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DELIGHTFUL DORTMUND DOMINATE LEVERKUSEN
Home wins against a fellow title challenger don't come much better than that. A slow start, but Dortmund were superb from front to back today and earned a convincing 4-0 win against a Leverkusen side who were keen on making their mark, but just couldn't break down the better team on the day. Dortmund go top ahead of the late game between Leipzig and Bayern.
AND IT'S FOUR FOR BVB
Marco ends the game in style. A lovely break as Hummels' header sends Hazard away, he then plays Bruun Larsen in behind the defence. The Dane is able to look across again and finds Reus free in front of goal and he pokes home into an empty net with Hradecky stranded. A stomping win for Dortmund!
GOAL!4 : 0
The home side have had only three shots on goal in the second half, but they have produced two goals. A clinical day in front of goal for BVB.
GUERREIRO PUTS ICING ON THE CAKE
Delaney picks out Sancho on the right wing with a lovely lofted ball forward. The Englishman closes on goal and once again looks to pick out a teammate. Hradecky gets a hand to it, but the ball falls to Guerreiro who does well to slot it home with his right foot.
GOAL!3 : 0
CHANGES GALORE... LATE DRAMA?
Witsel and Alcacer off both looking ahead to next week's Champions League game against Barcelona, while Leverkusen are going for it here with Alario joining the game.
Jacob Bruun Larsen
DIABY COMES ON
The former PSG winger is on looking to inject more pace into this game, his second appearance in the Bundesliga.
REUS LOOKING FOR A RECORD
If Dortmund do collect all three points today, it will be Marco Reus' 100th Bundesliga win with the club, in just 167 games.
BAILEY HEADS WIDE
Bellarabi does well on the right wing to create space for a cross to the back post. He's spotted Bailey at the back post, who beats Hakimi to the ball with a header, but he can't get the ball aimed on target.
THIS GAME ISN'T OVER
Leverkusen scored late on last season to bring the game to life in the second half and the away side are still pressing on looking to find the net today. Havertz is beginning to find his way into the game after a slow first half, and Dortmund are just under a bit of pressure right now.
HAVERTZ FORCES A SAVE
The young playmaker looks to become the finisher after being played through on goal. Hummels brings pressure, but his shot is ultimately saved well by the left foot of Bürki as Havertz looked to find the net across goal.
LUCIEN'S INCREDIBLE HOME RECORD
Dortmund have scored at least twice in each of their home games under the Lucien Favre. An outstanding record.
DORTMUND'S DEFENCE STILL ON TOP
After Bailey and Bellarabi's openings at the start of this half, Dortmund's defence has looked a lot more in control of proceedings. Leverkusen are still enjoying more of the possession in this game but just can't breakthrough Hummels or Akanji, who have been flawless so far.
SUPERB FROM BVB
It's as you'd imagine. Sancho is played the ball on the right and spots the runs of Alcacer and Reus early, cutting the ball back to the pair. Paco lets the ball run through his legs with Reus behind him. The German duly curls the ball into the bottom corner. A beautifully worked goal, and Dortmund have a two-goal lead.
GOAL!2 : 0
The winger is played in by superb pass from Havertz. He's racing towards Bürki from the right flank but drags his shot well wide of the mark. Two huge openings for the away side which could have turned this game around.
BAILEY SHOULD HAVE SCORED
Huge chance for the half-time substitute as he is open in the middle of the box in front of goal, and he's spotted by Bellarabi racing to the by-line. The ball is slightly behind him, but the Jamaican doesn't get good contact on the ball. If he did, he'd have this game level.
SECOND HALF BEGINS
A change at the break for Leverkusen sees Leon Bailey replace Nadiem Amiri and he looks to be going straight on to the left flank to support Kevin Volland.
DORTMUND POUNCE TO LEAD
It was very much an even half with both sides producing chances on goal, but neither able to stamp their full authority on the game. A lapse in concentration and moment of magic from Hakimi and Paco Alcacer has the home side ahead, continuing the Spaniard's run of scoring in every game for club and country so far this season.
VOLLAND SHOOTS WIDE
It's been a frustrating half for the Leverkusen striker. He finally gets his first shot on goal but shows his frustration by firing wide.
LEVERKUSEN TRYING TO FIND THEIR FEET
It's been a manic few minutes here in Dortmund since the opening goal and Leverkusen have been on the receiving end of a lot of BVB pressure. The game has just calmed again the last minute, with the away side looking to keep the ball. They've constantly been looking to attack, but Hummels and Akanji have been perfect so far.
HOW IS THIS NOT 2-0?
Incredible scenes in the Leverkusen box as Reus plays Witsel in behind down the right. He cuts the ball back and Delaney meets it. His shot is blocked by Tah and the rebound falls to Hakimi. He shoots but his effort is blocked onto the crossbar by Hradecky and Leverkusen are able to clear. Somehow the score remains 1-0...
