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November 17, 2012
• Signal-Iduna-Park, Dortmund
Referee: J. Drees
• Attendance: 80645
R. Lewandowski 3', 15'
M. Götze 42'
Z. Stieber 5'
FULL-TIME: Well the referee didn't even feel the need to play any injury time. Dortmund had this game wrapped up in the first half. Kuba and Gotze were fantastic, the second 45was a relative stroll for the Bundesliga champions who now face Ajax in the Champions League. Thanks for joining us folks. Hope you enjoy the rest of your weekend,
The fans know it's over, the players know it's over, Dortmund just happy to knock it about at the back.
The game has turned a bit scrappy, the hosts are doing just enough to see this out without really ever being put under pressure in this second half.
OOOOFTT! Well obviously inspired by Zlatan Ibrahimovic's heroic midweek, Schmelzer tries an audacious chip over Grun but there's to be no fourth for Dortmund on this occasion.
A round of applause for Blaszczkowski who has been outstanding for Klopp's side today fouled for the penalty and played a great ball through to Gotze for the third a superb return from the Poland international.
Greuther about to make another substitution to see if they can salvage something from the jaws of defeat here...
Just over 10 minutes to go until full-time, though really this game was over when Dortmund went 3-1 up just before half-time. The second half has been a stroll for the Bundesliga champions.
A searching ball almost finds full-back Piszczek but the Poland international can't get on the end of the ball not his most productive game today.
Oh that was so close. Subotic nearly found substitute Grosskeutz with a delicate through ball threaded through the middle of the visitors defence but it just evades the midfielder, and Greuther retain possession.
Sven Bender - not known for his goalscoring ability - has a speculative attempt from 25-yards but the ball drifts harmlessly wide. A few more subs to be made by both teams,
Another chance for Dortmund, Perisic gets in behind the Greuther backline down the left-hand side he has the option to play in Lewandowski butopts to shoot - wrong decision, Grun comfortably saves.
Piszczek looks to compound Greuther misery as he fires a low ball towards goal the visitors defence manage to deal with it though, but yet more troubling signs for Furth.
Gotze is the man to be replaced, the young German has been fantastic this afternoon a goal and an assist to his name. Now only the small matter of Reus to deal with, he says tongue firmly in cheek.
Yellow CardHeinrich Schmidtgal
BVB looking very comfortable here, game is almost down to walking pace, worse news for Greuther though Marco Reus is getting warmed up!
Piszczek bombs down the right wing for Dortmund as this game suddenly comes back into life he drills the ball back into the path of Lewandowski who tries to barge his way through the visitors defence but he is crowded out.
Furstner nearly pulls off a fantastic through ball to goalscorer Steiber but the Dortmund defence cut out the danger, would have been a great ball though.
Lewandowski tests the keeper from about 20 yards but it is comfortable for the Greuther shot-stopper, Dortmund starting to show a bit more of a threat in this second half.
CHANCE! Great run by Kuba the Greuther defence can't live with him he takes past one before driving into the box and rifling it towards the goal, Grun makes the save, but the Poland international really should have squared it.
Slow start to the second half unlike the frantic opening 10-15 minutes, the visitors really need to get a goal back to try and salvage something from this game but they cant get the ball!
Greuther chasing shadows at the minute. Dortmund happy to retain possession and wait for the chance to strike
Kuba once again surges down the right wing but Dortmund can't make anything of the opportunity.
Steiber looks to try and take on Schmelzer but the hosts defence stood firm and win the ball back.
Sararer tumbles to the ground without anyone near him looked to have lost his footing.
The teams get the game back underway with Dortmund having a two-goal lead.
Wow! Well hope you've enjoyed the coverage what an entertaining first half, two goals from Lewandowski and a special goal by Gotze gives Dortmund a 3-1 lead at half-time. Greuther have had a couple of chances and it was fine effort by Steiber which initally got the visitors back on level terms. But Dortmund have been ruthless in front of goal and they look like they could add a few more in the second half.
Dortmund now with a two-goal cushion, Kuba showing what BVB have been missing in recent weeks without his presence on the pitch.
GOOOOAAALLLL! Absolutley stunning football there played by Dortmund carved open the Greuther defence. Gotze shows all the composure in the world as he bears down one-on-one with the keeper before rounding him and putting the ball into the empty net. Superb by one of Gemany's hottest talents currently.
This match really is end-to-end and Perisic gets in behind the Greuther defence the ball is whipped in but the visitors manage to clear it.
OOOOOFT! What a fantastic effort from Greuther! Sararer again showing his ability cuts inside onto his right and unleashes a terrific curling effort from the edge of the box which cannons off the post, leaving Weidenfeller stranded, Magnificent effort.
