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April 21, 2012
• Signal-Iduna-Park, Dortmund
Referee: F. Meyer
• Attendance: 80720
That's all from me today folks. Stay tuned to Goal.com for all the reaction to Borussia Dortmund's Bundesliga victory. Enjoy your evenings!
And that's full time! Dortmund have retained their Bundesliga title! Jurgen Klopp and his technical team run on the pitch in celebration. And will anyone say they didn't deserve it after putting together such an extraordinary run? The Signal Iduna Park faithful sound their appreciation - their team have been fantastic.
90' + 1'
Lewandowski picks up the ball on the edge of the six yard box, pivots wonderfully and shoots, missing the post narrowly.
Big chance for Dortmund. Lewandowksi holds the ball up brilliantly on the edge of the box and plays in Leitner, who charges on to it and skies a left-footed shot over the bar. He could have done far better there.
And Sven Bender has come on for Kuba, who receives a big hug from his boss for his exertions.
This game has ceased to be a contest a while ago, and both teams are happy to pass it about leisurely in the centre of the park. The Dortmund party starts in just four minutes.
Gotze goes on a run through the Gladbach back line, but after beating three or four men, is eventually tackled. Meanwhile, we're having a break in play while Stranzl receives treatment on an ankle knock.
Reus plays a lovely one-two with Hanke and is about to pull the trigger when Subotic appears from nowhere and makes a magnificent tackle. Brilliant piece of defending.
Gotze has been lively since he came on. The Germany international moves into the box, and tries to force the ball across the face of goal, but it's put out for a corner.
The Dortmund faithful hold their breath in expectation as Gotze brings down the ball in the Gladbach box, but he's soon marshaled by Dante, and is forced to concede possession.
Dortmund are just cruising now. There's no need for them to exert themselves at this point - the finish line is in sight.
Gotze's first course of action is to swing in a free kick, but his delivery is poor and it fails to clear the first man.
The Dortmund party continues. Mario Gotze is making his long-awaited comeback from injury. A great day to be a BVB fan.
Perisic latches on to a dainty flick from a team-mate launches into the box, however, he fails to produce neither a shot nor a cross, which is claimed easily by Ter Stegen. Poor final delivery.
Brilliant play from Reus, who charges towards the Dortmund penalty area, but after a number of challenges, is forced to give up possession of the ball. It ricochets of Ring on the edge of the box, but Weidenfeller claims the ball.
Kehl almost extends the lead with a miss-hit cross, which nearly creeps into the top corner, forcing Ter Stegen to palm it away.
Signal Iduna Park has been rocking since the second goal. The Dortmund fans have set off fireworks in the crowd, and are looking forward to another title victory.
Another BVB set piece almost proves fruitful. Schmelzer hangs a ball in, and Lewandowski forces a great save from Ter Stegen with a powerful header. Brouwers gets to the rebound before a striker can apply the finish.
Assist Robert Lewandowski
Yellow Card Martin Stranzl
Goal Shinji Kagawa
GOAL!!! Just as I say that Kagawa had been in poor form, the 23-year-old latches on to a brilliant through ball from Lewandowski, fools Ter Stegen with some quick feet and finishes wonderfully. Jurgen Klopp sprints down the touchline to hug his players.
Yellow Card Shinji Kagawa
Another poor bit of play from Kagawa, who takes the ball of Kuba's toe just outside the six yard box, and allows Brouwers to get back and win the ball from him. He's been so wasteful in front of goal.
Gladbach finally threaten the hosts. Reus takes a fantastic touch to lift the ball over Schmelzer, and follows it up by knocking it past Weidenfeller. However, as he moves to put the ball into an empty net, Schmelzer gets back and blocks the ball on the line. Fantastic, heroic defending.
Perisic puts in some great work around the Gladbach box and feeds Kagawa, who dawdles, and tires a turn too many before letting the ball slip away from him. He hasn't had the best of games, despite his red hot scoring streak of late.
The game is still a little disjointed. Neither side has really turned up the tempo after the break, but why should they? Gladbach have all but sealed Champions League football, and Dortmund are cruising to the title.
Dortmund immediately lay siege to the Gladbach box, and although they're unable to thread the ball through to Lewandowski, it breaks to Gundogan who snatches an effort high and wide. He could have done far, far better there, even if the ball came to him rather awkwardly.
And we're back underway!
We're almost back. Borussia Dortmund are just 45 minutes away from being crowned German champions. Can they hold out against a robust Gladbach side? All will be revealed in the coming minutes...
And that's half time. It's been a stroll so far for Borussia Dortmund, who have threatened the Borussia Monchengladbach goal sporadically, and have rarely been forced to move up a gear. Ivan Perisic's header separates the two teams, and as it stands, the hosts are champions!
Piszczek is forced to come inside from the right and feeds Perisic, who makes Ter Stegen work with an effort from distance.
Hummels intercepts a ball from Reus and immediately charges forward to join the counter attack. When the ball falls to Kagawa, the move dies down, and the Germany centre back is forced to scurry back to his place at the back.
