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January 31, 2014
• Eintracht-Stadion, Braunschweig
Referee: M. Fritz
• Attendance: 23325
B. Kessel 54'
P. Aubameyang 31', 65'
That is it from me, Tom Webber, for this evening. Thanks for joining me for what was an extremely absorbing and enjoyable game of football. Have a great night.
FULL TIME - Braunschweig 1-2 Dortmund: BVB have a first Bundesliga win since November thanks to a double from Aubameyang, the second securing the win after Kessel had equalised early in the second half. The hosts fought hard and pushed Klopp's men all the way, but the Schwarzgelben take all three points back home with them.
90' + 4'
The answer is no! The referee blows for full time.
90' + 3'
90' + 2'
We are into the second of the additional three minutes now. Is there time for an equaliser from the hosts?
90' + 1'
BICAKCIC! HE'S HIT THE POST! That came from nowhere and it almost resulted in a Braunschweig equaliser. Kumbela's hopeful clip into the area was nodded towards goal by the centre-back but his header struck the inside of the post before Weidenfeller dived on it.
Claims for a penalty from the hosts as Kessel's cross strikes the hand of Schmelzer before going behind for a corner, and that, is all the referee awards.
OFF THE POST! Bicakcic gives the ball away with a dreadful pass on the edge of his own area. Mkhitaryan collects it and races into the area but his shot goes wide via the frame of the goal.
Important challenge! Bicakcic manages to keep pace with Aubameyang and disposses him on the edge of the area as the forward looked ready to round-up his hat-trick.
SO CLOSE! BVB almost concede again from a corner! Another low delivery is diverted towards Hochscheidt at the top of the six-yard box and he flicks it towards goal. Weidenfeller saves comfortably but makes his displeasure at the marking known.
WHAT A CHANCE! Sahin cuts the ball back into the area and Lewandowski brings it under control. He is closed quickly by the defence and instead rolls a pass back to Mkhitaryan, but the Armenian fires his shot straight at Reus!
AWFUL! A hopeful ball over the top is latched onto by Bellarabi but he completely misses it as he flings a leg at it by the near post. He collides with Weidenfeller and the home fans want a penalty, but the referee was never giving that.
POOR EFFORT! Kumbela holds up the play well on the far side and picks out Hochscheidt on the far side. His first touch puts the ball onto his left foot but he has to stretch to connect with the shot and ends up rolling a tame effort into Weidenfellers arms.
Reus looks hungry for a goal here! Mkhitaryan threads through and exquisite pass for the Germany forward but he hesitates before pulling the trigger and it allows the defence time to get back into position and stop the shot from testing Davari.
GREAT SAVE!! Lewandowski lofts a hopeful ball over the top which Reus races onto. He fires a low shot towards the near post but Davari flings out a leg and diverts it away from goal for a corner.
So close for Lewandowski! A corner is punched only as far as Mkhitaryan by Davari and his first time volley is agonisingly close to being turned in by Lewandowski at the back post, but he fails to connect with the ball.
Kumbela almost has the perfect impact as he receives the ball inside the box. He attempts to turn away from his marker but sees a black shirt everywhere he looks and fails to get a shot away.
Following on from that Reus free kick which hit the bar with a stat: No other team has scored more goals direct from free kicks than Dortmund this season. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Marco Reus, Marcel Schmelzer and Nuri Sahin each have one of the four BVB goals from set pieces.
SHAKY! Davari is way off of his line and nearly gets caught in possession by Aubameyang, but he manages to hoof the ball off to the right before being closed down. Mkhitaryan manages to collect it but his first touch knocks the ball out of play.
OFF THE BAR!! Reus almost catches Davari out with an excellently-struck early free kick but the keeper manages to get a hand to the ball and divert it behind via the crossbar. Stunning effort from the Germany international.
Lieberknecht makes his first change of the night in reaction to that second goal for the visitors, replacing the ineffectual Ademi with Bellarabi.
Assist Marco Reus
Goal Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang
GOOOOOAAL! Aubameyang makes it 2-1! A quick break from BVB ends with Reus rolling the ball out to Aubameyang on the left of the box and the Gabonese did the rest, arrowing a low shot across Davari and into the bottom corner.
The game has descended into a rather bitty affair, with Theuerkauf now down inside his own box following an aerial challenge. Perhaps Braunschweig hope this will disrupt BVB's momentum?
Hochscheidt stays down following an off the ball collision with Aubameyang. The referee halts play but something tells me the midfielder will be alright.
Braunschweig are growing in confidence hear and are getting plenty of numbers forwards when they win the ball. It looks as though they will attempt to catch BVB on the counterattack.
A rather short pass back to the keeper almost sets Aubameyang clean through on goal but Davari shows an adequate level of fleet-footedness himself to race out and beat the Gabon international to the ball.
You cannot say that Braunschweig don't deserve that goal either. They have given a good account of themselves so far tonight and have only been undone by that one moment of exceptional quality from the Schwarzgelben.
