Mario Götze made his first start for BVB in Dortmund since 20 April 2013 and ended up on the winning side against Freiburg. - © © imago / ActionPictures
Mario Götze made his first start for BVB in Dortmund since 20 April 2013 and ended up on the winning side against Freiburg. - © © imago / ActionPictures

Bundesliga Matchday 5 - #BVBSCF as it happened!

After a thrilling round of midweek action, attentions turn to the Matchday 5 opener between Borussia Dortmund and SC Freiburg.

Matchday 5 fixtures

Make those all-important adjustments to your Official Fantasy Bundesliga squad now!

Stay with for all the latest on that one as well as the weekend's eight other tantalising Bundesliga fixtures...

All times CEST

Friday 23 September
Borussia Dortmund 3-1 SC Freiburg (kick-off 20:30)

Saturday 24 September

Hamburger SV vs FC Bayern München (15:30)
1. FSV Mainz 05 vs Bayer 04 Leverkusen (15:30)
Borussia Mönchengladbach vs FC Ingolstadt 04 (15:30)
Eintracht Frankfurt vs Hertha Berlin (15:30)
FC Augsburg vs SV Darmstadt 98 (15:30)
SV Werder Bremen vs VfL Wolfsburg (18:30)

Sunday 25 September

TSG 1899 Hoffenheim vs FC Schalke 04 (15:30)
1. FC Köln vs RB Leipzig (17:30)

Listen to the Matchday 5 action live on Bundesliga Audio!

23:45 - Goodnight one and all

Well that was a barnstorming to Matchday 5! Borussia Dortmund go joint-top of the league for the time being, but there are eight games left to be played, six of which take place tomorrow. The games are coming thick and fast - is there anything better! For now we'll close out proceedings for the night. We'll see you again tomorrow!

23:30 - Götze glowing after "emotional" night

"It was very emotional," said Götze, who made his first appearance for Dortmund, in Dortmund in 1,248 days. "It was a great feeling to come back into the team, and the reaction I got when I came off was really positive. I’m really happy as it was a great moment for me.”

23:00 - Thomas Tuchel pleased

Talking after the game, Thomas Tuchel underline the importance of a performance like tonight's for his young side. "The experience of this game has come at exactly the right time for us," said the Dortmund head coach. "We’re not focusing on the Real Madrid game, we’re focusing on our development. It’s from games like today that we grow.”


Goal difference prevents Borussia Dortmund going top of the table overnight. Next up for BVB - a UEFA Champions League clash with Real Madrid CF! Stay here for all the reaction...


Game over. A lovely bit of combination play on the edge of the area sees Gonzalo Castro play in substitute Raphael Guerreiro who slams a left-footed effort across goal and into the far corner. Schwolow got fingertips to it, but it wasn't enough to keep the shot out.

76' - AUBAMEYANG...misses!

Just as I write that Dortmund should have restored their three goal lead. Aubameyang is played through and nicks the ball away from Schwolow, but with the Freiburg keeper stranded, the off-balance BVB striker can only fire wide.

75' - Life left in Freiburg

Pulling a goal back appears to have breathed new life into Freiburg. The visitors are seeking out their chances on the counter with Onur Bulut forcing Roman Bürki into action with a decent effort on the turn.

63' - Off the woodwork 2.0

Substitute Georg Niedermeier forces his own keeper into a reflex save with an attempted headed back pass. Aubameyang is onto the loose ball in a flash, but can only hit the post.


Dortmund fail to deal with a long clearance from Schwolow allowing Maximilian Philipp to battle his way past BVB's backline. One-on-one with Bürki the Freiburg striker makes no mistakes as he finds the bottom corner to pull one back for the visitors.


Dortmund double their lead. Lukasz Piszczek and Gonzalo Castro combine for a one-two. The pass is deflected but it falls kindly for the Pole who puts his foot through the ball to make it 2-0!

50' - Dembele desperate for a goal

Dembele laready has an assist to his name tonight, but stings the palms of Schwolow with a vicious strike having danced past his marker. the Frenchman is on fire tonight. A goal would be no less than he deserves.


We're back underway at the SIGNAL IDUNA PARK. Can Freiburg find a way back into the game?


Dortmund break the deadlock and it comes as no surprise the two players who made it happen. Dembele has been a handful all night and a lovely first touch takes him to the byline where he's able to slide the ball across the face of goal for Aubameyang to tap in.

40' - It's getting a bit heated

The chances have dried up for the time being as the challenges have been flying in at either end of the pitch. Castro and Aubameyang both fail to the find the target from free-kick situations.

23' - Off the woodwork

Emre Mor is looking lively and again gets a shot off from range the loops off the foot of his marker and onto the top of the bar.

