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Match awards and player ratings in Bayern's 1-0 win over Borussia Dortmund

Was it the defensive performance or Robert Lewandowski's goal on his return to the Signal Iduna Park that earned Meister of the Match?

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Tip Of The Cap: Ilkay Gundogan. The Borussia Dortmund midfielder was a rock solid stud for his side and was the key factor in their ability to win, recycle, and push possession against Bayern Munich. He attempted 69 passes on the evening, second to only Mats Hummels in the entire game, before being substituted for Henrik Mkhitaryan in the 78th minute. It was a return to the form reminiscent of the Gundogan who showed large in Dortmund's run to the 2012/2013 Champions League final.

Golf Clap: Bastian Schweinsteiger. Pep Guardiola rolled out a new 3-5-2 formation today and that formation needed Bastian Schweinsteiger and Philipp Lahm on their game to make it work. While Philipp Lahm had a solid shift, it was Bastian Schweinsteiger who was pulling the strings between deep midfield and the attack as his off-ball runs and work with Juan Bernat on the left helped to drive the Bayern Munich attack forward despite missing their best direct players in Franck Ribery and Arjen Robben.

Standing Ovation - Robert Lewandowski: With tireless work up front, this match was one of Robert Lewandowski's finest in a Bayern Munich uniform. He held up possession well (when Bayern used it), harassed and harried the Dortmund backline and was instrumental in shifting play between the Bayern Munich midfield and Thomas Müller's runs. Further to that point, this was one of the few matches where Lewandowski had a genuine front to goal role playing off his partners and it was that role he took to with aplomb. Add in the only goal of the match -- on his first trip back to Signal Iduna Park no less -- and Lewandowski was one of the brightest spots for Bayern today.

Meister Of The Match - Jerome Boateng: At the end of the day this game was all about the Bayern Munich defense and Jerome Boateng was the rock in that backline. He totaled for 2 tackles, 6 interceptions, 7 clearances on the counting stats but it was his spacing and tactical play that left Borussia Dortmund with zero answers for how to break through the middle of the box. It was a masterful display from a player who has quietly become the most consistent, and possibly the best, centerback in Europe right before our eyes.

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