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December 8, 2012
• Signal-Iduna-Park, Dortmund
Referee: W. Stark
• Attendance: 80000
M. Reus 6'
J. Błaszczykowski 61'
B. Dost 73'
FULL TIME! DORTMUND 2-3 WOLFSBURG! The hosts' title defence looks to be all but over! Thanks for joining me, and stay with goal.com for all your post-match correspondence.
Dost! Should seal it with only Weidenfeller to beat, but his finishing touch lets him down on this occasion!
Diego is ruled offside as he looks to get through on goal.
Three minutes of extra time to be played, as Reus sends a curler towards the top corner. Top save from Benaglio!
Yellow CardThomas Kahlenberg
Hummels brought down as he charges forward, with Kahlenburg going into the book for that tactical foul.
Dortmund seem to have lost hope of a win here. Their domestic results really have been disappointing, compared to their impressive Champions League outings.
Naldo on call to head away another long ball - that man is an absolute titan in the air.
Vierinha makes way for Rodriguez as the visitors look to see this one out.
Foul on Wolfsburg on the left, much to the dismay of everyone at the Signal Iduna Park. Except the few thousand travelling Wolfsburg supporters of course!
It's swung in dangerously, but Naldo rises above the crowd to get it away.
Yellow CardMario Götze
Gotze looks to take it quickly, but the ref is having none of it! The German is booked, but allowed to retake.
Free kick to Dortmund from some 30 yards out - would be a fantastic goal if this finds its way in.
Appeals for a penalty from Dortmund, but they're waved away. Blaszczykowski is taken off for Schleiber.
Blaszczykowski is nearly through on the left flank, but a last-ditch tackle from Fagner keeps the Pole out.
Diego is down on the floor after having gone down with his legs split awkwardly.
Lewandowski won't give up on a ball despite being up against four defenders, but is ultimately denied by the ball itself when it pops on his boot.
A win looks far away for Dortmund now, and with Bayern 2-0 up at Augsburg the holders could find themselves 14 points off the league summit by full time.
GOOAAAL Dost! The Dutchman is put through by a sublime through ball from Diego, and makes no mistake to convert past Weidenfeller! 3-2!
Diego has space to shoot from a tight angle, but it flashes across the face of goal and out for a goal kick.
OOOHH Close! The ball is swung in, and misses the top corner by inches!
Naldo, the goalscorer, concedes a foul on the left. Reus territory once again.
Oooh nearly Dortmund in the lead! Gotze gets the ball in the area, but his first touch is poor and he can't get it on target - end-to-end stuff!
The German has it firmly in his grasp this time, and Dortmund can look to build from the back.
Weidenfeller palms it away thumpingly, but it's played straight back towards his goal and another corner awaits...
Wolfsburg searching for a third here as it's played around the Dortmund box. Corner for the visitors.
Wolfsburg find themselves some space on the right flank, but the delivery comes to nothing as Dost and Diego lie waiting.
Yellow CardIlkay Gündogan
Gundogan goes into the book for a clinical foul. Dost is ruled offside shortly after - this game could still go either way.
Benaglio collects the resultant free kick.
That's gotten the Signal Iduna Park back in full song, as Josue brings down Lewandowski in his stride.
Penalty GoalJakub Blaszczykowski
GOAL!!! Blaszczykowski converts it in a manner similar to which Diego did in the first half, a confident low finish to the right!
Yellow CardSimon Kjaer
PENALTY TO DORTMUND!!! Kjaer attempts to keep out Lewandowski, but brings down the striker with a clumsy challenge!
Blaszczykowski looks to break past Fagner on the left, but has to settle for a corner.
Gotze has a crack from range, and it flies inches wide. The home crowd still in full song here.
Santana looks to find an open man from the back, but with Wolfsburg defending in numbers there is little space to be exploited.
Corner to Wolfsburg, but it comes to nothing.
Dost nearly in, but Hummels denies him with a brilliant tackle!
Reus takes it, but Naldo, that tower of a centre-back stands firm to head it away.
Free kick to Dortmund on the edge of the area as Lewandowski is brought down. Reus or Gotze to take, I imagine.
Reus! The German goes for the spectacular with an overhead kick from yards out, but Benaglio keeps it in his grasp.
Two on three for Dortmund, but Reus' pass towards Lewandowski is intercepted.
Gundogan comes close to joining Reus in the referee's book, but is let off with a warning.
Yellow CardMarco Reus
Reus is booked for dissent. Dortmund must keep their head if they are to get a result.
The German coach cheers his side on, as Lewandowski sneds a rocket into the stands.
Straight on the offence for the hosts, who will have been on the end of one of Jurgen Klopp's pep-talks at half time, I imagine.
Dortmund get the second half underway.
Halftime! Dortmund go into the break 1-2 down to Wolfsburg, and will play the second half with ten men following Schmelzer's dismissal. See you in 15!
Half-time approaching, with two extra minutes to be played.
Dortmund still going forward with vigour - their numerical disadvantage isn't showing when they're on the ball.
