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September 25, 2012
• Commerzbank-Arena, Frankfurt am Main
Referee: F. Meyer
• Attendance: 51500
S. Aigner 49'
T. Inui 51'
Anderson Bamba 73'
Ł. Piszczek 24'
M. Reus 28'
M. Götze 54'
That's it from me tonight, join me - Mohammed Ali - again for live Ligue 1 on Saturday as PSG take on Sochaux. Stick around for further match coverage from tonight's other games here on Goal.com - until next time, good night!
WHAT A GAME! Congratulations to both sets of players, it was a wonderful spectacle. Dortmund lose further ground, and Eintracht have lost their 100% record, but they won't care. A superb football match. Utterly brilliant.
90' + 3'
FULL-TIME: Eintracht Frankfurt 3-3 Dortmund
90' + 3'
Into added time of the added time. AND IT'S A RED CARD FOR JURGEN KLOPP! He's sent to the stands!
90' + 2'
Matmour is on the break, hassled by Subotic, but he can't find Inui and Lanig at the other end. He's won a corner. Tense times in Frankfurt.
90' + 1'
OH MY WORD IT'S CLEARED OFF THE LINE! SCHWEGLER THE HERO! Lewandowski lets off an audacious overhead kick, which sails over the goalkeeper, but the captain fantastic saves his side. WHAT DRAMA!
90' + 1'
Kittel with a hurried block to deny Schmelzer progress. Gotzee crosses in at the far post, Trapp is caught here............
Frankfurt sub: Martin Lanig comes on for Meier. Into TWO minutes of added time.
And at the other end, Kittel chases a 50 yard pass from the defence, with Weidenfeller claiming the ball in the end. End to end ending here, and we have a final substitution for the hosts.
Yellow Card Pirmin Schwegler
ZAMBRANO! Superb clearance. Anderson found himself in a pickle, with Gundogan breaking free. Instead of shooting,he squares the ball, with Zambrano nullifying the threat. Klopp fumes on the touchline!
GOTZE! Superb run, made by Grosskreutz. The substitutes combine, and Gotze darts in past a number of defenders, but takes one touch too many as Trapp comes to the rescue at his feet.
Little under five minutes plus stoppage time left in a whirlwind encounter at the Commerzbank Arena. Will it end 3-3? Will Dortmund reclaim the lead, and the initiative? Or will Frankfurt maintain their perfect 100% record? I wish I knew.
Substitution from the hosts too: Sonny Kittel replaces the impressive and adventurous Stefan Aigner.
Are Dortmund about to lose further ground in the title race.......in September?! BVB's final substitution, and it's Gundogan in place of Blaszczykowski.
Matmour feeds Aigner with a weighted pass, before Leitner's hurried tackle which fails to come to the attention of the referee. Frankfurt still breaking, but Inui's ball outpaces him.
AIGNER! It was close! Dortmund's susceptibility at set-pieces is being exposed here, as a dangerous inswinging ball is almost forced in, but luckily cleared by BVB's hurried pack of defenders.
Yellow Card Robert Lewandowski
Lewandowski booked now and here we have another issue as referee Meyer hands Eintracht a free-kick after a challenge on Aigner. Schmelzer is not happy, and makes issue with the linesman.
Dortmund not letting go without a fight here, as Lewandowski powers through the midfield and picks out Schmelzer on the left. An overhit cross follows, as Grosskreutz fails to connect at the far post.
TV replay of that Anderson goal, and it was Hummels who was surprisingly suspect in the air, as the defender stole in. Armin Veh delighted on the touchline. An intriguing last ten minutes or so awaits.
Surprising that Frankfurt who were just promoted last season, have even the nerve to trouble the champions this much. Utterly superb, and they'll do well to even make it five out of five wins, such is their dominance.
Dortmund well and truly rocked, and the hosts' faithful are bouncing up and down. Lewandowski gives chase to a loose ball played by Gotze, but it's stopped by the offside flag.
It truly is a fantastic spectacle at the Commerzbank Arena. Frankfurt, for all of their attacking forays and passing movement have done their bit, and have equalised for a second tiem! Can they hold on? Or even do better?
Assist Bastian Oczipka
GOAL! MY WORD, WHAT A GAME! FRANKFURT HAVE DONE IT! It's 3-3! From the cross, it's played short by Inui, into Oczipka who crosses perfectly into the near post.Met by the head of Anderson, it sails into the net!
Long throw-in launched from the left, but Rode in the box is easily beaten by the might of both Hummels and Subotic, who display their superiority in the air. It's still all Frankfurt.
