Borussia Dortmund vs Arsenal

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  • Borussia Dortmund 0
  • Arsenal 1

Match Profile

  • Time 6:45 AM AEDT 7 November 2013
  • League UEFA Champions League
  • Venue Signal-Iduna-Park
  • Attendance 65,829

Borussia Dortmund

Borussia Dortmu BVB


Arsenal ARS
Goal Scorers
Goal Scorers
  • A. Ramsey
    • 62minutes
Team Statistics
  • Goals at Half-time 0
Team Statistics
  • Goals at Half-time 0
7 Nov 2013 - 12:56pm

Ramsey strike leaves Dortmund on the brink

Aaron Ramsey gave Arsenal's chances of UEFA Champions League progression a huge boost, scoring to secure a 1-0 win at Borussia Dortmund.
PA Sport

7 Nov 2013 - 8:28 AM  UPDATED 7 Nov 2013 - 12:56 PM

The Wales midfielder headed home in the 62nd minute of the Group F clash with the Premier League club's first attempt of the match, Arsenal having soaked up Dortmund pressure for much of the encounter.

Victory leaves Arsenal top of the group on nine points, while Dortmund - playing its 100th tie in the European Cup - slips out of the top two as a result of Napoli's win over basement club Marseille.

Jurgen Klopp made one enforced change from the side that stormed to a 6-1 Bundesliga victory over Stuttgart last week, with Mats Hummels (thigh) making way for Neven Subotic.

Arsenal, meanwhile, was unchanged from a 2-0 victory over Liverpool that sent it five points clear at the top of the Premier League.

It was Subotic who had Dortmund's first meaningful shot at goal, capitalising on a poor Ramsey clearance from a Marco Reus free-kick to hook narrowly wide of Wojciech Szczesny's right-hand post.

Henrikh Mkhitaryan spurned the best chance of the first half eight minutes from the interval as he guided the ball wide of the left-hand post from the edge of the penalty area after receiving the ball from Jakub Blaszczykowski.

Szczesny was called into action early in the second half as Reus got on the end of a cross from the right and forced the goalkeeper into a diving save amid some questionable marking.

Reus had the ball in the back of the net a couple of minutes later as the host began to find holes in the Arsenal defence.

Szczesny made a superb save from Blaszczykowski, before Reus pounced on the rebound only to be deemed offside by the assistant referee.

Klopp compared Arsenal's style of play to a symphony orchestra in the build-up to this match, while stating a preference for his own brand of heavy-metal football, but Dortmund was left singing the blues as Ramsey put the London club ahead with its first chance of the match.

Mesut Ozil chipped a wonderful ball into the penalty area and Olivier Giroud got his head to it before Ramsey provided the decisive touch, nodding beyond Roman Weidenfeller.

Ozil took to Twitter after the match to laud the Gunners' team spirit:

Ramsey went close to doubling the visitor's lead four minutes later but was denied by an improvised Weidenfeller save, and Nuri Sahin was forced to clear off the line from the resulting corner.

As Arsenal suddenly stepped up a gear, Per Mertesacker was next to go close, cushioning a header narrowly over the Dortmund crossbar.

Robert Lewandowski headed over in the dying minutes, but Arsenal held on for maximum points.

Lionel Messi ended his mini-drought in front of goal with a brace as
Barcelona qualified for the last 16 after a
3-1 win at home to AC Milan.

The Argentina international had not scored in his last three
appearances - his worst run for a year - since his equaliser in the San
Siro late last month but he scored from the penalty spot after Ignazio
Abate had fouled Neymar in the area.

Sergio Busquets exploited a non-existent Milan defence to head in
Xavi's free-kick five minutes before the interval but Barca's control
was shaken by Gerard Pique's own goal with virtually the last kick of
the half.

However, Messi made sure of the victory seven minutes from time when
he converted a return pass from Cesc Fabregas for his 65th goal in 82
Champions League appearances.

