BayArena, Leverkusen, Germany
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FT: The result means that Leverkusen moved into seventh on ten points whilst Dortmund failed to capitalise on Bayern Munich’s draw with Cologne to remain in third on 12 points before the rest of the weekend’s games. The victory was also Leverkusen’s first against Borussia Dortmund at home since 2007.
FT: Leverkusen were patient and awaited their turn to attack and caused a number of problems for Dortmund, who had committed too many players forward. This was demonstrated in Hernández’s goal, which was a classic counter-attack. Die Werkself had a number of other chances to seal the victory including Volland who evaded a number poor challenges before firing a tame effort at goal that Bürki saved with ease. Wendell also spurned a good chance when he shot wide of the goal with the outside of the foot.
FT: Dortmund didn’t create many clear-cut chances much to the credit of the Leverkusen defence, and when they did they weren’t very clinical in front of goal. When Aubameyang finally managed to evade the defence, his tame effort in the second-half was saved by Leno. He then failed to make contact with a Dembélé cross after Leno failed to palm the cross away.
FT: So Leverkusen added to their tally to earn a first home victory in the league against Dortmund since 2007.
90’+4′ The delivery is cleared as the referee blows his whistle to bring the match to an end.
90’+3′ Tah blocks a strike to concede a corner.
90’+3′ Kampl is penalised for a foul.
90′ Leno claims the corner.
90′ There will be four additional minutes.
89′ Dortmund win a corner.
89′ Final Leverkusen change sees Aránguiz replaced by Julian Baumgartlinger.
88′ Çalhanoğlu receives a yellow card for a late challenge on Piszczek.
Disallowed goal!! Piszczek sends in a low delivery across the face of goal that is tapped home by Aubameyang but the flag is already up and the goal is chalked off.
86′ Chance!! Volland does brilliantly to beat a number of players before he fires an effort at goal but Bürki makes a good save to deny the substitute.
85′ Chance!! Guerreiro’s freekick beats the wall but Leno makes a comfortable save.
85′ Henrichs is penalised for a foul and concedes a freekick in a dangerous position
83′ Chance!! A dangerous cross from Dembélé is missed by Leno and the loose ball falls to Aubameyang from a yard out, but he swings and misses the ball and Henrichs clears the danger.
82′ The corner is dealt with by the hosts.
82′ Henrichs concedes a corner.
81′ Volland is penalised for a late foul.
81′ Hernández is caught offside.
80′ Chance!! Leno misplaces a punch from a cross and the ball falls to Kagawa, whose effort goes harmlessly wide.
78′ Goal!! A fantastic break from the hosts sees Volland find Çalhanoğlu, who sends in a teasing delivery into the path of the sliding Hernández who taps home.
77′ Weigl wins a freekick.
76′ The delivery is cleared.
75′ Guerreiro wins a freekick in a good position, however, there was very little contact from Henrichs.
73′ Mor receives a yellow card for a cynical foul.
72′ Chance!! The hosts break on the counter and Çalhanoğlu receives the ball, cuts-inside before firing an effort that Bürki holds onto.
72′ Chance!! Aubameyang does well to evade a number of challenges before forcing Leno into a good save from a tight-angle.
71′ Aubameyang is penalised for a high foot on Toprak, the Gabon forward was attempting to get onto the end of a teasing Dembélé delivery.
70′ Final Dortmund change sees Rode replaced by Shinji Kagawa.
68′ Henrichs is caught offside.
66′ Second Leverkusen change sees Brandt replaced by Kevin Volland.
63′ Schmelzer attempts an effort from-range but he slices across the ball and it goes out for a throw-in.
62′ The corner is taken short but the delivery is cleared.
62′ Henrichs concedes a corner.
61′ The freekick is cleared.
61′ Toprak receives a yellow card for a cynical challenge on Aubameyang.
60′ Hernández wins a freekick.
57′ Leno claims the delivery.
57′ Mor wins a freekick.
53′ Mehmedi is penalised for a foul.
51′ Wendell wins a freekick after a late foul from Rode.
50′ The corner is cleared.
50′ The corner is taken short and comes to nothing but the visitors have another corner.
50′ Toprak blocks an Aubameyang shot at the expense of a corner.
49′ Chance!! The freekick is taken short and is well-worked before Kampl fires an effort that Bürki saves well.
48′ Leverkusen win a freekick.
47′ Aubameyang is caught offside.
46′ Close!! Çalhanoğlu nods down a Mehmedi cross into the path of Wendell, who fires an effort just wide with the outside of the foot.
46′ Guerreiro is penalised for a foul.
45′ Dortmund get the second-half underway.
45′ During the interval both sides made changes with Wendell replacing Bender for the hosts and Marcel Schmelzer and Emre Mor replacing Castro and Pulisic for Dortmund.
