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  • April 28, 2012
  • • 14:30
  • • Fritz-Walter-Stadion, Kaiserslautern
  • Referee: M. Schmidt
  • • Attendance: 49780

Live Commentary

  • It is all over between Kaiserslautern and Dortmund in what was a thrilling game. BVB's first win at the Fritz-Walter-Stadion in over 10 years comes largely courtesy of a hat-trick from Barrios. Jurgen Klopp's side will be presented with the trophy next week when they host Hannover. Be sure to stay with for the post-match analysis including match report and player ratings. My name is Tom Webber and it has been a pleasure to guide you through this afternoon's action.
  • 90' + 1'
    The corner eventually falls to Gundogan on the edge of the box and he fires the ball. The referee then blows the final whistle and it is all over.
  • 90'
    That was the chance for the goal! Kringe gets in behind the defence but he takes too long to pull the trigger. It allows Sippel to close him down and deflect the ball behind for a corner.
  • 89'
    I cannot imagine the referee will add too much time on after the 90 minutes as BVB begin to look a bit tired.
  • 88'
    Bugera again pushing on down the left and the play is switched towards him from the right side. He tries to hoist the ball back into the box with his first touch and he ends up sending it straight out for a goal kick.
  • 86'
    If Dortmund get one more goal then they can match Werder Bremen's total of 37 goals away from home in the 2003/04 season when the Green-Whites won the title. Are they going to be able to find it?
  • 84'
    Lautern have performed well in the break today and a ball in from the right by De Wit almost falls to Bugera at the back post after an Owomoyela slip. He strikes the ball but his effort is blocked on its way through to the goal.
  • 81'
    Gundogan surges forward from midfield and strikes the ball from the top of the box. He cuts across it though and slices the effort well wide of the goal. He's had a couple of good chances to find the net today.
  • 79'
    What a performance from the champions. Despite resting a number of key players they have totally controlled the match today and find themselves 5-2 up away from home.
  • 77'
    SubstitutionChristian Tiffert Oliver Kirch
  • 77'
    SubstitutionMario Götze Florian Kringe
  • 76'
    Assist Shinji Kagawa
  • 76'
    Goal Ivan Perisic
    GOOOOOOAAAAAAALLLLLLL!!! PERISIC WITH A BEAUTY!! Superb play down the left once more and Kagawa is involved again. He plays the ball to Perisic on the left of the box and he curls the ball magnificently past Sippel and inside the far post. Excellent goal from the Croatian.
  • 75'
    OFF THE POST AGAIN!! Phenomenal play from Kagawa as he dribbles into the box with the ball glued to his feet. He cuts it back and it is struck from the edge of the box by Perisic but it hits the base of the post.
  • 73'
    A wonderful scooped pass over the top by Kagawa is latched on to by Gotze but he is adjudged to have used his arm to bring the ball under control inside the area.
  • 72'
    Lautern have their backs to the wall now but they are closing the space fairly well. They allow Leitner a lot of space to take the ball forward and shoots from 25 yards but his effort rolls casually past Sippel's right-hand post.
  • 70'
    A dangerous free kick here for Lautern after Subotic goes in rather clumsily on Wooten. It has not been the Serbian's best performance in defence today. The effort is deflected behind for a corner which Langerak comes out to claim with ease.
  • 68'
    Bugera gets forward down the left and releases the substitute Derstroff. He is in the area but the angle is tight. He opts to shoot anyway and his effort slams into the side netting, failing to test Langerak.
  • 66'
    SubstitutionRobert Lewandowski Shinji Kagawa
  • 65'
    Lewandowski is heading off. He may not have scored today but he was superb, setting up numerous chances for every player around him. Great performance from the Pole as he shows he is just as adept playing in a slightly deeper role.
  • 64'
    SubstitutionOlcay Şahan Julian-Maurice Derstroff
  • 64'
    SubstitutionSebastian Kehl Moritz Leitner
  • 63'
    Lautern break forward and have two men over on the left but Fortounis plays the pass straight to Owomoyela. It sets up a counter immediately with Barrios charging down the wing but he ends up holding the play and the move loses all momentum.
  • 61'
    Despite the score the wide players for Lautern are having a fairly decent afternoon. Fortounis breaks forward down the left flank and dribbles into the area along the byeline. He looks to drill the ball into the goal mouth but Langerak smothers the ball.
  • 59'
    De Wit finds space at the top of the box to get an effort away but once again it is a tame effort that rolls lovingly into the arms of Langerak.
  • 58'
    Oh dear Barrios lost his finishing touch there, not that he had much choice! Owomoyela blasted an effort from the edge of the box that looked destined for the target until it thumped into the Paraguayan and went behind for a goal kick.
  • 57'
    Yellow Card Mathias Abel
  • 57'
    Abel is booked after an awful challenge just outside the area that gives BVB a free kick in a dangerous area. Gundogan takes it but drills it straight into the wall. What a waste of a chance.
