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Borussia Dortmund edge Bayern Munich | Match Awards

Well, not the result Bayern were hoping for, but there were still some great performances that shouldn't be overlooked

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Jersey Swap: Sokratis Papastathopoulos. Easily the most involved of any Dortmund player from his own end, to the midfield and in the attacking third. He had eleven clearances and four interceptions proving to be a nasty thorn in Bayern's attack. The fact that he was also able to contribute to Dortmund maintaining possession when they could and countering as often as they did was the icing on the cake. His defense kept Dortmund from drawing, or worse, losing this game.

Tip Of The Cap: Franck Ribery. The 33 year old frenchman seems to have an endless supply of energy, playing a full 90' in an incredibly intense game and for much of it, was the only real attacking threat. He ran right past many Dortmund defenders and midfielders despite being about 10 years their senior and was fouled more times than any other Bayern player.Despite his, and the teams, inability to get the all important goal, Ribery still played a very solid game, especially when factoring in his age.

Golf Clap: Mats Hummels. The former Dortmund Center Back played a very good game against his former club. Shockingly enough, he actually led Bayern in shots on goal, coming agonizingly close to equalizing. But he was just as effective in his own end winning eight aerial duels to maintain possession and stopping several Dortmund counters dead in their tracks.

Standing Ovation: Manuel Neuer. He had three saves on the game but none of them were as crucial as his last save which kept it a 1-0 game. Whether it was his positioning or his mere presence that cause Pierre Emerick Aubameyang to shoot off his left foot, Neuer still made a great save to knock it aside.

Meister Of The Match: Xabi Alonso. Outside of one mistake which led to a one on one chance for Aubameyang, Xabi played a very strong game. Four passes leading to shots on goal, a perfect eight for eight on passes longer than 30 yards and beautiful shot that came off the woodwork and tantalizingly close to a goal. For as much flack as Xabi is going to catch for that one gaffe, and it was a bad one, it shouldn't overshadow the fact that he played a very good game today.

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