It took nearly the entire 90 minutes, but Bayern Munich figured out a way to get past Borussia Dortmund at the Allianz Arena on Saturday. 'Der Klassiker' lived up to it's billing, and the match was thoroughly entertaining for it's entirety.
Bayern peppered Roman Weidenfeller throughout the match, picking up 25 attempts on goal on the day. This is tied for the most they've had in a league match all season. They had trouble breaking down the brick wall that was Weidenfeller for long portions of the match, but Bayern were determined to take home all three points.
Arjen Robben: Robben was fantastic on the day, continually torching Erik Durm and Lukasz Piszczek on the day.he showed us once again that Borussia Dortmund, like every other team in the world, still have not figured out how to stop Robben cutting inside on his left foot. Weidenfeller denied us of a spectacular Robben goal in the early minutes of the match, but Arjen got his revenge late in the match, converting the penalty to give Bayern the win. The goal was Robben's seventh in his last seven matches against BVB.
Robert Lewandowski: His goal is the reason Bayern paid an astronomical fee for him this summer. (Oh, wait, it was €0. LOL.) Bayern were struggling to find a way to beat Weidenfeller, and it took his former teammate to do it. While Lewandowski wasn't great today, he's on this list due to just how vital that goal was. Bayern needed a goal, and he delivered.
Mehdi Benatia: Yes, Benatia must accept a lot of responsibility for the goal that Marco Reus scored. He let Reus cut in front of him and win the header. However, if you can set aside that mistake (Yes, I do realize that it was a big mistake.), Benatia was excellent on the day. He seemed determined to get that goal back on the offensive end, but he was never able to turn any of the five headers he won on corner kicks into the back of the net. He, along with Jerome Boateng and David Alaba, maintained Bayern's high defensive line, only really getting burnt down the wing. I thought he performed quite well on the day and deserves the recognition.