The match referee spots the clear infraction and blows his whistle accordingly in the background as Austria international defender SEBASTIAN PROEDL, who scored for Werder Bremen against reigning European champion Inter Milan in the UEFA Champions League earlier this week, pulls the shirt sleeve of Borussia Dortmund’s Poland international striker ROBERT LEWANDOWSKI at Signal Iduna Park in western Germany. (Patrik Stollarz/AFP/Getty Images)
Herbstmeister BORUSSIA DORTMUND prepared for its coming trip to the Andalusia region of southern Spain with a 2-0 triumph over visiting WERDER BREMEN in the Bundesliga this weekend.
One good sign for the German club ahead of its must-win clash with FC Sevilla in the UEFA Europa League was the return of Paraguay World Cup striker LUCAS BARRIOS, the leading scorer with 13 goals in all competitions for die Schwarzgelben this season, to the Startelf of Borussia Dortmund for the Bundesliga match with Werder Bremen.
Turkey international midfielder NURI SAHIN netted with a superbly-taken free kick curled up and over the wall in only the ninth minute of the match to score his fourth Bundesliga goal and sixth, overall, for Borussia Dortmund this term.
Japan international SHINJI KAGAWA, enjoying an influential first season for the runaway Bundesliga leaders after recruitment from J-League club Cerezo Osaka last May, added a second goal for the hosts in the 70th minute.
Germany international goalkeeper TIM WIESE of Werder Bremen made a flying stop off the rocket from Borussia Dortmund’s Poland international winger JAKUB BLASZCZYKOWSKI on the right; the 21-year-old midfielder skillfully volleyed the riccochet into the roof of the net from the left.
Kagawa’s eighth Bundesliga goal ties him for club leadership with Barrios; the Japanese attacker now boasts 11 goals in all competitions this year for die Schwarzgelben.
Borussia Dortmund have won 14 of 16 contests with just a single loss this 2010-11 Bundesliga schedule heading off to Spain for a decisive date in the UEFA Europe League with FC Sevilla.
Borussia Dortmund supporters at Signal Iduna Park hold up a replica of the Deutsche Bundesliga Meisterschale with the word “Herbst” taped on the front to signify their mythical fall championship in the German top flight this year. (Ina Fassbender/Reuters)