Assist Deniz Dogan
Goal Benjamin Kessel
GOOOOOAAL!! WE'RE ALL SQUARE! Hochscheidt drives in a low corner from the near side which Kessel meets at the near post. He steers the ball on target and although Weidenfeller gets a hand to it, he cannot stop it from trickling over the line. It's 1-1!
Elabdellaoui has been more lively in the eight minutes of this half than he was in the entirety of the first. His endeavour down the right again wins his side a corner.
Grosskreutz puts a rather poor challenge in on Hochscheidt in the middle of the park and gives away a free kick. He was never getting the ball there and only took the man.
STAT: Braunschweig's last win over Dortmund was an emphatic 5-0 win, but that came all the way back in April 1984.
Dogan plays a good pass up from the back to Ademi and he holds onto the ball as Boland overlaps him on the outside. He attempts to pick out his team-mate with a pass down the line but it is intercepted and cleared for a throw.
REUS! SO CLOSE! More excellent link-up play from Dortmund as Lewandowski rolls the ball to Mkhitaryan, who then angles a pass to set Reus through one-on-one. He shapes to pick out the far corner but Davari gets a hand to the ball and sends it wide of the near post.
Braunschweig instantly press very high, forcing the BVB defence to play the ball back to Weidenfeller and then closing down his options and forcing him to play it long.
We are back underway at Eintracht-Stadion.
Welcome back! The second half is just a few moments away now.
HALF TIME - Braunschweig 0-1 Dortmund: The hosts began brightly, attacking well and defending stoutly, but a quality team goal which was rounded off by Aubameyang has given BVB the lead at the interval. The visitors improved as the half went on, but the Lions are by no means out of this one. Stay tuned for the second half.
45' + 1'
The referee blows his whistle to signal the end of the half!
Just the one minute of added time to be played here.
What a chance that could have been! Lewandowski latched onto a long ball over the top, outmuscling Dogan and rounding the keeper 25 yards from his line. His touch took him too wide to get off a shot and as he had check back to find a team-mate, Davari recovered and got back into position.
GOOOOOAAAL... no it's not! Grosskreutz picked out Lewandowksi in the centre and he span his marker before prodding the ball towards the back post where Aubameyang added the finishing touch. However, before he can wheel away to celebrate he sees the referee's assistant with his flag raised for offside.
Ambitious from Dogan! The free kick is cleared away by BVB but Dogan races onto the loose, bouncing ball. He looses an audacious shot from distance which bounces just ahead of Weidenfeller, but the keeper holds it capably.
Some clumsy challenges flying in in midfield from Dortmund at the moment. Mkhitaryan was just booked for one such tackle and now Sahin was conceded a free kick inside his own half following a cynical foul.
Yellow Card Henrikh Mkhitaryan
STAT: Braunschweig have managed one more victory than Dortmund in their previous 35 meetings with 13 wins. The reverse of this fixture earlier this season ended in a 2-1 triumph for BVB, though.
Nielsen looks extremely confident tonight and his clever flicks and intelligent movement are causing BVB issues at the back. The build-up play is good from the hosts, but they are lacking a clinical edge once they get into the final third.
The Lions may feel hard done by, but they should have taken the chances that were presented to them earlier in the game. I mentioned that Aubameyang and Lewandowski had barely been involved but you know that players like that can pop up with something special at any point - much as they just did!
Assist Robert Lewandowski
Goal Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang
GOOOOOOAAL!! QUALITY FROM BVB! Sokratis feeds Lewandowski 20 yards from the goal and the Pole plays a neat one-two with Reus. Davari rushes off his line and Lewandowski clips the ball over him for Aubameyang to head into an empty net from close range. Sublime football.
Whenever the ball is played to Lewandowski he immediately has a man on him. This time it is Bicakcic, ducking down to head the ball off the Pole's toe.
GREAT SAVE!! Sahin bends the free kick towards the top corner but Davari scrambles across his goal and parries the ball off to the side. His momentum sees him clatter into the post but he looks happy just to have got that away.
Dangerously close to a penalty there! Ademi went in very late on Mkhitaryan and now BVB can work the keeper from the corner of the box...
Just as I say that Mkhitaryan gets in behind Kessel, but fortunately for the right-back Bicakcic gets across to cover and slides the ball out of play for a corner. Better from the Armenian playmaker.
Klopp will certainly be worried that Mkhitaryan, Aubameyang and Lewandowski have barely been involved so far. BVB are not being afforded the time or space on the ball to bring that trio into play and are being frustrated by the well-drilled hosts.
Elabdellaoui concedes possession down by the corner flag but he immediately gets tight to Hummels and forces a corner. The subsequent delivery is good, but no one is able to use it to test Weidenfeller.
NIELSEN!! A ball in from the left finds the lively striker but he fails to steer his header towards goal, instead angling it back towards Ademi. Not a great effort, but he is proving a real handful already tonight.
We've played 20 minutes now and the hosts certainly don't look like a side who should be bottom of the table. They've been organised and compact at the back whilst also threatening in attack. Nielsen attempts to launch a counterattack down the left but Ademi is beaten to the ball by his marker.
