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March 15, 2014
• Signal-Iduna-Park, Dortmund
Referee: D. Aytekin
• Attendance: 80645
M. Jojić 77'
M. Kruse 40'
That's all we have time for from Signal Iduna Park, we hope that you enjoyed our live coverage of Gladbach's surprise 2-1 away Bundesliga victory against Dortmund, with Max Kruse helping his side to victory by ending his nine game long goal drought. I've been Simon Harrison and I hope to see you again next time.
That win is vital in the race for second, as Schalke's comeback against Augsburg last night holding even more weight, while Bayern can be realistically looking at winning the Bundesliga title against Mainz in late March. Gladbach put themselves back in the congested race for fifth with their first win over Dortmund since 1998.
Dortmund will feel as though they should have a point, after striking the woodwork and forcing some good saves out of Ter Stegen, but it wasn't to be. Nordtveit's red card wasn't enough to give the hosts the impetus required to push on for a win, and Klopp's side will be ruing their missed opportunities.
FULL TIME! Nine games without a victory ends in ecstasy for Gladbach, and Favre's celebration says it all! Dortmund lost 2-1 to Gladbach in Signal Iduna Park, despite playing the last 20 minutes with merely ten men. Goals from Raffael and Kruse are enough to earn the away side a vital win!
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SCHIEBER! That looked to be the chance! The substitute rose brilliantly, before nodding the ball wide of the far post with a glancing header, but Ter Stegen looked to have his angles covered! That could be the hosts' last chance!
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Brilliant defending from Sokratis, the Greek defender steps in ahead of Raffael brilliantly, before driving forward with the ball and releasing Lewandowski. Klopp is sent to the stands, and will have to watch the remainder of this game from somewhere other than his bench!
There will be four minutes of stoppage time at the end of the second half. There's still time for a twist in this game's tail.
Another looping cross from deep from Dortmund, but Ter Stegen is quick off his line to claim it. The home crowd are still annoyed that Ducksch's goal didn't stand, but there's nothing they can do about it now. Despite not having an attack of their own for 20 minutes, Gladbach remain in front.
GOOOOAL! NO WAIT, IT HAS BEEN RULED OUT FOR A PUSH ON TER STEGEN! Lewandowski challenges with Ter Stegen, and wins the ball fairly, with Ducksch steering home the rebound! Klopp isn't happy, and neither are the Dortmund players, they think that goal should stand!
SCHIEBER! Hummels flicks on a cross, which Schieber tries to loop towards the far post with a header of his own, but Ter Stegen is able to pluck it out of the air with ease. Gladbach continue to remain resilient against the relentless Die Schwarzgelben waves.
It was Ducksch that cannoned an effort into Stranzl, but it took a deflection on its way through. It did strike the Gladbach central defender on the arm, but it was by his side, and he couldn't do much about it. Dortmund continue to push forward.
TWO BIG CHANCES FOR DORTMUND! Stranzl makes an excellent block, and the home fans behind the goal cry for handball! It was a good defensive contribution from the Austrian, and Gladbach continue to survive with their backs to the wall. No Dortmund players are even in their own half, apart from Weidenfeller.
Less than ten minutes left on the clock, and it's all Dortmund, but can the away side weather the storm? Another attacking change from Klopp, as fan favourite Schieber takes to the field, and the hosts keep determined to get another goal even if it kills them.
LEWANDOWSKI! Half a chance for the striker to turn and get a shot off from deep in the penalty area, but once again he's crowded out by white shirts. The visitors have kept very firm tabs on the Poland international this afternoon, and it's really strangled Dortmund going forward.
Jojic has left his club with a great chance to prevent Favre's men from picking up an unlikely and much-needed three points. That's his second goal since arriving from Partizan Belgrade in the winter transfer window, and Klopp looks to have made another rather shrewd signing.
Lewandowski has half a chance, before Jojic is once again found in the penalty area. Hummels tries his luck from 30 yards out, but that was always rising, and Ter Stegen is happy to watch it over the bar. Signal Iduna Park is absolutely rocking!
Goal Miloš Jojić
GOOOOOOOAL! DORTMUND ARE BACK IN THE GAME AND IT'S THE SERBIAN JOJIC! It arrows past a ruck of players, deflecting off a knee on its way past the confused Ter Stegen! What a grandstand finish we could have here! It's now 2-1!
Gladbach continue to hold out despite going down to ten men, with the little Dortmund can muster being dealt with effectively by Ter Stegen, whenever the white wall of defence isn't enough. The young keeper has acquitted himself well once again, before his step onto a bigger stage in the summer.
DUCKSCH! The hosts want a penalty for handball, but the referee hasn't given anything! Daems goes down holding his face, but it's quite clearly hit the left-back in the hand, before perhaps rebounding into his head. Dotrmund may feel they deserve a spot-kick there!
Favre is persevering with both Kruse and Raffael is attack, but both forwards have plenty more responsibility to track back and follow midfield runners. Dortmund are still struggling for ideas, but Grosskreutz sees a shot blocked.
Under 20 minutes left to play, but Gladbach's numerical disadvantage could certainly come into play now. The visitors have looked solid for much of this game, but losing a man might just allow Dortmund to press forward more readily, or find the slightest of gaps.
Yellow/Red Havard Nordtveit
RED CARD! It's a red card for Nordtveit, who receives two yellow cards in the space of two minutes, clattering through the back of Ducksch moments after another cynical challenge. The referee looks almost apologetic, and Gladbach are down to ten men!
Yellow Card Havard Nordtveit
DUCKSCH! The 19-year-old tries his luck from range within moments of coming on, but fails to really test Ter Stegen, as the Gladbach keeper collects the low drive easily.
Piszczek is within for the hosts, as the Polish right-back hasn't acquitted himself too well this afternoon. Ducksch is the replacement, and with Dortmund opting for another striker, it shows Klopp's offensive thinking.
WHAT A SAVE! TER STEGEN KEEPS GLADBACH AHEAD! Lewandowski is fed the ball by Hofmann, before the Poland international thrashes an effort towards the top right corner, but Barca-bound Ter Stegen palms the powerful effort around the post athletically!
Narrowly under half an hour left to play in this one, with Dortmund not looking likely to get anything from this game. Gladbach have had the main chances since the restart, and thus Favre looks likely to steer his men towards their first win against Dortmund since 1998.
It's been a worrying spell for Dortmund, as Hummels looks to be the main attacking impetus for the hosts, with the centre-back driving forward from the back to support. Lewandowski looks to be caught in the face by a stray arm from Raffael, but the referee doesn't deem the collision a foul. Kramer goes off to receive treatment, after throwing himself into a tackle with Hummels, where the Gladbach man comes off worse.
Yellow Card Robert Lewandowski
Korb picks out Herrmann at the back post with an excellent cross, before the latter attempts to ambitiously meet the delivery with a first-time volley. He can't keep it down, and arrows the ball narrowly over the crossbar, with Weidenfeller worried.
Oh dear, that wasn't quite what Sahin had in mind. A back post cross is headed clear by Stranzl, before the Turkish midfielder meets it on the edge of the penalty box. He doesn't get over his effort, however, and balloons an awful shot over the crossbar.
HERRMANN! The youngster breaks down the right, beating Schmelzer with pace, before cutting a pass back to the edge of the box for Raffael. The goalscorer's touch lets him down, and the ball escapes the Brazilian, with a brilliance chance to break coming to absolutely nothing.
AUBAMEYANG! That's the first we've seen from the Gabon international in the second half, but he can only fire a 25 yard effort into Ter Stegen's midriff. Not quite what the Dortmund forward would have wanted. Moments later, the same man is on hand to whip in a dangerous cross, but Grosskreutz steams in at the back post to lift his header over the crossbar.
Dortmund continue to look scrappy while going forward, allowing Gladbach plenty of opportunities to break forward due to the hosts' carelessness. There is a clear urgency from Die Schwarzgelben, with the execution and cutting edge just hasn't been there to match their motivation.
KRUSE! The goalscorer tries his luck from 25 yards, but cracks the ball straight at Weidenfeller, who claims well at the first attempt. He's looked to have a bit more confidence since that goal, unsurprisingly, which ended a nine game drought for the German youngster.
