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November 27, 2010
• Signal-Iduna-Park, Dortmund
Referee: M. Gräfe
• Attendance: 79200
And Manuel Graefe takes pity on Gladbach and blows the whistle on the 90-minute mark. The league leaders proved their undoubted class after the break as they pulled away with some magnificent football, against which most teams would struggle. Thanks for joining me this evening for another superb game in the Bundesliga. Join me tomorrow for Bremen-St Pauli and Koeln-Wolfsburg. Until then, Auf Wiedersehen.
Subotic is penalised for an infringement at the back post after yet another Dortmund corner and Gladbach have a free-kick.
And another excellent change from Klopp as it was Da Silva who put Barrios through. The former Stuttgart playmaker has contributed late on in games this season.
Assist Antônio da Silva
Goal L. Barrios
TORRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR BVB!!! They don't need to wait that long to sing because Barrios makes it 4-1!!! Klopp applauds the brilliance of his team as Barrios timed his run to perfection before sliding the ball past a helpless Christian Heimeroth. 8th Bundesliga goal of the season for the #18.
A hush has descended over the Signal-Iduna Park in preparation for the crescendo after the final whistle.
Silky skills from Grosskreutz but he gets a little too cocky and begins to showboat and Dortmund lose the ball. Klopp just cannot fail to offer up a smile and a brief chuckle - after all his side will once again be seven points clear barring a miracle in these last five minutes.
Lewandowski utilises his speed down the right and finds Barrios with his cutback but Gladbach close out the room to shoot and the move peters out.
Antônio da Silva
A further change from Juergen Klopp as he introduces the experience of Antonio da Silva for the verve of Mario Goetze.
And another sprawling save from Weidenfeller who really can be Schmeichelesque in 1v1 situations as this time he denies Bobadilla!
Idrissou commits the cardinal sin of giving the ball away to Goetze, who unselfishly tries to thread the ball through for Barrios but the ball runs through to Heimeroth.
Shinji Kagawa has earned a very well-deserved rest for the final quarter-hour after his go-ahead goal to put BVB 2-1 ahead. He is replaced by the lively and pacy Robert Lewandowski, who could be a real danger on the counter.
And a quite glorious backheel in the build-up from Barrios to send Grosskreutz clear. There have been some sublime touches from the Dortmund attackers tonight.
Assist Shinji Kagawa
Goal Kevin Großkreutz
TORRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR BVB!! Get that apron on Herr Reus!!! Your best friend Grosskreutz has just danced through the Gladbach defence and slid the ball past the advancing Heimeroth. 3-1 and surely now the three points for Dortmund.
Yellow Card Tobias Levels
Levels is booked as he has his elbow up in an aerial challenge with Grosskreutz. The ensuing free-kick is headed away and Gladbach try to counter but Idrissou hits the ball straight to Piszczek.
It currently looks as if Marco Reus will be whipping up a meal for his good friend Kevin Grosskreutz due to a bet between the two players but you never can tell in the Bundesliga ; still plenty of time to go.
Dortmund have had the most attempts on goal of any Bundesliga team - and it shows as they are the league's top scorers, currently on 33 goals with just 9 conceded.
Bobadilla smashes the free-kick into the five-man wall before the follow-up shot from Marx is high,wide and not so handsome.
Yellow Card Neven Subotic
Subotic picks up a yellow card for a rather silly handball, handing Gladbach a free-kick 25 yards from goal just left of centre.
A lull in the game in the last couple of minutes. Sebastian Kehl will be happy as he watches the game from the stands though he will of course wish he was playing.
Again terrific interplay from Dortmund and Sahin has just enough room to get a left-footed shot away, which was not that far away as the playmaker holds his hands to his head. Only Schweinsteiger and Lahm have touched the ball more often this season than Sahin, which shows just how much of a focal point he is for Juergen Klopp's men.
Igor De Camargo
Excellent tidying up from Bender after Goetze stumbled to the ground to recycle possession but Matmour's tenacity wins it back and it's a positive first contribution this evening from the substitute.
Michael Frontzeck decides it is time to make a double change and Patrick Herrmann and Igor De Camargo make way for Raul Bobadilla and Karim Matmour.
However you simply cannot count out Gladbach and De Camargo raced in on goal after Idrissou robbed Subotic of the ball. Although it looked a foul, play went on and Weidenfeller was forced to come on, spread himself and make an important save from the former Standard Liege striker.
