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September 15, 2012
• Signal-Iduna-Park, Dortmund
Referee: F. Brych
• Attendance: 80645
M. Hummels 28'
J. Błaszczykowski 39'
R. Lewandowski 78'
Bayer never got going and never got near their opponents, and are still pointless on the road this season. They will have to vastly improve if they want to make the Champions League places this season.
And that's it! Dortmund have three goals and three points from an extremely comfortable outing at Signal Iduna Park. They are starting to come together now, and will be buoyed by that result ahead of the Champions League opener against Ajax.
BVB go close again! Perisic's header crashes off the crossbar and bounces down on the line. No goal given.
Augusto sidefoots an effort over for the visitors at the other end. That should have been a consolation goal for his side.
Reus clips in what he thinks is his side's fourth goal, but he had strayed offside and the linesman's flag cuts his celebrations short.
BVB are sat deep waiting for Bayer to commit an error so they can go back on the attack.
Bellarabi just got caught there, so we've got a break in play.
The Dortmund fans are in magnificent voice here. Their boys have barely put a foot wrong all afternoon.
The BVB defence are looking solid as a rock today. They've stood up to everything Bayer have thrown at them.
Yellow CardPhilipp Wollscheid
GOAL! Lewandowski steals in ahead of the out-rushing Leno to glance Reus' free kick into the back of the net for 3-0. That's his first goal of the Bundesliga season.
Very close to a third there for the hosts. Piszczek took advantage when the ball broke free in the area, but he elected for a low cross, when a chipped ball to Lewandowski would have been the better option.
Yellow CardDaniel Carvajal
And now Lewandowski is bundled over at the other end and Carvajal picks up his first Bundesliga yellow card.
Yellow CardMarcel Schmelzer
Schurrle is fouled as by Schmelzer, who is booked for his troubles. The sought-after Bayer forward has been very quiet today, but looked dangerous there as he drove at the BVB defence.
Lewandowski just got sandwiched by two Bayer players then. Nevertheless, it is Gotze who is substituted. Bit of a shame; it would have been nice to see him gel with Reus in a comfortable setting like this.
Reus almost got in on the fun then after linking up with Gotze, but he is snuffed out. BVB come back again and Jakub earns a corner on the right.
If Borussia Dortmund hold out for the three points here, they will have gone a whole year without losing a Bundesliga home game. You can't argue with that.
Hegeler not far from getting on the end of Castro's free kick from the right, but it's just not quite happening for Bayer.
Chance for the hosts as Subotic stoops to head Schmelzer's corner towards goal, but as Leno parries the ball back out Hummels is adjudged to have fouled the visiting keeper.
Marco Reus is coming on here, so that should liven things up a bit.
BVB have got this game completely under control at the moment, they're knocking the ball around comfortably.
Kiessling just gets caught underneath Carvajal's cross and cannot get enough on the ball to send it into the back of the net.
Schmelzer snuffs out a Bayer break just as Castro was about to pull the trigger. The left-back has had a fine game so far.
But it's the hosts who have the first chance of the second period, with Kuba sending a tame shot wide from the edge of the box.
The visitors have made a change here, bringing on striker Ballarabi for left-back Kadlec. Could make things interesting.
I can't see Bayer getting back into this. Their best chance was the counter-attack but now BVB have no cause to flood forward. In fact, the champions have already caught the visitors on the break, so something's going to have to give here if a home win is to be averted.
The referee decides not to add on any additional time and that's your lot for the first half. Borussia Dortmund look extremely comfortable here, leading Bayer Leverkusen 2-0.
Lewandowski wants a penalty for a bit of a shove in the back, but he won't be getting one.
GOAL! What do I know?! Kuba makes it 2-0 at the far post by turning in Piszczek's low cross from the right.
That was an incisive breakaway down the right from the hosts, with Piszczek racing away to set up his international team-mate, who was in the right place at the right time to tap home from close in. They made it look so easy.
Anybody know any good jokes?
Not a lot going on here now. The goal seems to have taken the sting out of the game, strangely enough.
Lewandowski chests the ball down and tries to turn and get a shot away, but it was well blocked by Wollscheid.
Hummels was completely unmarked there, and he powered his header into the ground and past Leno, who did well to get anywhere near it.
GOAL! Mats Hummels nods in Schmelzer's corner at the far post.
Castro fires a wayward shot well over the bar for the visitors. This is dying down a bit now.
Gotze fires one straight down Leno's throat from 20 yards following some neat build-up play.
Bayer look fairly dangerous on the break here. Subotic just had to stretch to cut out a ball destined for Kiessling, but the forward was adjudged offside anyway. Still, this game is all about fine margins.
Chance for Bayer again. Kiessling provided a fine cut back from the right, but Castro didn't really get hold of his shot and Weidenfeller makes a comfortable save.
Carvajal seems to have shaken off that earlier knock, in case you were worrying.
Schmelzer fires a shot over the bar. He's looked lively for the hosts so far. Leno taking his time over the goal kick again.
Great chance for Bayer there. Kiessling got the ball stuck under his feet from Bender's far-post nod down, and he could not turn quickly enough to get his shot away from 10 yards. Should have laid it back to the edge of the box, if you want my opinion...
Bayer have got a bit of territory here, if nothing else. Throw in for them near BVB's corner flag.
Bayer new boy Carvajal is down with an injury now. He picked it up trying to prevent Schmelzer's cross. I've seen better attempts.
Another chance for the hosts, this time neither Lewandowski nor Kuba can get on the end of Schmelzer's inviting cross from the left.
Bayer keeper Leno is taking his time over this goal kick. A nice bit of time-wasting early on from the visitors.
What a chance for Kuba! The Pole was about 12 yards out but skewed his half volley well over the bar.
Schmelzer forces a smart save from Leno following a powerful run down the left. The hosts have started well here.
We are under way!
We're now enjoying the announcements from the players renouncing any form of abuse from the terraces. I think that's something we can all get on board with.
The players are out on the pitch ahead of kick-off. This should be a lively encounter, what do you think?
Bayer Leverkusen: Leno; Carvajal, Wollscheid, Toprak, Kadlec; L. Bender, Reinartz, Hegeler; Castro, Kiessling, Schurrle.
Well here you go anyway. Borussia Dortmund: Weidenfeller; Piszczek, Subotic, Hummels, Schmelzer; Gundogan, Kehl; Kuba, Gotze, Grosskreutz; Lewandowski.
Can I interest anybody in some starting line-ups?
I'll tell you what; some Bundesliga action! I'm Sam and I'll be talking you through the intriguing clash between champions Borussia Dortmund and Bayer Leverkusen.
Well well well, what do we have here?
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