In a cagey affair from both Pep Guardiola and Jurgen Klopp, Bayern Munich went home after the put in the worst penalty shot performance you're likely to see this century.
The first half was a mixed battle to-and-fro as both sides plenty of space through midfield and in transition. It was a battle of stalwart defending from both teams as they both bent but never broke under pressure. Bayern Munich emphasized wing play rather then challenging Dortmund through the middle content to use Juan Bernat on the left and a combination of Thomas Müller and Mitchell Weiser on the right side of the pitch. Dortmund for all their ability spent much of the first half building through Marco Reus. That left them one dimensional and easy to defend against as Bayern limited them to just 3 shots in the first 45.
In the 29th minute the deadlock was broken as a big Dortmund push saw Bayern Munich spring the counterattack. Unmarked on the left, Robert Lewandowski sprinted onto the long ball beating the entire Dortmund defense before chipping Mitchell Langerak. The chip pinged off the post while Lewandowksi picked up the second ball and coolly slotted in under the still recovering Langerak.
In the 55th minute a massive controversy erupted as Marcel Schmelzer used an extended arm to block the ball, preventing Thomas Müller from beating him in the box. Despite the outrage and protestations of Müller, the entire Bayern bench, and most of the stadium the call was not given.
With both teams making a set of substitutions, it was Borussia Dortmund who gained the upper hand as Henrik Mkhitaryan came in and promptly took control of the midfield, pulling the strings for Dortmund and shifting them into a higher gear. It felt like it was only a matter of time before they were knocking on the Bayern goal. And knock they did mid-way through the second half.
Just before the 75th minute, a series of long switched balls left the Bayern defense falt footed on a far post cross that Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang put away. Manuel Neuer was in the right position, but just a half step to late as he clawed it out. But not before the ball was well over the goal line.
Continued Dortmund pressure produced several outstanding saves from Manuel Neuer, but the real blow to Bayern Munich came in the 84th minute when Arjen Robben was subsituted due to what appeared to be a re-aggravation of his abdominal injury. The loss of Robben disjointed the Bayern Munich attack and the game became a slow dwindle down to the looming extra time. When it arrived, Bayern Munich were gassed.
Extra time was a languid affair as both teams had pressed all their energy and intensity out in the first 60 minutes and neither had anything left in the tank. Extra time seemed to became a pointless 30-minute exercise as both sides marched towards the matches inexorable conclusion: the hands of fate amid penalty kicks. A 101st minute foul just outside the box saw Schweinsteiger head the resulting free kick just over the bar.
With just 10 minutes left to play, Dortmund substitute Kevin Kampl picked up his second yellow card of the evening. From there on out, it was a feisty affair as both sides scrapped and clawed their way towards 120 minutes, neither willing to concede an inch without taking a pound of flesh as their reward.
In the 113th minute, a 45 yard pin point cross from Jerome Boateng found Schweinsteiger's head but Mitchell Langerak made a point-blank save to keep the score level. It was just another moment of frustration amid an extra time filled with pure frustration. Going to penalties was just the inevitable culmination of cruel ironies in this match.
Bayern's first penalty taker, Philipp Lahm, slipped and skied his shot. It became even crueler. Gundogan scored his to give Dortmund the advantage.
Xabi Alonso, slipped and skied his shot. This was one big giant karmic joke on Bayern Munich wasn't it? Sebastian Kehl scored to double Dortmund's advantage.
Mario Götze's shot was saved by Mitchell Langerak. Nothing could possibly have been worse for Bayern. Neuer saved. Bayern still breathed.
Neuer stepped to the spot. He hit the crossbar. Bayern were done. Their dream of another treble is gone.
Bayern Munich (1-1) Borussia Dortmund
FCB: Robert Lewandowski (29')
Dortmund: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (75')
Bayern XI (3-5-2): Neuer - Rafinha, Boateng, Benatia - Bernat, Thiago (Robben 68' (Götze 84')), Alonso, Lahm, Weiser – Lewandowski, Müller (Schweinsteiger 76')
Dortmund XI (4-2-3-1): Langerak - Schmelzer, Hummels, Sokratis, Durm - Gundogan, Bender (Kehl, 94') - Reus, Kagawa (Mkhitaryan 70'), Blazczykowski (Kampl 83') - Aubameyang
- Combined with Saturday's win over Hertha BSC, Mitchell Weiser has now put in two solid shifts for Bayern Munich. He flashes the potential that shows why he made his Bundesliga debut at age 17, but it's the constantly harnessing that ability that's the issue now. Bayern Munich should sign him to a new contract this summer if he'll agree to it.
- Thiago Alcantara is awesome and amazing and please provide more adjectives in the comments because I can't actually think of enough to describe him.
- Arjen Robben injuries make me :') :') ') ') ')
- Henrik Mkhitaryan was amazing for Borussia Dortmund and this was the player Dortmund have been looking for since they signed him. This was Jurgen Klopp figuring out how to use him at his best.
- Penalties suck. This particular penalty kick performance from Bayern Munich was shit. There are no other words that are apropos.