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He is suspended now against Gladbach after bringing down Schick just outside the BVB area.
Unless Dortmund can get forward in the final two minutes, Leverkusen will be moving into second place overnight.
The Dortmund centre-back brings down Bailey and earns Dortmund's first yellow of the day.
We'll have four minutes of time added on at the end of this one.
Speed check: The fastest player in the game after 90 minutes
NOT FAR AWAY
Brandt's free-kick is met by Delaney on the run at the near post, but his glancing header drops just over the Leverkusen crossbar.
ACTION AT BOTH ENDS STILL
Dortmund keeping the ball, trying to stay patient and work their opening. Leverkusen are pressing across the pitch and looking to expose the Dortmund backline on the counter.
WIRTZ EARNED THAT GOAL
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Florian WirtzThomas Delaney
LAST THROW OF THE DICE?
Here comes 16-year-old Moukoko, replacing 17-year-old Bellingham for the final minutes.
The 17-year-old back in the team scored a stunning goal to put Leverkusen back in front, his 3rd of the season. A long ball is controlled play between Schick and Diaby before the Frenchman slots the ball to Wirtz in acres of space. He reaches the edge of the Dortmund area and smashes home a rocket across goal beyond Bürki.
The Frenchman is cautioned as he kicks the ball away after conceding a free-kick.
DIABY CLOSE AGAIN
Two passes send Leverkusen away as Tapsoba finds Schick and he in turns finds Diaby behind the Dortmund defence. He reaches the area with Hummels across to cover, but his shot forces a good save low down from Bürki.
The US international missed out with a throat infection at the weekend but he's back today, and on for Sancho in the final 20 minutes.
Hummels and Bailey both down here after a heavy collision outside the Dortmund area. Both players look okay to continue.
SANCHO SO CLOSE!
Reus breaks down the left and spots Sancho in front of goal to his left. The pass back to him is perfect but Sancho's first touch isn't, and neither is his second as he slices his shot wide across goal. Dortmund all over Leverkusen here, but the home side are finding space going forward too. Expect more goals to come here!
Schick and Demirbay on for Alario and Aranguiz here for the final 20 minutes with the game opening up.
SOMEHOW NOT ANOTHER!
Bellingham is slid into the Leverkusen box and dinks the ball back across Hradecky and the Leverkusen goal. Brandt reaches it at the back post but his shot is blocked on the line by Tapsoba with some incredible defending and drama. How is this game only 1-1!?
BRANDT AGAINST HIS FORMER CLUB!
A first goal in 30 games and his first of the season for Dortmund. Wirtz's flick doesn't go the way he wants and Dortmund recycle the ball. Guerreiro flicks the ball down to Brandt who has space to shoot from 25 yards and he finds the far bottom corner with a lovely curling strike.
CAN'T SPLIT THEM
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Leverkusen break with Wirtz at one end, but Akanji tracks back and makes a fantastic challenge. Dortmund fly up the other end with Brandt played over the top. He looks across for Haaland in the box but his pass is cut out by Tah. This is opening up and it's entertaining to say the least.
DORTMUND WORKING HARD
The away side having more possession again here and finding their way forward. A first shot on goal for Haaland, which is blocked by Tapsoba after Brandt's through-ball.
The Brazilian left-back has taken a knock here and is going to have to come off.
THIS COULD GO EITHER WAY STILL
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RECORD FOR BÜRKI
The Dortmund shot-stopper has now made nine saves so far, which is the most for any goalkeeper in a single Bundesliga game this season.
Dortmund have woken right up here. It's Sancho again who's key to this chance as he dribbles across the Leverkusen area and finds Meunier in space on the right. He takes a touch to control but fires his shot high over the Leverkusen crossbar. Can't afford to let many more of those go begging.
Lovely play from the English pair as Sancho and Bellingham play a one-two which sends Sancho into the Leverkusen box. He skips past another defender but hs shot is blocked on his left.
Bellingham slots Reus in on goal, and he cuts past one defender before looking for Haaland in front of him. But it's all too right and it's Wirtz, in the end, who runs the ball out of his own penalty area.
YET STILL ONLY 1-0...
The Frenchman is flying here, he skips between Guerreiro and Hummels in full flight before reaching the Dortmund box and finding Bailey, but his shot lets him down and goes wide of goal. The wingers have worked wonders so far, though.
SNATCHING AT IT
A nice opening for Brandt who turns out into space on the edge of the Leverkusen box. Sancho is screaming for the ball on the other corner of the box but Brandt doesn't spot him and drags a shot wide of goal. Terzic won't be pleased with his side's work in the final third so far.
The ball is rolling again in the second half in Leverkusen with no changes at the break.
ALARIO WITH THE LEVERKUSEN MOOD
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APPROACHING THE BREAK
Dortmund have been better on the ball in the last five minutes or so, but still are struggling to create chances on the Leverkusen goal. A few minutes left before half-time for them to change that.