19 minutes for Frankfurt to try and salvage their perfect record. Dortmund need the win, especially with FC Bayern Munich ahead in tonight's other game against Wolfsburg. It makes for a tense finish here.
Jurgen Klopp having a few words with the assistant, and after Zambrano takes down Lewandowski outside the area, the referee issues a prompt "get up" order.
Immediately, the substitution Grosskreutz is clear, and almost in a position to pull the trigger before a superb last-ditch sliding tackle from Zambrano thwarts him. Absolutely brilliant.
Second substitution from Dortmund: Ivan Perisic is off for Kevin Grosskreutz.
MEIER! Frankfurt are lining up to take shots, Dortmund are THAT stretched. Aigner crosses in deep, but a mix-up in the defence sees Meier fail to get a clean hit on it. The hosts are on top.
INUI! Double chance spurned, and it was a great opportunity to draw level. The winger picked up the ball on the wing, easily getting past Perisic, and then Piszczek, before firing low with Weidenfeller equal to it. The second time, he is blocked.
The lively Gotze attempts to evade the challenge of Jung on the touch-line, but Sebastian Rode gets involved, with BVB being awarded the throw-in. Veh is furious.
Frankfurt still searching for that elusive equaliser, especially after that poor goal conceded by a lapse in concentration by the defence. Raucous atmosphere building here.
Rohit Rajaram comments: Brilliant match!!!..... - I'll say! Send me your comments via Twitter to @mohammedali_93.
First substitution of the game for Frankfurt. The somewhat isolated and disconnected Hoffer has been replaced by Karim Matmour. Hopefully, he can make some impact.
Yellow Card C. Zambrano
First booking of the match, and it's awarded to Carlos Zambrano who catches Lewandowski with a poor tackle. Free-kick drifted in, and it's an easy take for the keeper.
KUBA! GLORIOUS CHANCE! And it's a top save by Trapp. The wingers are going crazy, as Gotze crosses one in towards the Pole, who ought to have really buried that. Should've been 4-2, and it isn't.
It's truly end to end here at the Commerzbank Arena as Hoffer surges forward and shoots narrowly over Weidenfeller's goal. Given the circumstances of the last few moments, I thought it would be in!
Goal Mario Götze
GOAL! DEFENDERS WHERE ARE YOU?! It's Dortmund who take the lead again, as Gotze intercepts Anderson who is totally lost on the ball inside his own penalty area, and the substitute calmly dribbles past and shoots low under Trapp. SILENCED!
Those two goals were Armin Veh's 300th and 301st as a Bundesliga coach. Klopp got his 400th earlier on this evening. Milestones all round!
Assist Stefan Aigner
Goal Takashi Inui
GOAAL! UNBELIEVABLE! ARMIN VEH'S SIDE HAVE PULLED IT BACK! Two goals in one minute for the promoted side, as Dortmund are stunned! Takashi Inui with the goal!
The Commerzbank Arena has gone absolutely nuts in the last few seconds. Frankfurt, already on a high for pulling one back, have equalised. It's Aigner, who scored just moments ago, with a lovely cross from the right, beating Schmelzer, and Inui heads in at the far post.
Assist Takashi Inui
Goal Stefan Aigner
GOAL!! STEFAN AIGNER MAKES IT 2-1! A brilliant counter, as Sebastien Kehl is intercepted in the hosts' half, as Frankfurt surge forward. It's Meier who has plouged through the defence, setting up Aigner who curls a delicious shot outside the area, and in! GAME ON!
Leitner the victim of a poor tackle by Anderson, and referee Florian Meyer has a word with the defender. But the hosts are on the break here........
Good introduction for Gotze, as he pings two or three passes to Kehl and Schmelzer. Meanwhile, Hoffer is penalised for a rash challenge, the referee isn't happy at that.
Substitution at half-time by the champions: Mario Gotze has replaced the goalscorer Marco Reus.
WE ARE UNDERWAY FOR THE SECOND HALF! Dortmund 2-0 up.
An enjoyable half in the Bundesliga, as Dortmund's determination paid off with two quick-fire goals through Oczipka (OG) and Marco Reus. The hosts have been threatening, but they are lacking the killer pass in the final third. Join me again in 15 minutes for the second half!
45' + 1'
HALF-TIME: Eintracht Frankfurt 0-2 Borussia Dortmund.
PERISIC! It's wide! The champions are looking for a third, but the Croatian's header from the corner is wide, with Lewandowski unable to get a touch.
The patient 40,000 inside the Commerzban Arena have a free-kick to look forward to, after Kehl's late challenge. Meier is over it, but he fires it well over the bar.
