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July 23, 2011
• Veltins-Arena, Gelsenkirchen
Referee: K. Kircher
• Attendance: 61673
Schalke 04 won 4 - 3 on penalties
That's all from here - I hope you enjoyed tonight's coverage. Until next time, all the best.
What a finale! There were doubts as to whether Fahrmann could step into Neuer's boots, but he has done well thus far! Schalke lift the Super Cup for the first time in their history!
FAHRMANN SAVES! SCHALKE WIN!
Perisic steps up and has to convert to keep BVB alive...
He scores! Puts it into the roof of the net!
Jurado could make it 4-3 now...
Howedes steps up...
FAHRMANN SAVES! The BVB man aims low and to the left, and Fahrmann guesses correctly as he makes the stop!
Edu approaches the spot...
And he converts!
Hummels up now...
And he scores!
Holtby next to take...
And scores! The German-Turk shoots low and to his right, as Fahrmann dives to his right.
Here it is, the players return, with Dortmund first to shoot. Gundogan approaches the penalty spot...
90' + 39'
Pen SO Miss Ivan Perisic
90' + 38'
Pen SO Goal Jurado
90' + 37'
Pen SO Goal Moritz Leitner
90' + 36'
Pen SO Goal Benedikt Höwedes
90' + 35'
Pen SO Miss Kevin Großkreutz
90' + 34'
Pen SO Goal Edu
90' + 33'
Pen SO Goal Mats Hummels
90' + 32'
Pen SO Goal Lewis Holtby
90' + 31'
Pen SO Goal Ilkay Gündogan
FULL TIME! And that's all - after 90 well-played minutes, we go to shoot-out...
Leitner! Ah, not a bad attempt, but the 18-year old gets just under the ball and his shot sails over the bar. His effort came after some skillful play out wide between Kagawa and Perisic.
Ralf Rangnick makes a final swap: striker Edu comes on for Baumjohann with penalties looming.
Perisic wins a corner, but Gundogan's first cross is cleared. The ball comes out to him a second time, and his next cross is too deep.
Oh, nasty challenge on Gundogan from Baumjohann! The Schalke man comes in from behind his opponent and is carded for his efforts.
Yellow Card Alexander Baumjohann
KAGAWA! Another brilliant run, but another missed chance! After beating a pair of defenders, his final shot bounces a couple yards wide.
We are now five minutes away from a penalty shoot-out. There will be no extra time in this game, regardless of final score...
Great work from Perisic, but better defending by Papadopoulos! The Croatian leaves Hoger in his wake and crosses towards Lewandowski, but the Greek rises to nod the ball clear.
Lewandowski goes down near the edge of the box, and Fuchs is in disbelief that he is whistled for a foul. Obstruction is the call, though it is debatable as to how active the left-back was in his offence.
Perisic takes a speculative shot from distance, but it causes little concern for Fahrmann.
Final substitution from Dortmund: Moritz Leitner replaces Lowe. The previous replacements were like-for-like, but it appears that the third substitute will play on the right flank. Grosskreutz will drop to left-back, and Perisic will move to fill in the void ahead of him.
Jurgen Klopp reaches into his bag of tricks and makes two changes: Ivan Perisic and Sven Bender replace Gotze and Kehl.
MORAVEK...SAVED BY WEIDENFELLER! And that is as clear a chance as either team has had! The substitute is played clear on goal and aims towards the lower-left corner, but the BVB goalkeeper makes a stunning save with his foot!
Hummels chips a nice ball over the defence and to Gotze, but the youngster volleys over the bar. He is offside at any rate, so a goal would not have counted.
Brilliant from Holtby! The youngster nicks the ball away in his own half and surges forward, beating Hummels on his way towards goal. As he shots, Santana sticks out a leg, doing just enough to deny the attempt.
Next substitution for Schalke: Jan Moravek replaces Huntelaar, who has done precious little up front. Raul now moves to the centre of attack, with a plethora of creative midfielders behind him.
Another dangerous delivery from Fuchs, but no-one makes a good run. Santana heads the ball clear under little pressure.
