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December 17, 2011
• MAGE SOLAR Stadion, Freiburg im Breisgau
Referee: G. Perl
• Attendance: 24000
That's all from here, I hope you enjoyed today's coverage. Until next time, all the best.
FULL TIME! No need to add on any extra time as this one was decided long ago. Freiburg will still be bothered by Gundogan's go-ahead goal, but the hosts did not help themselves after half-time. Barring a miracle from Schalke later today, BVB enter the winter break in second place, while Freiburg remain last.
Cisse is played through on the left side, but he is tracked and forced to try a cross. Weidenfeller punches clear, and no Freiburg player is anywhere near Kagawa as he takes down the ball
Oh, very clever from the hosts as Barrios releases an overhead pass in to Kagawa, but the ball is put out of play.The flag is waived for offside, nonetheless
Lucas Barrios comes on for the top scorer Lewandowski, and with his first play of the game, the Paraguayan has a good window to look at goal. He wisely opts not to shoot from a difficult angle and from distance, but unwisely passes the ball harmlessly to Baumann.
BVB break with numbers, but Grosskreutz plays a poor ball in the vicinity of Kagawa, and Baumann claims.
Garra Dembele comes on to replace Caligiuri, who was active, if not very effective
We've reached exhibition mode now, as the game is no longer a contest. SCF are looking for a goal, but are not exactly desperate to find the net, and BVB are not at full focus.
Yellow Card Robert Lewandowski
Oh dear, this looks painful! Ferati takes an elbow from Lewandowski in the ear, but the defender also apparently catches the striker in the head as well. The BVB man is yellow carded for his offence
The confident and highly impressive Lewandowski powers forward up the left side, but his cross is deflected, and Baumann can claim
No three-man defence for Dortmund: Kehl has dropped into a full-back position, as Owomoyela has moved into a central defensive role.
Stefan Reisinger is on for Jan Rosenthal for the hosts, while for the visitors, an interesting change is made as attacker Ivan Perisic replaces the still-injured Santana.
Assist Kevin Großkreutz
Goal Robert Lewandowski
TOOOOOOOR LEWANDOWSKI! 4-1! Kagawa plays a perfect through ball to spring the offside trap, and Grosskreutz is at the end of it. The Germany international bears down on goal to draw out Baumann, then lays off for Lewandowski, who makes it 4-1. This one could get ugly for Freiburg!
Caligiuri has a strong shot punched clear. Felipe Santana is down in his own penalty box in some considerable pain... He had taken a knock on the ankle and continued to play, but eventually had to stop playing to go off...
OH, WHAT A CHANCE! Cisse redirects Schmid's low cross on goal, but Weidenfeller makes a miraculous save, getting just a finger to the shot from close range, tipping around the post for a corner!
First substitution for the visitors: Patrick Owomoyela is now on for Schmelzer
Assist Robert Lewandowski
Goal Kevin Großkreutz
TOOOOOOOOOOOOOR GROSSKREUTZ WITH A STUNNER! Phenomenal from the visitors, who are just out-running their opponents. Kagawa plays a beautiful through ball to Lewandowski, who cuts back for Grosskreutz at the edge of the penalty box. The Germany international traps the ball, then curls a gorgeous finish off the inside of the far post and into the net. Stunning!
KAGAWA WINS THE BALL AND IS IN ON GOAL! BUT PERL STOPS PLAY! Incredible! Krmas and Lewandowski were involved in a tussle at the midfield line, and Kagawa pounced on his chance to win the ball and break free. The Pole was whistled for a foul, although his challenge was rather innocuous, and he quite clearly had his shirt ripped by Krmas...
Missed opportunity to Gundaogan to play in Piszczek on the right - the midfielder holds up his pass too long, and the full-back does not even make an attempt at the ball, assuming he would have been flagged offside
Cisse! Ah, almost an inch of space for the Freiburg man to shoot at the edge of the box, but Santana steps in to block his attempt.
Gundogan plays a well-timed ball, but Kagawa cannot control and the ball runs out for a throw-in. A better first touch and the Japanese playmaker would have been in on goal.
Encouraging start from the hosts, who have been enjoying a good share of possession. Their pressing has caused trouble for BVB, who really are struggling with their passing
CALIGIURI! WHAT A CHANCE! Bastians is released into free space on the left flank and crosses for the midfielder, whose header bounces agonisingly close, but wide of the far post!
AND THE SEOND HALF BEGINS! Freiburg kick off...
As the second half is set to begin, the visiting fans' section appears to be engulfed in flames. Flares...
HALF-TIME! What a turn of events! Freiburg will be cursing their luck but only have themselves to blame for the second goal. It was a bit fortunate for BVB, who are by no means comfortable. The second half is sure to be exciting - tune in 15 minutes from now as I resume commentary.
TOOOR GUNDOGAN MAKES IT 2-1 AND FREIBURG ARE FURIOUS! The linesman had raised his flag to signal offside, but referee Gunter Perl allows play to continue, and rightly so! It was a terrible Freiburg back-pass that deflected off a Dortmund player, and to Kuba, who was offside. However, as it was not the BVB player who made the pass, play is allowed to continue. Kuba races forward and squares for Gundogan, who fires into the open net!
Assist Jakub Blaszczykowski
Goal Ilkay Gündogan
Oh dear, this time Ferati goes down following an aerial challenge with Lewandowski. Play continues for a few more seconds before the defender, who took a blow to the face, returns to his feet and the game continues.
Yellow Card Jan Rosenthal
The equaliser has really injected a sense of urgency and confidence into the hosts, who are playing much more aggressively now. Rosenthal takes it a little too far, though, as he clatters into Kuba and earns a booking.
