German Bundesliga
B LeverkusenBayer 04 Leverkusen0B DortmundBorussia Dortmund1

Bayer 04 Leverkusen 0-1 Borussia Dortmund

Stefan Kiessling and Roger Schmidt
Acting Bayer Leverkusen captain Stefan Kiessling was sent over to the the touchline to talk to coach Roger Schmidt

Referee Felix Zwayer walked off after Bayer Leverkusen boss Roger Schmidt refused to go to the stands after being dismissed for dissent.

The Bundesliga match against Borussia Dortmund was delayed for around eight minutes and only started again after Schmidt left his technical area.

Schmidt claimed Dortmund's goal, scored by Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, should not have stood.

"I was too stubborn and reacted emotionally," said Schmidt afterwards.

Re-live all the drama here.

The 48-year-old claimed a free-kick leading to the goal was not taken from the right place.

German referee Zwayer asked Leverkusen's acting captain Stefan Kiessling, who had conceded the foul that led to the goal, to tell his coach to leave the dug-out.

When nothing happened, Zwayer led the teams off the pitch and into the dressing rooms.

"It was certainly a mistake on my part," added Schmidt.

"However, I wish the referee had explained to me just once why I had to go to the stands."

It was the first time a Bundesliga match had been suspended in such circumstances, with Schmidt going on to watch the remainder of the game from his team's dressing room.

Felix Zwayer and Roger Schmidt
Felix Zwayer spoke to Bayer Leverkusen coach Roger Schmidt over an incident in the first half
Felix Zwayer
Zwayer left the pitch and was seen talking to Bayer Leverkusen officials in the tunnel
Referee Felix Zwayer leaves the pitch
Zwayer also took charge of Tottenham's Europa League tie with Fiorentina last week

The result moved Dortmund to within eight points of Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich following Bayern's 3-1 win over Darmstadt on Saturday.

The top two teams meet in Dortmund on 5 March.

Leverkusen missed the chance to go third in the table as their six-match unbeaten league run came to an end.

In a game of few chances, the controversial moment came after 64 minutes when Kiessling fouled Sven Bender.

Matthias Ginter took a quick free-kick which released Erik Durm to break clear and cross for Aubameyang to side-foot in his 28th goal of the season.

What they said:

Bayer Leverkusen coach Roger Schmidt: "We went behind to an irregular goal. I pointed it out to the fourth official.

Borussia Dortmund coach Thomas Tuchel: "I can empathize with Roger, but better he took that position than I did.

"Emotions can sometimes boil over, but on this occasion it was a little too much."


B Leverkusen

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Leno
  • 16JedvajSubstituted forHilbertat 57'minutes
  • 4Tah
  • 21ToprakSubstituted forPapadopoulosat 45'minutesBooked at 56mins
  • 18WendellBooked at 89mins
  • 14Mehmedi
  • 23Kramer
  • 44KamplBooked at 25minsSubstituted forRamalhoat 45'minutes
  • 38BellarabiBooked at 58mins
  • 11Kießling
  • 7HernándezBooked at 53mins


  • 2Ramalho
  • 5Papadopoulos
  • 13Hilbert
  • 19Brandt
  • 25Kresic
  • 27Kruse
  • 37Frey

B Dortmund

Formation 4-3-3

  • 38Bürki
  • 26Piszczek
  • 25PapastathopoulosSubstituted forSuboticat 77'minutes
  • 15Hummels
  • 37DurmBooked at 87mins
  • 28Ginter
  • 6BenderSubstituted forWeiglat 68'minutes
  • 14Leitner
  • 10Mkhitaryan
  • 17Aubameyang
  • 22PulisicSubstituted forReusat 45'minutes


  • 1Weidenfeller
  • 4Subotic
  • 11Reus
  • 20Ramos
  • 23Kagawa
  • 29Schmelzer
  • 33Weigl
Felix Zwayer

Match Stats

Home TeamB LeverkusenAway TeamB Dortmund
Shots on Target

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Bayer 04 Leverkusen 0, Borussia Dortmund 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Bayer 04 Leverkusen 0, Borussia Dortmund 1.

  3. Post update

    Offside, Borussia Dortmund. Henrikh Mkhitaryan tries a through ball, but Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is caught offside.

  4. Post update

    Attempt missed. Chicharito (Bayer 04 Leverkusen) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Karim Bellarabi.

  5. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Marco Reus (Borussia Dortmund) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  6. Booking

    Wendell (Bayer 04 Leverkusen) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  7. Post update

    Henrikh Mkhitaryan (Borussia Dortmund) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Wendell (Bayer 04 Leverkusen).

  9. Post update

    Corner, Bayer 04 Leverkusen. Conceded by Erik Durm.

  10. Post update

    Attempt saved. Marco Reus (Borussia Dortmund) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Matthias Ginter with a through ball.

  11. Booking

    Erik Durm (Borussia Dortmund) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Erik Durm (Borussia Dortmund).

  13. Post update

    Karim Bellarabi (Bayer 04 Leverkusen) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  14. Post update

    Erik Durm (Borussia Dortmund) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Karim Bellarabi (Bayer 04 Leverkusen).

  16. Post update

    Corner, Bayer 04 Leverkusen. Conceded by Roman Bürki.

  17. Post update

    Henrikh Mkhitaryan (Borussia Dortmund) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Wendell (Bayer 04 Leverkusen).

  19. Post update

    Matthias Ginter (Borussia Dortmund) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Stefan Kießling (Bayer 04 Leverkusen).

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Sunday 21st February 2016

As It Stood

1Bayern Munich22192156114559
2B Dortmund22163354243051
3Hertha Berlin2210663024636
4B Leverkusen2210573123835
5B Mgladbach2211294338535
16Werder Bremen2255122544-1920
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