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January 22, 2011
• Signal-Iduna-Park, Dortmund
Referee: F. Brych
• Attendance: 80720
M. Götze 43'
P. Pogrebnyak 85'
FULL-TIME! It finishes 1-1 here and Stuttgart are probably value for their point after a battling performance. Dortmund were wasteful at times but a point isn't the end of the world for the leaders. Thanks for joining me, Luke Matthews today. I'll be back in an hour or so for coverage of Koeln versus Werder Bremen. See you then. Auf Wiedersehen.
Good footwork from da Silva on the edge of the box but the midfielder puts his shot over the bar.
Outstanding save from Ulreich who tips over Barrios' header from a Sahin free-kick to put the ball out for a corner. Man of the match for me the Stuttgart 'keeper.
I did wonder whether Dortmund would be made to pay for their wastefulness in front of goal. They now have four minutes plus injury time to get a winner.
Yellow Card Pavel Pogrebnyak
Assist Zdravko Kuzmanovic
Goal Pavel Pogrebnyak
1-1! TOR POGREBNYAK! Gebhart passes it to Kuzmanovic who neatly backheels it into the path of the Russian striker who slams the ball into the top corner from the edge of the area for his sixth goal of the season. Unstoppable effort.
Another good save from Ulreich who turns the ball around the post for a corner after Grosskreutz fires in a powerful effort from 20 yards out.
Wiedenfeller is down and receiving treatment so slight delay here. He looks okay to continue.
It has to be said that in this second-half the quality of the build-up play from both sides has been top notch. Just a shame the finishing hasn't been up to scratch.
Fantastic last ditch challenge by Hummels on Pogrebnyak to put the ball out for a corner. That is why European's elite are looking at the ex-Bayern man.
Very smart save from Ulreich who denies Barrios from 15 yards. Another chance to go 2-0 for Dortmund. Will they be made to regret all these missed chances?
Weidenfeller is fouled as he punches a Gebhart corner about 30 yards. Nearly into the final 15 minutes.
Stuttgart seeing more of the ball at the moment but Dortmund's defence is standing strong. No surprises considering it's the strongest defence in the league in terms of least goals being conceded.
Harnik is on Schipplock. Surprising that the Austrian did not start considering he is Stuttgart's top scorer with 12 goals.
First touch for Barrios and nearly a goal. Intricate build-up play from Dortmund sees Grosskreutz slide a ball across the box for Barrios who puts the ball over from 12 yards. To be fair to the Paraguayan international, the ball was played slightly behind him so that's probably why it was scooped over the bar.
Subotic gets on the end of a Sahin corner. Decent power on the header but not enough accuracy.
SUBOTIC COMES VERY CLOSE! Sahin's corner is flicked on by Hummels and his defensive partner can only make slight contact with the ball from six yards out. Not enough contact to put the ball in the back of the net.
Very good game this. Barrios looks like he will replaces Lewandowski.
IT SHOULD BE 1-1! A good run down the left from Molinaro allows the Italian to slide a near post ball into Schipplock who misses the target from six yards.
VERY CLOSE FOR SAHIN! The Turk shoots from 25 yards and the ball takes a wicked deflection off Delpierre before narrowly missing the target with Ulreich scrambling across his goal.
HOW DID LEWANDOWSKI MISS? Sahin plays in Goetze who slides the ball across to Lewandowski who has an open goal to aim for 12 yards out. However, he somehow puts the ball wide of the target.
Gentner's cross is wonderful but Pogrebnyak cannot get on the end of it.
Poor decision by the referee to award a goalkick afte Funk clearly puts it out for a corner.
Stuttgart win a free-kick 25 yards from goal but Gebhart's effort is high. wide and not so handsome.
Gebhart attempts to play a ball along the six yard box to Pogrebnyak but Schmelzer does brilliantly to out the ball out for a corner.
Brilliant ball into the box by Sahin but Grosskreutz fails to get his header on target, under pressure from Ulreich.
Lewandowski hits the side netting with a powerful effort. The ball falls to the striker afte Goetze goes down in the box. No penalty.
Should have been a chance there for Stuttgart but Pogrenbnyak fails to play the ball to Gentner who is completely free on the right, just outside the box.
And we're off in the second half with Dortmund getting us back underway.
HALF-TIME! No time for the referee to award a corner as we head into the half-time interval. 1-0 to Dortmund the score in what has been an equally balanced encounter. Can Stuttgart get back into this one? Join us for the second half to find out.
45' + 1'
Lewandowski's header is tipped around the post by Ulreich after a great ball into the box by Sahin.
Hammer blow for Stuttgart who have looked competitive in this first half. Will Labbadia be able to pick up his troops for the second half?
Assist Kevin Großkreutz
Goal Mario Götze
TOR GOETZE! Just as the game had gone a little quiet the youngster steps up with a great finish. Brilliant team goal with Hummels playing it to Sahin who slid a through ball to the left for Grosskreutz. The German international then played the ball to Goetze in the box who took one touch before slamming the ball past Ulreich with the 'keeper standing no chance.
Terrific atmosphere at the Westfalenstadion with both groups of supporters making plenty of noise. 0-0 still as half time looms.
Not much happening at the moment in terms of chances but Dortmund do look dangerous on the counter attack even without Kagawa and Barrios.
Molinaro's ball into the box is well cut out by Subotic. Better from the away side though.
Yellow Card Sven Schipplock
Schipplock picks up his first ever yellow card in the Bundesliga for a very poor challenge on Blaszczykowski. The youngster will need to curb that temper.
Now it's Stuttgart's turn to see more of the ball yet the strugglers fail to do anything with it.
Wasteful again from Dortmund with Sahin free in the box and instead of opting to shoot he atempts to square it to Lewandowski. The Polish striker does not read the ball as it drifts harmlessly wide for a goalkick. Would Barrios have done better there?
Defensive problems for Stuttgart again with Delpierre and Molinaro getting mixed up leaving Blaszczykowski through on goal. The winger had Lewandowski to his left unmarked but the Pole overruns the ball and Ulreich is able to claim.
Very well balanced game this one. At the moment it would be difficult to guess which of the teams had a 12 point lead at the top and which team were in the relegation places.
The home side stepping up the temp now with Schmelzer sending a crashing drive towards Ulreich from 25 yards who does well to beat the ball away.
Good chance for Dortmund. Sahin storms through the middle and finds himself in space just inside the box. However, the angle is tight and the Turkish midfielder fails to get his shot on target with Ulreich getting his angles right.
Chance for the youngster Schipplock. Gentner whips in an inviting ball into the box and the young striker is unmarked yet cannot get his header on target from 12 yards. Big miss.
Birthday boy Schmelzer is brought down by Gentner on the left yet Sahin fails to make the most of the free-kick.
Pogrebnyak wins the second corner of the game for Stuttgart. Gentner gets his head to the cross and Weidenfeller makes a superb diving save to turn the ball around the post for another corner.
Interesting stat here. Dortmund's victory over Leverkusen last week was the ninth consecutive time the winter leaders had won their opening game of 2011.
Good defending by Funk down the right to usher the ball away from Grosskreutz who ends up committing a foul on the defender.
Stuttgart probably the livelier of the two sides at the moment. Decent start to this one.
Possible penalty? Not quite. Schipplock flicks a ball onto Pogrebnyak with his head who then knocks the ball past the onrushing Weidenfeller. The Russian striker and the 'keeper look like they are about to collide but both pull out of the challenge with no contact being made on either side. The referee waves play on.
Dodgy defending there by Stuttgart. Delpierre plays a strange looking backpass to Ulreich and the German 'keeper is at full stretch to keep the ball going out for a corner.
First chance of the game falls to Dortmund after Goetze plays the ball through to Lewandowski on the edge of the area. However the Polish striker fails to hit the target. Poor strike.
Stuttgart get us underway here in Dortmund. Can the underachieving die Schwaben cause an upset today?
Stuttgart: Ulreich, Funk, Tasci, Delpierre, Molinaro, Gentner, Traesch, Kuzmanovic, Boka, Schipplock, Pogrebnyak
Dortmund: Weidenfeller, Piszczek, Subotic, Hummels,Schmelzer, da Silva, Sahin, Blaszczykowski, Goetze,Grosskreutz, Lewandowski
Here come the teams...
Hello and welcome to Goal.com's coverage of Dortmund versus Stuttgart at the Westfalenstadion. The home side picked up a crucial victory against fellow title challengers Leverkusen last weekend and are currently sitting 12 points clear of Hannover at the top of the table. Struggling Stuttgart beat Mainz 1-0 but are still sitting in the relegation places down in 17th place. Big game for both sides this one but who will prevail?
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