47 min Apparently there was only one foul in the first half, which is kind of astonishing.
46 min Peep peep! Dortmund begin the second half, oh yes they do.
Half time: Paderborn 0-0 Dortmund
A job well done by the bottom club Paderborn, whose diligent defending has restricted Dortmund to unclear chances. See you in 10 minutes for the second half.
45 min: Good chance for Brandt! Hakimi surges into space down the right and slides the ball towards Sancho on the edge of the area. He lets it run beautifully to Brandt, who whacks it miles over the bar. Decent chance, that.
44 min Can screams with frustration after blootering the ball into orbit from the edge of the area. Dortmund look increasingly irritated with Paderborn’s refusal to roll over.
43 min “Hey Rob,” says JR in Illinois. “Is there any word on whether or not the upcoming Premier League games will be broadcast with fake crowd noise? Although we have much, much, much. much, much, much bigger problems in the world I really am opposed to the fake noise. Aside from the fact that I prefer real things to not be purposefully misrepresented it’s very distracting because all I can think while I’m watching now is ‘That crowd noise isn’t really happening.’”
I think the Premier League are planning to use the same ambient backdrop as before lockdown.
41 min Another good break from Paderborn. Holtmann plays the ball out to the overlapping Antwi-Adjei, who cracks over from a tight angle. Burki had it covered, though it was a decent strike.
39 min Dortmund work the ball from left to right before Hakimi’s low cross flashes across the face of goal.
36 min The stretching Strohdiek shanks a clearance behind for another Dortmund. Hazard swings it deep towards Can, who heads wide under pressure.
34 min Dortmund are looking increasingly dangerous. Paderborn have defended excellently so far, but it’ll be hard to do this for 90 minutes.
30 min: Chance for Hazard! Strohdiek’s backheader falls short of the keeper Zingerle. Hazard gets to it first and tries to cushion it past Zingerle, who dives to his right to make a vital block.
29 min Holtmann’s long-range shot ends up somewhere near Amsterdam. Told you he was a good player.
26 min: Just wide from Guerreiro! A rare opportunity to counter-attack allows Dortmund to finally find some space. Sancho and Brandt combined nicely to set up Guerreiro, whose fierce low shot beats the keeper Zingerle before hitting Collins on the line and deflecting just wide of the far post! I don’t know how much Collins knew about it, but it was a goalsaving touch.
22 min Gerrit Holtmann, on the left of midfield for Paderborn, looks a decent player – fast, aggressive and with good awareness of the available passing options.
20 min Dortmund are starting to dominate possession, with Sancho increasingly influential. Paderborn look a real threat on the break, though.
17 min: Good save from Zingerle! Dortmund’s first chance falls to Hazard, who runs onto a long pass down the inside-right channel from Piszczeck and spanks a half-volley that is blocked at the near post by Zingerle.
15 min You’d expect Dortmund’s class to tell eventually, but at the moment Paderborn are the better – and the hungrier – team.
13 min Another crisp, economical counter-attack from Paderborn ends with Antwi-Adjei whacking over the bar from the edge of the box. It was a reasonable opportunity, if not as good as his first a couple of minutes ago.
11 min: Chance for Paderborn! That was a terrific counter-attack. Holtmann won the ball on the edge of the area before surging into space and eventually over the halfway line. Holtmann, Mamby and Srbeny then moved the ball across the field to find Antwi-Adjei in space on the right side of the box, but his low drive went well wide of the far post.
10 min Nothing much to report. I’m not sure Sancho has touched the ball yet.
7 min Paderborn have had plenty of the ball in the early minutes.
4 min Can’s low cross from the right is screwed behind for a corner by Drager, who looked on nervously as the ball whistled past the far post.
3 min It’s been a lively start from Paderborn, who are in reasonable form: they’ve drawn all three games since the restart.
1 min Peep peep! Paderborn kick off from right to left. They are in blue; Dortmund are wearing yellow.
The return match, in November, was bizarro entertainment: Paderborn led 3-0 at half-time before Dortmund came back to draw.
Jadon Sancho starts for Dortmund for the first time since spring break. It looks as if, in the absence of Erling Haaland, Thorgan Hazard will play as a duplicitious nine.
SC Paderborn 07 (4-1-4-1) Zingerle; Drager, Strohdiek, Hunemeier, Collins; Schonlau; Antwi-Adjei, Vasiliadis, Srbeny, Holtmann; Mamba.
Substitutes: Huth, Jans, Ritter, Proger, Sabiri, Evans, Michel, Zolinski, Jastrzembski.
Borussia Dortmund (3-4-2-1) Burki; Piszczek, Hummels, Akanji; Hakimi, Delaney, Can, Guerreiro; Sancho, Brandt; Hazard.
Substitutes: Hitz, Balerdi, Morey, Schmelzer, Gotze, Witsel, Reyna, Fuhrich, Raschl.
Hello. That low squeak you’ve been hearing since Tuesday night is the air coming out of Borussia Dortmund’s season. The 1-0 defeat to Bayern Munich ended their title hopes at a stroke, and now all they have to play for is the usual Champions League place. It’s quite a comedown for a team that has spent much of the the season dreaming of a first Championship since 2012. If they hadn’t seen such riches, they could live with being poor.
The fight for those Champions League places is seriously tight. If Gladbach beat Union Berlin in the early game – they lead 3-1 after 70 minutes – there will be only two points separating Dortmund in second and Leipzig in fifth. Dortmund have a pretty good run-in, though, with three of their last six games against teams in the bottom four.
That starts with today’s match away to the bottom club Paderborn, a game Dortmund will expect to win even without the injured Erling Haaland. The match should tell us how badly they have been affected by that Bayern defeat. If it does impact upon their morale and focus, they might not even make the top four.
Kick off 5pm BST, 6pm CEST.