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August 5, 2011
• Signal-Iduna-Park, Dortmund
Referee: F. Brych
• Attendance: 80720
K. Großkreutz 17', 48'
M. Götze 29'
R. Tesche 79'
A great attacking performance from Dortmund, with Gotze showing why he is set to be one of the stars of this season's Bundesliga. A truly magnificent display from the champions and an indication to their rivals of their intent to retain the title and not wait another ten years to win the league.
90' + 2'
And that's full time. Dortmund go straight back to the position they occupied for all of last term.
Just two minutes of injury time at the end of the half. Sebastian Kehl has come on for Dortmund to replace Kagawa, cue rapturous applause for the injury-plagued Dortmund captain.
Lewandowski is inches away from making it 4-1! Jakub Blaszczykowski put fired in a low ball towards his Polish international colleague, with the Dortmund no. 9 slid in at the far post to tap it in, but unfortunately for Dortmund, the Poland star couldn't reach the ball.
Yellow Card Robert Lewandowski
Jaroslav Drobny gifts Robert Lewandowski the ball with a suicidal kick, but as the Poland international went for the ball, he nudged Hamburg full-back Dennis Diekmeier, who went down as though he'd been kicked, and gets Lewandowski a booking. Unsporting play there.
Bundesliga referees have been instructed to not blow up for hand-ball unless there's been visible movement towards the ball, so Tesche's goal was legal.
Meanwhile, Ilkay Gundogan has sent a 20-yard free kick into the side netting.
A great save from Weidenfeller from Marcell Jansen, who shot, low across the body of the BVB keeper. Still 3-1, really can't see a miraculous comeback happening.
Goal Robert Tesche
GOAL! It's 3-1. Jansen headed a corner goalwards, which Kagaway cleared off the line, however the ball fell to Tesche via Janen's hand, and Tesche blasted it into the back of the net.
Chris Lowe has also been taken off, meaning that Grosskreutz has moved to left-back. You think Kopp knows it's over?
Mario Gotze has been substituted for Ivan Perisic. A fantastic, match-winning performance from the young man.
What's more Germany boss Joachim Low is in attendance tonight, and I'm sure 'Jogi' will be delighted with the performances of the likes of Gotze, Grosskreutz and Gundogan ahead of their friendly with Brazil next week.
Incidentally, Hamburg haven't scored a goal here since 2007/2008. Seems like a long time ago, doesn't it?
It's all to easy for Dortmund. Barring one half-chance and one disallowed goal, Hamburg have created nothing, and it seems Dortmund are happy to pass the ball around and sit on their well-earned three goal lead.
Yellow Card Tomás Eduardo Rincón
Rincon joins his team-mate in the referee's book with a nasty-looking challenge on Ilkay Gundogan.
Yellow Card Gojko Kacar
Lewandowski, Grosskreutz, and Gotze combine well on the break, but the 19-year-old's cross is easy for Drobny to get to. Meanwhile Kacar has finally earned the booking he's been cruising for all game iwht a cynical tackle.
The visitors are camped in the Dortmund half, but I wouldn't hold your breath for a goal for the away side.
Hamburg win a corner thanks to a long-range effort that took a deflection wide.
The two sides are just exchanging passes around the centre of the park, no rush for Dortmund.
Hamburg have come back into it a little bit, but where was their attacking play in the first half? This seems to be game-over already.
Jansen squares it towards Petric, but Santana is there to concede a corner, which is headed away at the near post.
Jansen has the ball in the net, but it's ruled out for a foul. A high cross comes in and Weidenfeller, under pressure from the former Munich man dropped the ball, leaving the substitute with a tap in, but the referee has adjudged the 'pressure' to be a foul.
It may have been a tap-in from a rebound, but that goal was every bit as beautiful to watch as the previous two. The link up play from the ever-fantastic Gotze and Grosskreutz was fantastic.
Goal Kevin Großkreutz
GOAL!! Grosskreutz gets another goal. Grosskreutz plays a one-two with Gotze and although his first shot is saved by Drobny at the left, Grosskreutz is there to bundle the ball away. 3-0, and surely any chance of Hamburg getting back into the match has been taken away by that.
Gotze sends in a good cross, but Tomas Rincon heads it out for a corner.
We're back and Dortmund are already on the attack and looking comfortable.