Ajax's 1-0 win over Celtic courtesy of Lasse Schone's goal just after
the interval closed the gap to second-placed Milan in Group H to one
point, with the Scottish side needing to win its next match in Italy
to keep alive its slim qualification hopes.

In Group G Atletico Madrid qualified for the knockout stage for the
first time since the 2008-2009 season - also becoming the first side to be
confirmed as group winner - with a comprehensive 4-0 win at home to
Austria Vienna, setting a new club record with a fourth consecutive
European win.

The Spanish side continued to match defending champion Bayern Munich
as the only teams with 100 per cent records as Miranda, Raul Garcia and
Filipe Luis gave it a 3-0 lead with Diego Costa adding the fourth
eight minutes from time.

Former Porto favourite Hulk scored against his old club and missed a
penalty as second-placed Zenit St Petersburg remained on course to
progress after a 1-1 draw.

Hulk equalised for the Russian club after Lucho Gonzalez had
given the visitor the lead midway through the first half but he missed
from the spot, costing his second-placed side the chance to open a
three-point cushion over its rival.

Arsenal is ahead of Napoli only on goal difference after the
Italian club won 3-2 in Marseille to make it a three-way contest for

Striker Gonzalo Higuain scored twice, both times giving his side the lead with his second proving the decisive strike.

Andre Ayew put the visitor in front but Gokhan Inler and Higuain
scored within three minutes of each other to give Napoli a 2-1 half-time

Florian Thauvin pulled Marseille level just past the hour only for
Higuain's intervention with 15 minutes remaining, meaning a draw in
Dortmund next time out will secure qualification.

Chelsea needs a point from its match in Basel on matchday five to
secure its progress after a comfortable 3-0 win over Schalke.

Samuel Eto'o hit two, his first after a lucky rebound off
goalkeeper Timo Hildebrand's clearance, and a late goal from Demba Ba
wrapped up the result.

Basel snatched a point at home to Steaua Bucharest thanks to Giovanni
Sio's 90th-minute goal after Federico Piovaccari had put the visitor
ahead in the first half.

UEFA Champions League MD 4 results:

Group E
Basel 1-1 Steaua Bucuresti
Chelsea 3-0 Schalke

Group F
Borussia Dortmund 0-1 Arsenal
Napoli 3-2 Marseille

Group G
Zenit St Petersburg 1-1 Porto
Atletico Madrid 4-0 Austria Vienna

Group H
Ajax 1-0 Celtic
Barcelona 3-1 AC Milan

Match Commentary

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90 SO Substitute out T. Rosický of Arsenal
90 SI Substitute in T. Vermaelen of Arsenal
90 SI Substitute in N. Bendtner of Arsenal
90 SO Substitute out O. Giroud of Arsenal
90 COMMENT We are into the first of four additional minutes!
90 COMMENT Every Arsenal shirt is back behind the ball and they are currently dealing with every BVB cross being swung into the box. Perhaps Klopp's mean should take a slightly more measured approach in these closing stages.
90 COMMENT The ball is put back into play and Ozil then draws a free kick down by the corner flag, but it is wasted due to an offside and BVB counter. Lewandowski claims for a penalty as he hooks an effort on goal but that was a rather hopeful one.
90 COMMENT O. Giroud is replaced with N. Bendtner.
90 COMMENT T. Rosický is replaced with T. Vermaelen.
90 COMMENT Ozil carries the ball down to the corner flag and manages to win a throw in for his side. They will take their time with this!
90 COMMENT Mertesacker had his arms on Lewandowski's shoulders there so can consider himself lucky, but the final whistle blows!
89 COMMENT THAT WAS THE CHANCE!! Poor marking from Arsenal enables BVB to take the corner short to Grosskreutz just inside the area. He clips a first time ball into the danger area and Lewandowski meets it with his head. The attempt goes over the top, but claims for a corner are turned down.
88 COMMENT It looks like Wenger is preparing Bendtner for action. He will want the Dane to chase down everything and hold the play high up the pitch in these closing moments.
86 SO Substitute out M. Reus of Borussia Dortmund
86 SI Substitute in J. Schieber of Borussia Dortmund
86 COMMENT The BVB players are outraged! They feel that a free kick should be awarded for Rosicky's reckless challenge on Sahin, but the referee allows play to continue and shortly after awards the visitors a free kick of their own! Not a popular decision.
86 COMMENT J. Schieber enters play, replacing M. Reus.
83 COMMENT The sting has gone out of the game now and Dortmund have been shocked since conceding the opening goal. Have they got it in them to find a late equaliser? Aubameyang and Hofmann have had practically no effect since their introduction.
81 COMMENT Arsenal were temporarily down to 10 men there but Ramsey dropped in to help out at centre-back and the Gunners managed to repel that BVB attack. The referee has now allowed Koscielny to re-enter the fray.
79 COMMENT That could be a penalty! Weidenfeller comes out to claim a free kick but completely misses it and clatters into Koscielny. Had that been an outfield player then the referee almost certainly would have pointed to the spot.
78 COMMENT Arsenal are refusing to commit too many men forward, but are getting just enough in the opposition half in order to frustrate them and relieve the pressure on their defence. This is impressive stuff from the visitors.
76 COMMENT STAT: The Gunners were denied a victory on their last visit to the Signal Iduna Park as Ivan Perisic's memorable volley provided a late equaliser in the group stage of the 2011-12 edition of this competition.
75 SO Substitute out Cazorla of Arsenal
75 SI Substitute in Nacho Monreal of Arsenal
75 SO Substitute out S. Bender of Borussia Dortmund
75 SI Substitute in J. Hofmann of Borussia Dortmund
75 COMMENT J. Hofmann enters the game and replaces S. Bender.
75 COMMENT Nacho Monreal enters the game and replaces Cazorla.
74 SI Substitute in P. Aubameyang of Borussia Dortmund
74 SO Substitute out J. Błaszczykowski of Borussia Dortmund
74 COMMENT So it is Bender and Blaszczykowski who make way for the aforementioned pair. Monreal is set to come on for Cazorla too, surely to offer more protection against Aubameyang down Arsenal's left.
74 COMMENT P. Aubameyang enters play, replacing J. B?aszczykowski.
72 COMMENT Klopp looks set to bring on Hofmann and Aubameyang for the closing stages. He wants a goal!
70 COMMENT SO CLOSE!! Cazorla's free kick draws Weidenfeller off his line but Mertesacker beats him to the ball and flicks a header towards goal. It loops over the keeper but drops on the roof of the net, much to the BVB stopper's relief.