Bastian Oczipka's own goal is Jurgen Klopp's 400th as coach in the Bundesliga. Great milestone, as Dortmund have trouble at the back with Weidenfeller spilling a ball. Subotic on hand.
MEIER! Oh it's pulled back for offside, and I'm not sure it was. Meier latched onto a beautiful ball from the midfield,past the last defender, and he selflessly squares for Inui who cannot tap into the net, it wasn't to be a goal anyway.
Lewandowski has been rather isolated up front, but no matter. Cross in by Kuba is delivered deep, but the referee has spotted an infringement, as the hosts gain a free-kick.
BLASZCZYKOWSKI! Good stop by Trupp who needed a second attempt to finally smother the ball. Great hit by the Polish international who smashes it first-time, curling furiously towards the corner, but the goalkeeper is equal to it.
MEIER! It was poor, when it should've been better. Frankfurt overflowing on the left flank, as the cross comes in too fast for Hoffer to connect with. Instead, it falls at Meier who cannot adjust himself to take it well, as it sails over the bar.
Rode surges forward, and carves out a great opportunity for Inui on the left. The winger, who has been rather quiet recently fails to get past Subotic as Hummels mops up behind. Still, the hosts are threatening.
Oh, harsh decision from the referee, as Kuba tussles with Inui, but is penalised for a handball which he truthfully could do nothing much about.
Ouch. Not a nice collision by Schwegler and Reus, who clatter each other after the Frankfurt captain missed the ball, and twisted his ankle. Both are alright, and will run it down.
Superb move again by Dortmund as Frankfurt look to concede more territorial advantage to the champions. They're lining up on the left as Perisic and Schmelzer combine, but Jung tracks back well.
MEIER! Ohh, that was close to being 2-1. Super hit from a free-kick by the midfielder, and it narrowly edges wide of the goal. Frankfurt are building momentum here.
Piszczek is having an absolute stormer of a first-half here. Oczipka is having trouble even getting anywhere near him. The Pole has scored (dubiously, it was an own goal!) and assisted in less than three minutes. What a half!
Assist Lukasz Piszczek
Goal Marco Reus
GOOALL! IT'S 2-0! MARCO REUS! What a finish, and what a move. The champions are back with a bang! Kehl plays a super pass to Piszczek on the right, and he pulls it back outside the area. Kuba leaves it, and the advancing Reus takes no second invitation to absolutely smash that into the bottom corner. Unbelievable.
Well, it's gone down as an own goal by Bastian Oczipka, but he didn't know much about it. Poor goal for Frankfurt to concede, but the lovely techincal play from both Hummels and Piszczek was well worth it. 1-0 Dortmund.
Assist Mats Hummels
Goal Lukasz Piszczek
Great interception by Hummels who clears the ball quickly before the interception of Hoffer. As BVB sound out a counter-attack, Schwegler brings down Perisic. Free-kick.
A nice statistic: 12 of Dortmund's 13 goals (all competitions) in 2012/13 have been scored and/or assisted by their Polish stars Lukas Piszczek, Jakub Blaszczykowski and Robert Lewandowski. - all three are on.
REUS! It's offside, but he's dragged it wide anyway. Lovely move by Kuba, finding Lewandowski who immediately plays a first-time ball towards Reus, but he's moved a fraction too early. The finish is dragged wide, despite pressure by Zambrano.
Free-kick to Dortmund in a dangerous position as Perisic is tugged down by Rode. Reus curls in a cross, but it's an easy header for Anderson, rising above Lewandowski.
Half-chance for Frankfurt as they attack down the right. Aigner once more evades the challenge of Schmelzer, but after being driven to the by-line, he is closed down. Signal of intent.
Nice pass from Piszczek who attempts to hold off the challenge off Schwegler, and place a through ball for Kuba to chase on the wing. It sadly goes out, as Gotze looks on from the bench.
Corner to Dortmund, as Blaszczykowski's searing run is checked by Jung. Reus' delivery picks out Kehl at the near post, but he pings a header harmlessly wide.
On the balance of things, it certainly appears that Frankfurt could pose one or two problems for the champions, with Inui and Aigner particularly active on the sides.
Free-kick conceded by Rode, after a late challenge on Kehl. On the touch-line, Klopp certainly doesn't look happy about something. Dortmund free-kick it is then.
Both defences finding it hard to get on top of things as we approach ten minutes past. Lewandowski plays a delightful through ball in towards Leitner, who looked to have been pushed by Pirmin Schwegler. Nothing given, and play moves on.
INUI! Oh, that was close as well. A particularly fluid start to proceedings here. Frankfurt hit on the counter, and it's Inui who comes in off the flank, deceiving Piszczek and shooting low and hard, as it edges wide.
