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December 7, 2013
• Signal-Iduna-Park, Dortmund
Referee: F. Meyer
• Attendance: 80645
Heung-Min Son 18'
That's it from me for today folks. Hope you've enjoyed. Bye for now.
Dortmund are now staring a 10 point gap on league leaders Bayern. They deserved little else than what they got today, as Leverkusen were in control at both ends of the pitch. Sami Hyypia's men, by the way, move to within four of Pep Guardiola's pace setters.
90' + 6'
Reus has two bites of the cherry from a free kick, but cannot make either count. And that's it!
90' + 5'
REUS! That was the chance! A long punt upfield breaks kindly to Reus, who scuffs his shot and allows Leno the chance to save!
90' + 4'
Into the fourth of five added minutes as Aubameyang terribly wastes a promising free kick which Weidenfeller strode up for!
90' + 3'
Yellow CardPhilipp Wollscheid
90' + 2'
90' + 2'
Sokratis throws the ball away childishly, and that's the end of his evening! Second yellow card!
90' + 2'
It's a painful atmosphere now inside the Westfalenstadion. Lewandowski is denied a halfhearted penalty appeal, and time just keeps ebbing away.
Kiessling tries to buy Leverkusen some time by wrestling with Sokratis, but the defender wins the ball excellently. Straight after, Grosskreutz concedes a needless free kick that gives the visitors time to milk the clock.
LEWANDOWSKI! On the turn, the Pole drills it towards goal, but Leno is right behind it and makes the save!
Klopp is furious on the touchline as Grosskreutz tries to be too cute with a clip from the edge of the box, when a shot would have sufficed.
Durm is too ambitious with a half volley from way out that doesn't come close to troubling Leno.
If that doesn't provide Dortmund with the momentum to pile forward and try to snatch something from this game, then nothing will.
Yellow CardHenrikh Mkhitaryan
Yellow CardG. Castro
Red CardEmir Spahic
RED CARD! Spahic is sent off for that tackle. It was two footed, no doubt, but he did play the ball. Perhaps slightly harsh?
Confusion here as Spahic goes in with a two footed challenge to take out Lewandowski. Both sets of players come together, and the referee has a decision to make...
Looks like a bad one for Sahin, who is down in some discomfort and needs treatment. He's barely able to walk, and may not be able to continue.
Quarter of an hour left. The crowd can sense that time is slipping away, and are getting visibly more frustrated at events on the pitch. Boos and whistles starting to be heard in greater voice.
Suddenly, in a burst of pace, Can zooms forward down the left, and nearly pings in a good cross for Kiessling, but Grosskreutz gets a good tackle in.
It's slowed down to a crawl out there on the pitch. Leverkusen are really stifling Dortmund out of the game.
Yellow CardSokratis Papastathopoulos
Sokratis is shown a yellow card for barging Rolfes off the ball, who was powering through the midfield on his way to goal.
Sub coming up for the hosts, Kuba to depart and Hofmann to replace him.
Could this be the day when Dortmund drop out of the title race? There is nothing coming from them that suggests that they can get back into this game.
Kiessling makes a run off the shoulder of Sokratis towards the back post, but Son takes too long to pick him out.
Yellow CardEmre Can
Leverkusen just starting to lose their discipline here as Can joins Hegeler in the book for a bad tackle on Kuba out on the flanks.
Hegeler has just been booked for a rough challenge on Sven Bender, who needs some treatment.
Rolfes, who has been a silver bullet in the middle of the park for Leverkusen, hounds Mkhitaryan off the ball excellently.
Yellow CardJens Hegeler
Worry he does not though, as Sokratis deals with the delivery.
Leverkusen, who haven't shown much in attack in the second half for all their great play at the back, win a corner, and a chance to make Weidenfeller worry.
Dortmund starting to build something in attack here, as Lewandowski spreads wide to Aubameyang, who whips in a cross that Toprak swings and misses, but no one in black and yellow is there to profit!
Sahin launches a free kick into the box, and it's headed back into the danger area, but Kiessling sticks out a vital leg to hook the ball away from danger!
Superb defense from Leverkusen once again to cut out a Lewandowski-led attack. The passing from the hosts hasn't been as crisp and brisk as normally witnessed.
Slow coming out of the traps here to start the second half. Klopp has sent Reus to warm up on the sidelines, and he may be needed to turn this tie around.
Real test for Dortmund here as the game restarts.
Leverkusen took an early lead, and then held onto it with impunity. Dortmund have struggled mightily to break them down, in fact falling victim to more chances from the visitors at the other end. It's a lot of work for Klopp to do to get his team back in contention for the second half.
The referee ends the game temporarily right on the stroke of 45 minutes.