68 COMMENT Penalty claim for the hosts! Lewandowski knocks the ball past Arteta in the area and goes to ground as he tries to retrieve it on the other side of the Spaniard. The midfielder did nothing wrong there and the referee knows it, allowing play to continue.
66 COMMENT JUST WIDE! BVB break and Schmelzer pushes up from left back. He looks keen to shoot but he swipes across the ball and it swerves into the side netting.
65 COMMENT OFF THE LINE! Sahin is forced to swipe away the danger as one of his team-mates almost diverts the corner resultant corner into their own net under pressure from Giroud.
65 COMMENT RAMSEY COULD MAKE IT TWO! This game has completely opened up now. Giroud picks out Ramsey in space by the far post and Ramsey peels off Schmelzer and controls brilliantly with his chest. His effort is on target but Weidenfeller stays big and diverts it behind for a corner.
64 COMMENT WHAT A CHANCE! REUS SHOULD EQUALISE! Lewandowski bides his time wide on the right before firing a great, low cross into the box. Reus is in position for a simple finish but he snatches at the chance and fails to make any sort of connection with the ball.
62 AS Assist by O. Giroud (Arsenal)
62 G GOAL (Arsenal): Scored by A. Ramsey
62 COMMENT GOOOOOAAAAL!! ARSENAL TAKE A SURPRISE LEAD! BVB give possession away in their final third and the Gunners shift play out to Ozil on the right. His cross is cushioned down by Giroud and Ramsey follows up to head the ball past Weidenfeller. Arsenal lead!
62 COMMENT O. Giroud provided the assist.
61 COMMENT Mkhitaryan is having the run of the play in this half and he is allowed acres of space 25 yards from goal. Rather than shoot he attempts to clip a pass into Sahin, but the midfielder is offside.
60 COMMENT Arsenal are lacking any form of width when attacking this evening. Rosicky and Cazorla are dropping deep and tucking in when defending, leaving Ozil and Giroud without many options up top. Gnabry and Bendtner are their realistic options on the bench if they want to try and change that.
58 COMMENT Schmelzer takes a blow to the head as he loses his footing and is caught by Sagna when the right-back leaps to win a header. He looks like he will be fine to continue with the game, though.
56 COMMENT STAT: Arsenal are undefeated in their last 14 games on their travels, winning 12 of those since a 2-1 loss at Tottenham Hotspur back in March.
54 COMMENT Dortmund seem to be absorbing the energy from the yellow wall, which they are attacking in this half. Arsenal need to ride this out if they are to have any chance of taking something from this game.
52 COMMENT BVB get the ball in the net... but it is disallowed for offside! Mkhitaryan split the Arsenal defence with his scything run before laying the ball out wide for Blaszczykowski. The winger sees his shot saved by Szczesny and Reus taps in the rebound, only to see the flag raised.
51 COMMENT OVER THE TOP!! The corner is taken short and eventually falls to Mkhitaryan but his ferocious effort sails high over the bar.
50 COMMENT REUS... saved!! A great cross from Bender finds Reus completely unmarked in the centre of the box. He glances a header off towards the back post but Szczesny dives across his goal and turns the effort behind for a corner.
49 COMMENT An important interception from Arteta stops Grosskreutz's cutback from finding a yellow shirt in the area. BVB continue to prove extremely dangerous on the counterattack.
48 COMMENT Ozil tracks back to help his team defend against the hosts but he gifts possession to Sahin wide on the left. The midfielder swings a sumptuous cross into the area but Koscielny beats Lewandowski to it and heads away the danger.
46 COMMENT Here we go again!
45 COMMENT The referee blows for half time!
45 COMMENT Just the one minute of added time to be played here.
43 COMMENT JUST WIDE! Arsenal back off and allow Lewandowski the space to pull the trigger from 20 yards as he drifted in from the right. He gets plenty of power on his shot and keeps it low, but is unable to guide it inside of Szczesny's near post.
41 YC Yellow card awarded to R. Lewandowski of Borussia Dortmund
41 COMMENT Arsenal have looked rather one-dimensional so far this evening. Ozil has been unable to weave his magic on the game, while Blaszczykowski has impressed at the other end for BVB. There is not a wealth of options on the bench for Wenger, either.
41 COMMENT R. Lewandowski is yellow-carded.
