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February 11, 2012
• Signal-Iduna-Park, Dortmund
Referee: G. Perl
• Attendance: 80400
I hope you enjoyed our commentary! Remember you can follow me on Twitter @MitchAKA_
A well deserved win for Dortmund but Leverkusen didn't threaten all game. The goal cam on the stroke of halftime when Kagawa span inside the box as Friedrich slipped over. Kagawa finished calmly along the ground.
Dortmund still attacking in the final few minutes. They look assured to win this game; The champions playing the corner game.
Schurrle and Schmelzer collide when both players went into a 50-50. However Perl gave Schmelzer the free-kick and once again doesn't produce a card.
The hard working Borussia Dortmund have given everything in the second half. However Weidenfeller has had a very easy game. He has only been in action when he clears the ball.
You can tell Leverkusen lack creativity in the midfield. Although Augusto is on the field, he hasn't created any chances. Michael Ballack would be the obvious choice but he is set to be leaving in the summer.
Offside call on Barrios! Good decision! Barrios just strayed past the three man defence of Leverkusen.
Ten minutes to go and Dortmund look the most likely side to score. Kagawa has played very well once again. He has been vital since Gotze got injured.
Leverkusen really haven't threatened all game. They have failed to create any clear goal-scoring opportunities. Weidenfeller has yet to be tested.
More wing play from Dortmund as Kua and Piszczek link up down the right. Augusto has to help out his defence but Sven Bender gives Leverkusen a free-kick.
Leverkusen keeping possession but there is no way through. Dortmund look very organised and are happy to let Leverkusen pass inside their own half.
Some silky skils from Kagawa and he played in Kuba. The Polish winger crossed for Lewandowski but he fouled Corluka whilst jumping for the ball.
What a save! Leno saves from his team mate Kiessling! A glancing header from the Leverkusen forward was going in until the young German keeper palmed it for a corner. The resulting corner failed to create a chance. Kiessling off the hook!
It's just not Grosskreutz day! He could have scored once again but the chance goes begging. He got his feet in a pickle as Leverkusen were at sixes and sevens.
Kagawa looking ever so lively. However his team mates fail to see another opening for Dortmund. Leverkusen are yet to make a mark in the second half.
Grosskreutz should have scored. Played in by a cool-headed Kagawa but he fired straight at Leno when he had the whole goal at his mercy. Schmelzer fired just past the post in the same attack.
Kagawa could have played in Lewandowski but he chose to play in Grosskreutz on the wing. A poor choice as Piszczek recieves the ball and fires well wide of the Leverkusen goal.
Subotic swings in a shot from the resulting free-kick but it goes just wide. Questions being asked if the Leverkusen wall was far enough away. Doesn't matter now away.
A sorry looking Michael Ballack sits on the Leverkusen bench and watches Dortmund attack once again. Lewandowski is brought down by Friedrich just outside the Leverkusen penalty area.
Scgwaab brings down Lewandowski inside the Leverkusen half and Perl give Dortmund a free-kick. Kuba swings in the ball and Leno beats everyone to grab it.
Schmelzer calms play down on the wing but smashes the cross into Lewandowski's feet. The Polish forward failed to control the cross and Leno picked it up greatfully.
Rolfes finds Corluka on the right wing and the Croatian international swings in a high cross. Weidenfeller catches easily as no Leverkusen striker attempted to win the ball.
Leverkusen are enjoying a strong away run at the moment; they remain unbeaten in six matches. They have collected 16 points in away matches this season which is one more than they have gained in home games.
Good low ball in by Schmelzer looking for Kuba. However it failed to reach the Polish winger. Leverkusen win the throw-in.
The second half has started with more of the same. Dortmund gain early possession on the flanks. Lewandowski was put in by Hummels and Leno saved but only just.
Dortmund get us underway for the second half at the Signal Iduna Park. No chances from either side.
A half that Dortmund dominated but failed to create many chances. However on the stroke of halftime Kagawa scored his 7th goal of the season, putting Dortmund up 1-0. Remember you can follow me on Twitter @MitchAKA_
Assist Jakub Blaszczykowski
Goal Shinji Kagawa
GOOOAAALLL! KAGAWA! The Japanese international turns inside the Leverkusen box as Friedrich slid past him. He fired along the ground past Bernd Leno and into the back of the net. Nicely taken goal from the Dortmund playmaker, they deserved that.
Another foul given away by Dortmund and yet again Perl doesn't produce a card. Kehl has words with the referee as he was confused why it was given.