LEITNER! Great stop by Trapp, but the real damage was done by Piszczek on the wing. He left Oczipka for dead with a fine bit of skill and trickery, paving the way for a low cross which was deflected. Leitner let fly first-time, and it's beaten away for a corner.
Blaszczykowski aims to locate a weighted pass in towards the advancing Reus, but it is overhit a tad. A poor ball by Jung almost catches goalkeeper Trapp, who gets the ball away from Lewandowski.
Aigner somewhat lively on the wing, giving Schmelzer one or two problems. Meanwhile, an offside flag curtails Dortmund's progress.
Oh, intuitive play from die Adler, but a mis-control of the ball by Aigner scuppers what could've been a very promising move building up on the flank. It was a lovely through ball from Zambrano to Aigner via Rode, but it didn't pay off.
Early action taking place inside the Dortmund half incidentally, as Jung launches a throw-in into the box. Schmelzer fails to clear, but the inswinging shot by Inui sails high over Weidenfeller's goal.
Good start by Dortmund, who immediately recoup the ball after losing it at the kick-off. Takashi Inui, scorer at the weekend surges forward, but is blocked out by an alert Neven Subotic.
WE ARE UNDERWAY! Florian Meyer gets us started in tonight's match, as Dortmund attack from left to right.
Atmosphere building at the Commerzbank Arena. Kick-off is imminent.
It's a really good omen for Frankfurt, relegated the last time out in the Bundesliga. No promoted side have won four games in a row, and the 14 that have, have never finished below seventh place. In fact, six of them went on to win the entire thing.
TEAM NEWS The big news is that Mario Gotze doesn't make the starting line-up, with Jakub Blaszczykowski returning to the side, which also features Ivan Perisic. Youngster Moritz Leitner is given a run-out by Jurgen Klopp in place of Ilkay Gundogan, whilst the defence remains predictably unchanged. For the hosts, Schwegler returns from a knock suffered on Saturday, but on-loan Napoli forward Erwin Hoffer replaces the injured Olivier Occean, with the Austrian scoring at the weekend.
BORUSSIA DORTMUND: Weidenfeller - Piszczek, Subotic, Hummels, Schmelzer - Leitner, Kehl - Blaszczykowski, Reus, Perisic - Lewandowski
EINTRACHT FRANKFURT: Trapp - Jung, Zambrano, Anderson, Oczipka - Schwegler, Rode - Aigner, Meier, Inui - Hoffer
CONFIRMED TEAM NEWS:
A few statistics from Opta: Eintracht have won two of their last three games against Dortmund (3-2 away, February 2010 and 1-0 at home, December 2010), but they were relegated from the Bundesliga in May 2011 after a 3-1 defeat in Dortmund. Frankfurt have scored more than one goal in just one of their last 11 meetings with Dortmund (in the 3-2 win in February 2010), while Borussia have scored more than one goal in just two of their last 16 visits to Frankfurt (4-3 win in 1995 and 2-0 in 2009). Dortmund have celebrated more Bundesliga victories against Frankfurt (36) than against any other team.
Some nostalgia surrounding this fixture. The last time these two met in Frankfurt in die Adler's last season in the top flight in 2010-11, Theofanis Gekas netted to earn Eintracht a 1-0 victory. The return, will go down in BVB's history, as it was the match they sealed their first of two consecutive titles.
Meanwhile, Borussia Dortmund suffered the ignominy of a first Bundesliga defeat in 31 games, or little over a year in Saturday's exhilarating 3-2 defeat to Hamburg. Despite Ivan Perisic's double, Son's strikes meant die Borussen could not add to their streak, with Hamburg's own 36-game record still yet to be beaten, despite being set 30 years ago.
Yes, it's been a solid month for Armin Veh's men who unceremoniously began their season with a German Cup defeat to minnows Aue in August. Since then, convincing victories over the likes of Bayer Leverkusen, Hoffenheim and Nurnberg has seen the hosts propel to the top of the league, bettered only by Bayern - and that's only on goal difference!
First of all, let me introduce myself. I'm Mohammed Ali, and I'll be guiding you through today's events for the next two hours. Don't forget to use Twitter to send us your predictions, musings and comments and tell me what you think throughout the 90 minutes - the handle is @mohammedali_93.
Good evening, and welcome to Goal.com's LIVE! text commentary from the Bundesliga. Tonight's encounter sees flawless Eintracht Frankfurt take on current champions Borussia Dortmund, at the Commerzbank Arena in Frankfurt. Unexpectedly somewhat, this has the makings of an intriguing match. Stay around for some team news.
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