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Referee Manuel Gräfe brings the game to an end and it’s a big win, in every sense of the word, for Gladbach, who move above Dortmund into fourth (for now) on 31 points, with BVB in fifth with 29.
MOUKOKO GOES CLOSE!
The teenager unleashes a powerful left-footed shot from the edge of the area, but Sommer dives to his right and palms it clear.
FOUR MINUTES EXTRA
We're into the first of four minutes of stoppage time now.
Speed check: The fastest player in the game after 90 minutes
Gladbach have collectively covered almost 6km (4 miles) more than Dortmund in this game.
Distance run (km)
BVB bring on another striker in Tigges, taking off right-back Morey as they look for a way back.
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...in midfield for the home side as Herrmann replaces Zakaria.
BRILLIANT FROM BÜRKI
Gladbach breakthrough Wolf and Zakaria, who feeds the ball to his right to Embolo. He only has Bürki to beat and could finish the game off once and for all, but his Swiss compatriot makes a superb save with his feet.
OVER FROM SANCHO
The England international has a go from a direct free-kick about 35 yards from goal. He goes for power, smacking his frustration into the ball, but it's no trouble for Sommer in the Gladbach goal.
MOUKOKO TO THE RESCUE?
Dortmund coach Terzic reacts by taking off a defensive midfielder in Bellingham and replacing him with precocious 16-year-old striker Moukoko.
THURAM EXTENDS GLADBACH'S LEAD!
Neuhaus with a corner from the left, and Thuram out-jumps Can on the edge of the six-yard area to head in his third goal of the season.
WIDE FROM BELLINGHAM!
After Sommer does well to save a thunderous drive from Guerreiro moments earlier, Dortmund attack again with Brandt down the right. He drills a low cross into the middle, where Bellingham is arriving, but his first-time shot goes wide of the target.
WAYWARD FROM BRANDT
Some lovely build-up from Dortmund as an attack starts to take shape with quick passing from Morey and Haaland to Brandt. The Germany international strides forward in a central position and tries to find Sancho wide on the left, but he overhits his pass and it goes out for a goal kick. He looks to the heavens in frustration - that was a promising situation for the visitors.
Both teams make attacking changes, with Reyna coming on for Reus, and Wolf and Embolo replacing Stindl and Plea for Gladbach.
Stindl is fouled by Bellingham on the Gladbach right. The Foals captain takes the free-kick himself, but his delivery is por and doesn't beat the first defender on the edge of the Dortmund box.
Hofmann, who was lively early on, makes way for Thuram, who makes his first appearance since Matchday 13 following suspension.
TWO CHANCES FOR BVB
Guerreiro curls in a free-kick from the left that just evades Haaland, allowing Ginter to head clear - but only as far as Can, who delivers another ball in from the right. This time Haaland does get his head on it, but it's a tame effort that bobbles wide.
The away side are winning the majority of the tackles right now, but are struggling to get behind the Gladbach defence.
DORTMUND ON THE PROWL
The visitors have reacted well to going behind and are pushing forward well now. Morey is in space from Can's pass, but his attempted cross is cut out. Gladbach seem to be waiting for chances to hit BVB on the counter.
FIRST OF THE SEASON FOR BENSEBAINI...
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JUST WIDE FROM PLEA!
Hofmann robs Akanji of the ball inside his own half and immediately sprints forward. Gladbach have three on two, and he slots the ball into Plea's path. The Frenchman looks certain to score but is just put off by Bellingham as he shapes to shoot, and his effort rolls agonisingly wide of the far post.
Neuhaus clips a lofted pass out to the left to Bensebaini. There appears to be relatively little danger, but he sprints forward, cuts inside Brandt and curls a beautiful shot into the far corner with his weaker right foot!
Gladbach get us underway once again. More of the same please!
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INTO THE WALL
Reus wins a free-kick right on the edge of the Gladbach area, right of centre, following a foul by Bensebaini. Guerreiro takes it but his strike goes straight into the wall and is cleared.
WIDE FROM NEUHAUS!
It must be 3-2 to Gladbach... but no! Neuhaus is allowed a free shot from the edge of the box, aiming for the top corner. It's close and he should score, but it curls just wide of the upright.