20' - Dortmund knocking on the door

Dortmund have twice gone close in the last five minutes. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang almost capped his 100th Bundesliga appearances with a wonder goal, but despite beating Alexander Schwolow with a delightful chip, his effort failed to drop inside the post. Meanwhile, Emre Mor is given time and space to cut in field only to see his shot deflected behind for a corner.

15' - Dembele looking dangerous

Ousmane Dembele is having a lot of joy down the left flank up against Aleksandar Ignjovski. The French youngster has whipped in some dangerous crosses thus far and had Dortmund's only shot of goal of the opening exchanges.

3' - Grifo with a golden opportunity

One ball over the top and Vincenzo Grifo finds himself bearing down on goal with Dortmund's defenders trailing in his wake. However, his effort one-on-one with Roman Bürki is tame and the Swiss keeper makes a comfortable save.


We're underway at the SIGNAL IDUNA PARK as Borussia Dortmund play host to SC Freiburg.

19:40 - Line-ups

Ton up for Aubameyang, who makes his 100th appearance for Dortmund in the Bundesliga tonight. Here are who else will be taking to the field in under an hour's time:

19:09 - Auba to overtake Lewy?

We may only be four games into the season but the race to be top goalscorer has already assumed a familiar outlook, with Bayern's Lewandowski leading the charts on five goals. Hot on his heels is Dortmund's Aubameyang, who has four goals to his name so far but can steal a march on the Pole against Freiburg tonight. Will he do so? You'll have to wait and see!

18:43 - Sunset in Dortmund

The sun may be setting with the day drawing to a close in Dortmund, but the drama is yet to come. Just over 90 minutes away from kick-off now.

18:00 - A warm welcome

Meanwhile, Freiburg are appreciating this sign just outside SIGNAL IDUNA PARK, where they haven't beaten Dortmund since 21 October 2001!

Friendly welcome in Dortmund - are you already on your way?

17:45 - Cloudy with a chance of goals

An interesting tweet from Dortmund, explaining that they have only failed to score once in 32 meetings with Freiburg. And not a single one of those matches ended 0-0. Bodes well.

Read tonight's match preview here!

17:21 - Schmidt wary of Mainz

Bayer Leverkusen manager Roger Schmidt believes his side will face their toughest test of the season yet when they travel to in-form Mainz on Saturday. Die Werkself have already faced Borussia Mönchengladbach (1-2), Hamburger SV (3-1), Eintracht Frankfurt (1-2) and FC Augsburg (0-0), and they drew 2-2 with CSKA Moscow in the UEFA Champions League. However, Schmidt is boosted by the return of striker Stefan Kießling from injury.

17:00 - Carlo Ancelotti press conference

The FC Bayern München coach has confirmed that Manuel Neuer, Robert Lewandowski and Mats Hummels will start for the champions against Hamburger SV tomorrow. Jérôme Boateng and Arjen Robben will be on the bench. The Italian said he would decide on the rest of his line-up after today's final training session.

Check out the match preview here.

16:24 - Oczipka that one out!

Whilst you're waiting for tonight's action to get underway, why not enjoy some moments of magic from Matchday 4? A stunning drive from Eintracht Frankfurt's Bastian Oczipka has been voted Goal of the Week, edging out a fine individual effort from Borussia Dortmund's Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Franck Ribery's mesmerising dribble for FC Bayern München, and team-mate Arjen Robben's fine strike on his long-awaited return from injury.

15:58 - Freiburg Friday?

Freiburg will be out to spoil Dortmund's party tonight, but Christian Streich's men didn't exactly have that Friday feeling a week ago today, when they were beaten 3-0 by in-form 1. FC Köln. Can they finally end BVB's 10-game winning streak against them in the Bundesliga?

Dortmund were bottom of the Bundesliga the last time these two sides met. Relive that game here.

15:32 - Dortmund feeling confident

We've got a little under five hours until the first game of Matchday 5 gets underway. Can free-scoring Borussia Dortmund make it 24 games unbeaten at SIGNAL IDUNA PARK?

Click here for team news.

14:54 - Gomez threat

SV Werder Bremen centre-back Niklas Moisander will hope to keep Mario Gomez quiet when VfL Wolfsburg visit the Weser Stadium in Saturday's late kick-off. The pair faced off in their time at UC Sampdoria and ACF Fiorentina respectively, and the Finland captain say the Germany striker is one of the best he has faced.

14:32 - Schuster press conference

FC Augsburg coach Dirk Schuster is expecting a tough test against his former employers. The 48-year-old enjoys hero status at SV Darmstadt 98, having steered the Hessen club back to the Bundesliga after a 33-year absence and masterminded their top-flight survival last term, and he thinks they can secure a third consecutive Bundesliga season...