Dortmund are about to kick off the second half, and Elia has been replaced by Marcell Jansen for the second half.
So the German champions are in complete control, and neutralising any Hamburg threat at the back with ease, while passing it through the HSV defence as though they weren't there. Well worth having a look at Gotze's goal too, it was simply a masterpiece in attacking, passing football.
Yellow Card Michael Mancienne
Michael Mancienne picks up a caution for a tackle on Lewandowski, as the first half comes to an end. 2-0 at half time, but it could be any number Dortmund want it to be, truth be told.
Hamburg build an attack, but Dortmund quickly counter, with Ilkay Gundogan dragging a shot wide from the edge of the box.
Dortmund have it the back of the net, but Kagawa is quite a way offside, and the referee rightly rules it out.
More bad news for Hamburg: Paolo Guerrero has been replaced by Ben-Hatira after picking up an injury.
Gotze and Piszczek have been fantastic for Dortmund down the right hand side of the pitch for Dortmund today, while Ilkay Gundogan has made a good return to the German champions after spending last season at Nuremberg.
Elia plays it to Aogo and the full-back puts in a good cross, though it is easily dealt with by Santana. Dortmund needn't have broken a sweat so far.
The ball breaks to Gotze at the edge of the box, but the young winger's shot has a bit too much on it and goes over.
Dortmund are in complete control. It's almost unbelievable that these two sides are in the same division.
Despite their dominance, Dortmund concede a corner, but Kacar not-so-subtly fells Weidenfeller as he comes for the ball. Free-kick to Dortmund.
Assist Robert Lewandowski
Goal Mario Götze
Goal!!! Mario Gotze gets the inevitable second goal. Another beautiful passing move as Robert Lewandowski flicks it into Gotze's pass and the Germany international passes it into the back of the net. 2-0, two beautiful goals.
Grosskreutz pull it back for Kagawa, who arrives in the box late, but the Japanese star sends it narrowly wide. Dortmund get closer to that second goal.
Off the post! Piszczek sends in a fantastic ball to Kagawa who takes his time, before striking it against the post. Corner from Hamburg, and Hummels heads the set piece into Drobny's hands.
The Dortmund fans are predictably jubilant as their players stroke the ball around midfield.
No matter hard Hamburg try, they can't seem to get a ball through the Dortmund defensive ranks. 20 minutes on the clock and the champions look to be cruising.
Great vision from Gotze to pick out Grosskreutz for the goal, by the way, a deserved lead for the home side.
Assist Mario Götze
Goal Kevin Großkreutz
GOAL!!! We have the first goal of the Bundesliga, and it's Grosskreutz who's scored it, with a clever left footed finish that went in off the post. A great Dortmund move rounded off with a great finish.
Kagawa takes a shot from 22 yards, and it's not too far wide. One wonders whether Drobny would have managed to get to that.
Dortmund win a free kick in a dangerous as Gokhan Tore takes down Grosskreutz.
Hamburg finally start to click as Gokhan Tore sprays it outwide to Elia, who buys a corner against Piszczek. Weidenfell gets a punch on it, but it's far from convincing.
Elia attempts to run down the left wing, but is muscled off the ball.
This corner is easily claimed by Drobny.
Mario Gotze makes a great run down the right wing, swings in a dangerous cross which is put out for a corner, and the set-piece is headed behind for another corner.
Hamburg have an early shot, but Petric's shot from the corner of the box is wild and fails to go anywhere near the Dortmund goal.
Both sides look to get all their players an early touch on the ball.
So Hamburg, in their changed kit, kick the game off, but let it out for a Dortmund throw immediately.
We're just seconds away from kick-off here, but if you have any predictions or questions about the game, you can contact me on twitter (@eniskoylu)
Meanwhile, Hamburg, who finished eighth last season, 30 points behind their opponents tonight, line up with Drobny; Diekmeier, Mancienne, Westermann, Aogo; Rincon, Kacar, Tore, Guerrero, Elia; Petric
The teams are in, the Champions line up with: Weidenfeller; Piszacek, Santana, Hummels, Lowe; Gundogan, Bender, Gotze, Kagawa, Gosskreutz; Lewandowski.
Good evening and welcome. The wait is finally over, the Bundesliga is back after it's three month absence. It was three months too long, but we're finally back tonight, with Borussia Dortmund starting the defence of their Bundesliga title with a home game against Hamburg.
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