Some frustration raining down from the stands as Dortmund are forced to chase the game. It really has been another off color league display from the former champs.
This has been a very impressive away performance so far from Leverkusen. Their defensive shape has been top notch, and they've created the better chances so far.
Hegeler is the latest to have an attempt from long range, but he can't get the ball up and down in time, and it sails over Weidenfeller's crossbar with the goalkeeper seeing it all the way.
Sahin tries to pull off a Luis Suarez special, dipping in a half volley from well out, but it has none of the verve of the Uruguayan's effort against Norwich, and is an easy grab for Leno.
Mkhitaryan makes a great, speedy run forward on the ball from midfield, and slips in Aubameyang well, but once again, his first touch lets him down, and the chance evaporates as Leverkusen regain possession.
Some scrappy fouls in the middle of the park break up play, as BVB continue to be frustrated in their endeavours.
Lewandowski with a quite amazing and unorthodox mid-air volley, as he contorts off the ground and blasts one in on goal, but it's right at Leno, who saves comfortably. Still, great improvisation from the Pole.
Donati pings a first time cross that is deflected into the stratosphere. Friedrich makes up for his earlier error with a firm headed clearance.
No sign yet of how BVB will get back into this game. Leverkusen are doing their best to ensure that no gaps appear at the back.
Toprak with some good defensive work, covering for Can out on the left and poking the ball away from Mkhitaryan, who was about to sprint through.
If Dortmund lose today, not only will they fall further behind Leverkusen and Bayern, but Gladbach, having won against Schalke, will draw level on points with them.
Mkhitaryan almost slides a neat through ball to Aubameyang, who bizarrely checks his run, and the chance dies.
Dortmund are architects of their own demise, as an attempt to play the ball out of the back goes horribly wrong. Castro snaps onto the loose ball, and releases Son, who rounds Weidenfeller and prods home!
LEVERKUSEN LEAD IN DORTMUND!
Leverkusen defend the delivery well, but BVB have a corner.
A smashing ball form deep comes all the way through for Lewandowski. he tries to hold play up, but Can is having none of it, and barges him off the ball, illegally. Free kick to come in a good position.
Can cuts in off the left flank onto his right peg, and lets fly from the edge of the box, missing the target narrowly. Dortmund have not been able to pick up the 19 ear old so far.
Rolfes and Sven Bender make crucial tackles within seconds of each other at opposite ends of the pitch, to deny Lewandowski and Kiessling respectively. Great play from the pair of them.
Can angles a dangerous cross towards the near post, but surprisingly, no one in a red shirt is willing to attack it. Weidenfeller gathers the ball with far more ease than he ought to have had.
Good move forward by Leverkusen sees Hegeler flick into the path of the onrushing Kiessling, who hammers one at goal, but it's right at Weidenfeller, who smothers.
A tentative start to the game from both sides, though there are signs that play is starting to open up.
Aubameyang gets to the byeline and flicks the ball cleverly into the path of Lewandowski, but Leno is in position to block the ball at the near post!
Always great to see some brother-on-brother action in football, and it doesn't get much closer than the Bender twins. Sven and Lars, of BVB and B04 respectively, will directly match up against each other in the centre of the park.
Dortmund get the ball rolling.
Dortmund mix it up following their DFB Pokal exertions midweek, with the likes of Weidenfeller and Lewandowski coming back into the side. Leverkusen make only one change, as Wollscheid is replaced by Hegeler.
LEVERKUSEN: Leno; Donati, Toprak, Spahic, Can; Rolfes, Bender, Castro; Hegeler, Kiessling, Son.
DORTMUND: Weidenfeller; Grosskreutz, Friedrich, Sokratis, Durm; Bender, Sahin; Kuba, Aubameyang, Mkhitaryan; Lewandowski.
Let's take a look at our starting lineups.
Dortmund may have won their last three games, but only one of those victories have come in the league. They've fallen in two of their last three in the BuLi, which has seen them staring down the barrel of a 10 point gap to Bayern at the start of play.
So back to matters at hand. Leverkusen are three points ahead of Dortmund, and with a win, could draw to within four points of Bayern at the top. Jurgen Klopp called this B04 incarnation a side of "results machines", and indeed, today's visitors have won five of their last six in the league.
It's Bayern Munich's Bundesliga to lose, and the Bavarians laid down another marker earlier today with a 7-0 pasting of Werder Bremen away from home. It seems trite to already be talking about the fight for second place as the most interesting subplot at the top end of the table, but such has been Bayern's dominance.
Hello everyone, and welcome to what promises to be a delicious Bundesliga showdown between Borussia Dortmund and Bayer Leverkusen. I'm Keeghann Sinanan, your designated scribe for all the action.
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