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  • August 20, 2011
  • • 14:30
  • • Signal-Iduna-Park, Dortmund
  • Referee: F. Zwayer
  • • Attendance: 78400

Live Commentary

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  • Borussia Dortmund record their second league win of the season and after a slow start, regrouped to secure a 2-0 victory against a hard-working Nurnberg side. Goals from Lewandowski, and a deflected effort from Grosskreutz sealed the three points.
  • 90' + 2'
    AND THERE WE HAVE IT! The referee blows for full time.
  • 90'
    Into stoppage time at Signal Iduna Park.
  • 90'
    The visitors aren't holding back, and are still on the search of a consolation. Shots are peppering the defence, yet the home rearguard are holding their ranks well.
  • 88'
    Subotic goes down after a challenge by Mak. Freekick Dortmund.
  • 86'
    Meanwhile, Robert Mak walzes into the home penalty box and goes down after a challenge from Blaszczykowski. Not a chance of a penalty.
  • 85'
    Into the final stages of the match, and BVB have been noticeably better in this half. Two goals from Lewandowski and Grosskreutz and a certain more swagger about them up the field will surely seal the points.
  • 84'
    SubstitutionMario Götze Sebastian Kehl
  • 83'
    Sebastian Kehl replaces Mario Gotze, the youngster has been impressive in the second half totalling up two assists.
  • 80'
    Goal Kevin Großkreutz
  • 80'
    GOAAAAAAAAAALL!!! And what an effort that was!! The young Kakovsky will not want to replay that! Kevin Grosskreutz launches an effort which caught out the 18 year old debutant who was off his line and dipped superbly into the net. DORTMUND 2-0!! Surely that settles it?
  • 77'
    SubstitutionAlmog Cohen Markus Mendler
  • 77'
    SubstitutionJens Hegeler Robert Mak
  • 77'
    CLOSE FROM NURNBERG! Juergen Klopp would not have been happy at that! A header catches out Dortmund and nestles on the top of Weidenfeller's goal! Almog Cohen is replaced by Robert Mak.
  • 76'
    Jens Hegeler's participation in the game ends, with Markus Mendler taking his spot. Entering the final quarter of the hour.
  • 74'
    POST!!! The hosts are looking very dangerous on the counter, and it shows again as Piszczek bombs down the right hand side, and the cross finds the head of Perisic who's effort rebounds off the woodwork! Almost 2-0
  • 73'
    A cross from the right fails to find its preferred destination in the box for Nurnberg, and immediately BVB are on the break.
  • 72'
    SubstitutionRobert Lewandowski Ivan Perisic
  • 71'
    Robert Lewandowski is next to be benched in favour of Ivan Perisic. Can the Croatian international settle the game with a goal?
  • 69'
    SubstitutionMarkus Feulner Julian Wießmeier
  • 69'
    Nurnberg themselves have made a change - Markus Feluner is off for Julian Wiessmeier.
  • 66'
    SubstitutionShinji Kagawa Jakub Blaszczykowski
  • 66'
    And it is Shinji Kagawa to come off to be replaced by Jakub Blaszczykowski
  • 64'
    Wonderful move from Dortmund who ping the ball between five players and onto Grosskreutz on the wing. The midfielder choose to come in on his left and fire over the bar. Juergen Klopp readying a substitute meanwhile
  • 62'
    LEWANDOWSKI! Close again from the hosts. A fluid move sees a lovely through ball catch out the defence and finds the Polish striker who sends a low shot which is parried by Kakovsky. Good save from the youngster.
  • 60'
    Testing moment for Kakovsky, as a wayward cross from Schmelzer on the left almost catches him out. The young keeper patted down the ball before claiming it at the second attempt.
  • 58'
    Subotic fires the freekick straight into the hands of Kakovsky. Could've done better there.
  • 57'
    Wollscheid fells Lewandowski in a dangerous position. Freekick for BVB about 25 yards out. Potentially a scoring chance this one.
  • 56'
    Foul on Pekhart by Subotic - the Serbain defender is very vocal to the referee after that award.
