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April 6, 2013
• Signal-Iduna-Park, Dortmund
Referee: M. Schmidt
• Attendance: 80645
J. Schieber 22', 52'
N. Subotić 64'
R. Lewandowski 90'+
D. Baier 43'
K. Vogt 44'
I hope that you have enjoyed Goal.com's LIVE coverage of Borussia Dortmund's thrilling 4-2 comeback against Augsburg! I've been Simon Harrison, and I will hope to see you all again next time!
Dortmund fans will be pleased to see Bayer Leverkusen drop points at home to Wolfsburg, which gives Klopp's men an extra two points worth of cushion. Augsburg remain in deep trouble, sitting only one point above the drop zone.
Despite having a goal disallowed and squandering a good chance, Lewandowski netted what is his tenth consecutive Bundesliga goal. Augsburg will wonder what could have been, after Tchoyi and Moravek wasted great chances!
There goes the full time whistle! The Dortmund players celebrate and I don't think that Augsburg can believe it. All smiles for Klopp and Co. now, but 45 minutes ago, things were looking very different!
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Yellow CardDaniel Baier
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GOOOAL! LEWANDOWSKI! He's finally got his goal! After tenacious work under pressure in the Augsburg box from himself and Gotze, Lewandowski smashes home at the back post to put the result beyond doubt!
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Two minutes of stoppage time awards, and Augsburg don't look like they're going to get anything from this game. Despite leading and having two good chances, they'll seemingly be returning home with nothing to show for it.
OOOH! CLOSE! Great running down the right from Hofmann! The youngster gets to the byline and flashes the ball across the edge of the six-yard box, but Lewandowski isn't there to turn it home! Great ball though!
Augsburg win a corner off Dortmund captain Bender, and the home fans behind Langerak's net look uneasy! They shouldn't have worried however, as the visitors waste the set piece.
GOTZE! The number ten skips across the field, before unleashing a low drive across goal, which skids off the turf and narrowly wide of Manniger's far post!
OEHRL! The substitute manages to get his head on a corner delivery, but he nods it straight at Langerak! That was a good chance, and the Australian stopper will be very relieved!
SITTER! Mario Gotze is given a golden chance at the back post, but squanders it! Moments later, Augsburg head up to the other end of the pitch, before Ji forces Langerak into a brilliant fingertip save!
How Lewandowski hasn't managed to bag a goal for Dortmund yet is staggering. He's had several great chances and a header disallowed for offside, things really aren't going his way.
LEWANDOWSKI! The Polish striker races clear, and shapes to line up a shot at Manniger's near post, but is robbed off the ball at the last moment! He recovers, and looks to set the ball off to Gotze, but misplaces his pass! He won't want to see that passage of play again!
TCHOYI! What a miss! The substitute stabs the ball over the bar from about seven yard out, under no pressure! He was miles offside, but the linesman didn't raise his flag! What an opportunity for the visitors!
Tchoyi has been thrown into the fray by Weinzierl, and the former West Brom man certainly offers a physical presence! Felipe Santana makes a block to deny a crossing opportunity for Augsburg, the Brazilian has been good today.
CHANCE! Good defending from Groskreutz! He does just enough to get a block on a half volley from Hahn! A goalmouth scramble ensues, which results in Langerak watching the ball roll past his post!
Ahead of their Champions League game with Malaga, Schieber is certainly proving a case for his selection in the squad. He's taken his only two chances very well, and has linked up well with Lewandowski since the substitution.
Yellow CardRagnar Klavan
With about fifteen minutes left on the clock, the visitors have plenty to do in order to maintain their good away record. Santana has been solid at the back for the hosts, and Langerak has been untroubled in the second half. Moravek's miss could prove very, very costly in the outcome of this game.
Some news for Dortmund fans: Wolfsburg have just equalised against Bayer Leverkusen, courtesy of Simon Kjaer. Meanwhile, during this game, Augsburg squander another chance, with Langerak happy to watch a through ball roll out of play for a goal-kick.
Well, as I've previously said, Gotze and Lewandowski have had a very positive effect on this game! Lewandowski just exchanged passes nicely with Schieber, but was robbed of the ball as he lined up a shot!