ALMOST FROM HAALAND
Morey fizzes a low cross into the box from the right. Haaland darts towards the near post to reach it, but isn't able to make contact with his weaker right foot. He holds his head in anguish - he knows that was a great chance for his hat-trick.
Both goalscorers have scored with both of the shots they've taken today. Talk about efficiency...
Nico ElvediErling Haaland
SO CLOSE FROM SANCHO!
Reus leads a rapid Dortmund counter, sprinting down the left and drawing a couple of defenders towards him before playing it to the unmarked Sancho, arriving to his right. Sancho takes a touch and shoots from 16 yards, but his effort rolls a whisker wide of the far post.
A nice move from Gladbach as Zakaria sends Lainer tearing away down the right wing. He gets into the box and to the byline before crossing into the middle, but Akanji is alive to the danger and boots it clear.
SOMMER SAVES FROM HUMMELS!
Sancho bends in a corner from the right and Hummels is first to it. He gets decent power and direction behind his header, but Sommer reacts well to tip it over.
ALL SQUARE AGAIN!
Hummels fouls Neuhaus just outside the Dortmund area. Stindl powers the resulting free-kick at goal and although Bürki makes the save, the rebound falls straight at the feet of Elvedi, who taps in his third goal in two games!
Speed check: The fastest player in the game after 30 minutes
Sancho plays a one-two with Bellingham on the edge of the Gladbach box. He receives the return pass and is surrounding by white shirts but still manages to flick the ball Haaland's way. The 20-year-old still has plenty to do with his back to goal, but he turns and lashes in at the near post to put Dortmund in front!
Dortmund go close to taking the lead following a corner. Akanji is unmarked and allowed to shoot, but his effort is blocked by Sommer. Can has a go on the rebound, but Stindl clears off the line, heading the ball onto the frame of the goal before it bounces to safety!
Gladbach are on the back foot now for the first time in the game, their early dominance gone after Haaland's strike. Sancho and Brandt are looking increasingly lively in midfield, and the action has been concentrated in the home team's half for the last few minutes.
Out of the blue, Dortmund are level! Sancho drifts inside from the left, plays a clever ball into Haaland's run and the Norwegian dinks it over the onrushing Sommer to make it 1-1 with BVB's first shot of the game!
Dortmund are yet to really click so far, and are giving the ball away far more often than the hosts, whose passing looks a lot more precise and crisp in these early stages.
FIRST OPENING FOR HAALAND
The Dortmund forward has some time and space on the ball for the first time in this match. He tries to sprint past Zakaria, but the Gladbach man reads his intentions and nips in to clear the danger.
There was another VAR review as several Gladbach players looked to be offside when Hofmann struck the ball, but Elvedi arrived from deep and was onside. Game on!
This one does count! Hofmann curls in a free-kick from the right and Elvedi, who scored the only goal of the game in Gladbach's win over Bremen earlier in the week, gets his head on it and nods it into the bottom corner!
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BÜRKI SAVES FROM HOFMANN!
Gladbach have some fire in their bellies now, frustrated at that goal being disallowed. They're pressing forward aggressively and get their first dangerous shot away following some swift build-up, but Hofmann's drive from the edge of the box is tipped around the post by Bürki, diving to his right at full stretch.
The goal is ruled out after a VAR review and referee Manuel Gräfe consulting his pitch-side monitor, with Hofmann's challenge on Bellingham ruled as a foul.
Neuhaus gives the hosts the lead within the opening minute! Hofmann robs Bellingham of the ball on the edge of the Dortmund area and flicks it to Neuhaus, who curls it in to the top corner!
HERE WE GO!
Dortmund get the ball rolling on Matchday 18!
15 MINUTES TO GO
Not long to go until kick-off now - just quarter of an hour in fact, which is still plenty of time to raid the fridge. At the very least, get yourself comfortable wherever you're joining us from as this has all the trappings of a belting Friday night fixture...
Still just 38, Dortmund coach Terzic has overseen seven games since stepping into Favre's shoes, with his record reading four wins, a draw and two losses in all competitions. With the position still undecided long-term, Terzic will be hoping to make his case for the permanent position with victory tonight.