Schalke play the free kick long, and immediately have another set piece at the right side of the box as Lowe illegally challenges Baumjohann in the air. Fuchs stands over the ball...
Yellow Card Kevin Großkreutz
Grosskreutz, who has been on thin ice for some time, collects the first booking of the game for coming in well late on Hoger with his sliding challenge.
Glorious run by Gotze, who dribbles between two defenders at the edge of the box. He plays a cut-back pass, but everyone in the box over-runs the play and Schalke clear the ball to safety.
Ooh, near chance for the hosts! Raul plays a good pass towards Huntelaar, but the speedy Santana recovers and is first to the ball.
GOTZE! But another poor finish! Kagawa beats Papadopoulos and Howedes as he skips across the edge of the penalty area before releasing Gotze, whose low attempt fails to beat Fahrmann! Another let-off!
Holtby surges forward from deep, but makes a rare mistake as he plays the ball behind Baumjohann. That would have been a great opportunity had the pass been successfully completed.
Brilliant counterattack by Dortmund, but the visitors fail to score despite having a five-on-three advantage going forward! Gotze slips through to Kagawa, who opts to pass to the back post rather than shoot on Fahrmann's goal. The ball is just cut out by the out-numbered hosts!
As the hour mark approaches, one has to wonder whether these teams will have enough fitness to last through the 90 minutes. As this is a competitive match, each side only has three substitutions...
Things getting testy now - Howedes concedes a free kick after fouling Gotze, and then exchanges words with Grosskreutz. Let's hope this match does not get out of hand.
Baumjohann makes a good run up the right and wins a free kick from Lowe, who fails to strike the ball as he attempts to clear the ball off the midfielder's feet.
End-to-end stuff now, but neither side is looking sharp in the opening exchanges. Gotze brilliantly beats one defender before touching too heavily and losing possession. At the other end, Fuchs' cross finds its way past a couple defenders before being cleared.
LEWANDOWSKI! OH SO CLOSE! Gotze plays a brilliant through ball to the Polish forward who fires towards the left post, but misses narrowly wide!
AND THE SECOND HALF BEGINS! Change for Schalke as Jose Manuel Jurado comes in for Draxler.
It's been a brilliant 45 minutes from Gelsenkirchen, worthy of the rivalry these clubs have. The visitors have looked the better side overall, but anything could happen in the second half. I'll be back in 15 minutes to keep you up to date on all the action.
The players are back on the pitch and we're preparing for the second half...
HALF-TIME! No injury time as the final whistle is blown.
FAHRMANN WITH A SAVE! That should have been 1-0, but Manuel Neuer's replacement steps into his predecessor's shoes brilliantly to deny Lewandowski, who had been played through on goal by Gundogan's sublime through ball.
Ooh, Schalke have their opponents scrambling but Holtby mis-kicks and has no power on his attempt.
Extraordinary from Raul, who does not at all look 34 years of age. After a Dortmund counterattack loses its pace, the forward finds himself defending against Kagawa. The Spaniard out-foxes his opponent, wins the ball and earns a free kick.
After a foul on Gotze, Gundogan whips a dangerous free kick into the box. Nonetheless, Schalke again manage to clear.
Next chance for Dortmund: Piszczek crosses low to Lewandowski, who flicks on to Kagawa at the back post. The Japanese playmaker is just centimetres out of position, and Hoger manaages to concede a corner.
Owch! Kehl comes in late on Raul, who has the misfortune of taking the Dortmund man's knee to his groin. Mrs. Raul will not be pleased...
GUNDOGAN! Again, the visitors come knocking but just cannot find the net! This time, Piszczek helps on Gotze's cross, and after a half-clearance, the new signing has his attempt blocked.
There's another half-chance for Grosskreutz! This time, Gundogan finds him with a nice ball, but the Germany international slices wide of the target.
Nervy moments for the BVB defence as Santana takes a heavy touch deep in his own half, conceding possession. Hummels is alert and on the spot to make an important interception.