HT: Dortmund need to get better service to Aubameyang, who has had to chase a number of loose passes and long-balls, if they are to come back in this game. Dembélé and Pulisic have also caused a few problems for the Leverkusen defence, but as of yet the hosts have dealt with the threat well. Leverkusen need to just continue to play as they have done in the first-half; be more clinical in promising attacking positions and defend well to claim all three points. So will Leverkusen add to their tally and hold on or will Dortmund find a way back in this game? Join us again for the second-half.
HT: Leverkusen did go close to adding a second goal, first Kampl fired an effort inches wide of the top-corner from-range before Hernández struck the post, albeit from an offside position. The only aspect to worry about from a Leverkusen perspective is that they’ve picked up a number of bookings and their lack of discipline may prove costly against a quick Dortmund side, who like to break with pace on the counter-attack.
HT: Since going behind, Dortmund’s response was positive and they went close when Aubameyang was found by Piszczek, but the Gabonese forward could only find Leno’s gloves. Dembélé and Guerreiro have gone close on a few occasions with their shots from-range comfortable for Leno.
HT: The hosts have done well in this first-half and in the early stages, prevented Dortmund from playing the ball out from the back and in doing so, they have created a number of good chances. First Çalhanoğlu curled a freekick wide, then Hernández was denied by a good save from Bürki. However the Dortmund keeper could do nothing to stop Mehmedi from putting Leverkusen ahead.
HT: So Bayer Leverkusen are ahead at the break.
45’+3′ The referee blows his whistle to bring the first 45 minutes to an end.
45’+1′ So close!! Hernández is played through on-goal and fires a first-time effort against the post, but he’s flagged offside. He looked level in truth.
45′ Chance!! Guerreiro fires an effort from-range but Leno makes a comfortable save.
45′ There will be three additional minutes.
44′ Chance!! Guerreiro finds Aubameyang, who chests the ball into Dembélé, who fires an effort harmlessly over the bar from-range.
43′ Close!! Brandt finds Aránguiz, who drags an effort wide from-range.
40′ Hernández is penalised for a foul.
40′ The delivery comes to nothing.
39′ Weigl wins a freekick although there was very little contact. Hernández receives a yellow card for dissent.
37′ The corner is cleared by Toprak.
37′ Guerreiro’s delivery is flicked-on before a Dembélé’s cross is cleared behind for a corner. Papastathopoulos had flung himself to the floor; appealing that he was fouled by Toprak, but there was nothing in that.
36′ Kampl receives a yellow card for a late challenge on Dembélé.
35′ Çalhanoğlu is back on the field.
34′ Play resumes.
33′ The ball is put out play as Çalhanoğlu is down with an injury after a challenge with Rode. The Turkish international is receiving treatment and will have to continue his treatment off the field.
31′ Close!! Guerreiro loses possession allowing Leverkusen to use the ball well with Çalhanoğlu finding Kampl, who fires an effort just wide from-range.
30′ Play resumes.
28′ Delay in the match after Ginter is down with an injury following an accidental challenge from Çalhanoğlu. The Dortmund player is receiving treatment and will have to leave the field to receive further treatment..
24′ The corner is cleared.
24′ Castro’s delivery is deflected behind for a corner, according to the referee.
23′ Henrichs is penalised for a foul on Pulisic and concedes a freekick in a promising position for the visitors.
23′ The corner is cleared.
22′ Henrichs makes a fine last ditch challenge to concede a corner just as Aubameyang is about to pull the trigger.
19′ Chance!! Piszczek finds Aubameyang, who surges forward before hitting a tame effort at goal, but Leno makes a comfortable save.
18′ Hernández is caught offside.
17′ Weigl finds Dembélé but the youngster is caught offside.
15′ Mehmedi is adjudged to have fouled Weigl, although there was very little contact.
14′ Bender is penalised for a foul.
13′ Dembélé wins a freekick after a cynical challenge from Aránguiz, who receives a yellow card.
9′ Goal!! Çalhanoğlu’s delivery is met by Mehmedi, who heads home past Bürki.
8′ Chance!! Hernández meets a cross from Henrichs with a header but Bürki palms the effort away.
6′ Play resumes.
5′ The ball is put out of play as Hernández receives treatment after a clash with Papastathopoulos.
4′ Aránguiz is penalised for a late foul on Rode.
3′ Close!! Çalhanoğlu’s freekick curls just wide.
2′ Mehmedi wins a freekick in a good position.
0′ Bayer Leverkusen get the game underway.
Bayer 04 Leverkusen: Bernd Leno (GK), Benjamin Henrichs, Ömer Toprak, Jonathan Tah, Lars Bender, Kevin Kampl, Charles Aránguiz, Hakan Çalhanoğlu, Julian Brandt, Admir Mehmedi, Javier Hernández
Borussia Dortmund: Roman Bürki (GK), Matthias Ginter, Sokratis Papastathopoulos, Łukasz Piszczek, Raphaël Guerreiro, Julian Weigl, Sebastian Rode, Ousmane Dembélé, Gonzalo Castro, Christian Pulisic, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang