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October 24, 2010
• Signal-Iduna-Park, Dortmund
Referee: W. Stark
• Attendance: 80720
All over in Dortmund with that equaliser. Dortmund have been below par today but have somehow snatched a point with a controversial free-kick in stoppage time from Antonio Da Silva - his maiden Dortmund goal. It's been an immense pleasure to commentate on another terrific Bundesliga game. Until next time, Auf Wiedersehen!
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Yellow/Red Sejad Salihovic
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Goal Antônio da Silva
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The most impeccable of free-kicks when Dortmund needed it most!!!! There was last minute drama for the third game in succesion!!! The veteran playmaker curls the ball into the top corner beyond Starke to salvage a priceless point for Dortmund. Hoffenheim fans will point to a dive from Da Silva and Rangnick remonstrates with the referee as does Andreas Beck who is sent off!
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TORRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR ANTONIO DA SILVA!!!!!
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There might be as Hoffe concede a free-kick just outside the box after Da Silva is tripped by Obasi.
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Dortmund beat Koeln in the last minute and conceded to PSG in the last minute in midweek. Will there be more last gasp drama for the third game in a row?
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Chinedu Ogbuke Obasi
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Ralf Rangnick eats up some time by bringing off Tobias Weis for Chinedu Obasi.
Even Weidenfeller has come up for this corner but it's headed away. BVB are raining high balls on the Hoffe defence but they are coping steadfastly with this line of attack. 2 minutes of stoppage time. Another corner for BVB.
It is a rushed effort and despite Kagawa's persistence to win the ball back, Sahin's second ball in is poor and easily cleared. Dortmund come again and Barrios wins another corner, this time on the right.
The Suedtribune holds its collective breath. Sahin steps up but it's a damp squib as it deflects off the wall and behind for a corner. Sahin races over to take. No time to waste.
Still Dormtung await that elusive golden chance to equalise. A glimmer of hope as Compper trips the livewire Kagawa and concede a free-kick in a central position 25 yards from goal. Sahin territory.
Schmelzer looks to come inside Beck after receiving Barrios' ball but the Hoffe captain stands his ground and blocks the path of Dortmund's left-back.
Schmelzer has plenty of time and space on the left to cross. The ball breaks to Hummels who tries his luck with a volley from inside the D, which isn't the world's worst effort but as it goes a yard or so wide, it's also not what Dortmund require with just five and a half minutes of normal time left.
Isaac Vorsah scythes the ball clear without even a moment's hesitation. Dortmund pressing and pressing but the door is still not yet ajar never mind open.
Yellow Card Boris Vukcevic
Vukcevic becomes the latest man into the book after he trips Goetze from the side. Sahin's free-kick is spilled by Starke but Weis clears away. BVB come again and win a corner from Compper in front of the Suedtribune.
Beautiful play from Goetze as he twists and turns repeatedly. Eventually the ball runs for Kagawa who meets the ball at pace but his shot is crucially blocked at point blank range.
Lewandowski does brilliantly to hold off Vorsah and turn leftwards to find Schmelzer. He is shoved to the ground by Beck, who had already been cautioned and the Hoffe captain is a tad fortunate to stay on the field.
This game has shown up some of Dortmund's frailties today as their young side does lack the knowledge of how to manage a game when things are going against them or to use Klopp's term they lack "cleverness".
Mario Goetze looks to worm his way through down the right but finds his way blocked. Klopp smiles sarcastically as Hummels is penalised (rightly in my view) for barging Ba off the ball.
Antônio da Silva
Yellow Card Neven Subotic
An intriguing change from Klopp as he replaces Kuba with the experienced playmaker Antonio Da Silva, a member of Stuttgart's title winning side in 2007. Subotic is booked for clattering into Rudy.
Huge cries of B V B from the Suedtribune as the 80,000 strong crowd urge their beloved team on. Hummels is flagged for offside as Subotic tries to turn Beck's mishit clearance to his centre-back partner.
Rudy spreads the play out to Salihovics and he pulls the trigger but it's well blocked by Piszczek who has acquitted himself well at right-back since Owomoyela's injury.
