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August 23, 2014
• Signal-Iduna-Park, Dortmund
Referee: D. Aytekin
• Attendance: 80667
K. Bellarabi 1'
S. Kießling 90'+
Dortmund had a spell of second half pressure, but couldn't make it tell, with Leno making two good saves near the end. Leverkusen score the quickest goal in Bundesliga history on the way to a great opening day win, but Die Schwarzgelben need to improve massively! I've been Simon Harrison and I hope to see you again next time.
FULL TIME! Leverkusen start their Bundesliga campaign in some style, defeating Dortmund at Signal Iduna Park 2-0! It is a deserved result, leaving Klopp presumably angry with his side's performance. Goals from Bellarabi and Kiessling wrap up a memorable win!
90' + 5'
Assist Karim Bellarabi
90' + 5'
Goal Stefan Kießling
GOOOOOOAL! KIESSLING MAKES IT TWO! Leverkusen lead 2-0 at Signal Iduna Park! The German forward clips a good finish over Langerak to wrap up the points! Bellarabi does excellently in the build-up to rob Durm of possession!
90' + 3'
Aubameyang denied by Leno! The Gabon international is found in space on the left, before trying to aim a well-struck shot inside the near post! The goalkeeper gets across easily to beat it away, before the resulting corner is cleared by the first man.
90' + 2'
Despite the scoreline, Leverkusen are still pushing plenty of players forward to call Dortmund's bluff somewhat and maintain the high pressure. Klopp is going wild on the sidelines, arguing with the fourth official over every decision which doesn't go in his favour.
There are four minutes of stoppage time for Dortmund to salvage a point.
Immobile is felled by Toprak, who comes through the back of the Italian forward. The referee chooses not to book the Leverkusen man for the second time of the afternoon. The free-kick is whipped in, but Leno makes himself big to deny Dortmund again!
Toprak stays alert to deny Aubameyang to head home at the back post, after Dortmund worked a nice short corner routine. The central defender turns it behind for another set piece, but this time Hofmann can't beat the first man.
Ginter rises well from a corner yet again, diverting it towards the ground, but the bounce helps Leno! The Leverkusen 'keeper gets across well, getting two strong hands to the ball in order to palm it away from danger!
Leverkusen look to find Brandt in behind the lines, but the 18-year-old is found offside. With three teenagers in his starting line-up, their new coach is clearly showing that he's prepared to give the younger players big opportunities.
We're into the dying embers of the game and Leverkusen are looking relatively comfortable. Dortmund appear to have been beaten at their own game, with Schmidt's gameplan of intensity and pressing leaving Die Schwarzgelben struggling.
Papadopoulos is given his debut at Signal Iduna Park, but slots in ahead of the back four as Leverkusen appear to try and shut up shop. Immobile races in behind once again, but picks the wrong option and the away side have a goal-kick.
Calhanoglu stands over yet another free-kick, but places the ball too close to Langerak who collects with ease. Dortmund break, with Hofmann pulling back a cross, but it's slightly too far behind two yellow shirts!
Jedvaj makes another important interception, as the Croatian 18-year-old continues to scoff at the fact that experience equals ability. He's on loan from Roma for the season and appears to be a shrewd acquisition.
Chances have suddenly become few and far between, with Dortmund's spell of pressure starting to peter out. They've got in behind the away side with more regularity, but Leno remains a spectator.
Less than 20 minutes for Dortmund to get back into this game. Kiessling is able to head home unmarked from deep in the opposition penalty area, but play is pulled back for an obvious earlier offside call.
Kiessling does well once again to use his physical presence for disruption in the Dortmund penalty area, before Durm is forced to dive across goal to ensure that the ball doesn't sneak in at the back post. Son collects the rebound, but his cross is turned into Langerak's grasp easily.
Dortmund are remaining focused and very keen to keep play moving and at a high tempo. Langerak is caught off his line after a poor half-clearance, with Son able to flick a pass into the path of Castro. The German midfielder has a sight of goal, but doesn't pull the trigger in time.
Son tries to hook a pass into the feet of Kiessling, but Ginter gets the slightest of touches to deflect it into Kehl. A few fouls in quick succession from Leverkusen, who may need to make the odd substitution should yellow cards begin to rack up.