More panic stations in the Gladbach box as Sahin's high free-kick is not cleared at first before a white shirt hacks the ball clear. Gladbach are currently penned inside their own half.
Kuba makes way after going some way to redeeming himself after last week's howler and he is replaced by Kevin Grosskreutz.
As Grosskreutz warms up, the Dortmund crowd indulge in their favourite chant - a jibe at their bitter rivals Schalke who lost 5-0 to Kaiserslautern earlier. I'm not sure I can translate it into English but I think the German should give you all a clue - "Scheisse 04"!
The ball is in the back of the net thanks to Goetze but it won't count due to offside.
A rare blip from Kagawa as his touch lets him down on the edge of the box after Goetze went down inside the box. Kuba gets the ball back and his cross was arrowing towards Barrios like a guided missile but Callsen-Bracker headed away at the near post.
Lovely control from Sahin who seeks out Goetze but Daems is alert once more and he relieves the pressure...only for a few seconds. Dortmund are laying siege to the Gladbach goal in this second half.
Barrios is in on goal, but his shot is saved by Heimeroth though full credit to Anderson who battled away and made it as uncomfortable as possible for the Paraguayan striker.
Dortmund are on a roll now and Sahin has the chance to try his luck from distance but he tries to place it in the top corner instead of hitting the cover off the ball and he gets it all wrong.
Assist Mario Götze
And let us not neglect a quite exquisite through-ball from Mario Goetze to prise the Gladbach defence open. Given his goalscoring exploits this season, it was no surprise when Kagawa finished the job. Not bad for €350,000!
Goal Shinji Kagawa
TORRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR BVB!!! KAGAWA!!!!!!!! He beats the offside trap, rounds Heimeroth with calmness and composure before sliding the ball into the empty net!!! Dortmund have come back from behind for the second game in a row!!!
This time Barrios looks to be the provider as he crosses from the left towards Sahin but his effort is seen wide by Heimeroth. In fairness, the ball was behind the Turkish international and he did well to get it even remotely in the direction of the goal.
Good sliding challenge from Daems on Kuba who admittedly had a lot of ground to make up as he looked to race down the right-hand side.
Good control from Piszczek to keep the ball in and Sahin beautifully switches play to Schmelzer on the other flank. His first-time ball into the centre is headed wide of the goal off the top of Barrios' head and a corner is in fact given as the referee decides Barrios was justified in his protests and the ball did in fact come off Callsen-Bracker. The corner is headed wide in any case by Subotic.
More danger for Dortmund as the evasive Reis is not picked up and he plays in Herrmann on the right but he blasts his shot over the crossbar.
Reus almost takes advantage of some lax Dortmund defending but as he turns and shoots, his effort is blocked and it balloons into the arms of Weidenfeller.
Dortmund win an early free-kick as Goetze is brought down by Levels and an early chance for the home side to test out the Gladbach defence. It almost comes to fruition as Bender flicks the header on but Hummels can't quite hook the ball back into play at the far post.
We're back underway in the second half. Both sides are unchanged and Gladbach kick us off with De Camargo and Idrissou.
You can of course drop us a line on Twitter at either @goalGary or @Mr_Bundesliga with your thoughts on the game. The Signal-Iduna Park really is looking wonderful this evening. Is there really a better footballing arena in Europe?
That is the end of the first-half and what a pulsating 45 minutes of Bundesliga football. Both sides who are capable of entertaining and they have not disappointed. Marco Reus' stunner silenced the hoem supporters but it was cancelled out on the stroke of half-time by Neven Subotic. Join me in fifteen minutes for the second period.
45' + 1'
Assist Mario Götze
Nothing Heimeroth could do that time!!! Subotic rises the highest in the centre of the box to head Goetze's superb corner beyond the Gladbach keeper and give the league leaders a deserved equaliser.
45' + 1'
Goal Neven Subotic
45' + 1'
TORRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR DER BVB!!!!!!!!! SUBOTIC!!!! He heads in from the corner!
As the seconds tick towards the end of the first half, Kuba's strike takes a huge deflection and ricochets behind for another corner.
I sound like a parrot but again superb close control from Kagawa who then draws the foul from a furious Levels who was rather clumsy it must be said. Free-kick in a good position for the home side.
Bradley, who takes his time over the corner, whips the ball in to the six-yard box but Weidenfeller is in the right position to claim the corner. He looks to clear the ball upfield promptly but the energetic Bradley gets back to win a throw for his side.
