Werder Bremen 0-2 Borussia Dortmund

Posted on October 14, 2011

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TEN-MAN Borussia Dortmund snatched three crucial points against Champions League-chasing Werder Bremen at the Weserstadion tonight.

Summer signing Ivan Perisic opened the scoring on the half-hour mark with an excellent left-foot strike and was sent off 16 minutes later for a second yellow card.

Despite a barrage of home pressure, Dortmund stood firm and added a second goal on 72 minutes through Patrick Owomoyela.

The visitors move into 2nd, until tomorrow at least, with Werder Bremen dropping out of the top-three following their second defeat in consecutive games.

Thomas Schaaf re-called Markus Rosenberg to the starting eleven with the injured Marko Arnautovic dropping out of the squad.

Following the defeat to Hannover two weeks ago, Schaaf made two changes in the back-four with Naldo and Lukas Schmitz replacing Sebastian Prodl and Aleksandar Ignjovski.

The visitors made three changes from the team which defeat Augsburg before the international break with Kevin Grosskreutz returning to the side in place of Jakub Blaszczykowski.

Jurgen Klopp drafted in Patrick Owomoyela in place of Lukas Piszczek and Neven Subotic for Felipe Santana.

Werder had the better of the early exchanges and Claudio Pizarro was quick to test Roman Weidenfeller from long-range after dribbling inside towards the edge of the box before firing straight into the Dortmund keeper’s arms.

But even with the majority of the ball, Bremen still looked fragile defensively and Dortmund’s pace on the break was a big threat.

Mario Gotze controlled well to spark a BVB counter-attack and after Lewandowski crossed from the right, Gotze pulled the trigger only to see his shot go past the post.

The home side should have taken the lead on the half hour mark when Mats Hummel made a superb block just a few yards from goal to deny the dangerous Pizarro from opening the scoring.

Bremen struggled to maintain that pressure and despite getting into good areas, the final ball from Aaron Hunt and Marko Marin left a lot to be desired.

With three minutes to go until half-time, the champions took the lead against the run of play with Ivan Perisic firing home a terrific left-foot finish from a tight angle.

Just minutes after the restart, the goalscorer was given a second yellow card for a challenge on Sokratis which forced Klopp in to moving Gotze on to the left-hand side in a 4-4-1 formation.

The pressure was again building from Schaaf’s men and Hunt had the ball in the net on 56 minutes when Patrick Bargfrede had broken into the crowded penalty area and played in the Bremen attacker who was offside.

Dortmund had the crossbar to thank for keeping Bremen at bay after some good play from Aaron Hunt set up flying full-back Lukas Schmitz who rattled his effort off the underside of the bar.

But it was a rapid away counter-attack which led to Dortmund doubling their lead through Patrick Owomoyela. Mario Gotze and Lewandowski combined and forced a corner-kick which was poorly defended by Bremen and Owomoyela bundled the ball into the net on 72 minutes.

They almost added a third on 85 minutes when another swift counter set Kevin Grosskreutz through on goal and after rounding Sebastian Melitz, his cross was just inches too high for Gotze at the far post.

Klopp’s men were resilient enough to hold on in the end and Dortmund were inspired by terrific performances from the back-four. The champions move into second with just three points separating them and FC Bayern.

MOTM: Mats Hummels (Borussia Dortmund)

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