Piszczek whips in a delivery from the right hand side, but the cross is easily cut out by Nordtveit. The Polish right-back has been absolutely awful in the second half, and now Gladbach break. Herrmann plays the ball to the overlapping Korb, but his only input it to send a pass through to Weidenfeller.
Dortmund have seen plenty of the ball since the restart, but haven't managed to carve out too many opening, with Favre's men looking organised and resilient. A goal needs to arrive sooner rather than later for the home side, to instil some doubt into Gladbach's ranks.
RAFFAEL! The Brazilian striker drives down the left flank after being released by Kruse, but tries his luck from too tight of an angle. He skews a very poor effort wide of the near post with two defenders pressuring him, and Weidenfeller stood in his way.
LEWANDOWSKI! Fantastic opening chance from Dortmund, who turn defence into attack with two passes, as Hofmann slides Lewandowski through on goal, before the Polish striker sees his eventual near post strike deflected behind for a corner - which amounts to nothing.
We are back underway in the second half, and Dortmund have a lot to do in order to salvage this game! Favre's men are leading, and threaten to end their winless run against Dortmund which stretches back over a decade, but Klopp won't be prepared to allow the visitors to leave without a stern test. Grosskreutz leads the charge from the dressing room, and Dortmund look very, very motivated.
Aubameyang hit the bar, and both Hofmann and Hummels had chances to find the net, but it has been out-of-form Gladbach who have shown the clinical touch in the opening 45 minutes. Weidenfeller has had nothing to do but pick the ball out of his own net, and Dortmund are left needing to rally hugely for the second half. Be sure to join us for all of the action, as the home side try to mount a comeback.
HALF TIME! Dortmund trail 2-0 to Gladbach after a very surprising first half, as goals from Raffael and Kruse give the visitors a very commanding lead. The latter ended a nine game goal drought, but how important his goal could be, as Die Schwarzgelben are punished for not taking their own chances.
There will be merely one minute of stoppage time in this first half.
Gladbach continue to press forward, and Herrmann is once again causing Schmelzer problems with a driving run. They're two goals in front, but Favre's side are showing no signs of sitting back. An Arango corner is cleared by Dortmund at the front post.
Only three minutes for Dortmund to try and force their way back into this game, where they're trailing by two goals, despite not playing badly at all. They may have their injuries, but Die Schwarzgelben can't excuse losing heavily to an out-of-form side on their home turf.
Assist J. Arango
Goal Max Kruse
GOOOOOOAL! GREAT GOAL FROM MAX KRUSE TO END HIS DROUGHT! He hasn't scored in nearly nine and a half games, but shows great composure to send both Piszczek and Weidenfeller the wrong way, before slotting the ball home into an empty net! Gladbach lead 2-0!
We're rapidly approaching the break, and Dortmund's fans would certainly like to see a goal before the half time whistle to settle a few nerves. Following Schalke's 2-1 win against Augsburg yesterday, they need a result!
Hofmann is brought down by Stranzl, and the home side have a great free-kick opportunity which the youngster will take. He goes straight for goal, but the ball flashes wide of the target, avoiding the heads of Kehl and Lewandowski narrowly at the far post.
Klopp won't be pleased with his side falling behind at Signal Iduna Park, as the hosts have had the better of the opportunities this afternoon. The increase in volume from the travelling support is substantial, and they really believe that they could be witnessing their first victory against Dortmund since 1998.
Well, it may not be entirely with the run of play, but the away side have a vital advantage. Lewandowski is given the ball in the Gladbach penalty area, before Grosskreutz is fed by his teammate, but a poor touch and a lucky bounce see Ter Stegen able to claim.
Assist Patrick Herrmann
GOOOOOOAL! RAFFAEL FINDS THE BACK OF THE NET! That's scrappy for the home side, but Gladbach don't care, and neither do the 8000 travelling supporters! Schmelzer's clearance is picked up by Herrmann, before the youngster cuts the ball back from the byeline for the Brazilian to stab the ball home!
Half an hour has passed, and Dortmund remain the side who have had the better chances. After a cagey start, Die Schwarzgelben have started to apply some pressure, with the likes of Hofmann, Hummels and Aubameyang really testing the ability of Ter Stegen.