Gladbach boss Rose actually briefly coached Haaland at Red Bull Salzburg and he's made a similarly good impression since stepping into the Borussia Park dugout in 2019. He's led the Foals to 27 wins in 51 Bundesliga matches and putting an end to that poor run against BVB would be a real statement of intent from his side.
HAALAND: THE KEY TO DORTMUND DREAMS
THE HAALAND EFFECT
Speaking of history makers, Dortmund's record-breaking Norwegian striker may have only scored in one of his last five outings, but he has 12 in 12 games this term and continues to score at an alarming rate. His overall Dortmund record since joining just over 12 months ago? Just the 35 goals in 36 games across all comps...
One to save for a future quiz; Hofmann - who has four goals and six assists in 11 Bundesliga appearances this season - became the first player in history to move directly from Dortmund to Gladbach as recently as 2016.
TEACHER AND STUDENT
BVB IN THE HOUSE
THE SCENE IS SET
REYNA DROPS TO BENCH
There will be some raised eyebrows at Dortmund's team sheet, however, with Meunier and Reyna dropping to the bench. Morey replaces the former at right-back, while Brandt holds onto his spot in the side after scoring his first goal of the season in the loss to his former club Bayer Leverkusen this week. Speaking of former clubs, Reus leads BVB out against the team he represented 109 time between 2009-2012, prior to his switch to the Signal Iduna Park.
CAP 'N' ZAK BACK
There are few surprises in the Gladbach starting XI, with Bensebaini, captain Stindl and Zakaria all back in from the off having begun on the bench in he 1-0 win over Werder Bremen in midweek. Thuram is back in the squad after serving his five-game ban and is joined by Embolo among the BMG subs.
Hitz, Schulz, Piszczek, Dahoud, Reinier, Meunier, Reyna, Moukoko, Tigges
DORTMUND STARTING LINE-UP
Bürki - Morey, Akanji, Hummels, Guerreiro - Bellingham, Can - Sancho, Reus, Brandt - Haaland
Sippel, Beyer, Wendt, Jantschke, Wolf, Benes, Herrmann, Thuram, Embolo
GLADBACH STARTING LINE-UP
Sommer - Lainer, Ginter, Elvedi, Bensebaini - Kramer, Neuhaus - Zakaria, Stindl, Hofmann - Plea
Recent history in BVB's favour
Dortmund have dominated this fixture in recent years and have won each of the last 11 Bundesliga games between these two. The last time Gladbach took all three points was a 3-1 win back in April 2015, when Lucien Favre - who left Dortmund in December - was Gladbach coach and Thorgan Hazard among the BMG ranks, while Mats Hummels is the sole Dortmund survivor from that match.
And the visitors
As for Dortmund, it’s fair to say they’ve struggled to find consistency recently and are looking to avoid going three games without a win by seeing off Gladbach tonight. It was a very different feeling among those at BVB after they won the reverse fixture 3-0 on Matchday 1, whre Erling Haaland’s brace and Gio Reyna’s first Bundesliga goal had them dreaming early on of ending their nine-year wait for a Bundesliga title. They’re far from out of the title hunt, though, especially if Haaland and Reyna can get them firing again this evening.
How the hosts are looking
Team news will be with us shortly but before then, let's take a look at how the two sides are shaping up. Gladbach have started moving in the right direction recently and are four unbeaten in the league (W3, D1) to put Marco Rose’s side back into contention for a top-four spot going into the Rückrunde. They’ve also won their last two at home in the Bundesliga, including a 3-2 win over champions Bayern Munich that kickstarted their recent resurgence.
The Battle of the Borussias
A very good morning/afternoon/evening to you wherever you are in the world and welcome to our live coverage of the Battle of the Borussias as seventh-place Borussia Mönchengladbach welcome Borussia Dortmund to Borussia Park. The hosts can leapfrog their visitors into fourth for the time being with a win, while Dortmund can kick-off Matchday 18 by reducing the gap to seven points at the top. It’s all to play for and it should be a cracker…
Here you will find the most important information on the game between Borussia Mönchengladbach and Borussia Dortmund on Matchday 18 of the 2020/21 Bundesliga season.