Still only the one change from either coach, with Klopp holding faith in his starting line-up. They have looked far better during the second half, but Leverkusen are standing firm and continuing to keep the space on the field very compressed.
Tempers rise slightly, with Toprak and Immobile arguing between one another. Jojic is penalised for a foul, but both Klopp and his teammates think that the referee has been unnecessarily harsh. The Serbia international receives a yellow card.
Yellow Card Miloš Jojić
Great work from Dortmund! Mkhitaryan takes a quick throw-in to Immobile, before the Italian plays a one-two, getting in behind the away side. He breaks to the byline and squares a cross, but Aubameyang isn't there to steam in at the back post!
Half an hour remains, but Leverkusen are in the driving seat. Jojic is felled by a rather overzealous challenge, but the Serbian will be fine to continue. Rolfes is substituted, with Reinartz replacing his captain.
Ginter rises highest to meet a Dortmund corner, but Toprak is able to intervene and clear the second ball! Die Schwarzgelben are exerting more pressure, with the crowd really sensing that their side are getting into this as a contest.
Castro does his defensive duty this time, dropping back into his defence to ensure that Boenisch wasn't caught out. Dortmund are growing in confidence, but there is a sense that Klopp's men need a goal to really get Leverkusen rocking.
Immobile battles well at the byline, but Dortmund are constantly forced back towards their own goal, with Leverkusen staying very narrow in order to stay compact. Die Schwarzgelben tries to find Mkhitaryan wide on the left, but Jedvaj steps out to make the header.
Two Leverkusen corners in quick succession, but Reus manages to hoof the second way upfield. The away side are creeping back into the game and Dortmund's chances are few and far between. Aubameyang breaks down the right before delivering a great cross, but Jedvaj and Toprak put in excellent blocks.
Schmidt is now the man willing to get the ball back into play quickly, possibly as he senses frailty in the Dortmund lines! Kiessling flicks on a great header to Son at the back post, but Piszczek recovers and slides in brilliantly to deny the South Korea international!
Yellow Card Ömer Toprak
Aubameyang meets the resulting free-kick at the back post, cushioning it back across goal, before Rolfes clears. Play is pulled back however, as the Gabon international was deemed to have allowed the ball to head out for a goal-kick before he made contact.
Immobile breaks down the left, before Toprak fells the Italy international. The central defender receives a yellow card, possibly for his overzealous follow through after winning the ball. He's incredulous.
Reus tries ambitiously from about 40 yards, but Leno is at ease and watches it sail over his crossbar. Dortmund are still struggling to get going, with Sokratis the only man looking like holding them together in defence.
Bellarabi breaks down the right-hand side once again, before trying to clip a cross in to the back post, but Sokratis manages to get a touch - guiding the ball into the grateful arms of Langerak. Slightly more of a deflection and that could've been an own goal.
Leverkusen break upfield almost from kick-off once again, before Bellarabi miscontrols on the edge of the penalty area. Schmidt's side are orchestrating plenty of angles in forward areas, their verticality is excellent.
We are back underway in the second half! Back to the drawing board for Dortmund, who will have presumably been given a dressing down by their coach at the break. Thus far, Schmidt's system looks viable to give Leverkusen an opening day victory.
Be sure to rejoin us in ten minutes time for all of the second half, as Klopp's men bid to avoid defeat in Signal Iduna Park to salvage a good start for their Bundesliga campaign!
Calhanoglu and Kiessling have caused real problems for Dortmund thus far, with the home side probably feeling as though they're being pitted against their own system. Immobile has had the odd half chance, but Klopp's men need a re-think.
HALF TIME! A few whistles in the crowd as things aren't going to plan for Dortmund! Seven seconds was all it took to throw a spanner in the works, as Bellarabi ran through and converted as a result of a passage of play from kick-off! Since, Die Schwarzgelben have struggled to impose themselves against Leverkusen's intense pressing.
Yellow Card Tin Jedvaj
Reus curls another free-kick into the box as a result of Jedvaj's handball, but Leno is able to claim extremely easily. There is only one minute of stoppage time.
Leverkusen continue to hunt in packs in midfield, with only the odd good touch from Mkhitaryan and Reus able to provide any kind of space in a congested area of the field. Jedvaj receives a yellow card for a deliberate handball.
