Bayern Munich 4-2 Borussia Dortmund
Bundesliga Matchday 24
Bayern made it five league wins in a row against Borussia Dortmund for the first time since 1970 and reclaimed top spot in Bundesliga in the process.
In an extraordinary start at the Allianz Arena, Dortmund went ahead through two goals by Erling Haaland within ten minutes.
It was a Klassiker that lived up to the hype for much of the game, Robert Lewandowski responding to Haaland with two goals of his own in the first half.
It was impossible for the players to keep up the level of intensity for the entire game which became scrappy in the second half, but Bayern came through. A Leon Goretzka strike and Lewan’s third sealed victory for the Reds – their fifth win over their old adversary in the league.
To note for BVB fans, Haaland left the field with Achilles trouble after a niggling challenge by Boateng on sixty minutes.
Boateng left the field ten minutes later having over stretched intercepting a through-ball.
The victory see’s Bayern leapfrog RB Leipzig back to first after the Red Bulls took a brief hold on top spot beating Freiburg earlier in the day.
Dortmund, who were without the injured Jadon Sancho, stay sixth, four points off the CL spots.
First half: Lewandowski 2-2 Haaland
Notorious for being slow starters, Borussia Dortmund dispelled that tag by taking the lead within two minutes at the Allianz Arena through Erling Haaland.
Having barely kicked off, Dortmund won possession, Hummels sprayed it wide to Thomas Munier who lofted a hopeful looking ball in the general direction of Haaland which Bayern inexplicably let bounce. Haaland reclaimed the ball and got his shot away from eighteen yards which took a deflection off Jerome Boateng to beat Manual Neuer.
This Klassiker was to turn on its head when Haaland doubled BVB’s lead.
Mahmoud Dahoud, rewarded with holding down a midfield position due to recent good form, played a superb grass cutting cross-field pass to Nico Schulz who put it to Hazard who crossed it for Haaland to tap in.
You might notice from that last paragraph two players that are rare to be written in reports of the BlackYellow. Schulz was making only his eighth start of the season, in for the injured Raphael Guerriero, whilst Hazard was making his first start in over two months, in for the injured Sancho.
This was a game with a full strength Bayern side, supposedly waltzing towards nine titles in a row, versus a Dortmund side sitting sixth in the league decimated by injury – at least five first team players out including Sancho, Reyna and first choice keeper Roman Burki.
Much was made of the contest between arguably the two best strikers in world football right now – Haaland and Lewandowski – however the Pole cut a maligned figure in the opening quarter of the match, only able to bring to the table two weak headers and a scuffed shot from a Goretzka chest down against Haaland’s two goals.
The closest Bayern came to scoring in the first twenty was a Leroy Sane header at the back post which the former Man City forward put over from a tight angle.
A striker of Lewan’s calibre is not going to let anyone upstage him in his own backyard, specially someone twelve years his junior.
The Pole got his goal on 26’. Sane sold Schulz the dummy and threaded a low cross through the eye of a needle for Lewan to stab in at the back post.
Minutes later Coman drew a save out of Hitz. The Frenchman hit a powerful low shot from the angle. BVB’s keeper saved with his feet.
From the rebound Coman reclaimed the ball and was hacked down by Meunier with referee Marco Fritz producing the game’s first yellow card.
Sane’s taking his time to come to the boil at Bayern after his summer move from City, however the German winger was producing some real quality on the pitch. A backheel flicked through to Lewandowski on 33’ brought a vital block from Hummels to prevent the Pole matching Haaland’s goal tally.
‘Cuse the pun, but the game was turning into a real classic. Lovely play by Reus and Hazard just after the half hour mark almost released Meunier on the opposite flank.
Bayern immediately responded, working the ball out to Lewandowski whose exquisite touch set Bayern on the counter. Lewan couldn’t finish the move he started though, shooting over form Goretzka’s back heel layoff.
It took an on-field video assessment by referee Fritz to award Bayern a penalty right on the stroke of half time.
Fritz went to look at Dahoud’s challenge on Coman on the edge of the box and pointed to the spot.
Lewandowski discharged the penalty with aplomb to make it Lewan 2-2 Haaland, sorry, Bayern 2-2 Dortmund at the break.
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Second half: Haaland injured and Lewan gets his hat-trick
If there were concerns Dortmund would become deflated having lost a two goal lead, these fears were almost instantly allayed.
Hazard had the first real chance of the second half within a minute when a deep cross found the Belgian at the back post who shot wide.
Moments later Marco Reus had a shout for a penalty, being barged over by international colleague Kimmich whilst making a penetrating run into the box.
Two minutes later Kimmich had a routine shot, hit straight down the throat of Hitz from twenty yards, unexpectedly spilled by the keeper, which almost led to Coman tapping in.
Barely ten minutes into the half and Haaland went down to a challenge by Boateng on the halfway line. The BVB bench held its collective breath as Haaland received treatment on his Achilles before trooping on with some discomfort.
The Norwegian superstar flung his arms up in exasperation at his team mates, cutting a more isolated figure up-front on his own as Dortmund began sitting deeper and deeper as the half wore on.
Haaland would be denied his first hat-trick in the Klassiker – perhaps being saved for more important fights to come. The Norwegian was subbed off for academy product Steffen Tigges on the hour and immediately began receiving treatment on a bloodied heel on the touchline.
The game was beginning to look like the aftermath of a warzone as a raft of changes were made by both sides for injury and fatigue.
Most concerning was Boateng being helped off by two Bayern backroom staff unable to put any weight on his leg after intercepting a pass played by Dahoud that almost put Reus in.
For Dortmund, young English prodigy Jude Bellingham came into the fold to provide fresh legs in midfield.
A draw would see Bayern reclaim top spot in the league on goal difference after Leipzig beat Freiburg 3-0 earlier in the day. It would also see Dortmund come away from the weekend just three points off the Champions League spots.
It seemed to be a result Terzic would settle for as he replaced Reus with Real Madrid loanee Reinier – much to the dismay of the BVB captain who looked confounded in conversation with Haaland on the bench.
Much was made about the return of Thomas Muller, but a player also returning who has really stepped up in the last couple of games is Leon Goretzka.
It was his strike two minutes from time that proved decisive.
After that the pressure seemed to release and the floodgates opened. Lewandowski got his hat-trick with a low finish from 18 yards to secure the three points for Bayern.
MOTM: Robert Lewandowski
Hat-trick performance. Could have crumbled under the pressure exerted by Haaland with the two opening goals, but this is Lewan. The Pole responded with three of his own, the pick of the bunch the third. 31 in 24 matches. Ten needed from the remaining ten to beat Gurd Muller’s record.
Bayern Munich, 4-2-3-1: Neuer (GK) (C) – Davies, Sule, Alaba, Boateng (->70′) – Goretzka, Kimmich – Coman (->66′), Sane (->91′), Muller (->91′) – Lewandowski
Subs: Hoffman (GK), Gnabry (->66′), Martinez (->70′), Choupo-Moting (->91′), Sarr, Roca, Dantas, Musiala, Hernandez (->91′)
BVB, 4-3-3: Hitz (GK) – Hummels, Zagadou (->70), Meunier, Schulz – Dahoud, Delaney (->70′), Can – Reus (C) (->76′), Hazard (->60′), Haaland (->60′)
Subs: Burki (GK), Morey (->70), Moukoko, Brandt (->60′), Passlack, Reinier (->76′), Tigges (->60′), Piszczek, Bellingham (->70′)
Goals: Haaland 2′, 9′, Lewandowski 26′, 44′, 89′, Goretzka 87′