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January 28, 2012
• Signal-Iduna-Park, Dortmund
Referee: K. Kircher
• Attendance: 80500
S. Kagawa 16', 55'
K. Großkreutz 31'
F. Johnson 63'
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Dortmund are worthy winners at home to Hoffenheim. Two goals from Kagawa and one from Grosskreutz. Hoffenheim never really threatened and Johnson scored their only goal. Hope you enjoyed our coverage!
90' + 2'
That's all she wrote folks! Kircher blows the final whistle!
The sub Lucas Barrios fires over Starke's goal.
Gundogan plays a poor ball through Hoffenheim's defence and it fails to reach anyone.
Dortmund clear a good move from Hoffenheim, one of the best they have produced today.
Yellow CardRyan Babel
Babel earns himself a yellow card after shouting at the referee.
Andreas Beck with a long range effort but his shot goes just wide.
Hummels with a long free-kick into Piszczek's path but he fails to control it and the ball goes out for a Hoffenheim throw.
Last 10 minutes and Dortmund are still looking for another goal. Hoffenheim haven't really turned up today.
Peniel Kokou Mlapa
Lewandowski really should have scored. Good interchange between Kagawa and Grosskreutz gave the Polish international the chance.
Babel strays offside as a frustrated Hoffenheim try and get another goal back.
Kagawa tries so hard to create a chance but good defending from Hoffenheim doesn't allow him to.
Another save from Starke and once again it was Lewandowski with the effort.
Kagawa jumps with Salihovic and concedes a free-kick. Weidenfeller saves easily.
Kuba swings in the free-kick and some fans thought it was in! Tom Starke dives into Subotic and the keeper goes down.
Yellow CardAndreas Beck
Andreas Beck picks up a yellow card for blocking off Kevin Grosskreutz.
Edson Braafheid gives away another faul and is lucky not to be booked.
GOOOOAAALLL! Fabian Johnson gets one back! Johnson volleys past Weindenfeller in the Dortmund goal and Hoffenheim are back in this game!
Great save from Weidenfeller after Babel sneaks in at the back post. The resulting corner lead to an Andreas Beck header which hit an advertising board behind the goal.
Dortmund are dominating. Every player in yellow whats to get involved.
The Signal Iduna Park is rocking!
GOOOOAAAALLL! 3-0 Kagawa scores again! Kuba backheels the ball into Kagawa's path and he slots home for number 3. Game over, Dortmund have surely won it.
Isaac Vorsah looks to be a big miss for Hoffenheim. The rock at the back is at the Africa Cup of Nations with Ghana.
Kevin Grosskreutz slips whilst shooting and he gets right under the ball. No threat for Hoffenheim.
Looks like Timo Boll is on the field. Both teams choosing to play a spot of ping pong.
Daniel Williams brings down Lewandowski but the resulting free-kick fails to hinder Hoffenheim
Kuba crosses for the Polish international Lewandowski but Hoffenheim clear it easily
Dortmund get us underway for the second half. Hoffenheim will be looking to get back into this from the off.
The teams come out of the tunnel ready for the second half.
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A Tom Starke poor clearance gifted Kagawa a goal in the early moments of the first half and a Kuba cross tapped in by Grosskreutz gave Dortmund a 2-0 lead at half tim. Don't go away, the second half is coming right up!
45' + 2'
Kircher blows for half time, what a half it's been. Dortmund look to have won this game. Hoffenheim will be very dissapointed.
45' + 1'
The ball in the back of the net from Grosskreutz but the lines-man puts his flag up! Starke will be mighty pleased!
Dortmund gaining more confidence by the minute. Switching play between Kuba and Grosskreutz.
Looks like Hoffenheim are waiting for that half time whistle. Dortmund don't want this half to end. Shooting from all angles.
A mix-up at the back as Kagawa is played in by Lewandowski, Beck clears after a scramble.
Braafheid is walking a tightrope. Another faul like that and he could be off.
Shouts for a handball in the box as Kuba kicks the ball straight at Braafheid's arm. Not given.
Sebastian Kehl is making his 200th appearance for Dortmund today
Babel makes a great run into the box but his shot is saved by Weindenfeller who turned it around for a corner. Nothing comes from the resulting corner.
Lukasz Piszczek has defended very well today
GOOOOAAAALLLL! 2-0 Dortmund! "Kuba" Blaszczykowski runs down the right unchallenged and plays the ball abck to Kagawa, the Japanese international then gives it back to Kuba who finds Kevin Grosskreutz unmarked in the centre.
The resulting free-kick is punched away by Roman Weidenfeller
Yellow CardSven Bender
Yellow card for Bender as he brings down Babel just outside the Dortmund penalty area
Starke put under even more pressure after a sloppy back pass forced him to slice a clearance
Yellow CardEdson Braafheid
Second yellow card of the game, Braafheid takes down Bender. Kircher isn't messing around today.
The Signal Iduna Park looks packed as always. Dortmund have the highest average attendance of any side in the Bundesliga with 80,365
What a save from Starke. He makes up for his earlier error by saving a Sven Bender slice.
Yellow CardTobias Weis
Yellow card for Tobias Weis as he pulls back Kagawa inside Dortmund's half
Shinji Kagawa scored on his 35 appearance for Dortmund
GOOOOAAAALLLLL! Kagawa makes it 1:0! A poor clearance from Starke was pounced on by the Japanese international and he slotted home nicely!
Hoffenheim are slowly getting involved as Beck tries to link up with Johnson but Weidenfeller clears up.
Good build-up play again from Dortmund, but Hoffenheim stay strong at the back.
Shouts for a penalty as Schmelzer goes down in the box. Kircher waves play on!
Another save from Starke gave Dortmund a corner. Babel lead a counter attack and won a his side a throw in deep in Dortmund's half.
Another save from Starke, Lewandowski looks up for it today.
Very nervous defending from Hoffenheim, Dortmund keep turning up the heat.
WHAT A SAVE!! Starke makes a beautiful save from a Lewandowski header. The resulting corner gave Starke more action.
Kagawa gets pulled back and the referee, Knut Kircher bring play back
Dortmund are all over Hoffenheim. Chances for Lewandowski and Kehl go begging. Good start to the game.
An early chance for Dortmund, Kagawa heads on the ball to Lewandowski but Hoffenheim clear.
Hoffenheim get us underway
The teams come out of the tunnel, ready for the game to get underway.
Dortmund need to win this match to keep in touch with the rest of the pack. The champions are 2nd in the Bundesliga with 37 points.
Hoffenheim XI: Starke, Beck, Johnson, Braafheid, Vestergaard, Rudy, Weis, Firmino, Salihovic, Babel, Williams
Borussia Dortmund XI: Weidenfeller, Subotic, Hummels, Piszczek, Schmelzer, Kehl, Blaszczykowski, Grosskreutz, Bender, Lewandowski, Kagawa
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