CROSSBAR! What a strike from Aubameyang! The Gabon international is threaded through on goal, before rocketing a great strike onto the crossbar! The rebounding ball is looped back into the box, but Aubameyang's header is then saved by Ter Stegen, before the goalkeeper races after his parry to claim at the second attempt. So close for Dortmund!
PISZCZEK! Gladback fail to clear their lines from yet another Dortmund corner, and the home players briefly claim for a penalty, as they believe the right-back's efforts was denied by a visitor's arm. Nothing given, but Dortmund are starting to dominate this game, enjoying some sustained pressure.
Well, there have been a few good half chances, but Ter Stegen remains the only keeper to have been forced into action. The supposedly Barca-bound goalkeeper has been smart enough to close the angle to deny both Hofmann and Hummels, and new signing Yann Sommer can be watching for any inspiration before he takes the Gladbach gloves next season - following his proposed transfer from FC Basel.
Half chance for Dortmund yet again! Sahin is found by a half clearance, following a Dortmund corner, but his first-time effort is deflected behind for another set piece with Ter Stegen helpless. The second comes to nothing too, with Piszczek's ball back into the box going harmlessly over the crossbar, as Gladbach hold firm.
Even more minutes go by without Max Kruse finding the back of the net for Gladbach, as the youngster hasn't managed to score since the away side last won a match - some nine games ago. This is a side devoid of any real confidence. Hummels drives from defence, before being sent through on goal from a Lewandowski flick, but Ter Stegen closes the angle and makes the save.
Gladbach continue to move the ball must better than the hosts, but can't find an incisive pass. This has been the pattern of the game thus far, with Dortmund playing rather like an away side, looking to pick their moments to break. Lewandowski is fed by a back post Schmelzer cross but couldn't get any power behind his header, which is cleared by Kramer.
HERRMANN! Another chance for the young Gladbach man! He exchanges a one-two with Kramer on the edge of the penalty area, before ballooning his eventual effort high and wide from 20 yards out. The away side are looking a little bit more dangerous than their adversaries so far.
Still merely two chances in the opening 17 minutes of this game, with two of the game's youngsters looking dangerous for their respective outfits. Plenty of clumsy losses of the ball, or inaccurate passes, this match is yet to settle down.
Scrappy stuff from Gladbach, who are looking to break forward quickly in search of the likes of Kruse, Raffael and Herrmann, but their distribution is very hit and miss. Plenty of throw-ins being conceded by the visitors, who are rushing their build up play in an attempt to catch the Dortmund defence out.
Lewandowski is having a frustrating start to proceedings, as the Polish striker is being crowded out whenever he receives the ball. Favre knows what the Bayern-bound striker can do, and Gladbach have thus far looked set up to deal with the Dortmund danger man.
HERRMANN! The German youngster races down the left flank, before being found by an excellent crossfield ball. He brings Kramer's lofted pass down well, before curling an effort with the outside of his foot narrowly wide of the far post. Weidenfeller was beaten, but so was the woodwork!
Very important interception from Korb, as the right-back steps in to ensure that Grosskreutz doesn't have the opportunity to cut inside and try his luck at goal. Dortmund are starting to grow into the game more, getting a few incisive balls through the visitors solid shape. However, Gladbach win a corner, but Dominguez can't meet the delivery at the far post.
Aubameyang and Grosskreutz are much deeper than we may be accustomed to seeing, possibly due to Gladbach's dangerous wide men of Arango and Hermann. The Gabon international hasn't been too effective thus far, playing negative balls and losing out needlessly in possession once.
Plenty of rushed passes and lucky escapes for Dortmund in the opening ten minutes, as Gladbach hold their shape well, forcing the hosts backwards more often than they would like. Lewandowski is yet to be involved for Dortmund, but it's highly likely that the Poland international will have a big input in the result of this match.
HOFMANN! Not a bad start from Gladbach, who are moving the ball quite well, and nearly manage to sneak through on goal, following a near-mistake by Hummels. The Yellow Wall are in full voice as always this afternoon, with the fans providing a brilliant backdrop. Hofmann drives to the edge of the penalty area, which arrows its way straight at Ter Stegen, who is forced to gather at the second attempt.
Half a chance for Dortmund! The near post corner delivery is good, with Gladbach needing to clear their lines in a hurry, after the ball drops between two yellow shirts, but neither can stretch to fire an effort towards goal. Ter Stegen escapes untested.