JUST OVER!! Nielsen rolls the ball back to Hochscheidt on the near side and his cross picks out Kessel, making a late run into the box. He meets the delivery cleanly in the centre of the area but he fails to keep his effort down and work the keeper. That was a great chance.
What are you doing Hummels?! He could have shepherded that back to the keeper but the centre-back opted to hack a clearance straight at the feet of Ademi. He was tackled but the loose ball fell to Elabdellaoui who slipped in Nielsen, but the striker's cross was sent behind.
Reus has been involved heavily so far and is looking to involve the players in the wide areas. This time his pass out to Grosskreutz is slightly overhit and the right-back is unable to stop it from running out of play.
Great defending from Braunschweig! The visitors had a good spell of pressure on the far side but the Lions stayed tight and repelled the opposition a number of times.
A claim for a penalty as the Lions cleared there, actually. It looks as though Elabdellaoui controlled the ball with his arm, rather than his head, but the referee saw nothing wrong. He was looking right at it too!
That is better! Reus delivery is flicked on to Bender at the back post but the midfielder struggles to bring the ball under control and his eventual shot is deflected behind for a corner.
That was a needless challenge from Hochscheidt! Reus was going nowhere, taking the ball away from goal, but the Braunschweig man clipped the Germany international's ankle and gifted BVB a free kick in a rather dangerous area.
Sahin is already looking to stamp his mark on the game and dictate the play from deep. He is dropping back to pick up the ball from the defence and then getting his head up and attempting to pick out a pass.
Aubameyang stretches his legs for the first time this evening but in his haste to get forward he knocks the ball out for a throw in on the near side. You expect Reichel won't have it so easy again this evening!
Brilliant from Hochscheidt! The midfielder spins away from Bender in the centre of the park with a majestic touch and then closes in on goal. He lets loose a less than convincing effort but a deflection off of Hummels makes it more interesting. However, Weidenfeller has plenty of time to adjust and collect the shot.
An absolute waste from Reus, as his left-footed delivery fails to beat the first man in the box. Still, plenty of time to improve on that.
A rather clumsy challenge from Dogan there, as he goes through the back of Lewandowski 35 yards from goal. The centre-back was likely letting him know he won't be in for an easy night, but BVB now have a chance to put the ball into the box...
GREAT TACKLE! The Lions again work their way into the area down the near-side channel but this time it is Sahin who gets across to put in an important challenge on Nielsen. Nervy moments at the back for BVB early on here.
The referee calls a halt to play as Bicakcic has fallen to ground following an aerial collision with Mkhitaryan. There was nothing in that and he quickly gets back to his feet.
Bright play from Braunschweig! A quick throw in from Reichel finds Nielsen inside the final third. He turns and plays a quick one-two with Ademi but Grosskreutz reads it and manages to get himself between the striker and the ball and hook it out for a throw in.
We are underway! Braunschweig get the ball rolling.
The teams are making their way out onto the pitch. Braunschweig are in their yellow home strip, meaning BVB don their alternate black kit.
We have just five minutes to go until kick off and the Braunschweig fans are currently belting out a rendition of the famous song 'You'll Never Walk Alone'. They are creating quite the atmosphere despite the rather open-plan setting that is Eintracht-Stadion.
Tonight's match pits the Bundesliga’s two longest-serving coaches against one another. Torsten Lieberknecht has been Braunschweig boss since May 2008, while Jurgen Klopp took charge at BVB in July of the same year.
Neven Subotic is still out wih injury, but the return of Hummels will surely be an immense boost for Dortmund. The BVB defence has certainly been shaky of late - tonight's visitors have conceded at least two goals in their last three outings. Jakub Blaszczykowski and Ilkay Gundogan both remain sidelined.
Dortmund subs: Langerak, Durm, Sarr, Piszczek, Kehl, Hofmann, Ducksch.
Dortmund (4-2-3-1): Weidenfeller; Grosskreutz, Sokratis, Hummels, Schmelzer; Sahin, Bender; Reus, Mkhitaryan, Aubameyang; Lewandowski.
Braunschweig subs: Petkovic, Correia, Henn, Kratz, Pfitzner, Bellarabi, Kumbela.
Braunschweig (4-4-2): Davari; Kessel, Bicakcic, Dogan, Reichel; Elabdellaoui, Theuerkauf, Boland, Hochscheidt; Ademi, Nielsen.
It has been a difficult season so far for BVB. They currently sit 17 points adrift of league leaders Bayern Munich in third position, but numerous injuries in their defensive ranks have been blighting their campaign thus far. However, fans of the Schwarzgelben will be delighted to hear that Mats Hummels is once again fit and he starts at centre-back tonight. Here come the full line-ups.
Hello and welcome to this evening's LIVE play-by-play commentary on the Bundesliga meeting between Eintracht Braunschweig and Borussia Dortmund. The visitors have won just once in their last seven league outings and will be desperate for improvement at Eintracht-Stadion tonight. My name is Tom Webber and I will be guiding you through all the action.
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