Sahin delivers a testing free-kick into the area but Lewandowski stoops to weakly head the ball wide. It will take a lot more than that to beat Tom Starke, who has had a good season so far when fit.
Dortmund are denied a free-kick when Lewandowski is bundled to the ground. Kuba then picks the ball up but as he comes inside, Vukcevic picks his pocket and comes away with the ball.
Sahin shows exceptional vision to play in Barrios in the box and he gets a toe to the ball but can't make good enough contact to get a shot on target.
Hoffenheim have been really disciplined today and Ralf Rangnick will be delighted with his troops so far. However, Dortmund just need one rub of the green and they could be back firing. However, they won't do it like that as Schmelzer blasts the ball so wide it almost landed in Gelsenkirchen.
Brilliant play from Vukcevic who wins the ball in midfield then runs towards goal and from the right side of the box produces a wonderful shot from a difficult angle, which Weidenfeller has to stretch for, high to his left and tip against the crossbar.
Almost the equaliser! Barrios is sent in on goal and he unleashes a powerful shot, which looks to be heading for the back of the net but Starke produces a vital save with his outstretched right leg. Amazingly, no corner is given.
Sahin's free-kick is headed towards goal by Goetze but Starke gets across and makes a good full-length stop. Juergen Klopp brings off Grosskreutz for Robert Lewandowski. The Pole's pace could unlock the visiting defence.
Gustavo races down the left flank but he is denied by a fine challenge from Lukasz Piszczek. Dortmund counter and win a free-kick as Compper trips Barrios around 35 yards from goal.
Hummels surprises the opponents by joining in the attack. His cross is arrowing towards Kagawa before Vorsah gets a size 9 to the ball to deny the Japanese.
Dortmund are simply unable to keep hold of the ball for sustained periods of time. Good defensive work from Goetze who tracks the run of Vukcevic allowing the ball to run through to Weidenfeller.
Fine play from Demba Ba as he turns inside Subotic, making a complete mug of the big Serbian defender but he then overruns the ball and desperately slides to the ground to make some sort of contact but he skews the ball well wide of the goal.
Kagawa is increasingly finding pockets of space to release players down the left and this time Schmelzer is the beneficiary but his cross is overhit. Hoffenheim are standing firm.
Full-blooded commitment from Tobias Weis. Seconds after he received a boot to his forehead after going in to challenge Barrios, he then throws himself at the ball to make a block for his side.
Vukcevic has dropped deeper in this second half and is having more influence on the game. He breaks into the box and is denied by Subotic's clearance but Hoffe win a corner.
Grosskreutz shows he is not just all about going forward as the lifelong BVB fan tracks back and stops Andreas Beck in his tracks.
A sloppy clearance from Subotic puts BVB in trouble and Ba is in on goal but rushes his shot. Dortmund then go up the other end and Kagawa gets to the ball in the nick of time, finding Grosskreutz in acres of space. He looks to open his body out and put the ball in the opposite corner but he gets underneath the ball too much and curls the ball over. Great chance to equalise.
Compper jumps into Barrios in the aerial challenge and gives up the free-kick. Goetze looks to cross from the right but it's an underhit ball and cleared away by Vorsah.
Kagawa tries to find Grosskreutz but he slips on the very wet turf, which has been drenched with torrential rain throughout this game.
Dortmund are starting to exert a little more pressure now but Hoffenheim are still holding firm. And as I type that, Luis Gustavo has to make a vital intercepting block as Kagawa was ready to pull the trigger inside the box.
Peniel Kokou Mlapa
And immediately BVB look to come out firing on all cylinders but Vorsah cleans up at the back to break up a lightning quick move.
Hoffenheim get us underway in the second half. Dortmund have made one very interesting change at the break. Mario Goetze has come on in place of Sven Bender. An attacking substitution as Dortmund look to come from behind for an eighth straight win. The Bundesliga record is 15, set by Bayern under Felix Magath. Hoffenheim have brought on Sigurdsson in place of Mlapa. Watch out for the Icelandic man at free-kicks. If Salihovic lets him take one that is!
