Hamburg v Borussia Dortmund: Bundesliga – as it happened

Hamburg hand Dortmund a devastating blow in their chase of Bayern Munich, surging to an early three-goal lead before conceding late at Volksparkstadion

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Full-time: Hamburg 3-1 Borussia Dortmund

There’s the final whistle. Hamburg have won and deservedly so. A comprehensive win over the second-placed visitors and HSV move up to seventh in the table.


90 min+1: Chaos in the area amid a late flurry of shots and an apparent goal by Dortmund appears to be awarded, but it’s ultimately ruled offside. What a finish!

90 min: A hair-trigger save by Adler on a low shot. And then another save by the keeper. Wow! Still 3-1!

89 min: Auba runs down a ball near the goal line and wins a corner. It’s quickly played into the area but easily corralled by the keeper.

GOAL! Hamburg 3-1 Borussia Dortmund (Aubameyang, 86 min)

Aubameyang finally has his goal, sliding into a through ball and poking it into the net. A cosmetic goal to be sure, but at least Dortmund will avoid their first scoreless outing under Tuchel.

85 min: Wildly speculative shot by Jung sails high into the night over the Dortmund goal. Not the most efficient play, but Hamburg can afford it. A climb to seventh place in the Bundesliga table is only five minutes away.

84 min: Muller very nearly makes it 4-0 for HSV but it’s broken up at the last gasp by a Dortmund player.

82 min: Diaz on for Holtby, Hamburg’s final sub.

81 min: Inside 10 minutes to go and yet another miss for Dortmund, this time off the left foot of Mkhitaryan. Just one of those nights where nothing’s gone right.

78 min: Another shot by Gündogan, this time from open play, but it misses the mark completely.

76 min: The corner sails harmlessly past the far post and before long it’s booted back to the middle third.

75 min: Dortmund win a free kick right directly at the top of the area dead center. A very dangerous spot. Unlucky that Reus just went off. Gündogan’s kick is well taken but Adler makes the save and Dortmund will have a corner kick.

A near miss for Dortmund.


73 min: Hamburg on the attack again, but Gregoritsch’s flick over the top, apparently intended for Muller, winds up with an opposing player. A miscommunication.

71 min: It’s Michael Gregoritsch on for Gojko Kacar, HSV’s second sub of the match.

70 min: Only 20 minutes to go and Dortmund no closer now than at any point since Hamburg’s soul-crushing third a quarter hour ago. A sub coming now for Hamburg.

69 min: Adnan Januzaj is on for Marco Reus, Dortmund’s first switch.

68 min: A nice moment for Dortmund’s Mkhitaryan nutmegs Kacar, but the ensuing through ball is promptly booted out and it’s a goal kick to Hamburg.

66 min: Reus called offside. Another Dortmund attack DOA. A pattern is beginning to form.

65 min: Dortmund win a free kick, but the throw-in goes all the way back to the keeper and they’ll try to build up patiently from the back. Can’t afford to be too patient now, though, can they?

62 min: Here’s a bizarre statistic: the only other own goal of Mats Hummels’ career happened five years ago today against SC Freiburg.

59 min: If Hamburg have never lost a Bundesliga home game after leading by two goals at half-time, what does that say for Dortmund’s chances now?

58 min: A Hamburg counter-attack very nearly makes it 4-0 but miscommunication at the top of the area prevents them from getting a shot off despite the numbers advantage. This is one-way traffic.

GOAL! Hamburg 3-0 Borussia Dortmund (Hummels own goal, 55 min)

It’s managed to get worse for the visitors as the corner kick lands squarely in the area, where Mats Hummels remarkably heads it into the back of net. So apparently deliberate it looked as if he were an attacking player! But he was not. A crucial gaffe for Dortmund as they find themselves three goals down with just over a half hour remaining.

54 min: Well placed cross into the area finds a lunging Ilicevic whose header is on goal but deflected at the last moment! How near Hamburg was to 3-0 just now!

53 min: Now it’s Hamburg on the attack. A throw-in finds a home player in the area but three Dortmund players close in quickly and clear it.

52 min: Aubameyang gets past his marker but the Bundesliga’s joint top scorer misses wide – and like Schmelzer’s recent efforts it’s not particularly close.

50 min: Another badly missed shot from Schmelzer, at least five meters wide of the net.

47 min: Schmelzer with a shot for Dortmund but it’s way off the mark. It’s been more than 30 years since Hamburg lost from 2-0 ahead. Even longer since Dortmund’s last win from 2-0 down.

46 min: And we’re underway in the second half. Dortmund immediately works the ball into their attacking third but it’s clear back to the halfway line.

Here’s a look at the half-time stats.

Hamburg v Dortmund
Hamburg lead 2-0 over Dortmund at half-time. Illustration: Bundesliga


Half-time: Hamburg 2-0 Borussia Dortmund

Hamburg are deserved leaders through 45 minutes as they’ve taken advantage of a Dortmund defense that’s appeared loose and ragged thus far. More to come from Volksparkstadion.

45 min+3: Hamburg are dispossessed in their own defensive third, keying a Dortmund counter-attack. But a smart foul by Holtby stops play and allows Hamburg to scurry into position downfield. And there’s the whistle.

45 min+2: Another late surge by Hamburg and Dortmund will need to tighten up to ensure they enter the locker room only down a pair.

44 min: The fourth official signals for three minutes of stoppage time.

GOAL! Hamburg 2-0 Borussia Dortmund (Holtby, 41 min)

A wonderful finish by Lewis Holtby after Dortmund is dispossessed at midfield and Muller holds up play long enough for him to make a clever overlapping run. The hosts have doubled their pleasure and BVB are up against it!