Kehl looks to slide a pass in behind Spahic for Aubameyang to chase, but the veteran defender is just about able to intercept. Dortmund are keen to put their opposition on the back foot, but it continues to be Die Schwarzgelben who are hurried in possession.
Five minutes until half-time and Dortmund are pressing forward in search of an equaliser - but must remain wary of Leverkusen breaking. The build-up play from the men in red has been fantastic, with balls being played into areas where they know their teammates will be situated.
Leverkusen aren't allowing their opposition to settle on the ball whatsoever. Mkhitaryan slips a ball through for Reus, who dances round one challenge and finds Jojic. The Serbian midfielder earns a yard to get a shot away, but sees it blocked well!
As Reus comes over to take a break from the sideline, Klopp is sure to ply his star man with plenty of instructions. There needs to be plenty of improvement if Dortmund are to find an equaliser. Bellarabi gets some minor treatment, but should be fine to continue.
Ten minutes until the break and Klopp will be wanting his side to try and break their way back into the contest before the interval. Mkhitaryan plays a crossfield ball in search of Immobile, but Jedvaj tracks his man and eventually robs him of the ball.
Half chance for Boenisch! Spahic can't make contact with the resulting corner, which is hooked clear by Reus. Leverkusen retain the ball, before looping another cross in, which Kiessling protects. It bobbles loose to the left-back, who drags way wide.
Aubameyang tries a fancy flick, but ultimately Dortmund fail to penetrate the organised visiting lines. Schmidt's side aren't showing sides of relenting, they're moving the ball excellently. Jedvaj is picked out on the right, before a recovering challenge from Durm concedes a corner.
Calhanoglu has the chance to deliver from another free-kick, but the Turkish midfielder's cross is headed behind for a corner by Aubameyang. It meets the same demise as the aforementioned opportunity, being headed clear at the near post.
Leverkusen are taking slightly more of a backseat, inviting a bit of pressure on, but they're so dangerous on the break. Dortmund haven't managed to get in behind whatsoever, despite the pace they have available to them.
Aubameyang looks to break down the flank, beating Toprak, but Spahic gets across brilliantly to time a sliding challenge to perfection. Despite his advancing years, the Bosnia international is coming into this season looking as strong as ever.
As we get closer to the half hour mark, there has still been little asked of Leno in the Leverkusen goal. Bellarabi's seven second opener remains the only difference between the two sides, but Die Schwarzgelben are really struggling to get a foothold in the game.
The game has calmed down somewhat, with Schmidt's men taking something of a breather. Calhanoglu is having an excellent start to his debut, with the likes of Reus and Immobile having barely any opportunities to break forward.
Dortmund are being forced very, very deep. Calhanoglu musters up another long-range strike, but drags another shot wide of the target. Die Schwarzgelben are trying to press upfield and harry their opposition, but frankly are struggling while in possession.
Calhanoglu goes close! Kiessling is brought down, earning his side a free-kick from 20 yards, much to the hosts' disgust. The Turkish attacking midfielder uses his wand of a right foot, but curls the ball narrowly wide of the near post! Langerak had his angles covered regardless.
Klopp acts a ballboy, getting a loose ball back into play quickly for Piszczek - he knows that his side have to step things up here. Bellarabi's goal is still the difference, with Leverkusen's new manager implementing a system Dortmund are struggling against.
Immobile spurns a great chance! The Italy international intercepts a terrible backpass, before breaking into the penalty area at a narrow angle. Jedvaj gets across intelligently to slide in and deny the former Torino striker!
Kiessling breaks forward, before trying to poke a pass backwards into the path of Calhanoglu, but Ginter intercepts well. Leverkusen's movement is causing all kinds of problems and Dortmund are struggling. Calhanoglu is found in behind the lines by Castro, but is called offside.
Very high tempo start at Signal Iduna Park, with neither side able to settle on the ball, leading to plenty of fouls and misplaced passes. Reus breaks down the left, but Toprak uses his frame well to muscle the Germany international off the ball.
Calhanoglu dips in an excellent free-kick delivery, which Papadopoulos manages to attack over Sokratis! The striker gets firm contact, but guides his effort wide of the post! Langerak was rooted to the spot.
Leverkusen are continuing to look very dangerous going forward, with Dortmund looking a little bit disjointed at the back. Schmidt's side are pressing intently, almost playing Die Schwarzgelben at their own game. The hosts' feathers are certainly ruffled.
