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December 14, 2013
• Wirsol Rhein-Neckar-Arena, Sinsheim
Referee: F. Zwayer
• Attendance: 30150
S. Schipplock 17'
K. Volland 37'
P. Aubameyang 44'
Ł. Piszczek 67'
Shots on Target
That is it from me, Tom Webber, for this afternoon. I hope you enjoyed that as much as me and have a great evening.
FULL TIME - Hoffenheim 2-2 Dortmund: BVB salvage a point as strikes from Aubameyang and Piszczek brought them level after Schipplock and Volland had put the hosts ahead. Both sides leave with a point, but Klopp's men now sit 12 points behind Bayern Munich.
90' + 4'
The final whistle is blown! The spoils are shared.
90' + 3'
Grahl gathers a cross into the box under pressure from Lewandowski and keeps hold of it as he tumbles to ground. Will that be the final chance?
90' + 2'
Hoffenheim have the ball in the opposing final third but after Volland has a shot blocked they are unable to create anything else and BVB come away with possession.
90' + 1'
We are into the first of an additional three minutes. Will there be a winner here?
Modeste was stripped and ready to come on then but it seems that an injury to Rudy means Strobl will now enter the fray instead.
WHAT A MISS!! Mkhitaryan glides around the back of the defence and into the area along the byeline before rolling the ball into the danger area. It finds Schieber in the centre but he slips as he connects with the ball and sends it wide of the post.
VOLLAND COULD HAVE WON IT! Firmino springs the offside trap and cuts the ball back for Volland 15 yards from goal, but the forward is unable to get his second of the night as he balloons the chance over the goal.
THAT SHOULD HAVE BEEN IT! Beck leaves Reus in space behind him and the forward latches onto a long ball over the top. He hits the bouncing ball with his right foot but slices it somewhat and that sees it bend outside of the far post.
Good football from Beck, Johnson and Volland on the near side but the latter's pass to the right-back is shepherded out by Friedrich.
SO CLOSE!! Salihovic whips a great free kick into the area which is flicked towards the far corner by Firmino but it drops just the wrong side of the post for the Brazilian.
Yellow Card Nuri Sahin
Beck is almost playing as another winger in these late stages and he puts another good cross into the box. It bounces around like a pinball and Polanski is unable to bring it under control on the edge of the box to get a shot away.
Hoffenheim's threat on the break has all but disappeared since the Dortmund second. Firmino does well to dance his way into the box but the hosts struggle to work an opportunity to test Langerak before possession is lost.
What a chance! Reus whips a brilliant free kick in from the right and Kehl once more gets in at the back post to meet it. He looks sure to get a header on target but completely misses the ball yet again and it goes out for a throw.
Yellow Card Eugen Polanski
Straight down the middle! The Bosnian went for goal but failed to pick out either corner and the keeper was able to welcome the ball into his grasp comfortably.
Friedrich picks up a yellow card for a clumsy challenge on Firmino just outside the box on the near side. Salihovic stands over it.
Yellow Card Manuel Friedrich
Almost another blunder from Grahl! Hofmann carried the ball forward for BVB and slipped a pass out to Mkhitaryan, who flicked a pass back to Lewandowski on the edge of the box. His first-time effort squirmed underneath the keeper and only stayed out by hitting the base of the post.
MKHITARYAN MUST DO BETTER! Kehl fires a pass up from the centre circle and Lewandowski dummies it brilliantly to let it run for the overlapping run of the Armenian. He shoots with his left but pulls the effort wide of the far post.
Piszczek drills a great cross into the box from the right which narrowly evades Mkhitaryan at the near post. Sule, who was well behind the Armenian, therefore brings it under control and clears away the danger.
BVB are certainly in the ascendancy here, and with Bayern currently beating Hamburg 2-0 it is of the utmost importance that they leave Sinsheim with all three points this afternoon.
STAT: Hoffenheim have now conceded at least two goals in nine of their last 10 home matches.
Goal Lukasz Piszczek
GOOOOOOAAAL! PISZCZEK LEVELS IT! Sahin whips a quality delivery in from the left and the right-back ghosted in between Vestergaard and Toljan to connect with it. Grahl saved the initial header but parried it straight to the Pole's feet and he slotted in at the second attempt. All square now!
Almost an instant impact for Mkhitaryan as he strikes a bouncing ball towards goal. It looks to be heading for the far corner but Grahl gets an important touch to it to turn it behind.
SO CLOSE!! Aubameyang takes the free kick this time, and he strikes on goal from almost 35 yards out. He side foots the effort with plenty of power and the amount of serve on it means that Grahl can only parry it back into the danger area. Reus attempts to bring it down but is quickly challenged.
Hoffenheim continue to look dangerous on the break but their latest attempt breaks down as Firmino makes his run behind the defence a little too late. Such a game plan could enable them to nick a third, but it could also be disastrous should BVB score next.
Durm goes to ground following a collision with Beck and lets out a little yelp to let the officials know he is in pain. Play continues but the referee eventually blows his whistle, upon which Durm quickly gets to his feet. He will be able to continue.
