Preview - Borussia Dortmund vs Bayern Munich 4 Nov

Started by Bensergi, Nov 04, 2017, 08:07 PM

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Borussia Dortmund vs Bayern Munich

At the beginning of October, Borussia Dortmund were five points clear at the top and Bayern Munich were in full blown crisis mode, sacking head coach Carlo Ancelotti in the process.

Four weeks later, after the appointment of the venerable Jupp Heynckes for the third time, the status quo of the last five years has been restored. Bayern are back on top. Dortmund sit three points behind them, woefully entangled in their own crisis.

Der Klassiker is German football's most intense derby, with Bayern and Dortmund sharing the Bundesliga title between them in the past eight years. This will mark the 96th Bundesliga meeting with Bayern winning 43 times to Dortmund's 24.

The most engaging sub-plot is of course the battle of the hotshots Robert Lewandowski and the man who succeeded him as Dortmund's main source of goals, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

Lewandowski was the top scorer with 30 goals in the 2015/16 season, but that was surpassed by Aubameyang in the following season, the Gabonese helping himself to 31 strikes.


Match Stats:

  • Borussia Dortmund 1-3 Bayern Munich
  • Shots: 10-7
  • Possession: 49%-51%
  • Corner kicks: 4-3

After a balanced opening at the Signal Iduna Park, Bayern drew first blood on 17 minutes as Thiago lofted a ball into the area for James Rodriguez, who controlled brilliantly before teeing up Robben for a trademark left-footed strike. A flurry of chances followed on the half-hour, with Sven Ulreich and Roman Bürki producing fine saves to deny Andrey Yarmolenko and Robert Lewandowski, before Shinji Kagawa's deflected effort clipped the outside of the post. Lewandowski made it 2-0 after his cheeky flick from a Joshua Kimmich cross took a deflection off Julian Weigl and looped over Bürki. The misery continued for Dortmund as they lost Sokratis to an ankle injury just before half-time. 

Lewandowski had the opportunity to deliver a knockout blow early in the second half, but Bürki produced a superb reflex save to keep out the Polish marksman's bullet header. An in-form Christian Pulisic looked determined to drag Dortmund back into the game, but Yarmolenko and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang got in each other's way after the American's fine low ball across from the left. The writing was on the wall when David Alaba's cross midway through the half evaded everyone - Lewandowski, Bürki and James - and ended up in the back of the net. Marc Bartra did grab a fine late consolation after more good work from Pulisic down the left, but Bayern saw it out to move four points clear of RB Leipzig - and six ahead of Dortmund - at the top of the table.

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