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September 1, 2013
• Commerzbank-Arena, Frankfurt am Main
Referee: M. Gräfe
• Attendance: 51500
V. Kadlec 36'
H. Mkhitaryan 10', 56'
Two goals from record signing Henrikh Mkitaryan sealed the victory for Jurgen Klopp's men, and on the balance of play they just about deserved it. Frankfurt will be encouraged by their display despite going down to their third defeat in four league games. I've been Tom Maston, and thank you for joining me.
Manuel Grape blows the final whistle and Dortmund have held out to go back to the top of the Bundesliga table with a 2-1 win at Frankfurt.
90' + 2'
Russ swings a ball over from the left but it is a difficult one for Joselu to finish and his weak volley is easy for Weidenfeller to collect. Into the final 60 seconds.
Three minutes of stoppage time to be played. Can Frankfurt find another equaliser?
Zambrano carries the ball forward before Kadlec looks to do too much and concedes a free-kick. Another attack halted by the Dortmund defence, who have been much improved in the second half.
Final change for Dortmund as Reus is replaced by Kehl in a defensive move by Klopp.
Frankfurt win a free-kick in an encouraging position, but Oczipka's effort is straight at the wall and fellow substitute Schwegler fires the rebound high into the stands. Dortmund holding out as it stands.
Yellow Card C. Zambrano
Yellow card for Frankfurt skipper Zambrano as he barges into Lewandowski after the whistle has gone. Joselu replaces Inui for the hosts as they make their final change.
Frankfurt have two big chances as first Inui has a shot blocked behind when the ball finds him at the back post before an off-balance Aigner sees his effort deflected behind.
Yellow Card Marco Reus
Schrock finds himself in the middle of the field and looks to play in Schmelger down the right. Reus pulls him back though and after there is no advantage the Dortmund man is rightly booked.
Aubameyang makes his first impact on the game as he exchanges passes with Sahin on the edge of the area before firing over. You feel a third for the visitors would seal the points.
Frankfurt trying to get the ball over the top but Dortmund holing firm at present.
We have seen little of Russ in the Frankfurt midfield this afternoon, but he almost makes his mark as he bursts through and almost gets on the end of some fine interplay with Kadlec. Good defending from Sokratis denies him.
Frankfurt haven't given up the ghost yet as Inui pops up on the right this time and looks for Kadlec at the near post. The striker has little room to work with but manages to flick the ball just wide of the mark.
Changes for both sides as Aubameyang replaces Blaszczykowski for Dortmund while Frum makes way for Schwegler.
Dortmund just slowing play down as they begin to toy with their opponents. Thursday evening's Europa League match starting to weigh heavily on the Frankfurt legs.
Dortmund win a free-kick midway in the Frankfurt half on the left-hand side, and Reus' delivery is a dangerous one that evades everyone and Trapp almost makes a mess of the bouncing ball. Klopp's men starting to dominate as the hosts tire.
First change for Frankfurt as Djakpa is replaced at left-back by Oczipka.
Yet another chance comes and goes for Lewandoski as Dortmund pass their way through the Frankfurt defence before the forward's low effort is turned around the posts by Trapp's feet.
End-to-end now as Blaszczykowski skips through before being challenged on the edge of the box, but Lewandowski gets a shot away that Trapp holds easily.
SO CLOSE! Djakpa's corner finds Anderson in the middle of the box, but he doesn't quite make proper contact and it is just off target. Still in this the hosts.
Lewandowski gets in behind the Frankfurt defence but the angle is too tight for the striker and his effort eventually runs out for a throw. Not getting the rub of the green is the striker.
Frankfurt look for a response as Anderson looks to release Aigner but Weidenfeller is out quickly and the chance is gone.
Assist Kevin Großkreutz
Goal Henrikh Mkhitaryan
GOAL!!! Those visiting fans are happy now as Djakpa gives the ball away in the corner and Mkhitaryan cuts inside onto his left foot before curling an inch-perfect strike round Trapp. Dortmund back in the lead against the run of play thanks to their mercurial Armenian.
Dortmund eventually look to make an impact on the second half, but strong defending from Anderson forces them back to their own half. Frustrating for the visiting supporters.
Aigner has posed a real threat down the right-hand side for Frankfurt, and he again gets the better of Schmelzer before delivering a cross that is just out of Kadlec's reach.