That was a vital interception from Sarr! The youngster strethced out a leg and got a foot to Volland's pass which was just about to put Schipplock through on goal.
Reus strikes it from just over 25 yards out but Grahl happily watches that one sail well wide of the target.
Polanski concedes a free kick in a dangerous central area following a late challenge on Lewandowski. Surely both Reus and Aubameyang will fancy a pop at this one.
Hoffenheim have everyone but Schipplock and Firmino behind the ball when they are defending and so far that is restricting the space for Dortmund down the middle. It also makes the hosts dangerous on the break, as the pair have already proven this afternoon.
That final ball just is not there for BVB. Reus gets in behind, racing to the byeline inside the box before cutting a pass back onto the penalty spot. Lewandowski arrives to hit it but is beaten to it by a blue shirt.
Reus attempts to thread a pass into Aubameyang but Toljan sees it coming and manages to get in the way and roll possesison back to the keeper. Grahl, though, is far less composed and hoofs the ball straight out for a throw in.
Reus latches onto a flick on from Lewandowski and appears to be through on goal, but the assistant referee once more has his flag up for offside.
Vestergaard got his head to the ball but was unable to keep his effort down and it flew over the top.
An early corner for Hoffenheim as Beck releases Firmino down the right but the Brazilian's cross is blocked by Durm. Can the hosts make anything of this?
We are back underway at the Rhein-Neckar-Arena!
Welcome back! The teams are out and the second half will begin imminently.
HALF TIME - Hoffenheim 2-1 Dortmund: Goals from Schipplock and Volland exposed BVB's lack of depth at the back and put the hosts two ahead, but an absolute howler from Grahl gifted Aubameyang a simple finish and now the visitors are back in it. Join me in 15 mins for what is sure to be another thrilling half.
45' + 2'
The half time whistle goes!
45' + 1'
We are into the first of an additional two minutes at the end of the half. I'm still struggling to get over that goal. Embarrassing goalkeeping and defending has let the visitors back into this one.
Assist Robert Lewandowski
Goal Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang
GOOOOOAAAL!! WHAT A HOWLER! Grahl covers his face after he spills Reus' corner despite there being no challenge. Vestergaard tries to shield the ball and enable his keeper to collect at the second attempt but Lewandowski prods it towards goal and Aubameyang finishes the job from two yards out.
Schipplock races forward and spreads the play out to Volland on the right. He sees Polanski making his way up on the far side and tries to thread through what would have been an absolutely sensational through-ball, but he is unable to pull it off and instead passes possession straight to Langerak. Nice idea, though.
Risky from Vestergaard! The centre-back intercepted a ball over the top which Grahl had come to collect and ended up diverting it towards his own goal. He kept his head though and hooked it out of play.
Down you go! The assistant referee on the near side is clattered into Reus and tumbles to the deck, losing his flag as he falls. The BVB man walks off but apologises once the referee makes his way over.
Assist Sebastian Rudy
Goal Kevin Volland
GOOOOOAAAL!! VOLLAND MAKES IT TWO! Firmino rolled the ball inside from the left to Rudy, who committed Durm to ground by feigning to shoot before shifting possession on to Volland on his right. The forward took a touch before guiding a shot into the far corner.
The fluidity that BVB had earlier in the half is being stifled now as the Hoffenheim defence are making strong challenges and not allowing them time and space on the ball. They will be keen to go into half time with this lead intact.
Bayern are currently drawing at home to Hamburg, but as things stand that would still see them open up an 11-point advantage over Dortmund, though Leverkusen would remain between them.
Sahin pushes forward and receives the ball in a central position from Blaszczykowski, but he slips as he hits an effort on goal which sails high over the top.
Kehl's blushes are spared there as the flag is raised for offside after he completely missed Sahin's free kick delivery from close range.
The game is getting rather heated at the moment with some strong challenges going in from both sides. It has been a very energetic opening 30 minutes and they have absolutely flown by. This match has been thoroughly enjoyable so far.
Sahin was tugged inside the area by Beck and had the midfielder not got a touch to the ball then there could well have been a penalty awarded.
It looks like a free kick to the hosts as Lewandowski unfairly challenged Grahl on the deck before Vestergaard cleared the danger. Reus was not happy with that at all.
What has he given?! Dortmund danced their way into the area but continually moved the ball on rather than pull the trigger. Have they gone one too far and conceded a foul as they stretched to get on the ball?
Dortmund have been playing some lovely, intricate passing football this afternoon. They've forged a few good chances but remain without a goal.
OFF THE BAR!! The hosts almost double their lead as BVB clear away Volland's cross from the right, but Polanski picks up the loose ball 25 yards from goal. He beats one man before driving a shot at goal, only to see it come crashing back off the crossbar.
STAT: Hoffenheim have been victorious in two of the last three times they have hosted BVB in the Bundesliga.
The centre-back pairing for Hoffenheim have been fairly impressive so far. Vestergaard makes a brilliant challenge to dispossess Lewandowski inside the area and the home crowd really appreciated that.
