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As it happened: Borussia Dortmund in Leverkusen

The latest updates from Borussia Dortmund's game in Leverkusen and all the rest of the action on Bundesliga Matchday 14.

-- That's it for us today in terms of live blogging, but do stay with us for coverage of Schalke vs. Cologne in the late game on Matchday 14. We'll be over on Twitter and Facebookfor all your Bundesliga needs, and that includes all the post-game quotes, stats and news that you need to complete your German football appetite.

-- Neven Subotic speaking to Sky Sports: "It was great to be back on the pitch... It's an important point. Of course we expect to win, but we're not in our usual form today and so every point at the moment is important. It's less about one person, one coach at the moment but more about the team and today, we showed we had fight today."

RESULT - Leverkusen 1-1 Dortmund

Bayern Munich 3-1 Hannover
Hoffenheim 3-0 RB Leipzig
Mainz 1-3 Augsburg
Werder Bremen 1-0 Stuttgart

90+3' - A final chance from the corner perhaps for Dortmund, but it's poorly taken and that is that. Dortmund draw their second game in a row, but they are still without a win since beating Magdeburg in the German Cup in mid October. That's seven games.

90+1' - Three minutes left. Dortmund nearly grab a winner! Pulisic heads back into the box, Schürrle bumps into Tah's arm and is then in the way of an effort on goal. Nearly but not quite - and that's the story of Dortmund's second half really, perhaps even their season so far.

89' - SAVE! Bürki has been the difference between Dortmund potentially getting a point today and being run off the park - and that shouldn't be forgotten. The keeper makes a fine save to keep out a Bailey free kick that was creeping in at the near post. A draw is what this looks like it will be, which helps no one really.

87' - Four minutes left for BVB. Subotic fouls Bellarabi. The home side take their time, but the same thing happens a minute later and this time the BVB man sees more yellow than his kit. A flurry of goals elsewhere, but none here.

GOAL! 3-1 Bayern vs. Hannover (Lewandowski pen. 87')

GOAL! 4-0 Hoffenheim vs. RB Leipzig (Uth 87')

GOAL! 3-1 Augsburg vs. Mainz (Finnbogason 86')

GOAL! 1-2 Mainz vs. Augsburg (Holtmann 85')

82' - Dortmund having all the ball right now, but Leverkusen doing very well to keep the visitors at bay. A point is better than nothing, but after last week's draw felt like a loss, will another draw feel the same against 10 men?

79' - Volland comes off, trying not to think about that miss but about his goal (and the chants from the crowd). Karim Bellarabi comes on - with pace to burn against BVB's defense. He goes up top, waiting for the long ball. Dortmund just trying to move the pieces of the jigsaw around so that the picture looks better in the end than it has in recent weeks.

74' - GOAL! 1-1 Dortmund (Yarmolenko) What a save from Bürki that proved to be! A great passing move ends with Yarmolenko having the ball at his feet in the box after Schürrle found him, and the new man pokes home unconvincingly. They all count though! Into the final 15 minutes now. Next goal wins?

73' - Volland with a chance to seal it on the break, but Bürki saves! Could be a big moment...

70' - If anyone can, then captain American can right? Pulisic seizes on a poor free kick, but spoons his shot over the bar. Another half chance goes... Leverkusen try to break and kill the contest, but the cross from Havertz is beyond a teammate.

GOAL! 2-1 Bayern vs. Hannover (Coman 68')

65' - Mahmoud Dahoud replaces Julian Weigl, who once again looks a shadow of his former self. Can the ex-Gladbach man provide the spark Dortmund are missing? To be honest, BVB are quite a few sparks short of a fire but anything would help them right now. Leverkusen's defensive wall looks solid.

62' - Aranguiz comes off for the Austrian man-bun (aka Julian Baumgartlniger). The clock keeps ticking, for the home side and against the away team.

GOAL! 3-0 Hoffenheim vs. RB Leipzig (Gnabry 62')

56' - POST! Schürrle cuts in and cracks an effort off the outside of the post. Hour mark approaching. 

53' - Yarmolenko wants a penalty for a flying arm, but the referee says no. Dortmund are going to have to do better than that if they want to find an equalizer.

GOAL! 2-0 Hoffenheim vs. RB Leipzig (Gnabry 52')

49' - Dortmund get a corner early, but Kagawa's dink in after the short routine is poor. Leverkusen were so good with 10 men against RB Leipzig last time out. Will they do it again, or perhaps the better question is, will Dortmund let them?

46' - So, second half time and what a big half for Dortmund. One change at the break, Leverkusen bring on Panagiotis Retsos (central defender) for Henrichs to provide more security at the back. Can the home side stay ahead even with 10 men?

HALFTIME Leverkusen 1-0 Dortmund (Volland 30')

Bayern Munich 1-1 Hannover
Hoffenheim 1-0 RB Leipzig
Mainz 0-2 Augsburg
Werder Bremen 1-0 Stuttgart

45+5' - After two injuries, Dortmund get loads of stoppage time to cause some problems but just as they look like they have found some intent, the half is over.

GOAL! 1-0 Werder Bremen vs. Stuttgart (Kruse 45')

44' - Two injury-enforced subs in a first half they have been outplayed in, Dortmund now face 45 minutes against 10 men to turn a 1-0 deficit into a win. Whether they do, will likely impact the future of Peter Bosz and the rest of Dortmund's season. Big sentences, but after 14  Matchdays, that is where Dortmund are. For Leverkusen, a win here is the kind of moment they'll look back on as key if they go on to make the top four.

