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November 5, 2011
• Signal-Iduna-Park, Dortmund
Referee: J. Drees
• Attendance: 80720
M. Götze 12', 78'
S. Kagawa 45'
S. Bender 61'
R. Lewandowski 66'
A. Hleb 59'
That's all from here - I hoped you enjoyed today's commentary. Until next time, all the best.
Wolfsburg played hard and nearly found their way back from 2-0 down, but were out-run and out-played on the day.
FULL TIME! A stunning performance from the hosts, who are now looking more like the machine of yesteryear. If Leitner and Kagawa can keep up their form, they will be a formidable power in the coming months.
KAGAWA! Nearly a brace from the in-form playmaker, who takes Hummels' exquisite long ball off his chest and tries to chip Benaglio, but misses over the bar! One minute to be added...
All in all, a stunning performance from the hosts, who will be encouraged by what now is certain to be an emphatic win. The only downside is the loss of Subotic, although the centre-back looks like he will be fit within a couple days.
BARRIOS! GOod stop by Benaglio! Kagawa plays the ball forward to the fit-again forward, who surges clear of the WOlfsburg defence. His angle is cut off, though, and in the end he is forced to take a difficult shot on Benaglio's goal. The Swiss does well to parry.
Yellow CardHasan Salihamidzic
Salihamidzic goes into the book as he sticks out an arm to block the ball from Grosskreutz's first touch.
TOOOOOOOOOR GOTZE HAS HIS BRACE! Piszczek waits and waits, and finally slips in to Gotze, who was played on by Salihamidzic. The youngster takes a touch and finishes past Benaglio!
What a turn from Kagawa! Brilliant work from the playmaker who finds Gotze, who sets up Barrios, but the striker's shot is blocked!
PENALTY? Again, denied! Chris touches the ball and it strikes Gotze in the arm, but it is adjudged that the ball played the hand, and play continues.
Next substitution for Dortmund: Lewandowski is given a breather as Lucas Barrios is given a few minutes to prove himself.
Yellow CardKevin Großkreutz
Grosskreutz commits a poor foul on Salihamdzic, and goes into the book. The two have had a row all game and one or the other was bound to be booked at some point.
Leitner, who has had a great game and has truly run his socks off, is replaced by the more defensive-minded Sebastian Kehl. The youngster comes off to a round of applause from the home fans.
Very nice work from the visitors. Dejagah nods through for Trasch, but his touch sends the midfielder just a bit too far wide. Tasch stops the ball on the end line, but loses possession to Gotze
TOOOOOOR LEWANDOWSKI! They're showboating now. Kagawa plays an amazing through-ball between the centre-backs and through to the striker, whose pace sends him through on goal. Lewandowski cheekily chips the ball, and although Benaglio gets a finger to it, he cannot keep it out.
TOR! BENDER MAKES IT 3-1! Piszczek nods Gotze's corner across the face of goal, and Bender is open at the back post to nod home. Hosts back in control now!
TOOOOR! HLEB PULLS A GOAL BACK! Dejagah beats Hummels to the ball on the right and crosses to Trasch at the back post. The Germany international centres for Hleb, who slots home. GAME ON!
OH, HOW IS IT NOT 3-0?? Kagawa cuts back to the open Grosskreutz, who has his shot cleared off the line! Schmelzer has a follow-up attempt that Lewandowski redeirects, but Benaglio makes a stunning reflex stop!
Rasmus Jonsson is now on for Ochs, by the way.
PENALTY? NO! Leitner dribbles past Salihamidzic and into the box, and Chris blocks him off the ball. The youngster goes down, but no foul is whistled.
Brilliant run by Dejagah! The former Germany U21 star surges up the left flank, evading a marker before turning towards the goal. He crosses, but nobody is on hand to put the ball in the net!
Kagawa makes a very clever touch as he initially evades Kyrgiakos, before being pulled back by Chris to win a free kick.
...But not without better service. Hleb wins a free kick from Kagawa, but the delivery is too strong for Kyrgiakos to nod goalward.
This is a more encouraging start from Wolfsburg, who have been putting some considerable pressure on their hosts in the opening minutes. No real openings as of yet, but given enough crosses, a goal is bound to come at some point.
Schafer plays a ball up the line that Trasch leaves and chases, but Santana is alert to the danger and puts the ball out of play.
Gotze wins a free kick early, and Schmelzer has a go from distance, but misses wide. Benaglio appeared to have it covered, in any case.
AND THE SECOND HALF BEGINS! Felipe Santana is on for Subotic, who has a black eye and quite a bit of bruising on his face.
HALF-TIME! The hosts came out firing early on and never let up. A two-goal lead is most likely deserved, and it's what they have at any rate as they enter the break. Wolfsburg can come back, but will have to dig deep if they are to overturn the deficit. I'll be back in 15 minutes to keep you up-to-date on the latest happenings.
TOOOOOOOOOOOR KAGAWA!!! Brilliant counterattack by the hosts! Bender wins the ball off Hleb and makes a couple quick dribbles before playing through to Lewandowski. The striker draws Kyrgiakos' attention, before slipping in to Kagawa, who slots into the lower-right corner. 2-0!
Play resumes for a minute before Subotic returns to the fray, apparently fit to continue.
Oh dear, now Subotic goes down injured. Replays show he took an elbow to the cheekbone as he challenged Kyrgiakos for a header.
Owch, that's a nasty challenge from Trasch, who goes in with studs up as he tackles Piszczek. The Germany international picks up a deserved yellow card.