Gladbach win their first corner as Subotic rises highest to head Bradley's long-throw behind.
As another Dortmund attack is thwarted, Bradley looks long for De Camargo but Subotic is on hand to head the ball out of play.
Barrios flicks the ball on for Kagawa but it's smartly anticipated by Callsen-Bracker who gets across and clears. It's the defender's first start in the league this season.
Sahin's ball is headed down by Barrios and Kuba goes over but there was never any question of a foul by either player. Five minutes to go before the break.
Schmelzer wins the free-kick after a neat spin on the ball as he is felled by Thorben Marx.
Igor De Camargo lets fly on his right foot from the right-hand side of the box and Weidenfeller beats the ball away with both hands. For the record, Nuernberg coach Dieter Hecking is in the stands as his side host Dortmund next week in the Easy Credit Stadion.
Piszczek does well to keep it but Kagawa's ball is cut out by Marx. However, Dortmund come again and look to build patiently but again they sloppily concede possession. Idrissou's left-wing cross is too strong for the run of Herrmann at the back post. Klopp looks a little frustrated on the touchline.
Dortmund have conceded just their ninth goal of the campaign but questions have to be asked of the home defence who backed off Reus and were afraid to make a challenge. Always a fatal flaw when playing against the Jekyll and Hyde of Gladbach!
Dortmund were of course behind last week but they turned it around against Freiburg. They look to hit back immediately but Levels shepherds the ball back to Heimeroth, who has been so important in building a foundation for Gladbach to lead.
Assist Igor De Camargo
Goal Marco Reus
TORRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR GLADBACH!!! I said they had the capacity to pounce and my word they have done it in style!!! A quite brilliant strike from Marco Reus from distance, which swerved away from Weidenfeller and into the net to spark wild celebrations from the brilliant young winger!
Dortmund win another free-kick but this time Anderson is up to the job and he heads away. Dortmund's share of the possession is now an incredibly high 72%. Gladbach have not been as gung-ho as they normally are to their credit and have shown a degree of tactical maturity. Nevertheless they still possess the capacity to pounce.
WHAT A SAVE HEIMEROTH!! Wonderful play BVB!!! Glorious ball from Goetze across field to Piszczek whose cross was superbly headed towards goal by Kagawa. As he was preparing to celebrate, Heimeroth sticks out a left hand from nowhere and pushes the ball around the post! Outstanding goalkeeping as we have become accustomed to seeing in the Bundesliga!
Dortmund are showing patience and calmness despite not having been able to force a breakthrough, while Gladbach have had their moments in defence but have shown improvement overall as a defensive unit.
Barrios lets Kagawa's ball run across him before he plays in Kuba whose cross is headed clear by Anderson before Kagawa and Barrios are both caught offside as Gladbach's white shirts move up in unison.
"What?!" screams Idrissou as he is penalised for offside, though in any case Marco Reus was even further upfield. Good work from Barrios to keep the ball in play over on the left but his cross is intercepted by Bradley.
Gladbach are frantically clearing the ball from inside their own half in order to relieve the pressure being placed upon them by a dominant home side. Bradley looks to combine with Idrissou but he tries to be too clever and he gives the ball away.
OHHHHHHHH How did Gladbach survive? Klopp shakes his head as Barrios cannot get his shot away after Kuba's effort on goal was blocked. The Gladbach defence were at sixes and sevens until striker De Camargo rode to the rescue.
Not the best of goal-kicks from Heimeroth who slices the ball out of play around 40 yards from goal gifting the ball back to Dortmund but the attempted move breaks down due to a poor touch from Barrios.
Sahin picks out Hummels whose backward header is almost perfectly judged but it lands on top of the net with Heimeroth backpedalling in slight panic.
Kuba holds his back as Daems is guilty of being too overenthusiastic in the challenge as he piles into Kuba. BVB have a free-kick 40 yards from goal with Sahin as ever behind the ball.
BRILLIANT SAVE HEIMEROTH!!! Superb play from Dortmund to open up the Gladbach defence. Heimeroth sticks out a left hand to parry Barrios' close-range shot around the post and Gladbach survive once more. The league leaders are moving through the gears, which looks ominous.
Again superb touch from Kagawa but Bradley uses his strength to muscle in and send Gladbach away. Subotic is almost guilty of overplaying as he keeps it in but Reus is brilliantly tracked.
