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Match Awards from Bayern’s Supercup penalty-shootout victory over Dortmund

It was a great game for Bayern’s new signees from Hoffenheim and Manuel Neuer’s backup.

Sven Ulreich saves the decisive penalty in the penalty shootout of the DFL Supercup 2017. 
Photo by Alex Grimm/Bongarts/Getty Images

Jersey Swap: Ousmane Dembélé. The 20-year old Frenchmen was at the heart of everything positive going forward for Dortmund. A player not known for being shy to take on defenders one-on-one, Dembélé routinely carved Bayern open at the back with his passing. His brilliantly weighted through ball found Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in acres of space on the break for Dortmund's second goal of the match in the 71st minute. Quite frankly, he was a constant threat for Bayern, and proved to be quite the handful for Rafinha driving down the right flank. The award arguably could've gone to Christian Pulisic, but his goal was a complete gift from some sloppy play by Bayern at the back.

Tip of the Cap: Sebastian Rudy. Putting in a real X's and O's type of performance, Rudy worked incredibly hard on both sides of the ball all night and covered loads of distance. Apart from a few stray passes in the first half, he was one of Bayern's strongest, most consistent midfield players this evening and had a few chances of his own. His right-footed shot two minutes before halftime prompted an alert piece of goalkeeping from Roman Bürki.

Golf Clap: Niklas Süle. Coming on in the 60th minute for the injured Javi Martinez, Süle did quite well coming into the match when momentum was turning in Dortmund's favor. He remained calm with his distribution from the back, and it was his header off of the free kick that struck the crossbar and led to Bayern's equalizer in the 91st minute. Hopefully the extent of Javi Martinez's injury isn't too serious, but Süle did exceptionally well filling in.

Standing Ovation: Joshua Kimmich. Perhaps the only flaw in his performance tonight was his missed penalty in the shootout. Other than that, Kimmich was one of Bayern's best players on the pitch. He was tasked with keeping Christian Pulisic at bay on the right and did exceptionally well for the most part. In the first half in particular, he routinely got forward and whipped balls into Dortmund's 18-yard box. He provided the assist for Lewandowski's goal in the 18th minute after a charging run forward on the right flank. He also was the last Bayern player to get a touch on the ball for their stoppage time equalizer, although it was clearly an own goal.

Meister of the Match: Sven Ulreich. How could you not give it to Ulreich? There was little he could do for either of Dortmund's two goals during regulation time, but he was the ultimate difference maker in the penalty shootout, saving spot kicks from both Sebastian Rode and Marc Bartra. Since Neuer will soon rejoin the team, this is likely one of Ulreich's last opportunities to shine bar Bayern's DFB-Pokal match against Chemnitzer FC in one week's time, assuming Neuer stays fit.

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