Reus tries to inject some sort of impetus with a brave run through the middle, but he's stopped in his tracks by a firm tackle from Hummels. BVB break, and Kagawa forces Ter Stegen into action with a tame left-footed shot.
Gladbach go on a rare attack, with Arango trying to chip a ball over the top for Reus, but Weidenfeller is sharp off his line and claims it well.
Gundogan swings in a corner which was easily cleared by the Gladbach back line. Schmelzer chips the ball back over the top, and Hummels springs the offside trap, and forces Ter Stegen into a great reaction save.
Kehl wrestles Reus off the ball in the centre of the park. Reus has had a quiet afternoon so far. Perhaps he is slightly daunted by the prospect of playing against his future team-mates.
And there's why Dortmund need a second goal. Daems rockets down the left and pulls the ball back to Hanke, who slides in at the far post and puts the ball in the back of the net. However, the Gladbach skipper is ruled offside, again rather contentiously.
Hummels chips a beautiful ball over the top of the Gladbach defence and finds Kagawa, who manages to bring the ball down brilliant, but then snatches at his shot. That's the Japan midfielder's third effort...
Weidenfeller has the ball at his feet for the first time. He's had a very, very quiet afternoon so far.
Barring the early moment when Reus was tenuously called offside, Gladbach really haven't threatened Dortmund so far. Could their ability on the break sting the champions?
Lewandowski nips in and steals the ball from Dante, and crosses deep towards the far post. However, his ball is over-hit, and Stranzl pads it back to Ter Stegen.
The marking for the goal was absolutely atrocious. Perisic was just one of a number of Dortmund players who was in acres of space in the box.
Assist Marcel Schmelzer
Goal Ivan Perisic
GOAL!!!! Schmelzer takes a Dortmund free kick from the right wing, and Perisic bounds in front of the defence to head the ball into the back of the net! BVB are on their way to being crowned champions once more!
SO CLOSE!! Schmelzer does brilliantly to rocket down the left, leaving Herrmann in his wake, and crosses. The ball is appallingly cleared by Daems as far as Kagawa, who stabs a shot home which trickles on to the post. Lewandowski seizes possession and shoots, but Ter Stegen blocks it away. How did that not go in?
Dortmund are dominating possession, but are lacking penetration so far. Gladbach seem confident and capable of dealing with the threat the champions are posing.
KAGAWA!! Kuba advances down the right before squaring the ball to Kagawa, who clips an effort narrowly wide of the far post.
So, it's been a steady start to the match. Gladbach should arguably be ahead after a controversial decision to flag Reus offside, despite the Dortmund-bound forward appearing to be onside. BVB have shown glimpses of their attacking talent, but have failed to create any real openings.
A poor Hanke clearance from the corner lets Dortmund pump the ball back into the area, but Perisic, who was wrestling with Ter Stegen, handles the ball.
Lewandowski collects the ball on the edge of the Gladbach box and lets fly. A little touch from Dante take the ball past Ter Stegen, but also past the post.
A controversial decision here. Gladbach move forward for the first time, but as Herrmann slips the ball to Reus, the lineman adjudges him to be offisde, which may well have been the wrong decision.
Kuba crosses the ball from the right towards Kagawa, who goes down. The crowd appeal for a penalty, but the referee ignores their pleas. Seemed to be a good decision too - Kagawa didn't seem particularly perturbed.
Dante elects to play it back to Ter Stegen, who does well to clear the ball with Lewandowski charging towards him. He a bit rushed there.
BVB seem to be attacking down the left. Subotic sprays a ball out to Schmelzer, who puts in a threatening-looking cross which is well cut out by the Gladbach back line, despite pressure from Kagawa.
It's a bright start from BVB, who are pressing their opponents admirably and are clearly intent on wrapping up this title.
And we're off! Gladbach get the game started. Stay tuned for all the action.
The teams are out, and we're just seconds away from kick off. Can BVB secure their title today? Gladbach beat Bayern Munich twice this season, so are more than capable of going toe-to-toe with the Bundesliga's big boys...
So, we're a little over a quarter of an hour away from kick off. If you want to send in your predictions/thoughts for the game, you can contact me on Twitter (@EnisKoylu). I look forward to hearing from you all ...
Borussia Monchengladbach: Ter Stegen; Stranzl, Brouwers, Dante, Daems; Herrmann, Jantschke, Nordtveit, Arango; Reus, Hanke
Borussia Dortmund: Weidenfeller; Piszczek, Subotic, Hummels, Schmelzer; Gundogan, Kehl; Kuba, Kagawa, Perisic; Lewandowski
Good afternoon! Welcome to Goal.com's LIVE coverage of Borussia Dortmund v Borussia Monchengladbach. A win for Jurgen Klopp's men would seal a second consecutive Bundesliga title. Meanwhile, Gladbach are looking to secure Champions League football, which they can achieve with a point today. Lineups to follow...
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