It's the end of a quite breathless opening period in Dortmund, which sees Hoffenheim leading 1-0 thanks to Demba Ba's close range finish from an incisive breakaway by Luis Gustavo. The major standpoint of the first half was Nuri Sahin's disallowed penalty, which was retaken and subsequently saved by Tom Starke. Nevertheless, Dortmund have been someway below their best and need to step it up a gear or three in the second half. Join me in fifteen minutes.
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Chaos in the Hoffe defence as they completely fail to deal with the corner but Mlapa bundles the ball behind.
There will be two minutes of added on time at the end of this highly charged, controversial but enthralling first half.
That's better from Kagawa who does well to escape the Hoffe defence but just overhits his through ball to Grosskreutz. BVB still not displaying their usual fluency among the front six.
Schmelzer decides to try his luck from distance but he, like those before him, only proceeds to blast the ball over the top into the Nordtribune.
To an inevitable chorus of boos, Rudy re-enters the fray for the final few minutes of this first period.
This game is threatening to boil over. Vukcevic fouls Bender and then seconds later, Grosskreutz piles in on Rudy on the edge of the Dortmund penalty area, which leaves the midfielder down in the ground in some pain. Sahin is called to the sideline to receive some tactical advice.
Kuba has recovered from his coming together and is back on the field. Bender gives the ball away to Mlapa. He tries to send Ba clear but grossly overhits the pass.
BVB could make an early change as Mario Goetze is warming up much to the delight of my colleague Clark Whitney, who heads up our Buli coverage. Kagawa really needs to get hold of this game. He has faded somewhat in recent games, which is perhaps understandable. How Dortmund could do with some Kagawa magic now though.
Yellow Card Sejad Salihovic
Salihovic collides with Kuba and is booked for his troubles. Kuba is down on the ground in some pain and is receiving treatment. Harsh for what was an accidental coming together as both parties contested the ball in the air.
Sahin takes a short free-kick to Kuba who marches forward with intent but it's all bluster as he smashes the ball high into the crowd. Juergen Klopp is not a happy bunny down on the Dortmund bench.
Kagawa takes on Vorsah down the left and as he looks to jink inside, Vorsah has his hands all over him and concedes the free-kick.
Kagawa wins the ball back after he had lost it and despite overrunning the ball, Kuba is on hand to find Grosskreutz at the far post. Starke comes and is beaten but the ball had already gone out of play and Hoffe survive.
Yellow Card Luiz Gustavo
In four games at home prior to today, Dortmund have only been leading in one, drawing in two and down in the other. Wolfgang Stark books Luis Gustavo for a trip on Kuba, which was long overdue according to the almost 80,000 Dortmund fans inside the stadium. From the free-kick Grosskreutz shoots high over the bar.
Sven Bender gets caught on his heels and looks rather sluggish as he takes down Sebastian Rudy but the free-kick amounts to nothing. Rudy has slotted in well in Sinsheim since making the short-ish move north from Stuttgart.
Kagawa almost works his way through an impossible gap before he is shoved to the ground by Beck in a no-nonsense manner with Wolfgang Stark deeming that to be a fair challenge. Credit to Schmelzer for a good run down the left to play the Japanese in.
Boris Vukcevic, who has worked his way into the Hoffe starting eleven, does well to fashion some space outside the box before shooting low on goal but Weidenfeller makes a routine save.
For those Klopp fans among you, he is the most successful BVB trainer in terms of points since the legendary Ottmar Hitzeld. Klopp has 1.80 points per game before today, Hitzfeld had 1.86 and Dortmund's last title-winning coach Matthias Sammer, had 1.77.
Piszczek looks to whip in a cross from the right but it's blocked by Luis Gustavo who is a minor revelation today in the back four.
In Dortmund's favour they have scored 20 goals this term, more than any other side in the league.
The home fans are again unhappy as Gustavo piles into Kuba but escapes scot free for what looked a certain yellow card.
Ba looks to take the ball down on the left flank but under pressure from two approaching BVB defenders his touch lets him down and the ball rolls out of play.
A chance for Sahin to redeem himself as he takes a free-kick over on the left. It's an excellent delivery to the far post but Compper is equal to the task and heads away.
Juergen Klopp is still shaking his head at the decision on the bench. Luis Gustavo trips Kuba but the ref blows for an earlier offence and Hoffe have a free-kick.