Daems is a touch unlucky to concede a corner as the ball spun off the corner flag and behind as the Belgian tried to put the ball out for a throw. Sahin takes and again Heimeroth punches away. It comes back into the mix but Anderson heads away. And a third time with Kuba timing his run to perfection but skewing the ball wide as he tried to cushion the ball into the path of Barrios. I don't blame him for not shooting! :)
Glorious movement and skill from Dortmund as Kuba jinks past Marx before firing a shot away from distance but he cannot wrap his right-foot around the ball sufficiently and it goes wide. However, he still earns applause from coach Juergen Klopp, who recently signed a new contract, which commits him to the club until 2014.
Lucas Barrios has been a massive hit in the Bundesliga and he opened his Bundesliga account last year against Gladbach in October 2009. Meanwhile, he protests after he goes down just outside the box after brushing against Levels. Unfortunately that meant that Kagawa's testing cross went to waste.
Herrmann loses the ball but as Subotic finds Barrios, the Paraguayan international cannot quite divert the ball into Kagawa's path via his outstretched right leg. BVB have had 60% of the possession so far.
Gladbach getting the ball down and pinging it about nicely. Superb volleyed ball from Idrissou towards De Camargo - the ball breaks to Reus whose low right-footed shot is claimed by Weidenfeller. Reus is a former Dortmund youth player and he is blossoming into yet another great German prospect. He is still good friends with Kevin Grosskreutz, who as I mentioned earlier is on the bench tonight.
Gladbach have a free-kick on the right, which Daems swings in only to see it headed away by Neven Subotic and Dortmund clear. Levels takes a risk heading the ball back to Heimeroth from 30 yards out but Kagawa just cannot get there in time despite anticipating the back-header.
More sublime control from Kagawa who goes down the right and forces his way into the box before crossing. It's blocked but the ball loops up onto the head of Barrios whose weak header is taken with two hands by Heimeroth. And there is a little snow falling in Dortmund as well now.
Sahin takes and Heimeroth flies in the air à la Superman and punches the ball away. Dortmund look to come again but Kuba could not get around Herrmann who was tracking back and in his frustration fouls the young German.
Sahin finds Schmelzer in space on the left. The first-time cross is nervously put behind for a corner by Callsen-Bracker. First Ecke for BVB and Sahin.
Barrios flicks the ball on for Kagawa who displays quite exceptional close control but just as the Japanese approached shooting territory, Anderson had to put in a last-ditch challenge to save his side. An early warning sign for die Fohlen.
Not Sven Bender's finest piece of play as his cross sails high into the fans but the twin has done superbly in deputising for the experienced Sebastian Kehl this term.
Lovely play from Schmelzer to find Goetze in space and after a little mazy dribble, he looks for Barrios but the ball is cut out.
Dortmund are attacking the Südtribune in the first-half and the ball almost breaks for Kagawa who was lurking on the shoulder of the last defender.
Michael Frontzeck has failed to win in seven Bundesliga games against Dortmund and he was fired as Bielefeld coach in May 2009 after Arminia were thumped 6-0 by der BVB.
We're underway in Dortmund courtesy of Kagawa and Barrios. BVB as ever in yellow and black while Gladbach are in their usual white strips.
The Südtribune looks simply magnificent tonight and why not with Dortmund flying high at the top of the standings. The teams switch after the toss.
Borussia Moenchengladbach: Heimeroth - Levels, Anderson, Callsen-Bracker, Daems - Herrmann, Marx, Bradley, Reus - Idrissou, De Camargo.
As for die Fohlen, there is still no Logan Bailly between the sticks and Michael Frontzeck has gone for a very attacking line-up with two wingers and two strikers. Gladbach as ever will not die wanting, even against the table toppers.
Dortmund: Weidenfeller - Piszczek, Subotic, Hummels, Schmelzer - Sven Bender, Sahin - Kuba, Kagawa, Goetze - Barrios.
The big team news for Dortmund is that Mario Goetze is in the starting line up as well as Kuba (he of that incredible miss), which means that Kevin Großkreutz must make do with a place on the bench.
Guten Abend und willkommen to Goal.com's live commentary of the battle of the Borussias - table toppers Borussia Dortmund and bottom of the league Borussia Moenchengladbach. The most miserly defence in Germany and the most generous. I'm Gary Niblock and I'll be guiding you through all the best of the action from what will be a packed out Signal-Iduna Park.
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