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The hosts earn a valuable three points against the ten men of Leverkusen thanks to Reus's first-half tap-in and Kobel's goalkeeping heroics to keep Patrik Schick at bay. Hradecky saw red at the end for a Bayer side who will take positives from this away trip, despite the loss.
TAPSOBA IN NETS
Tapsoba takes the goalkeeper's gloves for the last seconds of the game.
A ball over the top sees Reus chasing. Hradecky comes out and claims mightily close to the edge of the area. The game continues until VAR intervenes. A quick look at the monitor and the referee is satisfied that Hradecky claimed that outside the box. Leverkusen's goalkeeper is off.
Situation No red card
Review Goal prevented - handball?
Decision Red card
The board shows three minutes to play at the end of this game.
Speed check: The fastest player in the game after 90 minutes
Moussa Diaby 34.51km/h
Jeremie Agyekum Frimpong 34.42km/h
Donyell Malen 34.00km/h
Belingham aims an effort at the target. The ball takes a deflection into Hradecky's arms.
KOBEL VS. SCHICK
If the game stays as it is, Marco Reus's first half goal will grab the headlines. That Schick versus Kobel battle has been immense, however, with the BVB 'keeper keeping out the Czech striker on three big occasions.
WOLF WHISTLES ONE WIDE
Wolf looks to bend one in with his first touch of the game. The ball arcs into the side netting. What an introduction that would have been!
Plenty of applause for the departing Malen and Guerreiro, who have both put in solid shifts out there today. Can and Wolf are on for the closing stages.
Azmoun gets into the danger zone and cuts the ball across the face of goal, aiming for Schick. Nico Schlotterbeck slides in and diverts into his own net. The defender's blushes are spared by a raised flag on the far side. Azmoun was off in the build up.
Double swap for the visitors, who have a little over ten minutes, plus stoppages, to get something here.
With just 15 minutes to go, the next goal looks set to decide the outcome of this game.
NEXT GOAL CRUCIAL
BVB UP THE TEMPO
The game had hit a slight lull, before Dortmund hit their pressing game and Malen escaped down the left, only to be denied once inside the Leverkusen area.
BRANDT IS ON
Julian Brandt comes in against his old side to make his 96th Bundesliga appearance for Dortmund in what is the start of his fourth campaign in Black-and-Yellow.
COLOSSAL KOBEL !
Azmoun is straight into the action. squaring for Schick who is face to face with Kobel again. The home goalkeeper spreads himself wide and Schick's shot is deflected away from danger.
The visitors mix things up a little, introducing Sardar Azmoun, who scored once in nine Bundesliga appearances for Leverkusen last term.
A sublime Diaby pass from the flank lands right on the toe of Schick. The striker's diverted effort is straight at Kobel, who is thankful to block that out.
A long spell of Dortmund pressure ends with a Dahoud shot that flies well wide of the target.
REUS EDGING SCHICK
Marco Reus Patrik Schick
Hincapie steps on Reus's heel and the referee issues a yellow card for the Leverkusen man.
B04 GOAL CHALKED OFF
Schick's shot from distance is stopped by Kobel. Palacios is there to head in the rebound but he was offside when the initial strike was fired at the target.
Brilliant work from the tricky Malen, who gets to the goal-line and cuts back for Hazard. The BVB attacker's shot is beaten out by Hradecky. An exciting move, that.
HERE COMES HLOZEK
Visiting coach Gerado Seoane has brought on new Czech signing, Hlozek. Let's see what that 20-year-old former Sparta player can bring to this second half.
Dortmund kick off the second half.
A highly entertaining opening 45 minutes or so comes to an end. Dortmund deserve to lead through Reus's close-range goal but Leverkusen have kept the hosts on their toes. A fascinating second half awaits. Don't go changing.
There will be three additional minutes to play.
Hazard blots his copybook slightly by upending Frimpong and going into the referee's notebook.
DAHOUD TO BVB'S RESCUE
Schlotterbeck gifts the ball straight to Schick and Dortmund are in trouble. The Czech striker looks to be shaping up for a shot, until Dahoud slides in and nicks possession as cool as you like. At the other end, Bellingham drills one wide of the upright.