The penalty was retaken due to encroachment from Barrios. Meanwhile, Beck was booked for dissent after disputing the penalty.
Yellow Card Andreas Beck
It was a definite penalty as Vorsah cut across the run of Kagawa and knocked the ball away with his arm. Sahin stepped up and blasted the ball into the bottom right corner. Yet Wolfgang Stark ordered the re-take and Sahin went the other way, to his cost. Huge controversy in Dortmund but the upshot is that Hoffenheim are still 1-0 to the good.
Penalty save Tom Starke
Missed Penalty Nuri Sahin
TORRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR DORTMUND!!! Nuri Sahin steps up from the spot and blasts it into the corner! But it has to be retaken! AND IT'S SAVED BY STARKE!!!! He flings himself to his right and beats the ball away! Incredible events here!
PENALTY DORTMUND!!! Handball from Vorsah and Dortmund have a spot-kick!
Hoffenheim, always capable of raising their game, are buoyant with confidence and are playing the ball around with assurance. However, on this occasion Ba cannot quite latch onto Salihovic's ball forward and the ball bounces through to Weidenfeller.
A huge blow for the Bundesliga's tighest defence. Ba's strike is just the seventh goal der BVB have conceded this term. The Dortmund defenders made the mistake of being attracted to the ball like a magnet, which let the run of Luis Gustavo go unchecked. Hoffe come again through Salihovics whose teasing cross is headed away by Hummels.
Assist Luiz Gustavo
Goal Demba Ba
TORRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR HOFFENHEIM!! A shock lead for Hoffenheim through Demba Ba!!! And it's come through the makeshift left-back Luis Gustavo. Mlapa found some space and released the run of Gustavo down the left flank. He burst into the box, kept his head and rolled the ball across goal to Ba who makes no mistake from close range!
Ba shrugs off his man and finds Weis but his attempt on goal is rather half-hearted and rolls through to Weidenfeller, who this week was linked with a move to PSG.
A poor defensive header from Compper almost puts his side in major trouble but Grosskreutz is adjudged to be offside. However, he did have time to get in a shot on goal, which Starke palmed away to raise the spirits of an already feverish crowd.
The ever tenacious Beck, who is captaining the side today, is called up for a crunching foul on Grosskreutz after the BVB winger had initially escaped Rudy's clutches.
This game finished 1-1 last season with Nelson Valdez, now of Hercules netting for Dortmund and Vedad Ibisevic scoring for Hoffenheim. Schmelzer puts his first cross of the afternoon in but it's overhit and Kuba is unable to retrieve the situation on the right. Schmelzer is back in for Dede today as he was only suspended in the Europa League.
Excellent defending from Hummels to shake off Mlapa and eventually win the free-kick close to his own goal-line.
Dortmund play a lovely triangle in midfield before Bender tries to find Grosskreutz on the left but the ball is overhit and goes out for a throw.
Kuba gets away down the right-hand side and puts in a terrific cross towards the formidable presence of Barrios but Tom Starke punches away with authority.
Salihovics plays the ball through to Ba but not before he tripped Kuba and he concedes the free-kick.
Referee Wolfgang Stark blows the whistle to get us underway in the Signal Iduna Park. BVB kick off in their yellow shirts and black shorts. Hoffenheim are in their usual blue strips.
Dortmund begin in their usual 4-2-3-1 formation with the major news the inclusion of Sven Bender who has recovered sufficiently from his muscle problem to line up alongside Sahin in central midfield. Otherwise, there are no surprises from Juergen Klopp. Hoffenheim look to be lining up with Luis Gustavo at left-back and they include Tobias Weis in the midfield. The misfiring Vedad Ibisevic has to settle for a place on the bench alongside Chinedu Obasi, who is making his way back from injury.
Guten Tag und herzlich willkommen to Goal.com's live text commentary of this Bundesliga clash between league leaders Borussia Dortmund and Hoffenheim. Der BVB look irresistable at the moment with a run of seven straight wins after an opening day defeat at home to Leverkusen. Hoffenheim have stumbled in recent weeks but won last week against Gladbach to climb to seventh spot. I'm Gary Niblock and I'll be guiding you through all the best of the action this afternoon.
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