39 COMMENT Sokratis surges up from the back with the ball at his feet before moving it on to Lewandowski. The striker attempts to feed Reus down the left but Sagna gets an important block in and breaks the attack down.
37 COMMENT HOW HAS HE MISSED!! Lewandowski gets the better of Koscielny and is brought down by the Frenchman, but the referee waves for the advantage as the ball rolls on to Blaszczykowski. The Pole rolls the ball across to Mkhitaryan, who has an age to pick his spot, but he fires wide of the post. He really s
36 COMMENT Arteta concedes a free kick for lunging in on Lewandowski on the far side. He clearly displays his displeasure at the decision and the referee has a word with him to calm him down. The Spaniard will need to be careful or he could be heading for an early exit.
35 COMMENT Super play from Blaszczykowski! The Pole spins Gibbs brilliantly on the near side and whips a dangerous cross into the area. Lewandowski is lurking but Mertesacker manages to get some form of contact on it to divert it out of the striker's path.
33 COMMENT STAT: Tonight is Dortmund's 100th appearance in the European Cup. To date, they have 49 wins to their name.
31 COMMENT Arteta gifts the hosts possession in a dangerous area and Reus gathers it quickly. He closes in on goal but Mertesacker sticks out a leg as the forward tries to pass him and cleanly takes the ball. The big centre-back has made some important tackles already tonight.
29 COMMENT Good work from Rosicky, motoring down the right and drawing a foul from Reus. Arteta suggests that a yellow card should be awarded as the Spaniard was booked for something similar. He certainly has a point!
27 COMMENT Sagna pushes on into acres of space on the right but his delivery for Giroud is dealt with by Sokratis. The France striker is looking rather isolated so far this evening, particularly with Cazorla insisting on dropping deep to pick up the ball.
26 COMMENT CLOSE!! Reus lays the ball off for Grosskreutz and the right-back dinks a decent cross to Blaszczykowski. The winger attempts to volley the ball at goal but he sends it high and wide of the target. He claims there was a touch from Sagna but a goal kick is awarded.
25 COMMENT Reus stays down after a tackle from Koscielny which the referee deemed to be fair. He gets up once the ball goes out of play and looks capable of continuing.
23 YC Yellow card awarded to Arteta of Arsenal
23 COMMENT Arteta picks up a booking for hacking away at, and pulling the shirt of, Blaszczykowski as the Poland international span away from him on the half-way line.
23 COMMENT Arteta gets yellow.
21 COMMENT Great challenge from Koscielny! BVB counter at pace and after Blaszczykowski slips Grosskreutz a pass inside the box, the right-back races to the byeline. He feigns to cross but Koscielny doesn't buy it and times his tackle to perfection.
19 COMMENT A nice exchange of passes in the centre of the park from Arsenal ends with Rosicky firing the ball up to Giroud. The striker is unable to control the fizzed pass well enough, though, and a free kick is awarded as the ball hits his hand as he tries to beat Sokratis.
17 COMMENT JUST WIDE!! Subotic misses the best chance of the night! Reus swings a free kick to the back post which Ramsey inadvertently sends back across his own goal under pressure. Subotic manages to hook an effort on goal but, with Szczesny scrambling, it shades the outside of the post.
16 COMMENT STAT: Jurgen Klopp's men won all six of their home games en route to the final of last season's competition. Real Madrid were beaten twice, with wins over Ajax and Manchester City also registered, at the Signal Iduna Park.
14 COMMENT Gibbs and Ozil combine impressively down the left but the left-back is unable to reach the German's return pass as Bender intervenes and shepherds possession back to his keeper.
12 COMMENT Giroud is yet to see the ball tonight. In fairness, the game is lacking any form of fluidity so far and it has been a rather bitty affair. Surely things will open up soon.
10 COMMENT Plenty of whistles for Ozil as he goes over to take a corner. The Germany international formerly played for BVB's rivals, Schalke.
9 COMMENT That is a let off for Arteta! The Spaniard let the ball get away from him by the half-way line and Mkhitaryan was instantly in to pressure him. Fortunately for the Arsenal man, the referee deemed he was fouled in the process.