Dortmund struggling to make their mark on the second half, with Frankfurt snuffing out every possible attack with relative ease. Could still go either way this one.
Djakpa's delivery from the dead ball is dangerous and Weidenfeller is caught in two minds as to whether to come and collect or not. As it is the ball evades everyone ad bounces out for a goal kick.
Frankfurt looking to get forward in these opening exchanges in the second half, and a mix-up between Subotic and Weidenfeller leads to a corner for the hosts.
Frankfurt kick-off the second half and we are back underway.
The players are making their way out onto the field as both sides look to pick up all three points. Dortmund have made a change, with Hummels replaced by Sokratis at the heart of the defence. Possibly an injury for the Germany defender?
That was an enthralling first half, with both sides' defences looking vulnerable to balls over the top. Frankfurt have deserved to go in at the break at 1-1, and with Kadlec causing problems, they will still garner hopes of causing a surprise. I'll be back for the second half in around ten minutes time.
Djakpa's powerful strike is too high and the referee blows his whistle to signal the end of the first half. The two sides head for the dressing rooms all square.
45' + 1'
Yellow Card Mats Hummels
Into the single minute of stoppage time and Hummels picks up the first booking of the game as he trips Kadlec around 35 yards from goal. Last action of the half coming up...
Frankfurt are struggling to get it clear from the edge of their own box as Dortmund look to regain the lead before half-time. Only a foul on Rosenthal relieves the pressure on the hosts.
Reus' corners have not been overly effective so far this afternoon, but he does get this one right as an inswinger is well cleared by Zambrano from almost under his own crossbar with Lewandowski lurking at the back post.
Lewandowski is cutting a frustrated figure so far in this first half, and he is again left disappointed as the referee penalises him for a foul on Anderson.
As you would expect Dortmund are looking to hit straight back, and it is Mkhitaryan who goes close as his powerful effort from 20 yards is punched away by Trapp. Decent save with the ball moving about.
Goal Václav Kadlec
EQUALISER!!! Out of nowhere Inui picks out a super ball from the left that Aigner can only head against the post when unmarked at the back post. Fortunately for Frankfurt the ball falls at Kadlec's feet and the striker can't miss. All square at the Commerzbank-Arena.
Djakpa puts the home side in trouble as a pass out of his own area only finds Grosskreutz. The right-back crosses in but Lewandowski cannot generate sufficient power with his header to stretch Trapp.
A slight lull in the game after what has been a frantic opening half an hour. Dortmund just looking to calm things down and spend some time on the ball.
Another chance for Dortmund as Lewandowski turns provider to put Schmelzer in the clear. The left-back really should go alone but instead looks to square to Mkhitaryan and the pass is intercepted.
Yet again Dortmund are in behind as Blaszczykowski gets to the byline on the right. His pull back is looking for Lewandowski in the middle but Frankfurt are just able to clear.
Better play from Dortmund as some lovely football around the area result in Mkhitaryan hitting a first-time effort well over the bar despite little pressure from the Frankfurt defence.
Big appeals from Dortmund as Blaszczykowski bursts through and looks to be brought down on the edge of the box. The referee waves it away, much to the disgust of Klopp on the touchline.
Midway the through the first half and Frankfurt are proving more than a match for their illustrious opponents. They look very vulnerable at the back, though, which will always encourage a side such as Dortmund's.
Two Frankfurt summer signings combine as Rosenthal feeds the dangerous Kadlec, and Dortmund are again indebted to Weidenfeller as the goalkeeper makes himself big and just does enough to keep out the former Sparta Prague man's attempted chip.
He hasn't been too involved so far in this one, but Lewandowski could already have had a brace. This time he finds himself in space on the edge of the box but his low effort is straight at Trapp who parries.
Inui's ball in is poor, but the clearance falls at Djakpa's feet. The defender shifts the ball onto his weaker right foot but his shot is wayward.
Djakpa again causes problems down the left, and wins a free-kick in a dangerous position as Grosskreutz is penalised for a pull on the left-back.
Kadlec again causes concerns for the Dortmund defence as he turns Subotic before heading towards goal. His touch is slightly too heavy though, and Weidenfeller can neutralise the danger.
