Freiburg vs. Borussia Dortmund  0 - 2

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Hummels pleased with Dortmund focus

28 October 2012 13:19

Borussia Dortmund centre-half Mats Hummels praised his team's focus after their 2-0 win over Freiburg on Saturday.

The result came after their 2-1 victory over Real Madrid in the Champions League on Wednesday, and was produced in treacherous, snowy conditions in Breisgau.

Hummels believes Dortmund showed character to recover from a poor first half and grab a vital win courtesy of goals from Neven Subotic and Mario Goetze after the break.

"It's undoubtedly an important victory," the defender told Ruhr Nachrichten.

"We had to switch from the game against Real Madrid, because of how the table is now. We have proven that we can rise to the challenge.

"We are a good team, but now we need to maintain the right attitude. The first 45 minutes were not good, but we knew at the break that it would get better.

"It was not a good game of football, because that was not possible on this ground. But it's true that Freiburg adapted to the conditions better than us in the first half."

Dortmund are nine points off league leaders Bayern Munich, who face Bayer Leverkusen on Sunday.

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Klopp: Dortmund weathered storm

27 October 2012 20:14

Jurgen Klopp was in a positive mood after Borussia Dortmund side picked up three points at Freiburg.

Despite having to adapt their approach to the game because of snowy conditions, Dortmund took charge in a 2-0 victory.

The former Mainz coach conceded his team could not play in their usual style because of the bad weather and said he made the decision to operate in a more direct fashion.

"We could not go out in this weather and play good football because nature has not allowed it," Klopp told reporters.

"We came here originally to play good passing football, but it was not possible in this weather, so we had to change our style and use long balls."

The Dortmund boss also felt it was a personal test of character for every member of his team to secure the win and he was delighted that they came through it unharmed.

"Today was a real test of character for the team and they passed it, and for that I am really proud of them," he added.

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Bundesliga wrap: Dortmund take charge in snow

27 October 2012 19:07

Borussia Dortmund recovered from last weekend's derby defeat to Schalke to defeat Freiburg 2-0 at a snowy Mage Solar Stadium.

In an extremely scrappy affair, the Bundesliga champions carried on from their Champions League win over Real Madrid on Tuesday with second-half goals from Neven Subotic and Mario Gotze.

The win restores some hope for Dortmund in their title defence with the margin cut to nine points to leaders Bayern Munich, who face Bayer Leverkusen on Sunday.

The wintry temperatures gave rise to a cagey start as both teams struggled to find a rhythm, with Freiburg in particular being hampered by the thick snow when attacking.

Dortmund did not relent and they finally got their reward for a bright start to the second half when Marco Reus' whipped free kick was headed on by Subotic inside the far post.

Freiburg could well have drawn level moments later, but Erik Jendrisek saw his eight-yard effort poked away by the onrushing Roman Weidenfeller.

Dortmund sealed the win in the 83rd minute, as Robert Lewandowski fed Gotze to drill a shot home.

Schalke extended their unbeaten streak in all competitions to seven with a 1-0 over Nurnberg courtesy of Jefferson Farfan's 77th-minute effort.

Wolfsburg responded to the sacking of Felix Magath with a 4-1 win at 10-man Fortuna Dusseldorf as Bas Dost struck two of three goals in the space of 14 minutes after half-time.

The win lifts Wolfsburg off the bottom of the table and is their first since August.

Adam Szalai bagged a hat-trick for Mainz in a 3-0 home over Hoffenheim, who became the first side to concede 20 goals this season.

Greuther Furth drew 1-1 at home to Werder Bremen, who equalised through Nils Petersen just before half-time.

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Klopp has fingers crossed for Goetze

26 October 2012 15:09

Borussia Dortmund coach Juergen Klopp is hopeful that Mario Goetze will recover from his calf injury in time to face Freiburg.

The Germany international picked up the knock in Dortmund's 2-1 Champions League win over Real Madrid on Wednesday and it initially appeared unlikely that he would recover in time for this Saturday's Bundesliga game.

However, Klopp has not given up hope that Goetze will be available just yet for the clash at the Mage Solar Stadion.

"Mario has a chance to recover in time," the Dortmund coach said.

Meanwhile, the club will probably have to make do without the services of Sven Bender on Saturday due to injury.

"Manni is almost certain to be out," Klopp said.

Dortmund are looking to bounce back from last weekend's defeat to Schalke which saw them slip 12 points behind league leaders Bayern Munich.

Bundesliga table

# Team MP D P
1 34 +80 91
2 34 +39 66
3 34 +26 65
4 34 +8 55
5 34 +5 51
6 34 +3 51
7 34 -11 48
8 34 -4 47
9 34 -2 45
10 34 -8 44
11 34 -5 43
12 34 -18 43
13 34 -2 42
14 34 -16 34
15 34 -18 33
16 34 -25 31
17 34 -18 30
18 34 -34 21