Lewandowski was marginally offside, justifying the referee's decision - just about. It was a question of perhaps half a yard, at most. Augsburg are lucky, that goal would have probably killed off the game.
DISALLOWED! Sahin is given the chance to deliver into the box from a dangerous position, after Augsburg were penalised for a foul near to the corner flag. He flights the ball in, Lewandowski heads home, but the linesman has his flag up for offside!
Close! A lovely delicately chipped ball from Gotze almost sets up Lewandowski to nod home at the back post, but a good interception from Klavan denies the substitute the chance!
The Westfalenstadion is rocking! Although the atmosphere dipped at the end of the first half, the home fans are back in their normal phenomenal voice once again! Augsburg's fans won't be feeling like their counterparts, that's for sure.
This has been quite a game! Klopp's substitutes have both been involved in his side's two second-half goals. Lewandowski set Leitner free for the first, and Gotze delivered the free-kick for the second! Klopp's decisions must be commended.
GOOOOAL! SUBOTIC! After a good free-kick delivery from Gotze, the big Serbian defender stabs home underneath Manniger, who had no chance! The hosts are back in control!
Despite the hosts being in the ascendency, the visitors have managed to carve out some possession in the past five minutes, as the game turns slightly into one of attrition. It seems to be that a moment of brilliance could decide this - and on such criteria, Gotze may well be the answer.
It's tough to call which way this game will go. Dortmund look much more dangerous with Gotze on the pitch, but they've failed to get any great service to Lewandowski. The one time when the Polish striker got the ball in a good area, he started the goal-scoring move.
Mario Gotze has been very bright since coming on. As well as covering Schmelzer and doing his fair share of tracking back, his set piece deliveries have been reasonably good too.
The Dortmund fans have been hugely lifted by Schieber's goal and Moravek's miss! Augsburg aren't out of this game, but the double salvo of those two events is enough to knock their confidence a little!
This game is end to end now! Both side are desperate to score the next goal, as it will surely decide the match! Gotze and Lewandowski have had the impact that Klopp would have hoped for!
OOOOH! WHAT A MISS! Moravek has just missed the chance which may be vital to Augsburg's survival! The substitute raced clear after a mistake from Schmelzer, was in acres of space, took the ball around Langerak, but failed to finish with enough power to beat the recovering Santana!
GOOOOAL! SCHIEBER! Seconds after the two substitutions are made, Lewandowski finds Schieber with a fantastic through ball, and his teammate slams home his second!
As promised, Gotze takes to the field in place of Leitner, who has been reasonably good so far. Lewandowski replaces Bittencourt, and it's now definitely clear that Klopp wants three points!
It looks as though Mario Gotze is warming up to come on for the hosts. It seems that Klopp has seen enough off this second half to know that a change is required if Dortmund are to save the game.
OOH! CLOSE! Hofmann finds himself at the byline, after great play from Leitner and Groskreutz, before whipping in a devilish ball! It flashes past Manniger, but noone is there to turn it home at the back post!
Schieber receives a yellow card for a late challenge on Hahn, that could well have been a bit out of frustration to be honest. Groskreutz just made an important interception to deny Augsburg a third.. Langerak was allowed to come and claim the ball thanks to his intervention.
Yellow CardJulian Schieber
The referee signals the start of the second half! Dortmund will be looking to get themselves back into the game as soon as possible, as I'm sure they'll be aware of Leverkusen leading. Augsburg just need to hold on now, even a point would be brilliant for their survival bid.
Dortmund's Champions League opponents Malaga are also suffering after making changes to rest their players. They are trailing 2-0 away to Real Sociedad. I don't think that Klopp will panic and throw Lewandowski or Gotze into the game quite yet, personally.
Dortmund haven't played badly at all, it's just been a case of a lapse of concentration at the end of the first half. Werner was allowed in behind to easily for the equaliser, and Langerak palmed the ball back out into danger for Vogt's goal.
Augsburg are in good form as it stands, from the turn of the year the visitors have picked up points well. Dortmund made seven changes from their strongest side, and just might pay for it this afternoon. With Bayer Leverkusen beating Wolfsburg as it stands, Klopp may be worried.