Schipplock looks to get on the end of an in-swinging cross from deep but goes down just inside the area. There was the slightest of contact from Durm but he was definitely looking for that as he knew he would not reach the ball from his team-mate.
Klopp must really be rueing the injuries to Schmelzer, Hummels and Subotic. BVB really do not look anywhere near as solid with this largely second-string backline today.
Assist Roberto Firmino
Goal Sven Schipplock
GOOOOOAAAL!! HOFFENHEIM LEAD! The hosts counter from the resultant corner and Firmino puts Schipplock in behind with a perfectly-weighted through-ball. Langerak comes off his line but the striker dinks an elegant effort over the keeper and into the far corner.
UNBELIEVABLE!! Toljan gets caught in possession and Lewandowski breaks forward for the visitors. He combines with Blaszczykowski before lifting the ball over a challenge inside the area and squaring for Reus to slot into an empty net. However, Volland had other ideas and slid in to send the ball behind for a corner. Stunning defending.
That could have been a goal to remember! Firmino drove at the defence before laying possession at the feet of Schipplock. The striker danced his way through a number of yellow shirts and loosed an effort on goal from 20 yards, however, he rather mishit the shot and Langerak was left untested.
Yellow Card Marco Reus
Reus goes into the book for a poorly-judged challenge on Herdling there. He took none of the ball and so close to the half-way line, was it really necessary?
Vital touch from Kehl! The midfielder tracked back well and got an important toe on the ball to take it away from Volland, who was about to smash Beck's cutback towards Langerak's goal.
Yellow Card Kevin Volland
GOOOAAAL... no, it has been ruled out! Reus played the ball out to Blaszczykowski on the right and then fired his cutback into the bottom corner for what looked like a perfectly acceptable goal. However, Lewandowski, who was in an offside position, mande an attempt to connect with the ball and was therefore ruled as active and in play. Few complaints from the visitors.
Durm was visibly frustrated at the lack of options as Dortmund looked to break there. Aubameyang had turned to run down the line but no one came short and the left-back ended up giving away possession.
Schipplock is played in behind the defence but he is watched closely by Friedrich and ends up dribbling the ball out of play as he tries to make his way around the centre-back.
That is exquisite football from BVB. Reus and Aubameyang combine with some delicate flicks before the ball is laid off for Lewandowski. From the far corner of the box he works space to shoot and Grahl manages to keep it out at the second time of asking.
Two pieces of excellent defending from Sule there. Firstly he manages to keep pace with Aubameyang and stop the Gabonese from getting in behind, and then he holds off Lewandowski inside the box to shepherd him away from Reus' through-ball.
GOOD EFFORT! Volland stumbles over the ball on the edge of the box but BVB can only clear as far as Polanski. The midfielder rifles a powerful shot straight at the heart of goal, but Langerak shows a solid pair of hands to gather the ball.
That was a close call! Firmino cuts inside as Hoffenheim break and slips a pass to Volland which puts him clean through on goal, however the flag is raised for offside. It was tight, but probably the correct call.
Dortmund get the ball rolling at the Rhein-Neckar-Arena!
The teams have made their way out onto the pitch and so kick off will be upon us in just a few moments.
Dortmund's lack of depth has been exposed in recent weeks as they have won just once in their last four league games. Hoffenheim, meanwhile, have only secured three points at home on one occasion this season. It is difficult to predict the potential outcome of this one, but with Dortmund already 10 points beind Bayern Munich they can ill afford another slip up today.
The suspension of Sokratis adds to BVB's defensive woes as three of their first-choice back four remain sidelined through injury. Therefore, Marian Sarr starts alongside Manuel Friedrich in the heart of defence. Sven Bender has also been ruled out so Sebastian Kehl comes back into the side in midfield.
Dortmund bench: Weidenfeller, Kirch, Gunter, Grosskreutz, Mkhitaryan, Hofmann, Schieber.
Dortmund (4-2-3-1): Langerak; Piszczek, Friedrich, Sarr, Durm; Kehl, Sahin; Blaszczykowski, Reus, Aubameyang; Lewandowski.
Hoffenheim bench: Casteels, Abraham, Johnson, Salihovic, Elyounoussi, Strobl, Modeste.
Hoffenheim (4-2-3-1): Grahl; Beck, Sule, Vestergaard, Toljan; Rudy, Polanski; Volland, Firmino, Herdling; Schipplock.
The teams are in so lets see how the two sides will line-up this afternoon.
Hoffenheim are the league's third highest-scoring team with 34 strikes so far this season meaning the lie behind only Bayern Munich (39) and Dortmund (35). Despite that, today's hosts are on a negative goal difference because the only team they have conceded a whopping 35 goals. Only Werder Bremen, who have played a game more, have had more put past them. We should be in for some goals then!
Hello and welcome to this afternoon's LIVE text commentary on the Bundesliga clash between Hoffenheim and Borussia Dortmund. My name is Tom Webber, and I will be guiding you through all the action at the Rhein-Neckar-Arena in the small town of Sinsheim.
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