13:25 - Kovac relishing Hertha reunion

Eintracht Frankfurt coach Niko Kovac is looking forward to the prospect of taking on his old side Hertha Berlin - coached by former team-mate Pal Dardai - on Saturday. The Croatian was born in the German capital, and had two spells as a player with the Old Lady, from 1991-1996 and 2003-2006. This is the first time he will face them as a coach. Both sides have had a strong start to the campaign, with three wins and a draw, so it ought to be a fascinating contest at the Commerzbank Arena.

Click here for the full match preview.

"Of course I'm looking forward to the game against Hertha. I played there for eight years, and I was born in Berlin."

13:08 - Gladbach's fortress

On 23 January 2016, Borussia Mönchengladbach lost 3-1 to Dortmund at BORUSSIA-PARK. Since then, it's been nine wins in nine Bundesliga home games for the Foals, who can make it ten on the bounce as they host FC Ingolstadt 04 on Saturday. Summer signing Tobias Strobl will miss out for Gladbach due to a hamstring injury, but they will still be feeling confident against an Ingolstadt side with just one point from their opening four matches.

Find the full match preview here.

12:50 - Mainz "need to stay grounded"

1. FSV Mainz 05 coach Martin Schmidt says his players need to keep their feet on the ground after Wednesday's stunning late win over SV Werder Bremen. The 05ers have made a solid start to the season, with seven points from four games. On Saturday, they'll try to keep up their good run against an out-of-sorts Bayer 04 Leverkusen, who have only picked up a single win so far.

Click here for a full match preview.

12:05 - Five out of five for Bayern?

There is of course plenty more action to come in the Bundesliga this weekend, starting with FC Bayern München's trip to Hamburger SV on Saturday. The champions have made their best ever start to a top-flight campaign (four wins from four, 14 goals scored, one conceded), and Hamburg look somewhat ill-equipped to deal with Carlo Ancelotti's Bavarian behemoth. They've taken just one point in four outings, their worst start to a season in five years.

Click here for a full match preview.

11:38 - Dortmund in eleventh heaven?

The head-to-head record between tonight's opponents doesn't make pretty reading for Freiburg fans. Dortmund have won their last ten Bundesliga meetings, stretching back to 2010. In fact, another win tonight and BVB will equal their club-record winning streak: 11 victories over KFC Uerdingen 05 between 1989 and 1996.

11:19 - No Bartra for Dortmund

Borussia Dortmund will have to do without Marc Bartra for tonight's game against SC Freiburg. The former FC Barcelona defender picked up a groin injury in Tuesday's 5-1 dismissal of VfL Wolfsburg. André Schürrle is also a doubt for Thomas Tuchel's side.

Freiburg coach Christian Streich could be tempted to start striker Nils Petersen at SIGNAL IDUNA PARK, after he scored the only goal in their 1-0 win over Hamburger SV in midweek.

Click here for full team news!

10:10 - He's still got it...

A year and a day ago, FC Bayern München hosted VfL Wolfsburg, with Robert Lewandowski on the bench. He came on at half-time, with Bayern trailing 1-0. Then this happened. The Poland striker already has five goals in the new Bundesliga campaign, leading the scoring charts ahead of old foe Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Anthony Modeste and Joel Pohjanpalo (all on four). The champions head to Hamburger SV on Saturday afternoon, and you can be sure Lewandowski will be looking to celebrate the anniversary of that memorable night against the Wolves.

09:38 - The Temple

Freiburg will be met with an intimidating atmosphere this evening. With a capacity of 81,360, the SIGNAL IDUNA PARK is the biggest stadium in Germany. Dortmund's home ground can host some 57,000 more than Freiburg's Schwarzald-Stadion.

Watch: Take a closer look at Dortmund's famous Yellow Wall:

9.00 - Guten Morgen

Hello and good morning. A hectic Englische Woche in the Bundesliga is bookended by Matchday 5, which sees Borussia Dortmund kick off proceedings at home to SC Freiburg on Friday night. Dortmund have scored some 13 league goals already this season. Can promoted Freiburg keep them out? Check out our in-depth preview by clicking HERE!

20:35 - Focus on: the title race

Victory against Freiburg could take Dortmund top of the standings, temporarily at least, ahead of defending champions FC Bayern München. Carlo Ancelotti's side, who extended their winning start to the season to seven matches in all competitions with a 3-0 stroll at home to Hertha Berlin, visit lowly Hamburger SV on Saturday afternoon.

19:30 - Dortmund bring the fear factor

Freiburg will be encouraged by their 1-0 win over Hamburger SV in midweek, but you can't help but worry for Christian Streich's side. BVB have scored 17 goals in their last three competitive matches alone, with five falling away to VfL Wolfsburg on Tuesday night. Click the play button below for reaction to that Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang-inspired rout: