The home crowd are on their feet. Dortmund's No. 11 eyes Hradecky and drags a shot narrowly wide of the far post. NOT SO SLICK SCHICK Schick receives the ball in a central position. Last season's second-highest scorer has time and space and he floats a shot at the target.... which whistles off target. The big Czech is disappointed with that. ADEYEMI WORRY Dortmund's new man is down and this doesn't look good. The physios are on, his boots are off. BVB IN POSSESSION After a slightly nervy start, Dortmund are starting to dominate this opening-day encounter. LEVERKUSEN EFFORT Hincapie lashes one from distance at the target.
HAZARD WARNING Hazard blots his copybook slightly by upending Frimpong and going into the referee's notebook. DAHOUD TO BVB'S RESCUE Schlotterbeck gifts the ball straight to Schick and Dortmund are in trouble. The Czech striker looks to be shaping up for a shot, until Dahoud slides in and nicks possession as cool as you like. At the other end, Bellingham drills one wide of the upright.
The defender's blushes are spared by a raised flag on the far side. Azmoun was off in the build up. LEVERKUSEN CHANGES Double swap for the visitors, who have a little over ten minutes, plus stoppages, to get something here. NEXT GOAL CRUCIAL The xGoals value of a club is calculated from the sum of all goal probabilities (goals and shots on goal) of that team. During a match, it’s easy to see whether the club is performing better than expected (goals > xGoals) - or maybe even higher (xGoals > goals). With just 15 minutes to go, the next goal looks set to decide the outcome of this game. BVB UP THE TEMPO The game had hit a slight lull, before Dortmund hit their pressing game and Malen escaped down the left, only to be denied once inside the Leverkusen area.
It's rolling in until Hincapie stops it on the line. Reus is there to make sure it goes over. Dortmund lead! Goal probability Goal probability determines the likelihood that the ball will land in the goal from every position on the pitch. The value is based on large amounts of data from previous years; factors such as shot angle, distance to goal and opponent pressure - as well as mathematical models. 99% TACKLES FLYING Adeyemi is scissored to the ground by Hincapie. The home fans roar their disapproval. This game already has a solid edge to it. DORTMUND APPLY PRESS BVB are beginning to press hard and high.
BRANDT IS ON Julian Brandt comes in against his old side to make his 96th Bundesliga appearance for Dortmund in what is the start of his fourth campaign in Black-and-Yellow. COLOSSAL KOBEL! Azmoun is straight into the action. squaring for Schick who is face to face with Kobel again. The home goalkeeper spreads himself wide and Schick's shot is deflected away from danger. AZMOUN IN The visitors mix things up a little, introducing Sardar Azmoun, who scored once in nine Bundesliga appearances for Leverkusen last term.
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Kobel has that covered, the BVB keeper reaching as he watches the ball fly wide. B04 LOSE ANDRICH A body blow for Leverkusen as Robert Andrich limps out of the contest early on. Charles Aranguiz comes into the game. RIGHT PLACE, REUS TIME Moukoko does brilliantly on the left to get a very dangerous, diagonal ball across the face of goal. Adeyemi slides in and directs the ball goalwards.
LEVERKUSEN RALLYING B04 are far from lying down here and are beginning to take the game to their hosts. Patrik Schick put Kobel under pressure just moments ago as Die Werkself look to use their possession advantage. REUS: A MAN OF FIRSTS BVB are looking good value for their lead here, which came about via that earlier Marco Reus tap in. The Dortmund captain also scored his team's first goal of the 2021/22 campaign against Eintracht Frankfurt, a game which the Black-and-Yellows won 5-2.
B04 GOAL CHALKED OFF Schick's shot from distance is stopped by Kobel. Palacios is there to head in the rebound but he was offside when the initial strike was fired at the target. HAZARD ATTEMPT Brilliant work from the tricky Malen, who gets to the goal-line and cuts back for Hazard. The BVB attacker's shot is beaten out by Hradecky. An exciting move, that. HERE COMES HLOZEK Visiting coach Gerado Seoane has brought on new Czech signing, Hlozek. Let's see what that 20-year-old former Sparta player can bring to this second half.
MENACING HAZARD Solid start from Thorgan Hazard since the BVB No. 10 came on to replace the injured Adeyemi. Hazard has won his first three tackles and he's proving a bit of a headache to the Leverkusen defence at the moment. PALACIOS INTO THE BOOK Palacios is shown a yellow for sliding in on Moukoko.
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