Holtby celebrates.
Holtby celebrates. Photograph: Carmen Jaspersen/AFP/Getty Images


38 min: Dortmund’s Weigl crashes to the ground after taking an elbow upstairs.

36 min: The Dormund corner is played short initially, then swung into the area where Ginter squares up and fires a shot into a thicket of waiting Hamburg bodies. It caroms back and safely into the middle third. More frustration for the visitors.

35 min: Dortmund win a third corner against Hamburg, one of five teams who have yet to concede from a corner this year.

32 min: TGIF for Pierre-Michel Lasogga ...

... and for Dortmund as well, really.


31 min: Aubameyang darts up the right side into the area with the ball and wins a corner for Dortmund. It’s easily cleared to midfield. The visitors simply haven’t found a way to seriously threaten in the first half hour.

29 min: After attempting to continue, now Spahic will come off. He’s limping badly. On comes the Brazilian Cleber, Hamburg’s first substitution of the match.

26 min: Stoppage in play as Spahic is down for Hamburg. Physios on the field to give treatment, but he rises, helps himself off the pitch before running back on to continue.

24 min: Dortmund on the attack, a nice sequence of passes in the final third, but they can’t seem to crack the Hamburg back four.

21 min: Quick free kick to Dortmund shortly after the restart but nothing comes of it. Moments later it’s Reus with BVB’s best shot of the match so far but it’s deflected and saved.

GOAL! Hamburg 1-0 Borussia Dortmund (Lasogga, 19 min)

Lasogga from the spot. He calmly blasts it past Burki and the hosts are on top early!

Lasogga scores with a penalty.
Lasogga scores with a penalty. Photograph: Fabian Bimmer/Reuters


18 min: Beautifully struck ball played through to Ilicevic and he’s taken down by the keeper in the box. A penalty is given as the referee shows yellow to the keeper Burki.

16 min: HSV with the first shot of the match but it’s taken poorly by Ilicevic. Nice interplay up the left flank there as it’s chested from Lasogga to Ilicevic, whose right-footed shot is way off the mark.

13 min: Dortmund looking more incisive in attack here, but no concrete chances to show for it. Yet.

10 min: The corner is easily cleared and the ball is quickly moved by a counter-attacking Dortmund downfield. A 50-50 challenge on the edge of the area between Ginter and Muller results in a chippy exchange between players after the whistle. The referee rules a free kick to Hamburg.

9 min: The free kick is deflected out and Dortmund will have their first corner of the match.

8 min: Mkhitaryan fouled on the edge of the area and Dortmund will have a free kick from a dangerous position.

6 min: The corner isn’t completely cleared by Dortmund and HSV will have a throw-in in their attacking third. High pressure from the hosts early.

5 min: Hamburg’s attacked short-circuited with an early offside call, but they’ve just now won the first corner of the match.

3 min: Bit of a slow, feeling-out start as the teams exchange possession in the middle third. First half-chance to Hamburg on a through ball that’s struck with a bit too much weight.

1 min: And they’re off! Hamburg in white shirts and red shorts kicking from right to left, Dortmund in black shirts and yellow shirts attack from left to right.

A moment of silence as the sides pay tribute to the fallen in Paris. Not much longer now.

Players observe a minute of silence in tribute for the victims of the Paris attacks.
Players observe a minute of silence in tribute for the victims of the Paris attacks. Photograph: Axel Heimken/EPA


This delay may run longer than 15 minutes. It’s a complete sellout with 57,000 tickets sold and we’re told organizers will allow the fans to reach their seats before beginning. That said, right now the players are taking their place in the tunnel.

We’re told the delay has been caused by extra traffic due to heightened security at the gates. Which makes sense. Lots of empty seats around the ground at the moment. Kickoff has been held to allow as many of the fans held up at the gate to see the start of the match as possible.

The game has been delayed for 15 minutes for security reasons. Extra caution being taken ahead of today’s first Bundesliga match since the Paris attacks.

Here’s a look at today’s corrected teams.

Borussia Dortmund

XI: Bürki; Ginter, Sokratis, Hummels, Schmelzer; Gündogan, Weigl; Reus, Kagawa, Mkhitaryan; Aubameyang.


XI: Adler; Sakai, Spahic, Djourou, Ostrzolek; Jung, Kacar, Holtby; Müller, Lasogga, Ilicevic.


Hello and welcome to today’s matchup between Borussia Dortmund and Hamburg at the sold-out Volksparkstadion. The international break has given way to more Bundesliga play, with Der BVB looking to build on a 3-2 win in the Revierderby against Schalke. We’ll have the team information shortly with kickoff just 15 minutes away.

Bryan will be here at around 6pm GMT. In the meantime, here’s the latest on the return to action after last week’s attacks in Paris:

Security at Bundesliga matches is under debate in the aftermath of a threat that led government officials to call off a friendly between Germany and Holland.

This weekend’s Bundesliga matches will take place as scheduled but officials acknowledged that the Hannover threat, which came only four days after the wave of attacks in Paris, could affect the league.

Tuesday’s match was called off at short notice as police ordered the evacuation of the Hannover stadium. No explosives were found at the stadium and no arrests were made, but government officials said there was a specific threat that left them no choice but to cancel the game.

“The matches will take place,” said Reinhard Rauball, one of two acting presidents of the German football federation (DFB) and president of Borussia Dortmund.

Dortmund kick off the weekend matches at Hamburg on Friday. Rauball, who is also the German league president, said there were security issues to be resolved.

“My impression is that football in Germany has taken a different turn in every facet as of today,” Rauball said.