GOAL! 2-0 Augsburg vs. Mainz (Finnbogason pen. 42')

42' - RED CARD! Robert Hartmann wants to take another look at Wendell's tackle to see if the foul was worse than first considered. We, sadly, don't get the benefit of those VAR images anymore while Hartmann views it, but soon after we do see it and it looks understandable to me. He goes straight into Castro's ankle, who has had to come off as a result (Shinji Kagawa on). A game-changing moment. Leno deals with the resulting free kick.

GOAL! 1-1 Bayern vs. Hannover (Benschop 35')

39' - Dortmund are trying to settle, but with the ball they haven't looked dangerous and without it they look dangerously poor. What is happening? Bürki goes short to Schmelzer off a goal kick, but he can only clear up the line. Leverkusen quickly swarm and it takes a couple of heroic blocks to deny Leverkusen a second. My goodness. This can't end well for Bosz or his boys. 

30' - GOAL! 1-0 Leverkusen! (Volland) It has been coming. A little ball through and Volland beats a (still) high line from Dortmund. The top scoring German in the Bundesliga goes round an out-rushing Bürki and puts it into the empty net. Dortmund, Dortmund, wherefore art thou Dortmund?

Bayern vs. Hannover - Quite the drama in Munich. After Robert Lewandowski's goal was ruled out by VAR, Hannover got a penalty at the other end. Füllkrug scores but has to retake it and then Ulreich saves it. Wow!

25' - Leverkusen beginning to control the tempo. Dortmund chasing shadows a bit (and there are some given that it gets dark in Germany at four o'clock in December). Benjamin Henrichs cuts in from the right after getting behind Raphael Guerreiro, but his shot is straight at Bürki (who parries). 

GOAL! 1-0 Augsburg vs. Mainz (Gregoritsch 22')

21' - CHANCE! Bailey with the kind of cross Jesus would be proud of and Kai Havertz's header looks just as good, but it hits the crossbar. Leverkusen far more dangerous in front of goal, but have nothing to show for it.

GOAL! 1-0 Bayern vs. Hannover (Vidal 18')

17' - Half a chance. Gonzalo Castro gets a wasted cross back into the box, but Andriy Yarmolenko's shot is easy enough for Bernd Leno (although he takes a Pulisic knee to the face for his troubles).

GOAL! 1-0 Hoffenheim vs. RB Leipzig (Amiri 13')

13' - Bailey's free kick ends up going through to Roman Bürki, who has to react quickly. Julian Brandt's corner isn't bad, but it's cleared. Another Bailey set-piece, this time the clearance lands at Brandt's feet and his low drive needs another Bürki save. Still sparring these two, but Leverkusen getting a couple of jabs in now.

12' - Dortmund constantly throwing their arms in the air because they have no one to pass to. Subotic with a smirk after fouling Volland with a move that stops a Leverkusen counterattack. He might be the nicest man in the Bundesliga, but the 28-year-old knows the game too.

7' - What a nightmare. As if things couldn't get worse for Borussia Dortmund. Maximilian Philipp turns his knee in what looks a fairly innocuous challenge with Jonathan Tah. Looks terrible on the replay too. The moment his knee/muscle/something that shouldn't be moving jolts forward makes for tough viewing. In pain and clearly frustrated, Philipp is taken off in a stretcher, Andre Schürrle comes on. Another test of Dortmund's mettle now.

5' - Neat passing eventually leads to Nuri Sahin playing in Christian Pulisic out wide left, but he takes a touch too many and the ball goes out for a goal kick. Dortmund have been sensible with the ball and compact without it early on. Kevin Volland sneaks in behind the BVB defense, but he's offside.

1' - Borussia Dortmund get us started in the BayArena.

-- Teams are out. Not long until this one is underway.

-- More from Herrlich, this time to WDR talking about Bosz: "The reporting made it look like Peter Bosz had already been sacked. I had to keep that away from my team."

-- Peter Bosz is speaking to Sky Sports ahead of the game against Leverkusen.

On Subotic: "I hope he leads the back line. He's strong in the air too. I think we need that too."

Bosz was coy on how his side will look exactly, as he was about the talks he had this week with Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke. He added that he hasn't spoken with Watzke or sporting director Michael Zorc about possible replacements. "This [talk of other candidates] doesn't help me."

When asked whether he had been given an ultimatum, Bosz said no before giving this response when asked about whether he still felt trusted to do his job: "I wouldn't be here if I didn't [have it], right?"

-- In the last six games, Leverkusen have collected 10 points more (12) than BVB (2). Heiko Herrlich is proving to be quite the astute appointment by Bayer Leverkusen. His surname does mean superb in German though, so perhaps we should have seen it coming. Do you think Dortmund can win today? Get in touch with us on Twitter or on Facebook.

-- BVB's XI is out. Neven Subotic starts, and with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang suspended, it's up to Maxi Philipp to score the goals. If not, 17-year-old English talent Jadon Sancho is on the bench. Leverkusen have Sven Bender, former BVB man, back in their team but it's Jamaican attacker Leon Bailey that needs keeping an eye on. What a talent he is - and only 20 too.

-- Good afternoon! Is this the last time Peter Bosz sits in the Borussia Dortmund dugout? The Dutchman is under pressure to deliver on Matchday 14 after that remarkable 4-4 draw with Schalke last weekend.A defeat in Leverkusen will reportedly be the final straw, even though (if further reports are to be believed) Dortmund don't seem to be able to find a suitable replacement anywhere (there's only one Jupp Heynckes). Elsewhere, Bayern Munich host Hannover, Hoffenheim face RB Leipzig and later on, Schalke play the still-winless Cologne. A Matchday with something for everyone.

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