This could be panic stations for Dortmund, as they've thrown away a first half lead in quite spectacular style! Goals in quick succession from Baier and Vogt have given the away side something to defend in the second half, the hosts might struggle to get the three points now!
The half time whistle goes! Klopp may well need to use a couple of his star men here! In two minutes of madness, the away side overturn the lead given to Dortmund by Schieber! Langerak may feel a bit disappointed with the second, but there's nothing he can do now!
GOOOOAL! THE GAME HAS BEEN TURNED ON IT'S HEAD! Augsburg leads at Dortmund! Werner is set free, his shot is saved by Langerak, but Vogt taps home the rebound!
GOOOOOOOOOAL! THE EQUALISER! WHAT A TIME TO GET IT! WHAT A GOAL! The corner is headed away, but Baier volleys home from about 30 yards!
CHANCE! Augsburg press again, and good play down the left hand side from Ji and Werner results in a corner for the away side, following a Subotic block!
OOH! Great delivery from Hahn! The winger manages to barge his way past a Schmelzer challenge, before delivering a cross with pace towards the near post! Molders is waiting, but Langerak steps off his line to smother the ball to his chest!
Six minutes or so to go until the half time break, and both teams will be keen to score before the referee calls time on the opening 45 minutes. Augsburg look slightly more likely at the moment, with the home side happy to sit deep and retain the ball - but Langerak remains untroubled.
Werner hasn't been able to get into this game at all so far. Groskreutz is again proving his worth as a utility man, and he's really been tested thus far. Dortmund are cruising at the moment, although I'm not sure if that's the best attitude for the men in yellow to have.
Molders isn't winning anything against Felipe Santana this afternoon. The number 33 is quite quick and physically strong, but the Dortmund defender is the exact same build, and perhaps quicker! The Brazilian is winning everything over him.
Ten minutes to go until half time, and Jurgen Klopp might just be willing his side on to grab a second goal, just to settle some nerves. Augsburg have been allowed to grow into the game in the past ten minutes, and as the relegation strugglers have a good away record, Dortmund really need to put this game beyond doubt.
Augsburg are yet to have a clear cut chance, other than a free-kick delivery narrowly evading Molders. Dortmund could plausibly be about two goals to the good at this point, if it wasn't for Schmelzer being compelled to shoot from range.
Hofmann and Bittencourt haven't looked out of place so far in this game. Dortmund have been dominant, with Groskreutz and Schmelzer able to push up massively. All Sahin needs to do is sit as an anchorman and allow his teammates to bomb forward.
CLOSE! Molders almost has the opportunity to turn the ball home for the equaliser, but a great free-kick delivery just eludes him! A very, very relieved Langerak catches the ball, but that was literally centimetres away from touching that delivery home!
GROSKREUTZ! Manniger is again called into action, to beat away a very powerful shot from the Dortmund utility man! That was a good save, the ball looked destined for the roof of the net!
SCHMELZER! The masked full-back sees a chasm in the Augsburg defence, and smashed an effort at goal from around 25 yards! He gets power on it, but it's directed straight at Manniger, thankfully for the Austrian keeper!
Hahn has a chance! The recently booked midfielder fires a weak effort toward goal, but Langerak turns it behind to make sure. There is no such uncertainty from the Australian from the resulting set piece, as he races out to punch the corner delivery away!
OOOOH! SANTANA! A Dortmund corner is whipped into the front post, after it was won by the bright Bittencourt. Santana rose highest and got great connection on the delivery, but fired his header narrowly over the bar!
SAHIN! The Turkish international tries a long-range effort, but Manniger beats it away! Dortmund have the momentum, that's for sure!
Yellow CardAndre Hahn
Despite Dortmund's big guns taking a place on the bench today, Schieber has made no mistake in proving that he still has a goalscoring touch. It only took one mistake by the away side, and he capitalised clinically.
GOOOOOOAL! SCHIEBER! After an error from the Verhaegh, the German striker slams home at the back post, giving Manniger no chance whatsoever!