Dortmund looking to play a high tempo here maybe to sneak a third before half-time so far though the passes arn't coming off.
Greuther's Sararer who's had a decent start to the game had won his side a free-kick, it's played down the wing, a cross comes in deflected and out for a goal kick.
Yellow CardIlir Azemi
Yellow card for Azemi, Greuther's first of the game a reckless challenge which gives the hosts the opportunity to heap more pressure on the visitors defence.
WHAT A CHANCE! Dortmund respond through Kuba great link-up play with Gotze he slides the ball through the legs of the defender but his shot from the edge of the box agonisingly goes close.
From the resultant corner, Greuther have another half chance but it is blasted over the bar from about 12 yards a great opportunity for Prib to get the scores back to level.
GREAT STRIKE! Sararer for Greuther, cuts in from the left and hits a vicious 20-yard drive which is going wide of Weidenfeller's post but he takes no chances and puts it out for a corner.
It's now the visitors turn to put some passes together, though, I don't think their goalkeeper Grun was too happy to get involved, a shanked clearance almost puts his side intro trouble
The game has fallen into a rhythm now, I can finally draw breath after storming first 20 odd minutes. BVB looking to control things but to be fair to Greuther they're trying to press the Bundesliga champions.
The corner is eventually cleared as Greuther have every man behind the ball as the set-piece is taken, Hummels now has possession for BVB.
A wave of yellow comes forward again, Greuther look seasick at the back they have another corner to defend.
Perisic is booked a rash challenge perhaps trying too hard to impress the coach today who brought him into the starting XI after criticising him. Interesting decision by Klopp we'll see how that one pans out!
Yellow CardIvan Perisic
CHANCE!! Well it could be any score today, the hosts are really up for it, Gotze drives forward, teasing the visitors, the ball is half-cleared falls to Kuba just on the edge of the box who blazes over the bar.
Dortmund come forward again, they look really threatening in the final third as Greuther frantically try and get the ball away. They're given a reprieve, though, when the linesman judges Kuba to be offside.
Penalty GoalRobert Lewandowski
GOOOOAALLL!! Lewandowski nets from the penalty spot sending the keeper the wrong way after Kuba was brought down in the box, referee had no hesistation and pointed to the spot.
PENALTY!!! Dortmund pile on the pressure and it's the trickery of Poland international Blaszczykowski who draws in the challenge and is brought down, great opportuntity for BVB.
Yellow CardRobert Lewandowski
Well Lewandowski is booked for Dortmund, the challenge didn't look too bad but it was probably the reaction which got him in the referee's book.
Azemi is brought down by Bender right on the half-way line, Greuther pump a long ball forward but Dortmund easily mop up and counter...
Edgar Prib was the man who got the assist for Steiber's goal an instant reaction from the visitors exactly what their coach would have wanted.
A frantic start to this match - i barely have time to type - and Jurgen Klopp's men are claiming for a penalty ! The referee is not interested in the protests.
GOOOAAALLLL!! And what an incredible start to this match the visitors reply instantly through Zoltan Steiber, it was lovely through ball played through to him and he nips it over the top of Weidenfeller! Great game so far!!
GOOOOAALLL!! And it's the hosts who strike first it was great play by Gotze to make his way through the Furth defence he got the break of the ball off two defenders and Robert Lewandowski, who has been recently linked with a move away from Westfalenstadion scores!
Dortmund have a free-kick in a dangerous position and it's Perisic who curls the ball over the wall it's a nice height for the keeper who palms it away to safety.
We're underway at the Westfalenstadion for this first encounter in the Bundesliga between the two sides.
First up DORTMUND: Weidenfeller, Piszczek, Subotic, Hummels, Schmelzer, Bender, Gündogan, Kuba, Götze, Perisic, Lewandowski. The big news for the hosts is that Jakub Blaszczykowski returns to the starting XI after a lengthy spell on the sidelines. And Sebastian Kehl who is struggling with an injury is replaced by Sven Bender. Perhaps the most surprising news is that Ivan Perisic who has recently complained about his lack of game time has been granted his wish and he will play alongside Kuba and Gotze - Marco Reus does not make the starting XI.
I'm Craig Turnbull (@CTTurnbull) if you have any points or questions during the coverage please don't hesitate to get in contact with me. The visitors today may be struggling in the table but of their seven points they have taken this season, six of them have come on the road which could mean that BVB could be in for a game today at the Westfalenstadion. Coming up next, the team news !
Hello and welcome to Goal.com's coverage of Borussia Dortmund v Greuther Furth. Well this on paper would seem like a reasonably straight forward match for Jurgen Klopp's men who are currently fourth in the Bundesliga. Meanwhile, their opponents lie second-bottom in 17th position.
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