| 1. FC Kaiserslautern - Borussia Dortmund 2:5 (1:3)|
|Season 2011/2012, Matchday 33, 28.04.2012 15:30|
|5-2 : An enjoyable game between the Champions and the relegated hosts|
|[28.04.] The record-seeking mission continues apace! BVB continue to cut a swathe through the league even after securing the title last week. In their 33rd Bundesliga game of the season they won 5-2 (3-1) in Kaiserslautern to make it 27 games unbeaten and taking their points total to 78 points leaving them one shy of an all-time record. A hat-trick from Lucas Barrios plus further strikes from Mario Götze and Ivan Perisic secured the win for BVB.|
|Reporting from Kaiserslautern are Boris Rupert und Dennis-Julian Gottschlich|
Some 12000 BVB fans were present in a sold-out Fritz-Walter-Stadium housing just under 50,000. They saw their heroes score all four goals in the first half with Santana putting the home side ahead with an own-goal on 16 minutes. Within ten minutes, however, a double strike by Barrios had turned things around completely, then Götze added a third of the half hour. The entertainment continued in the second half with de Wit pulling a goal back for the hosts on 48 minutes. Seven minutes later Barrios completed his hat-trick and the scoring was completed by Perisic on 76 minutes.
As far as league standings went there was nothing to be gained going into this game with BVB already crowned Champions and FCK already down. However, for BVB it was all about keeping the momentum going ahead of the Cup Final in a fortnight´s time and improving their record in this fixture where they had registered not one win in the last six renewals. Indeed, BVB had won only six times in Kaiserslautern in their entire history.
|3rd Bundesliga start for Mitch Langerak|
Der FCK were without Simunek and Kouemaha, whilst BVB were without Schmelzer (calf), Kuba (infection) and Bender (rib injury) whilst Koch continued his recovery from injury in rehab. Klopp took the chance to bring in six new players with the defence being given a completely new look. Langerak was in goal whilst Owomoyela, Subotic, Santana and Löwe formed the back four. Gündogan and Kehl remained as the holding midfielders whilst the attack looked very much like the 2011 version with Götze, Lewandowski and Perisic supporting Barrios.
FCK started in a 4-1-4-1 formation but were at a loss from the start to counter the BVB passing game which pressured high up the field and allowed almost total domination.
The Game and Analysis:
|Goal celebrations with Lucas Barrios|
Despite coach Klopp´s musings that he may rotate a few players, he started with a pretty familiar strategy working in a pretty familiar fashion enjoying 62% of possession in the first half. In so doing, they also out-ran their hosts clocking up 61km to FCK´s 58. Effectively Kaiserslautern formed two lines of four in front of ´keeper Sippel with Wooten cutting a lonely figure up front waiting for counter attacks. In fact, he actually latched on to one such attack only to see Langerak position himself well to snuff out the chance.
Quite surprisingly, the hosts were soon on the attack again when Santana lost out in midfield to Fortounis who duly charged up the field. Eventually he looked up and tried to find Wooten with a cross but only succeeded in finding the back-tracking Santana who haplessly turned the ball into his own net. For sure it was a setback for the Black´n´Yellows, but they showed no signs of being put off and were level within two minutes when Barrios out-jumped Rodnei to head home Owomoyela´s cross beyond the grasp of Sippel, 1-1.
It was only the second time the Argentinian had started a game and he was soon in the thick of the action again when, following fine work between Lewandowski and Perisic, he diverted the Croatian´s cross to give the visitor´s the lead on 26 minutes. In the highest stadium in the land, it had taken BVB just ten minutes to ´correct´ an unfortunate setback.
Just eight minutes later another player enjoying a place in the starting eleven once again who made it three for the visitors. Again Lewandowski was involved as his pass found
Götze on the edge of the box who didn´t hesitate before firing home. It could even have been more but Gündogan dragged a shot wide, Perisic lobbed over and finally Lewandowski hit a post.
|Barrios battles with FCK's Rodnei|
So it was something of a surprise when, two minutes into the second half Fortounis crossed to find de Witt in the box. His header looped over Langerak and with 49 minutes gone there was only one goal in it again. Once again, though, the home fans did not have long to savour the goal as Perisic pressured Sippel as he received a back-pass and laid the ball on a plate for Barrios to calmly convert from just six yards out. He thus completed his hat-trick and shown once again that BVB, on 55 minutes, are at their most dangerous when hurt.
At last BVB began to take the pace out of the game, but did not lose control. Klopp brought on Leitner for Kehl and Kagawa for Lewandowski on the hour and they were soon joined by veteran Kringe who replaced Götze on 77 minutes. Kagawa duly created a couple more chances for Perisic, who first hit the post, and then rounded off the scoring on 76 minutes.
Teams & Goals
[28.04.] Bundesliga, 33rd Gameday
1. FC KAISERSLAUTERN - BORUSSIA DORTMUND 2:5 (1:3)
1. FC Kaiserslautern: Sippel - Dick, Abel, Rodnei, Bugera - Borysiuk - Fortounis, Tiffert, De Wit, Sahan - Wooten
Borussia Dortmund: Langerak - Owomoyela, Subotic, Santana, Löwe - Gündogan, Kehl - Götze, Lewandowski, Perisic - Barrios
Substitutions: 40. Yahia for Rodnei, 64. Derstroff for Sahan, 77. Kirch for Tiffert - 64. Leitner for Kehl, 66. Kagawa for Lewandowski, 77. Kringe for Götze
Goals: 1:0 Santana (16., own goal, Fortounis), 1:1 Barrios (18., Owomoyela), 1:2 Barrios (26., Perisic), 1:3 Götze (33., Lewandowski), 2:3 de Wit (49., Fortounis), 2:4 Barrios (55., Perisic), 2:5 Perisic (76., Kagawa)
Corners: 1:2 (HT 0:1), Chances: 5:10(2:5)
Referee: Schmidt (Stuttgart), Yellow Cards: Abel - Barrios
Attendance: 49.780 (sold out). Weather: sunny, 25 degrees
The Championship bowl is ours next Saturday! Following next week´s sold-out game against SC Freiburg at the Signal Iduna Park Borussia Dortmund will once again be crowned Champions.