Daems gives away a free-kick deep on the right flank, bringing down Piszczek, allowing for Sahin to whip in a delivery. Hummels challenges at the back post, but Stranzl manages to flick the dangerous ball behind for a corner.
There is quite an atmosphere in the stadium, with the start of this game starting with a flurry of players losing possession quickly. Dortmund are in their customary yellow and black kit, while Gladbach don their white strip. The away side have managed to get their foot on the ball, however, when it may have been predicted that Dortmund would push forward from the off.
We are underway at Signal Iduna Park! Both teams need a result, but for entirely contrasting reasons, with Dortmund requiring a continuation of form, while Gladbach want to right the wrongs of 2014, where they have picked up a mere three points. Be sure to stay with us for all of the action, we have two great teams in action here and it should be a cracker!
We are ten minutes from kick-off, so be sure to stick around for all of the action, with this game having plenty of implications on the top half of the Bundesliga table. With three points for Dortmund, they could begin to secure second-place once again, which nearly slipped from their grasp, while Gladbach need to triumph to stay in touch with Wolfsburg in the race for fifth place and Europa League football.
Schalke's comeback 2-1 win against Augsburg yesterday has left today's hosts needing three points this afternoon, as the Gelsenkirchen side begin to breathe down their necks in third place. After a slump, Klopp has managed to inspire his outfit to pick up the space despite key players being absent, and plenty of responsibility has certainly been placed on Hofmann's shoulders, if he is to replace the maestro Mkhitaryan.
Dortmund haven't lost to Gladbach since 1998, with Die Schwarzgelben managing to net 19 goals against today's adversaries in the last seven meetings - with Gladbach managing merely three in reply during the same period. Lucien Favre is yet to experience victory at Signal Iduna Park, leaving the away side a huge challenge to end the stigma of facing Klopp's men.
Gladbach substitutes: Heimeroth, Brouwers, Rupp, Marx, Mlapa, Younes, Hrgota.
Gladbach starting line-up: Ter Stegen; Korb, Stranzl, Dominguez, Daems; Herrmann; Kramer, Nordtveit, Arango; Raffael, Kruse.
Dortmund substitutes: Langerak, Friedrich, Jojic, Kirch, Schieber, Durm, Ducksch.
Dortmund starting line-up: Weidenfeller; Piszczek, Sokratis, Hummels, Schmelzer; Kehl, Sahin; Aubameyang, Hofmann, Grosskreutz; Lewandowski.
TEAM NEWS: With the absence of Xhaka, Nordtveit starts alongside Kramer in defensive midfield, with Favre continuing with the strikeforce of Raffael and Kruse, the latter of which is certainly due a goal. The away side remain consistent, with their Swiss coach presumably keeping faith in the fact he has a team capable of doing great things, they're just bang out of form.
TEAM NEWS: Sokratis is back to partner Hummels at the heart of the hosts' defence, with Sebastien Kehl continuing in defensive midfield following his excellent recent winning goal. Klopp keeps faith in young Hofmann, with the youngster playing in behind Lewandowski, with Grosskreutz and Aubameyang providing the work rate and pace out wide, as former Gladbach man Marco Reus misses out through injury, joining the likes of Gundogan, Subotic, Bender and Blaszczykowski.
I'm Simon Harrison, and I will be keeping you up to date with all of the action from one of the Bundesliga's earlier kick-offs, with Gladbach desperate for some points against Dortmund, who need to not get complacent despite their adversaries slumping down to eighth. Lucien Favre may have recently signed a new deal with the club, but the Swiss will hope that his commitment can inspire his personnel to rip up the form book, as opposed to staying as consistent as the man at the helm.
Hello and welcome to live coverage of Borussia Monchengladbach's trip to Signal Iduna Park to face Borussia Dortmund. The away side have had a torrid start to 2014 since the restart of the Bundesliga, taking merely three points from a possible 21, and will be looking to kick-start some form with an unlikely victory here today. Dortmund, on the other hand, have had a recent resurgence, winning four of their last five German top flight matches, as Jurgen Klopp's men look to secure second place despite a whole host of injury absentees.
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