Aubameyang shifts possession out to the overlapping Piszczek on the right-hand side, but the Poland international's strike is blocked excellently by Spahic! It deflects back off the Dortmund right-back and behind for a goal-kick.
Reus is playing in behind Immobile at the moment, with Klopp appearing to want his main man involved as close to the striker as possible. Mkhitaryan will be asking to put in more running out wide, despite performing well in the middle during pre-season.
Kehl tests Leno! Reus whips in a near post free-kick, before the former Dortmund captain rises to meet it! He can only nod directly at the Leverkusen goalkeeper, with the final touch perhaps coming off the defender marking him.
That is actually a piece of Bundesliga history! That goal from Bellarabi is the quickest ever recorded in the German top flight! What a way for Schmidt's men to start!
Well, that certainly wasn't what anyone was expecting! Leverkusen take a leaf out of his manager's philosophy at Salzburg, where breaking vertically was frighteningly common. The home crowd are a bit stunned and you can't blame them!
Assist Sebastian Boenisch
Goal Karim Bellarabi
GOOOOAL! INSIDE TEN SECONDS FROM BELLARABI! Klopp can only look bemused, as Leverkusen break forward quickly from kick-off! The summer recall nutmegs Ginter, before placing a finish under Langerak! The away side lead 1-0!
We are underway in the first half! Dortmund are perhaps favourites, but Leverkusen have indisputedly bought well in the transfer market. Plenty of new faces on show today, with the hosts donning their famous yellow and black, while Leverkusen are in all red. Much is expected of the returning Marco Reus!
There are only five minutes until kick-off, so be sure to stick around for all of the action as Dortmund look to give their home fans something to shout about! They showed their intent with victory over Bayern, while Leverkusen are in gear after their European competitive fixture.
Plenty of quality can be found on either bench, as Germany internationals Weidenfeller, Bender and Grosskreutz take their seats. Jonas Hofmann, who played excellently in the Super Cup is available to make an impact, while Subotic continues his return from injury. Summer signing Josip Drmic will look to debut in goalscoring form for Bayer, while loanee Kyriakos Papadopoulos can shore up the defence if required.
Leverkusen substitutes: Reinartz, Drmic, Papadopoulos, Oztunali, Wendell, Brandt, Kresic.
Leverkusen starting line-up: Leno; Jedvaj, Toprak, Spahic, Boenisch; Castro, Rolfes; Bellarabi, Calhanoglu, Son; Kiessling.
Dortmund substitutes: Weidenfeller, Subotic, Bender, Hofmann, Grosskreutz, Maruoka, Narey.
Dortmund starting line-up: Langerak; Piszczek, Sokratis, Ginter, Durm; Kehl, Jojic; Reus, Mkhitaryan, Aubameyang; Immobile.
TEAM NEWS: Stefan Kiessling is named as Schmidt's lone striker, but the Germany international will have plenty of support from Heung-Min Son and summer additions Halkan Calhanoglu and Karim Bellarabi. 18-year-old Tin Jedvaj starts at right full-back for Leverkusen, while the rest of the back four provides real experience at this level.
TEAM NEWS: Marco Reus starts for the home side, following his long-term injury absence, in what is the best news for Jurgen Klopp's outfit. Mats Hummels needs a bit more training to get him back to full fitness, so Matthias Ginter partners Sokratis with Nevan Subotic on the bench. Milos Jojic will presumably take up a central role alongside Sebastian Kehl, leaving Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Reus to provide service for Ciro Immobile.
I'm Simon Harrison and I will be keeping you up to date with all of the action from Signal Iduna Park, as Dortmund attempt to kick-start a season that will see them keep pace with Die Roten at the top of the Bundesliga table. Leverkusen will be hoping to improve on Sami Hyypia's reign, with Roger Schmidt certainly looking to be an astute managerial signing from Red Bull Salzburg.
Hello and welcome to live coverage of the Bundesliga's late kick-off, as Borussia Dortmund and Bayer Leverkusen bid to start their respective league campaigns in winning fashion! Die Schwarzgelben come into this fixture off the back of lifting the German Super Cup versus Bayern Munich, while Roger Schmidt's side enjoyed Europa League play-off victory against FC Copenhagen in Denmark midweek.
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