Solid start from Thorgan Hazard since the BVB No.10 came on to replace the injured Adeyemi. Hazard has won his first three tackles and he's proving a bit of a headache to the Leverkusen defence at the moment.
PALACIOS INTO THE BOOK
Palacios is shown a yellow for sliding in on Moukoko.
REUS: A MAN OF FIRSTS
BVB are looking good value for their lead here, which came about via that earlier Marco Reus tap in. The Dortmund captain also scored his team's first goal of the 2021/22 campaign against Eintracht Frankfurt, a game which the Black-and-Yellows won 5-2.
Speed check: The fastest player in the game after 30 minutes
Mahmoud Dahoud 31.94km/h
Karim-David Adeyemi 31.93km/h
Youssoufa Moukoko 31.49km/h
MEUNIER HAS A GO
A Dortmund corner. The ball eventually lands at the feet of Meunier, who blasts over the top.
A couple of Leverkusen set pieces come to nothing. As BVB look to clear the latter, Jonathan Tah muscles in on Hazard and is shown a yellow card.
BVB: GOAL SPECIALISTS
So disappointing for Adeyemi, who picked up an earlier injury and is now forced out of his Bundesliga debut. BVB bring Hazard on.
REUS GOES CLOSE
Reus is in. The home crowd are on their feet. Dortmund's No. 11 eyes Hradecky and drags a shot narrowly wide of the far post.
NOT SO SLICK SCHICK
Schick receives the ball in a central position. Last season's second-highest scorer has time and space and he floats a shot at the target .... which whistles off target. The big Czech is disappointed with that.
Dortmund's new man is down and this doesn't look good. The physios are on, his boots are off.
BVB IN POSSESSION
Hincapie lashes one from distance at the target. Kobel has that covered, the BVB keeper reaching as he watches the ball fly wide.
B04 LOSE ANDRICH
A body blow for Leverkusen as Robert Andrich limps out of the contest early on. Charles Aranguiz comes into the game.
RIGHT PLACE, REUS TIME
Moukoko does brilliantly on the left to get a very dangerous, diagonal ball across the face of goal. Adeyemi slides in and directs the ball goalwards. It's rolling in until Hincapie stops it on the line. Reus is there to make sure it goes over. Dortmund lead!
GOAL!1 : 0
Adeyemi is scissored to the ground by Hincapie. The home fans roar their disapproval. This game already has a solid edge to it.
DORTMUND APPLY PRESS
BVB are beginning to press hard and high. The hosts were awesome in their DFB Cup opening win in their last competitive outing, running out 3-0 winners at 1860 Munich. Can they produce a similarly slick performance here?
LEVERKUSEN GO CLOSE
Guerreiro floors Frimpong early doors and B04 have a free kick on the right. The ball is whipped in and Andrich nods a header not too far wide of the target. Solid start from Bayer.
Leverkusen, all in red, get us underway, the visitors attacking into the yellow wall.
TEAMS OUT !
What a sight ! Both teams take to the field at a packed Signal Iduna Park. The atmosphere, as you'd expect, is cracking. Not long to go now !
TERZIC BACK IN TOWN
GOALS GOALS GOALS
Settle in, because this mouthwatering prospect of a game tends to produce plenty of goals. Last season this fixture saw 14 go in while in the teams' previous 11 meetings, there have been an incredible 57 goals, which is more that five per game!
DORTMUND TEAM NEWS
LEVERKUSEN TEAM NEWS
Lunev, Bakker, Kossounou, Paulinho, Azmoun, Amiri, Pohjanpalo, Aranguiz, Hlozek
LEVERKUSEN STARTING XI
Hradecky (c) - Frimpong, Tah, Tapsoba, Hincapie - Palacios, Andrich - Bellarabi, Demirbay, Diaby - Schick
Meyer, Reyna, Hazard, Wolf, Brandt, Can, Passlack, Kamara, Coulibaly
DORTMUND STARTING XI
Kobel - Meunier, Hummels, Schlotterbeck, Guerreiro - Dahoud, Bellingham - Malen, Reus (c), Adeyemi - Moukoko
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