Hummels fouls Schurrle inside the Dortmund half but Perl decides not to book the player once again. The resulting free-kick gave Leverkusen a corner. Oczipka swings in the ball from the corner but Kiessling miss-guids the header past Weidenfeller's goal.
Leverkusen with ten players inside they're own half. Dortmund keep pushing them back but once again they fail to create a clear chance. Seems like they're missing Mario Gotze.
More wide-play from Dortmund as Schmelzer and Piszczek both get involved once again. However the ball rolls to Leno who calmly picked up the ball.
A chance for Dortmund as Lewandowski tried to bring Piszczek into the game. He crossed for Grosskreutz but Leno caught the poor header. Schmelzer had another chance soon after but he fails to test Leno from 25 yards.
Reinartz brought down Kagawa but Gunter Perl told the Dortmund player to get up. Leverkusen countered but Schurrle was called offside.
Leverkusen taking their time with the ball. Friedrich and Leno passing between each other inside they're own box.
Excellent defending from Piszczek, he got himself across the waiting Kiessling and cleared. Dortmund countered but no goalscoring chance was created.
Lewandowski wins a corner by kicking the ball against Castro's leg. The resulting corner was taken by Kuba but Leno plucked the ball out of the sky. Great goalkeeping from the Leverkusen keeper.
Stefan Kiessling needs just one more goal to make himself the 5th active player to reach 75 Bundesliga goals. Behind Pizarro, Gomez, Cacau and Ballack.
Kuba with a great lob over the Leverkusen defence looking for Kagawa. However Bernd Leno was quick on his heels and picked the ball up from the on-rushing Kagawa.
Space on the right for Piszczek as he crossed, looking for Lewandowski. The cross was blocked by Oczipka and Leverkusen countered. However Dortmund won possession back easily.
Gunter Perl decides not to give Schurrle a yellow card after a late challenge. Typical refereeing from Perl.
Lewandowski looked for a chance to cross but he was blocked by Corluka. However Dortmund kept possession and looked for another way through.
Kagawa linking up the play beautifully. The Japanese international passing between Schmelzer and himself, looking for an opportunity to get a shot away.
There should be goals in this game; Dortmund have scored atleast once in each of their last 16 Bundesliga matches.
So close. Lars Bender crosses for Kiessling but he couldn't jump high enough for it. It wouldn't have counted anyway as Bedner was called offside. Very close call.
Hummels and Subotic always so calm when in possession of the ball. Pushing forward and starting attacks for the black and yellows.
Very good match this; Dortmund finding a lot of space on the wings as they usually do. Kagawa this time with a shot well over Leno's bar.
Jakub 'Kuba' Blaszczykowski took a shot on the right hand side of the box. However he miss-hit the ball and went well wide.
The resulting corner was swung in by Castro and Weidenfeller had to be sure of it, palming it over his bar. Leverkusen finally woken up and gaining ground in this game.
Schmelzer fouls Kiessling by standing his ground. Nevertheless Leverkusen win the free-kick. Castro crossed the ball in and won a corner for Leverkusen
Dortmund with most of the possession in the early minutes of this game, pushing Leverkusen back into their own box. They look really up gor it today.
Kevin Grosskreuts fires well wide of Leno's goal as he gets the first shot of the game. Dortmund have never lost when Grosskreutz has scored.
Some early wide play from Dortmund with Blaszczykowski attacking down the right hand side. Lewandowski goes down in the Leverkusen box but Perl waves it away.
We are underway at the Signal Iduna Park with Leverkusen kicking off.
The two teams come out of the tunnel and look ready for this game at the Signal Iduna Park on match day 21 in the Bundesliga.
Big team news for Borussia Dortmund as Sven Bender plays today against his brother Lars. He wasn't expected to feature but the medical staff at Dortmund have worked wonders getting him fit for this tie.
Bayer Leverkusen XI: Leno, Schwaab, Reinartz, Oczipka, Freidrich, Corluka, Castro, Rolfes, Bender, Schurrle, Kiessling
Borussia Dortmund XI: Weidenfeller, Subotic, Hummels, Piszczek, Schmelzer, Kehl, Blaszczykowski, Grosskreutz, Bender, Kagawa, Lewandowski
Hello and welcome to Goal.com's coverage of Borussia Dortmund vs Bayer Leverkusen from the Sigal Iduna Park. You join Mitchell Agg for this thriller on match day 21 of the Bundesliga. Join me on Twitter @MitchAKA_
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