  • 54'
    'Der Club' are having to weather the storm as they fail to deal with Kagawa and Grosskreutz in the left and centre of the field. The defence just about clear the ball.
  • 52'
    Juergen Klopp's men are looking much better in the early stages of the second half. The league champions' are attacking much more fluidly, with Gotze harrying down a defender to clear.
  • 50'
    Assist Mario Götze
  • 50'
    Goal Robert Lewandowski
  • 50'
    GOAAAAAAAAAAAALL!!!!! WE HAVE THE OPENER!! Brilliant move from Dortmund, with Gotze being released on the right flank. The young international comes in before drilling a low cross which evades the defence and finds Lewandowski who fires into the roof of the net! DORTMUND LEAD!
  • 49'
    It fails to materalise and immediately Borussia are on the counter....
  • 49'
    Markus Feulner has gone down. Meanwhile, a corner for the visitors.
  • 47'
    BVB start the better in the second half, immediately attacking into the oppostion half. The pass from Sven Bender onto the wing is over-hit however with Mario Gotze flagged offside.
  • 46'
    Nurnberg get us underway in the second 45.
  • The players are out again, we should be resuming soon. Elsewhere in the Bundesliga, Bayern Munich are 3-0 up against Hamburg. Some goals in this match can only do some good.
  • What are your thoughts and suggestions? What do you think will happen in the next 45 minutes? Will Dortmund improve, or can the visitors inflict a second shock defeat? Tweet me @mohammedali_93 as always.
  • Mario Gotze, Shinji Kagawa et al have put in a below-par performance so far. Nurnberg's defence is keeping them at bay, with Chandler in particular one of the visitors' players getting really stuck in. Second half to come in about 10 minutes
  • The players trudge back into the tunnel after what has been a rather turgid first half. Both sides lack attacking quality, with Tomas Pekhart's attempt to lob Roman Weidenfeller perhaps the only attempt that stood out.
  • 45'
    Yellow Card Horacio Javier Pinola
  • 45'
    And the referee blows for half-time. Borussia Dortmund 0-0 FC Nurnberg.
  • 45' headed behind for a corner. Last of the first half action.
  • 44'
    Javier Pinola is next in the book, after a late challenge on Mario Gotze. Freekick.......
  • 40'
    'Der Club' are utilising their long throw ins well. The hosts are having a bit of trouble dealing with the launch of the ball, but this time, it goes into the hands of Weidenfeller.
  • 39'
    A shot from Robert Lewandowski doesn't trouble Kakovsky and is saved.
  • 37'
    Close from Pekhart! A wonderfully placed through ball down the middle catches out a sleepy Dortmund defence and with Weidenfeller racing down, the former Tottenham youngster tries to lob him. The BVB custodian saves well by palming the ball away , but Pekhart's follow up goes across the goalline and is cleared. Signal of intent from the Czech player.
  • 36'
    Yellow Card Jens Hegeler
  • 35'
    The ensuing freekick fails to materalise. Seconds later, a first yellow card is handed to Jens Hegeler for a foul on Marcel Schmelzer.
  • 34'
    Freekick to Dortmund as Pinola fouls Kagawa.
  • 30'
    Very much a drab affair at the Signal Iduna Park as we head into the half hour mark. Gotze's been invisible so far, with Lewandowski failing to get the support he needs to spearhead the attack. Nurnberg holding out well, with 18 year old Patrick Kakovsky untroubled - 30 minutes into his league debut.
  • 29'
    Bit of unsportsmanship from Chandler. The American goes in on Schelmzer and then goes over him, whilst also putting his knee into the German's back before picking up the ball and demanding a foul. Referee ticks him off.
  • 26'
    Referee gives a freekick Nurnberg's way as Cohen is challenged unfairly for a loose ball.
  • 25'
    Grosskreutz had his options as he attempted to dribble into the penalty area from the left. Easily dispossessed with the midfielder taking on one too many.
  • 24'
    Feulner attempts a cross which strikes Piszczek across the hand. The Polish defender couldn't do much about it, harsh to give a freekick there.
