummels, Lowe; Bender, Gundogan; Kuba, Gotze, Perisic; Lewandowski.
Hello and welcome to Goal.com's live coverage of today's game between Dortmund and Augsburg! It promises to be a great game as the reigning Champions will go all guns blazing, looking to bounce back from their recent poor results
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