  • 55'
    Assist Ivan Perisic
  • 55'
    Goal L. Barrios
    WHAT A BLUNDER!!! That will be on almost every blooper reel to come. Sippel receives a back pass and with Perisic charging him down he manages to round the Croatian. However, he takes a little slip and seems unaware that the BVB player is still behind him. He pokes the ball across to Barrios who has an easy tap in to complete his hat-trick. Awful from Sippel.
  • 53'
    Sahan wins a free kick for his team half-way into the Dortmund half out on the left side. It is sent in with a number of Lautern shirts attacking it but none can make contact and it runs through to Langerak.
  • 51'
    Lautern stay on the attack and Dick looks to free Wooten with a long ball from deep on the right. The offside flag goes up though but it is a great start to the half again from the hosts.
  • 49'
    Assist Konstantinos Fortounis
  • 49'
    Goal Pierre de Wit
    GOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAALLLL!! DE WIT!! He makes up for his mistake earlier on! Fortounis clips a fantastic ball to the back post from the right-hand channel. He was given too much space by Subotic and Langerak charged out but missed the ball which was looped into the net off the head of De Wit. Game on!
  • 48'
    Barrios tries to slip a pass through to Gotze to run in behind but he is crowded out by two Lautern defenders who shield the ball. They manage to keep him away from it and clear away the danger. No signs of BVB letting up here then!
  • 46'
    Here come the second 45 minutes!
  • Welcome back! We are just awaiting the teams for the second half. Thanks to @RabeahMakoul for getting in touch on Twitter. They pointed out: "Dortmund players are an immense talent, they are bound to leave soon if they don't do well in the CL [Champions League] next season!" Indeed Kagawa has been linked with a move away though he would do better to stay and get a proper European season under his belt.
  • After an early setback through Santana's own goal the visitors have responded terrifically with two goals from Barrios added to by Gotze. Come back in 15 minutes for the second half. In the meantime, send your comments to @thwebber on Twitter!
  • 45' + 1'
    Lewandowski almost breaks through the defence but they stray strong to dispossess him and the referee blows his whistle.
  • 43'
    After a great start from the hosts it is a rare chance for Lautern. Tiffert takes an effort from range but it bounces well wide of Langerak's goal and never looked like testing the keeper.
  • 41'
    OFF THE POST!!! This time it is Barrios setting up Lewandowski and the Pole breaks into the box on the right side. He does everything right as he tries to pick out the far corner but his low effort rattles the base of the post.
  • 40'
    SubstitutionRodnei Anthar Yahia
  • 40'
    That was a bit cheeky from Perisic! A great ball from Kehl finds the Croatian running across the top of the box towards the left side. With Sippel rushing of his line he tries to clip the ball over the top of him with the outside of his right boot, first-time, but it ends up dropping well wide of the goal.
  • 39'
    A swift break from the hosts almost sees Sahan played through on goal but the referee's assistant raises his flag for offside. That was an extremely tight call that could well have gone the other way.
  • 37'
    It is all Dortmund at the moment. Lewandowski is having a fantastic game behind Barrios and is creating so many opportunities for his side. Borisyuk needs to get closer to him and stop him enjoying so much time on the ball.
  • 35'
    WHAT A MISS!!! Lautern are falling apart! Dortmund pull the visitors apart and once again Lewandowski is at the heart of it. He plays the ball to Barrios but his first touch is poor and allows Sippel to deflect the ball away. It eventually falls to Gundogan and he tries to lift it into the empty net but it goes over the bar.
  • 33'
    Assist Robert Lewandowski
  • 33'
    Goal Mario Götze
    GOOOOOOOAAAAAAALLLLLL!!! GOTZE!! De Wit gives the ball away in midfield and Lewandowski plays it through to Gotze to his right. The 19-year-old breaks forward and slides the ball underneath Sippel and into the back of the net. Deadly break from the visitors.
  • 31'
    Dortmund once again have total control of possession. Kehl and Gundogan are picking out the passes and then looking to get forward and pull apart the Lautern defence. If they can get to half time just one goal down they will be partially pleased.
  • 28'
    I said they were becoming more cohesive and that goal exemplified that statement. Perisic and Gotze are rotating from the wide positions which is why the Croatian provided the cross from the right. It is hard to see Lautern picking themselves up from this now.
  • 26'
    Assist Ivan Perisic
  • 26'
    Goal L. Barrios
    GOOOOOOOOAAAAAAALLLLL!!! BARRIOS BAGS A BRACE!! Great move from the champions. Lewandowski threaded a pass out to Perisic on the right and he sent an enticing drilled cross in behind the defenders. The Paraguayan was there to tap in from the centre of the goal just a few yards out.