Despite the visitors pushing up four players at all times, nothing is really coming of it. The intelligent pressing of Dortmund is forcing errors, thus the delivery into the likes of Werner and Baier has been poor.
Augsburg are certainly not a side to underestimate when they are away from home, it's the source of the majority of their points. The visitors have only taken seven points from their last available 30 at home - therefore today is an important game for them!
A poor clearance from Bender plays his side into trouble, and Hahn is given the opportunity to cross the ball towards Molders! Santana steps in ahead of him and clears to Scheiber. Despite a good first touch, the lone striker fails to create anything.
Augsburg are struggling to create any chances at the moment, with Dortmund holding their shape well, the away side are forced to pump the ball long. Klavan just launched the ball forward, but it went out of play.. somewhat sums up Augsburg's creativity so far.
Oooh! Chance for Bender! Sahin floats in a back post free-kick towards the Dortmund captain, who escapes his marker well, but despite stretching every sinew to reach the delivery, it escapes him and bounces out for a goal-kick!
Dortmund are looking settled and composed already, stroking the ball around the pitch with confidence. Such a spell is important for the several inexperienced players in their line-up, this should settle them into the game nicely.
Bittencourt shows glimpses of why he's regarded as a player for the future, ghosting past an Augsburg challenge with ease. It's been a good start from Dortmund, they've generated a few chances with none in reply for the visitors.
Bad challenge from Vogt! The midfielder goes straight through the back of Leitner, who reacts angrily to being fouled - and rightly so! The referee moves in quickly to defuse the situation.
CHANCE! A corner is floated into the back post, before being headed back across goal towards Subotic by Bender! The central defender clatters an effort at goal, but it is somehow blocked! Hofmann hits the rebound, but it's wide!
Both Hofmann and Bittencourt have failed to really get in the game as of yet. The former has been muscled off the ball twice in quick succession!
Schmelzer has spent more time in the Augsburg half than he has in his own, so far! The masked full-back was almost found in acres of space at the back post by Subotic, but the Serbian's pass was slightly over-hit.
Unlucky for Molders! Felipe Santana makes a mistake whilst shepherding the ball back to the edge of Langerak's box, but the Augsburg forward fails to capitalise! Santana recovers.
A bright start to the game, as both sides are playing reasonably directly. Subotic has already been tested several times in the air for the home side, and Augsburg certainly don't seem fazed by playing the Bundesliga's second placed team, away from home.
Ooooh! First chance for Dortmund! The masked Schmelzer bursts down the left, squaring the ball across the six-yard box, but Scheiber can't quite meet it! Ostrzolek clears!
Langerak is the first goalkeeper to be called into action, rushing off his line to pounce upon an over-hit through ball. This Dortmund side is certainly beatable today, plenty of big changes by Klopp.
And we are underway! This should be an interesting game, with Dortmund fielding a slightly weakened side and Augsburg in the hunt for some vital points as they sit precariously above the relegation zone!
Klopp has in fact made seven changes from the side which drew to Malaga in the Champions League earlier this week! It seems that their Spanish adversaries have had the same idea - they've made eight changes for their fixture this weekend.
Dortmund have plenty of quality on the bench this afternoon, as Kehl, Gundogan, Lewandowski, Gotze and Piszczek are all seemingly rested by Jurgen Klopp. Both sides have won three of their last five games, which certainly isn't relegation form for Augsburg!
Augsburg starting line-up: Manniger, Callsen-Bracker, Verhaegh, Klavan, Ostrzolek, Werner, Baier, Vogt, Molders, Hahn, Dong-Won Ji.
Dortmund starting line-up: Langerak, Subotic, Schmelzer, Santana, Sahin, Bender, Groskreutz, Leitner, Bittencourt, Hofmann, Schieber.
I'm Simon Harrison, and I will be keeping you fully informed this afternoon, as a much-changed Dortmund side look to maintain their position in the Bundesliga - hosting relegation strugglers Augsburg.
Hello and welcome to Goal.com's LIVE coverage of Borussia Dortmund versus Augsburg, where Jurgen Klopp has made plenty of changes to his starting 11! Any points would be a bonus for the visitors, who are desperately clinging onto Bundesliga survival.
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