8 COMMENT The high intensity of pressing in the game so far is actually making for a rather scrappy affair. Neither side seem capable of stringing a series of passes together in the opposition's final third at the moment.
6 COMMENT The middle of the field is so congested! Arsenal are finding it difficult to find a way through the bodies and it is unsurprising they keep getting repelled. Dortmund, meanwhile, are unable to relieve the pressure as the Gunners quickly close them down. An evenly contested start to the game.
4 COMMENT Brilliant football from Dortmund! Some quick, succinct passes down the right culminate with Reus slipping the ball to Lewandowski inside the box. The striker tries to drive his way between the two Arsenal centre-backs but Mertesacker stays strong and clears away for a corner before Lewandowski can s
3 COMMENT Rosicky does well to pick the pocket of Schmelzer inside his own half as the left-back slipped in possession. However, the Czech's pass out to Ozil was far too heavy and it skids off the greasy surface and out for a goal kick.
2 COMMENT Dortmund are looking to settle on the ball early but have already been forced to pump a couple of long passes up towards Lewandowski. The Pole is being tightly watched in these early stages.
1 COMMENT We are underway in Dortmund!
0 COMMENT That is it from me, Tom Webber, for this evening. Have a great night!
0 COMMENT Arsenal bench: Fabianski, Vermaelen, Monreal, Jenkinson, Gnabry, Hayden, Bendtner.
0 COMMENT The Gunners will be up against it this evening as they face a team who have never lost at home against English opposition. There is no Jack Wilshere again for Arsene Wenger's side, so the coach continues with the same starting XI that defeated Liverpool 2-0 at home at the weekend.
0 COMMENT Hello and welcome to tonight's LIVE commentary on what promises to be a truly exhilarating Champions League encounter between Borussia Dortmund and Arsenal. Both teams are known for an exciting brand of football at the Signal Iduna Park offers the perfect setting for tonight's meeting. My name is To
0 COMMENT The teams are making their way out onto the pitch. Looks like a cracking atmosphere at the Signal Iduna Park once more this evening. This should be a storming game!
0 COMMENT Dortmund (4-2-3-1): Weidenfeller; Grosskreutz, Sokratis, Subotic, Schmelzer; Sahin, Bender; Blaszczykowski, Mkhitaryan, Reus; Lewandowski.
0 COMMENT Welcome back! There is not long left until the second half now, which will surely see BVB up their attempts to find the net. Arsenal will come under real pressure but could take advantage on the break should the hosts over-commit.
0 COMMENT FULL TIME - Dortmund 0-1 Arsenal: Ramsey's second-half strike makes the Gunners the first ever English side to defeat BVB on their own patch. Their chances were limited, but an assured defensive display helped them take all three points.
0 COMMENT Arsenal (4-2-3-1): Szczesny; Sagna, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Gibbs; Ramsey, Arteta; Cazorla, Ozil, Rosicky; Giroud.
0 COMMENT Robert Lewandowski, who has recently confirmed that he will be joining a new club next season, netted his fourth Dortmund hat-trick in the 6-1 win over Stuttgart last Friday and continues up front for the hosts tonight. Mats Hummels was not passed fit and so Sokratis Papastathopoulos continues in th
0 COMMENT One of the reasons that Dortmund have such an impressive record at home against English opposition will be seen in a red shirt tonight. Tomas Rosicky scored twice as BVB defeated Thierry Henry's Arsenal 2-1 in the 2002-03 edition of the Champions League. This evening, though, he turns out for the Gu
0 COMMENT Jurgen Klopp is back on the touchline for the hosts tonight, having served a ban for his outburst at an official in Naples. Still, it is the players who count so lets find out what the line-ups look like...
0 COMMENT HALF TIME - Dortmund 0-0 Arsenal: The hosts have had the only chances of the game, with the Gunners yet to register a shot on goal, but a rather scrappy first half comes to a close at 0-0. Things can only get better after the break so be sure to stick here for the second half!
0 COMMENT The pre-match formalities are all but over so kick off will be upon us in a matter of moments.
0 COMMENT Dortmund bench: Langerak, Kirch, Durm, Kehl, Hofmann, Aubameyang, Schieber.

Match Statistics

Borussia DortmundBVB

Possession (%) 58
Goals 0
Yellow Cards 1
Fouls 11
Offsides 4
Corners 6
Shots on Target 3
Shots Blocked 3
Shots Wide 9
Free Kicks 17
Throw Ins 33
Goal Kicks 3