Owch! Kehl clatters into his team-mate Gundogan, and Cisse is first to the ball. Hummels makes a very good tackle, though, and BVB avoid what could have been a humiliating goal.
CHANCE FOR CISSE! Grosskreutz plays a loose pass in the attacking area, and Schmid intercepts to start the counter. The youngster races forward and delivers a long cross to Cisse which the Senegalese does very well to volley with his left foot, but he misses a yard wide of the target.
Assist Anton Putsila
Goal Jan Rosenthal
TOOOOOOOOR ROSENTHAL EQUALISES! The midfielder slips before passing to Putsila. Rosenthal then takes to his feet and is not tracked as he runs into the box, where he takes Putsila's well-played through ball. From there it is just a simple 1v1 with Weidenfeller, and the Freiburg man finishes well. WE HAVE A GAME!
Rosenthal comes in with a poor tackle from behind on...you guessed it - Lewandowski. BVB have a free kick 27 metres from goal and in the centre, but Schmelzer fires into the wall.
Lewandowski again! But again he is offside! Another brilliant ball from the back, this time from Schmelzer, found the striker in on goal...
Glorious ball from Hummels to Lewandowski, and an immaculate first touch! But OFFSID! Surely it would have been 2-0, but the referee's decision was correct.
Schmelzer makes a good step to intercept the ball and plays a low pass to Lewandowski at the half-way line. The striker dribbles forward but has little support, and is ultimately dispossessed after about 40 metres of dribbling
Good defending from the visitors as Freiburg enjoy an extended spell of possession in their attacking half, but just cannot find a way through.
The sleet/snow has subsided a bit for now... let's see if it stays like this.
Rather wasteful from the hosts: Caliriuri dribbles into space on the right flank, but his pass rather sloppily picks out Makiadi, who turns and shoots low and wide of the right post.
ANOTHER CHANCE FOR LEWANDOWSKIIi! This time it's Schmelzer who sprints into free space on the left before crossing low. Krmas slides to deny the striker a tap-in, but Lewandowski stays on his feet and chases the ball down before turning to fire on goal from near the end line. His angle to shoot is very slim, though, and Baumann makes a good save.
Makiadi's pass takes a rather fortunate deflection off Gundogan, and the hosts win a corner. The chance goes begging, though, as Weidenfeller comfortably collects the resulting cross.
BRILLIANT SAVE BY BAUMANN! Lewandowski heads a cross on goal that the keeper does exceptionally well to keep out, but SCF are given a free kick for offside. Fabulous stop nonetheless...
KEHL! Oh, but blocked! Caligiuri is nowhere to be seen as Kuba races up the left flank with plenty of space. The Polish midfielder cuts back a low cross for his skipper, whose attempt on goal was well stopped
Gundogan intercepts a pass and loses his footing, but is adjudged to have won a free kick - an important let-off for the visitors, as it otherwise would have been a counter-attack chance for Freiburg
Oh, what a waste! Kuba leads a 3-on-3 counterattack, but waits too long to pass to Lewandowski. The delivery is blocked and possession is recovered by Caligiuri
The conditions are truly atrocious, by the way. At kick-off there was quite a bit of sleet, but that has now turned to snow.
Quite an open game thus far. Lewandowski is causing real headaches for Krmas and Ferati, but SCF are also finding plenty of space to burst forward from the midfield
Assist Shinji Kagawa
Goal Robert Lewandowski
TOOOOOOOOOOOOOR LEWANDOWSKI PUTS DORTMUND AHEAD! Kagawa plays a 1-2 with Gundogan, who delivers a perfect return pass. The Japanese attacker squares to Lewandowski, who under suspicion of offside fires the visitors into the lead!
More pressure from the hosts as Caligiuri rises to nod a cross, but misses wide of the target. A very encouraging start for Freiburg!
PUTSILA MISSES A SITTER! INCREDIBLE! Caligiuri makes a tremendous run to pick apart the BVB defence, and passes in to Cisse. The ball eventually runs to Putsila, who has the majority of an open goal to shoot at, but he somehow manages to miss from the edge of the box.
A through ball almost finds its way to Cisse, but Hummels is quick to intervene. At the other end, Lewandowski and Krmas wrestle for the ball, and the latter concedes a corner.
AND WE'RE UNDERWAY! Dortmund kick off, but nothing comes from their first foray as a long ball is cleared by Ferati
The players are making their way onto the pitch now, we're nearing kick-off as Krmas and Kehl exchange greetings in the centre circle.
Freiburg (4-1-4-1): Baumann; Schmid, Krmas, Ferati, Bastians; Flum; Caligiuri, Makiadi, Rosenthal, Putsila; Cisse
Dortmund (4-2-3-1): Weidenfeller; Piszczek, Santana, Hummels, Schmelzer; Gundogan, Kehl; Kuba, Kagawa, Grosskreutz; Lewandowski
Starting line-ups are in. For Dortmund, skipper Sebastian Kehl returns following his facial injury, but Mario Gotze is sidelined with a thigh injury, making way for Jakub 'Kuba' Blaszczykowski.
Freiburg, meanwhile, enter the final match of the first half of the campaign at the bottom of the Bundesliga table, having conceded a whopping 35 goals. They could potentially move clear of the relegation zone with a win, and will be especially keen to do so as the winter break begins.
Heading into matchday 17, BVB were three points behind Bayern Munich. However, the Bavarians extended their lead in the table on Friday night with a 3-0 win over Koln, meaning that Dortmund will still be three points behind even with a win today.
Hello and welcome to Goal.com's LIVE coverage of Freiburg v Dortmund! I'm Clark Whitney, and I'll be keeping you company for the next two hours or so...
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