DORTMUND'S FIRST OPENER
Incredibly, this is the first time that Dortmund have opened the scoring in a game this season. They've gone behind to Augsburg, Cologne and Union so far.
PACO IS ON FIRE!
A mistake from Leverkusen as neither Amiri or Bellarabi went for a clearance, with Hakimi snatching the ball from between them. He pushes forward and swings a cross into the box with is met by Paco Alcacer's run and he volleys the ball home, opening his left foot to do so. His fifth goal of the season.
GOAL!1 : 0
AMAZING DOUBLE SAVE FROM HRADECKY!
Wow. Pure football there as both sides produce the goods. Sancho with an outstanding pass through for Alcacer who flicks the ball around a defender into Reus' path. He smashes a shot at goal, well-saved by Hradecky. The rebound is met by Brandt but Hradecky is up quickly to push the ball away again.
BELLARABI FIRES WIDE
The winger is once again afforded too much space on the left wing and cuts inside past Hakimi to unleash a shot on goal. It bounces just wide of the mark, but the warning signs are there for BVB.
NEITHER SIDE IN THEIR GROOVE
While Leverkusen have had the ball, they've struggled to create anything with it in these opening minutes. Dortmund have had to work with scraps so far and have also been lacking, with both sides making plenty of unforced errors. A frustrating first half for both.
The away side have enjoyed 60 per cent of the possession so far at the Signal Iduna Park.
The centre-back is up for Dortmund's free-kick and picks the right run to meet Reus' set-piece, but he just can't get his head to the ball ahead of Hradecky.
HERE COME BVB
First opening for Dortmund as Hradecky is forced to parry away a free-kick into the box. The play continues from the corner being cleared and now Sancho is brought down in a good spot for a free-kick. Dortmund building pressure.
DORTMUND NOT PRESSING
Favre's side are happy to allow the visitors to control the ball here. Reus and Alcacer are high up the pitch, but aren't coming close to the Leverkusen defence until they reach the halfway line. Bayer looking comfortable thus far.
BELLARABI FINDING SPACE
Starting on the left wing of Leverkusen's three behind Volland, the winger is doing well to get himself into space on his side of the pitch. Hakimi is his marker for Dortmund and is allowing him plenty of room. Up to now, the German forward has not made the most of it.
LEVERKUSEN STARTING WELL HERE
The away side doing the best of the early work here, keeping the ball and pushing it into attacking positions. When Dortmund have had possession, they've lost it with a few unforced errors so far.
UNDERWAY IN DORTMUND!
Karim Bellarabi loves an early goal against Dortmund. He scored the Bundesliga's fastest-ever goal against BVB just three years ago, within nine seconds of the game. He just had a shot at goal in the first 20 seconds.
A SOLD OUT SIGNAL IDUNA PARK
Is there anything better than this in football? Over 80,000 packed into the Dortmund stadium as "You'll Never Walk Alone" rings around the ground. The sun is shining, the atmosphere is outstanding and we're ready for Bundesliga football, as it's meant to be.
MORE SANCHO ASSISTS?
The Englishman has more assists than any player in Europe's top five leagues since the start of last season (17) and will be looking to extend that total today. Last season he scored one and assisted another as Dortmund overcame Leverkusen in a thrilling 3-2 win for the home side.
BRANDT VS HAVERTZ
The two best friends off the pitch and on it together at Leverkusen now come up against each other after Brandt's summer move to Dortmund. "It will be a weird feeling if we come into a challenge with each other," said Brandt during the week. Neither have ever played against each other unless it was on a video game, so today will be a very strange and real scenario for the attacking pair.
Both these teams have made solid starts to the season, but Dortmund may be disappointed considering their expectations coming into it. However, it's easy to forget that Leverkusen are in a great vein of form under Peter Bosz. Unbeaten in nine Bundesliga games with seven wins and two draws. They are full of confidence coming into this game.
WITSEL FIT TO START
The big news from Dortmund's line-ups is that Axel Witsel is fit to start again after suffering injury before the international break. He partners Thomas Delaney in the double-pivot of the BVB midfield, with Sancho, Reus and Brandt supporting Alcacer in attack.
THE LINE-UPS ARE IN
All the big names are in from the start today for was it sure to be an incredible game at the Signal Iduna Park. Julian Brandt and Kai Havertz will face off from the get-go with both starting today's game, while Jadon Sancho also starts for BVB. Nadiem Amiri earns his first start for his new club with Leon Bailey dropping to the bench.
Hradecky - L. Bender (c), Tah, S. Bender, Wendell - Baumgartlinger, Aranguiz - Bellarabi, Havertz, Amiri - Volland (SUBS: Özcan, Retsos, Dragovic, Paulinho, Bailey, Alario, Diaby, Sinkgraven, Weiser)
Bürki - Hakimi, Akanji, Hummels, Guerreiro - Witsel, Delaney - Sancho, Reus (c), Brandt - Alcacer (SUBS: Hitz, Zagadou, Dahoud, Götze, Hazard, Schmelzer, Weigl, Bruun Larsen)
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