Yellow CardChristian Träsch
And indeed Polak does come off. Alex Hleb is his replacement, making just his second appearance since moving to Wolfsburg.
Bender tees up Schmelzer from another long-ranged effort, which is deflected wide for a corner.
Kagawa plays a delightful long ball to Gotze, but it is weighted just a bit too strong, and Benaglio comes out of his penalty box to nod clear.
MANDZUKIC! Oh, JUST WIDE! And that's why he's one of Germany's most dangerous attackers - Trasch does well to nip the ball off Grosskreutz's foot around the half-way line. The ball runs to Mandzukic, who shoots early, a low drive that beats Weidenfeller, but flies narrowly wide. So, so close!
Nice bit of play by Ochs as he plays a 1-2 and finds himself in the box, but Subotic wins the ball back before he can shoot.
GROSSKREUTZ MISSES A SITTER! Lewandowski nods on a long ball, and the attacker uses his strength and pace to beat Josue to the ball. Grosskreutz has only Benaglio to beat, but fires narrowly wide!
A little slower from the hosts, who have expended a tremendous amount of energy but are only one mistake from conceding an equaliser.
Less convincing from Benaglio this time as he comes off his line but is nowhere near the ball. Chris manages to head clear before a yellow-shirted player can manage to fire home.
SCHMELZER! Stunning shot, and a diving save from Benaglio! The left-back takes a volley from well outside the box and places it perfectly, but Benaglio manages to parry in the top corner!
Brilliant play from Lewandowski! With his back to goal, the Polish striker plays in a gorgeous pass to Grosskreutz. The winger returns the ball, but Chris makes a vital intervention to avoid a sure goal.
Oh, that was nearly a chance for Kagawa! Lewandowski cannot quite get his foot to the ball, though; had he, the Japanese attacker could have had a clear chance on goal.
Polak looks like he might be coming off early as his potential replacements begin their warm-up. It would be humiliating for him to be withdrawn, but he has really struggled thus far.
A nice burst from Ochs sees him pass Schmelzer, but his touch is too strong and Hummels intercepts.
It's still break-neck pace here at the Signal-Iduna Park as the hosts press on for a second. Wolfsburg have done just enough to avoid that, but are struggling to get any momentum as they go forward.
Yellow CardJan Polak
Polak now goes into the book as he blocks off Subotic, who curiously enough had dribbled at him in the attacking area.
TOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOR GOTZE PUTS DORTMUND AHEAD! Brilliant work from BVB as Leitner finds Kagawa, whose back-heel releases Gotze into the box. The youngster is free of Polak and nutmegs Kyrgiakos, putting his shotpast Benaglio and into the net.
Ooh, nice chance for Chris! The defender has a free header in the box but is unable to get enough power on his attempt and Weidenfeller makes a comfortable save.
Things getting a little testy here. Polak first fouls Piszczek and receives his final earning. A few moments later, Schmelzer is late in fouling Salihamidzic.
OH, WHAT A MISS BY KAGAWA! Schmelzer makes a good run before cutting back to the unmarked playmaker, who has time and space in the centre of the box. Kagawa shoots with his first touch, but is well under the ball, and loops it a mile into the air before Benaglio claims.
The pace of the game has remained the same. BVB are seeing more of the ball than before, but the visitors have not looked at all susceptible at the back.
Very clever through pass from Leitner to Kagawa, but the Japanese attacker is caught a step offside.
A blistering start to the game as Benaglio is forced to run out of his goal to clear ahead of Kagawa. At the other end, Salihamidzic and Schafer trade crosses Subotic clears for a corner.
AND WE'RE UNDERWAY!
The players have made their way onto the pitch, and we're approaching the opening kick-off.
The fans in Dortmund's famous Sudtribune have created quite a spectacle . There is an image of a massive skull with a BVB logo on it
Subs: Lenz, Russ, Hleb, Koo, Hasebe, Helmes, Jonsson
Wolfsburg (4-2-3-1): Benaglio; Salihamidzic, Kyrgiakos, Chris, Schafer; Trasch, Josue; Ochs, Dejagah, Polak; Mandzukic
For Wolfsburg, Felix Magath has opted to use Chris at centre-back alongside Sotirios Kyrgiakos in central defence, with Hasan Salihamidzic on the right. Patrick Ochs is promoted from right-back to midfield, opposite Jan Polak.
Subs: Langerak, Santana, Owomoyela, Blaszczykowski, Kehl, Perisic, Barrios
Dortmund (4-2-3-1): Weidenfeller; Piszczek, Subotic, Hummels, Schmelzer; Leitner, Bender; Gotze, Kagawa, Grosskreutz; Lewandowski
Starting line-ups are in, and the most interesting selection choice is in the hosts' line-up. Moritz Leitner, who played very well as deputy for Sven Bender in midweek, has retained his starting role. He will partner the fit-again Bender, meaning that Sebastian Kehl will take a seat on the bench.
Wolfsburg have had less fortunes as of late. Felix Magath's men are just 12th in the Bundesliga, and suffered a 3-2 home loss to Hertha Berlin last weekend.
Dortmund enter today's match third in the Bundesliga. They were held in their last domestic match, a 1-1 draw away to Stuttgart, but beat Olympiacos 1-0 in the Champions League on Tuesday.
Hello and welcome to Goal.com's LIVE coverage of Borussia Dortmund v Wolfsburg! I'm Clark Whitney, and I'll be keeping you company for the next two hours or so...
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