CLOSE FOR HAALAND
The big man has been quiet so far, but Reus looks for the Dortmund No.9 with a low cross from the left. If he can control it he's in on goal, but it's just centimetres out of his reach.
Dortmund's passing lets them down again and Diaby races past Hummels into the box. His shot is straight at Bürki, who saves but fumbles in front of his own goal. He recovers to gather the loose ball at the second time of asking.
Bailey and Diaby are feeling good here tonight. The Jamaican almost assists his French teammate a second time but his volley is blocked behind off Hummels. Leverkusen having joy from their short corner routines, too.
Speed check: The fastest player in the game after 30 minutes
Wirtz is found by Amiri over the Dortmund defence, and he in turns finds Diaby on his right. The Frenchman fires at goal but Bürki makes a big save before Alario's rebound is blocked over his own goal by Meunier. Leverkusen smell blood here.
BRANDT NOT FAR OFF
Reus reaches the byline but his cut-back is cleared by Tapsoba. It only goes as far as Brandt, but he puts too much force behind his curling shot intended for the far top corner.
Reus breaks onto Haaland's flicked pass and finds Sancho in a touch of space. He's halted by Tapsoba's sliding challenge but the ball falls to Meunier who fires across goal and Haaland is a whisker away from tapping it home.
Leverkusen are almost camped in the Dortmund half when the away side have the ball. There's nearly no way for them to play out from the back and therefore have been forced long more often than not, with Leverkusen cleaning up at the back so far.
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The home side have jumped up above Leipzig as things stand, into second place behind Bayern. Plenty of time for that to change but Leverkusen's patience on the ball and pressing when without it is working wonders here.
The home side in front after 14 minutes and it's Diaby with the opener. A long ball over the top of the Dortmund defence does the trick as Bailey pings an outstanding long ball from inside his own half to the edge of the BVB box. Diaby controls fantastically before sliding home past Bürki.
PLENTY OF EARLY CHANCES
ALARIO GOES CLOSE
Lovely work from Wirtz who teases Hummels in before laying the ball off to Alario. The Argentine curls a shot at goal but this one drifts wide of the mark. An open and intense start to this game.
A big chance opened up there for the Dortmund captain. Brandt found Reus centrally, 20 yards out from goal. His first touch is poor but actually works out for him with Wendell slipping. Reus winds up a shot with the loose ball in front of him but slips himself as he does, sending the ball calmly through to Hradecky.
DORTMUND ON THE BALL
The away side enjoying their first strong spell of possession here, but Leverkusen are pressing hard across the pitch.
WIRTZ HAS A GO!
The teen is back and immediately involved as he collects a short corner 20 yards from goal. A powerful, curling shot causes problems for Bürki and his defence helps him clear the ball after making an initial save.
HERE WE GO!
The ball is rolling in Leverkusen for the visit of Dortmund. Here we go!
TIME FOR THE BIG ONE!
A mouth-watering tussle between third and fourth tonight as Leverkusen host Dortmund. There are always goals, let's hope for the same this evening...
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HISTORY ON DORTMUND'S SIDE
BVB have won seven of the last 10 Bundesliga games between these sides, drawing one and losing two. They have the edge overall too, with 32 league victories from the 82 fixtures contested (to Leverkusen's 28 wins and 22 draws).
LEVERKUSEN TEAM NEWS
The big news for Leverkusen is the return of captain Charles Aranguiz to the starting line-up. The Chilean made his comeback from injury at the weekend, but has not started a game since the Matchday 4 win away to Mainz on 17 October. Lars Bender is also in the first XI in the Bundesliga for the first time since Matchday 11, while top scorer Lucas Alario begins his first game since Matchday 8.
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DORTMUND TEAM NEWS
Bellingham and Delaney line up in central midfield together for the first time ever here, with Witsel (injured) and Can (suspeneded) both unavailable. Incidentally, Delaney makes his 50th Bundesliga outing for BVB in this game. Gio Reyna is back in the squad after missing out with a mild throat complaint at the weekend, but he starts on the bench, with Brandt in attacking midfield in his stead.
The last meeting between these sides ended in a 4-3 win for Leverkusen, while 36 goals have been scored in the last seven encounters alone - at an average of over five per game!
LEVERKUSEN STARTING XI
Hradecky - L. Bender (c), Tah, Tapsoba, Wendell - Wirtz, Baumgartlinger, Amiri - Bailey, Alario, Diaby
Grill, Lomb, Dragovic, Demirbay, Schick, Jedvaj, Sinkgraven, Fosu-Mensah, Gedikli
DORTMUND STARTING XI
Bürki - Meunier, Akanji, Hummels, Guerreiro - Bellingham, Delaney - Sancho, Reus (c), Brandt - Haaland
Hitz, Morey, Dahoud, Schulz, Moukoko, Reinier Jesus, Piszczek, Tigges, Reyna
Here you will find the most important information on the game between Bayer 04 Leverkusen and Borussia Dortmund on Matchday 17 of the 2020/21 Bundesliga season.