Gundogan plays a clever back-heel to Grosskreutz, but the winger has his 20-yard effort miss wide of the left post. That has characterised the game for Dortmund: good ideas, but no finishing.
GUNDOGAN! A half-clearance leaves the Germany U21 international all alone at the edge of the box, but his strong effort is parried well by Fahrmann!
LOWE! Oh, what a glorious bit of play by Dortmund! Kagawa relseases the full-back into the left side of the box. After taking a touch, the former Chemnitz man fires between the back post and the Japan international. That was the best bit of play yet from the visitors!
GROSSKREUTZ! Good save by Fahrmann! Piszczek makes a typical run up the right flank and delivers his cross to the back post. Grosskreutz does well to keep his attempt down, but the goalkeeper does well to collect.
Draxler makes a good cut inside from the left before shooting, but he fails to get power and accuracy on his long-ranged attempt, which causes no trouble for Weidenfeller.
Good work between Draxler and Fuchs leaves the hosts with a corner kick...
After having some nervy moments early on, Schalke have looked much better both at the back, and going forward. But of course, the score remains 0-0: both teams have plenty of work to do.
HOWEDES! Oh, what a chance! From a corner, the centre back found space between Hummels and Santana. He had plenty of power on his free header, but missed by just inches over the bar!
Ooh, bad foul by Grosskreutz on Hoger! Schalke were pressing and after the BVB man failed to properly control a clearance, he stuck out his leg to halt the right-back.
The game has tightened up over the last few minutes, with most of the action in the central third.
Howedes is now off receiving treatment for a cut to his head as play continues. The visitors try to exploit his absence from a free kick, but Santana's header misses the target.
Fuchs delivers a good free kick with his left foot, but Howedes cannot keep his header down and misses over the bar.
Baumjohann is now tripped up by Grosskreutz, leaving the hosts with a free kick well outside the penalty box, right of centre. This is Fuchs territory...
Better from Schalke, but Baumjohann is forced to take a speculative shot from distance and misses well wide.
LEWANDOWSKI HITS THE POST! What a let off! From the corner, the Polish forward does extremely well to send his glancing header towards the near post, but has his effort clang off the goal frame.
Early action for Gotze as he looks to take advantage of a quick throw-in, but Papadopoulos closes off his angle and concedes a corner.
Raul threads the ball past two defenders and towards Huntelaar, but Weidenfeller is quick off his line to intercept. The Dutchman was offside nonetheless.
OH, nearly an early chance for Kagawa! The Japanese playmaker skips past Hoger towards the byline, but Howedes does well to intercept his cut-back.
Schalke enjoy a nice spell of possession before Lowe clears the ball off Draxler for a throw-in.
AND WE'RE UNDERWAY!
The players are lined up and the match is ready to begin...
Before the match kicks off, I'd like to invite you to discuss the match on Twitter. Send messages to @Mr_Bundesliga.
The players are on the pitch now, and standing at attention as the German national anthem sounds.
Subs: Leitner, Hornschuh, Bender, Le Tallec, Langerak, Perisic, Zidan
And for Dortmund, in a 4-2-3-1 shape: Weidenfeller; Piszczek, Santana, Hummels, Lowe; Kehl, Gundogan; Gotze, Kagawa, Grosskreutz; Lewandowski
Subs: Kluge, Jurado, Annan, Uchida, Edu, Moravek, Unnerstall
Starting line-ups are in. Schalke will line up in a 4-4-1-1 formation as follows: Fahrmann; Hoger, Howedes, Papadopoulos, Fuchs; Baumjohann, Matip, Holtby, Draxler; Raul; Huntelaar
Dortmund, on the other hand, are hungry for what could be their second title of the season thus far. The Bundesliga champions won the Liga total! Cup earlier this week.
A year ago, Schalke lost 3-1 at home to their rivals, a humiliating defeat. They played better in the spring, but still were unable to fully avenge their loss as they settled for a 0-0 draw. Tonight the hosts will surely be satisfied only with a win.
Tonight's match sees Germany's greatest rivals face off in what will surely be a fiercely contested match, even though the Bundesliga season has yet to begin.
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