Frankfurt playing a very high line and they almost pay the price again as Djakpa plays Lewnadowski onside, The much-vaunted striker tries to go round Trapp, but the goalkeeper does well to take the ball off the Poland man's toes.
Good chance for Kadlec as the Czech international breaks the offside trap and bears down on Weidenfeller's goal. Schmelzer is across quickly though to clear the danger.
Frankfurt looking to exert some control on the game as they trade passes in the middle of the park. They will be eager not to concede again quickly as they look to get back into the match.
Assist Jakub Blaszczykowski
Goal Henrikh Mkhitaryan
GOAL!!! It's taken less than ten minutes and Dortmund have the lead. Blaszczykowski robs Flum in the middle of the Frankfurt half before playing a perfectly weighted ball for the onrushing Mkhitaryan. The Armenia international is onside and strokes the ball round Trapp for his first goal in a Dortmund shirt.
Less than ten minutes gone and already balls over the top are troubling Frankfurt. This time Hummels picks out Grosskreutz bombing forward, but after his pull-back finds Reus the playmaker shoots well over the crossbar.
Frankfurt certainly not short of confidence, with Djakpa in particular looking to get forward from left-back. The defender brings the ball downfield but cannot find room for a ball into the box.
First opportunity for Dortmund at the other end as a ball over the top gets Reus in behind before the Germany international lays the ball back for Blaszczkowski. The winger's shot is straight at Trapp, and though the keeper cannot hold on, he does enough to deny the visitors.
GOOD SAVE! Almost an opening goal, and somewhat surprisingly it is Frankfurt who goes close. Aigner finds some room on the right and floats a cross all the way to the back post where Inui is lurking. The midfielder makes good contact but Weidenfeller is across quickly to turn the ball behind.
An incident-free opening to proceedings, but already Dortmund are having all of the possession as Frankfurt allow their visitors to pass the ball around their midfield. No way through for Klopp's men thus far.
The referee blows his whistle and Dortmund get us underway.
The customary handshakes have taken place and referee Manuel Grafe is almost ready to get us underway. Can Dortmund go back to the top of the Bundesliga? The next 90 minutes will tell us...
The players are in the tunnel at the Commerzbank-Arena as we get ever closer to kick-off on a glorious Sunday afternoon in Frankfurt.
There is a great atmosphere building in Frankfurt, with the hosts only having been beaten once in their last seven home matches against Dortmund. But with Meier, who has been their standout performer this year, missing, that record could be dented by the 2012 champions.
Though Dortmund's squad looks settled ahead of the closing of the transfer window, if their supporters have their way then a former player could yet return. The fans have launched a campaign to 'Free Shinji Kagawa' after the Manchester United midfielder started the season out of David Moyes' starting side. Could Klopp be tempted to bring the Japan star back to the Bundesliga? In this window you just never know.
Kick-off is now just over ten minutes away in Frankfurt, where the visitors are overwhelming favourites. After three matches they are yet to drop a point, and despite their hosts still being on a high after securing Europa League qualification on Thursday, it would take something special for them not to be at the Bundesliga summit by the final whistle.
Dortmund have made one change from their 1-0 win over Werder Bremen, with Bender replacing Kehl. The 2013 Champions League finalists look likely to start with Grosskreutz at right-back with Bender alongside Sahin in midfield.
So Frankfurt make four changes from their last league match, which saw them record their only domestic win of the season over Eintracht Braunschweig. Russ, Djakpa, Rosenthal and Schrock are all in, with Oczipka, Rode, Celozzi and Meier all missing out.
Dortmund: Weidenfeller, Subotic, Hummels, Schmelzer, Bender, Mkhitaryan, Reus, Blaszczykowski, Sahin, Grosskreutz, Lewandowski.
Frankfurt: Trapp, Russ, Zambrano, Djakpo, Anderson, Rosenthal, Inui, Schrock, Aigner, Flum, Kadlec.
The teams are in ahead of this big clash in Germany. The starting line-ups are as follows...
Hello and welcome to live coverage of Borussia Dortmund's trip to Eintract Frankfurt in Bundesliga. Jurgen Klopp's men go into the match with a 100 percent record in the league thus far, and a win today will see them leapfrog Bayern Munich back to the top of the table. I'm Tom Maston and I'll be keeping you up to date with all the action from the Commerzbank-Arena.
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