Hummels' header off a free kick is a bullet, but Benaglio can collect it with ease.
Dortmund very much up against it now - one goal and one man down! Can the titleholders respond in true champion's fashion?
It's 2-1!!!!! Naldo puts it away with a fantastic half-volley! What a dramatic five minutes it has been!
Free kick to Wolfsburg on their right flank...
Wolfsburg have been given a boost with that dismissal, and are seeing a bit more of the ball.
The home crowd are livid with that decision, and are roaring for a response from their side.
That was unlucky for Schmelzer. The ball only grazed his hand, with his thigh having done enough to keep the ball out.
Penalty GoalDiego Ribas
GOAL! 1-1 As Diego puts it away confidently!
Red CardMarcel Schmelzer
Penalty to Dortmund! Dost has a shot that's headed for the back of the line, and Schmelzer blocks it wis his hand according to the referee! He's off , and Dortmund are down to ten men!
It's still 0-0 in Augsburg, with Bayern having failed to find a breakthrough thus far. If it stays this way, Dortmund will cut the deficit with the Bavarians to nine points.
Diego looks to put Dost through, but it was a poor ball in all honesty.
Blaszczykowski looks to acrobatically put Lewandowski through, but can only scuff the ball with the edge of his boot.
Hummels nearly plays Lewandowski in with a long ball, but Kjaer just gets a head to it.
Diego looks to send in a low ball from the edge of the area, but Santana parries it away.
Dortmund continuing to dominate possession, prying away for an opening in the visiting defence.
The expressions on the Wolfsburg defenders are ones of worry - the hosts are knocking on the door of a second here.
Schmelzer! The full-back sends in a curling free kick from range which Benaglio only just keeps out!
Ooohh Gundogan! A touch too heavy from the midfielder, who very nearly played himself through in the area.
It comes to nothing though, as Wolfsburg big men clear it.
Another Reus free kick to come...
Dost! The Dutchman looks to be through on goal but Santana gets to it just in time!
Oooh nearly 2! The hosts are just too kind to one another, constantly leaving it for a team-mate to finish. Wolfsburg take advantage and scramble it away.
Another class delivery from the young German, but Benaglio can scramble it away this time.
Another Dortmund free kick to come from the left, Reus to take of course.
Lewandowski! Nearly! The pole latches on to a Blaszczykowski delivery, but is crowded out before he can get a shot away.
Gotze looks to get in from the left, but is denied by Schafer.
Dortmund's players looking to clean that mess up now, but play is resumed shortly after.
Weidenfeller's goal has been covered in yellow strands of paper from the supporters - still 80 minutes to go before the win is secured, fellas!
Calm play from Dortmund now, who know the visitors will eventually have to put men forward to get a result now.
Almost a second, as Dortmund go through 3 on 2. Good intervention from Kjaer to deny them however.
Threatening! The ball is sent in by Gotze, but ultimately flies harmlessly wide.
Appeals for a handball from Lewandowski in the area, but it's waived away. Another corner for the hosts to come...
Corner for Dortmund, but Reus' delivery is met by the head of a Wolfsburg defender.
Ruthless from the hosts, who looked like they could be in for a long day just minutes ago. Confidence oozing from their passing now though.
GOOOAAAL DORTMUND! It'sswung in menacingly by Reus and flies into the back of the net untouched! Shambolic defending, really.
Free kick for Dortmund on the left flank. All the big boys forward for this one...
Blaszczykowski looks to get onto a through ball, but even the Pole's pace wasn't enough to get to that one.
Bright start from Wolfsburg here, as the they peg back their hosts and force them to punt it forward.
Gotze's delivery is short however, and the visitors get it away.
Corner for the hosts as it's deflected behind the goal-line.
Hasebe sends in a cross for Dost, but the Dutchman can't get to it.
Wolfsburg get it back though, and look to build patiently from the back. A win would really help their morale here.
Immediate pressure from the hosts, as Lewandowski looks to find away in from the left flank
And we're off! Wolfsburg get us underway.
Kickoff minutes away in a typically buzzing Signal Iduna Park.
While the visitors will take the field with the following starters... Wolfsburg: Benaglio; Schäfer, Kjaer, Naldo, Fagner; Josué, Polak; Vieirinha, Diego, Hasebe; Dost.
The hosts will be lining up with the following eleven... Dortmund: Weidenfeller; Piszczek, Santana, Hummels, Schmelzer; Gündogan, Leitner; Kuba, Götze, Reus; Lewandowski
Jurgen Klopp's men have finished top of their Champions League group however, with some impressive results - the last being their midweek win over Manchester City.
The hosts go into the game eleven points behind leaders Bayern Munich, who are facing Augsburg elsewhere. The visitors meanwhile lie 15th in the table, having collected just 16 points up to this point.
Good afternoon and welcome to Goal.com's live coverage of today's Bundesliga match between Borussia Dortmund and Vfl Wolflsburg. I'm Renger Dotinga and I'll be talking you through the action as it unfolds at the Signal Park.
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