  • 20'
    Lewandowski fails to control a high ball after a fluid attacking move with Kakovsky duly taking possession. Neither side have demonstrated much attacking quality, with displaced passes and midfield tussles punctuating the flow of the game.
  • 17'
    Javier Pinola has a crack at goal. Off target.
  • 15'
    Meanwhile, a long throw in for Nurnberg is headed into the box, but an extra header from Wollscheid fails to go goalwards, and falls to Piszczek who nullifies the threat.
  • 14'
    Any Dortmund or Nurnberg fans out there? What do you make of the early action? Tweet me @mohammedali_93 and I'll post them up.
  • 12'
    Ohhh! A nicely drilled ball to Chandler on the right wing catches out Piszczek, and the American duly places a low cross which has the home defence alarmed. Cleared for a corner, which fails to materalise in anything serious.
  • 10'
    Not the best of spectacles so far, with both teams playing it safe in the first 10 minutes. Chandler displays his attacking prowess by bombing down the right flank, but with limited options, ultimately finds himself running out of play.
  • 7'
    A very disappointing move from Neven Subotic. A searching ball from defence fails to find his preferred destination and goes out for a goal-kick. Dieter Hecking's men still to find their feet here in Dortmund.
  • 5'
    Wollscheid goes in hard on Shinji Kagawa, yet referee Zwayer says nothing doing as the ball trickles to 18 year old Patrick Kakovsky.
  • 4'
    Marcel Schelmzer brings down the ball expertly on the left flank, and after succesfully holding off the aerial challenge of a defender, brings the ball to Kevin Grosskreutz who disappointingly launches a half volley far wide of the post. Dismal first effort
  • 3'
    Schelmzer races through midfield to chase down a pass, yet Wollscheid has him tracked. No side showing any early attacking determination as of yet.
  • 2'
    Die Borussen have immediately settled into a nice passing rhythym to disrupt the visitors. Nurnberg holding out as far, as a displaced pass form midfield goes astray and into touch.
  • 1'
    And away we go! Dortmund get us underway.
  • The teams are out on a sunny day in Dortmund. BVB in yellow, Nurnberg in red. Pre-match handshakes under way. Referee today is Felix Zwayer.
  • Looks like a full house at the Signal Iduna Park, not long before kick-off now. Tweet your thoughts to @mohammedali_93 and I'll post the best ones.
  • 20 year old Ilkay Gündogan starts for Dortmund against his old club. Coach Juergen Klopp has include Neven Subotic and Marcel Schelmzer back into the line-up after they missed the defeat at Hoffenheim. Meanwhile for the Bavarians, an injury to No.1 goalkeeper Raphael Schafer means 18 year old Patrick Kakovsky will make his debut in front of 80,000 spectators. No pressure there then!
  • FC NURNBERG (4-1-4-1): Kakovsky, Chandler, Wollscheid, Klose, Pinola, Simons, Feulner, Hegeler, Cohen, Eigler, Pekhart.
  • Here are the confirmed team lineups: DORTMUND (4-2-3-1) : Weidenfeller, Pisczsek, Subotic, Hummels, Schemlzer, Bender, Gundogan, Gotze, Kagawa, Grosskreutz, Lewandowski
  • The Ruhr club are looking to overcome their shock 1-0 defeat to Hoffenheim last weekend, whilst Nurnberg are also looking to set the record straight, having been defeated 2-1 by Hannover 96.
  • When the two sides last went head-to-head in the BuLi, it was to be a momentous day in Die Borussen’s history. Goals from Lucas Barrios and Robert Lewandowski not only secured a 2-0 win for the home side, but also the league title – BVB’s first in nine years.
  • Good afternoon and welcome to’s LIVE text commentary of the Bundesliga clash between Borussia Dortmund and FC Nurnberg at Signal Iduna Park. I’m Mohammed Ali, and as always, you can tweet your thoughts, musings and opinions surrounding this match on Twitter to @mohammedali_93 or @goal_intl. Confirmed team line-ups to follow shortly.