  • 24'
    Some superb one-touch passing down the right between Barrios and Lewandowski almost frees Gundogan down the right of the box but he slips and loses possession. Definite signs that the hosts are starting to get into their flow as their performance becomes more cohesive.
  • 22'
    Lautern are now trying to halt any momentum that BVB may build from leveling the game but Dick ends up giving the ball away with an ambitious long ball down the right side.
  • 20'
    Barrios has picked up a foolish booking having lifted his shirt up in celebration for the goal. Is that really worthy of a yellow card?
  • 18'
    Yellow Card L. Barrios
  • 18'
    Assist Patrick Owomoyela
  • 18'
    Goal L. Barrios
    GOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLLL!!! BARRIOS!! Dortmund peg the hosts right back! A great cross into the box from Owomoyela finds the head of the Paraguayan striker who sends a looping effort past Sippel. Great reply from the champions.
  • 16'
    Own Goal Felipe Santana
    GOOOOOAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLLLLL!!! Nightmare for Santana! He steps out of defence and misses the ball which allows Fortounis to charge at goal unopposed. Langerak rushes out but the Lautern man squares it and hits Santana as he chases back and rolls into the net.
  • 14'
    It is all getting very congested in the middle of the pitch just outside the Lautern box when BVB attack. The hosts manage to pick up the ball and break through Sahan. He passes the ball to his left for De Wit but the cross finds a yellow shirt.
  • 12'
    GOOD EFFORT!! Lewandowski is given a bit too much space around 25 yards from goal. He clearly sees little other option that to shoot and his effort is a rasping strike. However it was always rising and sailed high over Sippel's goal.
  • 11'
    HE SHOULD HAVE DONE BETTER!! Sahan and Wooten combining again down the left wing. The Turkish midfielder plays a great pass into the striker inside the box but Lowe does enough to come across and ensure that Wooten fails to get enough power on the shot which runs comfortably to Langerak.
  • 9'
    Lautern are enjoying a bit more of the ball now and are looking to attack down both flanks. Tiffert tries to switch the play to the right but his pass is too long for Dick and it runs out of touch.
  • 7'
    Rodnei almost lets Barrios in! A pass back from Sahan on the left finds the centre-back out on the left flank with minimal options. As he is being rapidly closed down by the opposing striker he takes his eye off the ball and almost lets it run straight through. Fortunately he uses his strength to hold Barrios off and then make his pass.
  • 5'
    Barrios plays the ball to Lewandowski on the left of the area but it is a bit too long and forces the Pole out wide. He stands his defender up before clipping a cross in for the Paraguayan striker. However, Rodnei is marking well and gets his head to the ball to clear the danger.
  • 4'
    Almost a chance for Lautern there. Sahan slips a ball in between the defenders but it is weighted too heavily and Wooten is beaten to the ball by Langerak. The keeper is seeing a lot of the ball early on here.
  • 3'
    Lewandowski will not be operating as the central striker this afternoon. Instead he will play a bit deeper, in the role usually played by Kagawa, to allow Barrios to get a run-out in attack. What do you guys make of the pair playing together? Let me know your thoughts on Twitter, @thwebber.
  • 2'
    Dortmund settling on the ball straight away with no real pressure coming from the already-relegated hosts. A goal kick from Sippel almost runs all the way through to Wooten but Langerak manages to claim the ball inside the area.
  • 1'
    We're underway! BVB are shooting from left to right.
  • The teams are out on the pitch and kick off is just a few moments away!
  • A win for BVB today would see them equal the league record for most away points in a season (37), currently held by Werder Bremen. In other Bundesliga news, the Green-Whites have today announced the departure of Marko Marin to Champions League finalists Chelsea.
  • Klopp has decided to change his back four for the first time this year, breaking the solid quarter of Piszczek, Hummels, Subotic and Schmelzer at the back. With the title wrapped up, the coach is clearly going to do his best to avoid injuries ahead of the DFB-Pokal final against Bayern Munich on May 12.
  • Subs: Weidenfeller, Hummels, Piszczek, Kringe, Grosskreutz, Leitner, Kagawa.
  • Dortmund (4-2-3-1): Langerak; Owomoyela, Subotic, Santana, Lowe; Gundogan, Kehl; Gotze, Lewandowski, Perisic; Barrios.
  • Subs: Muller, Jessen, Yahia, Kirch, Shechter, Sukuta-Pasu, Derstroff.
  • Kaiserslautern (4-5-1): Sippel; Dick, Rodnei, Abel, Bugera; Fortounis, Tiffert, Borysiuk, De Wit, Sahan; Wooten.
  • My name is Tom Webber and I am going to guiding you through this afternoon's action. As always if you want to get involved you can send me your thoughts and predictions via Twitter to @thwebber. The team news is out and is on the way...
  • Brace yourselves everyone ... Mario Gotze is back in the starting line-up! The highly-rated 19-year-old is making his first Bundesliga start since early December after a lengthy spell on the sidelines.
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