FC Bayern had the lead twice but was unable to hold on to it, as Dortmund surged and turned the game around in the second half. Robert Lewandowski and Marco Reus traded goals twice, but Paco Alacaer’s counter-attack goal proved to be the game-winner. Who stood out for Bayern Munich during today’s thrilling game?
Jersey swap: Marco Reus
Marco Reus was the best man on either team today, frankly. He made Neuer look silly and forced a foul in the box, setting up Dortmund’s first equalizer. He sent Neuer the wrong way on the ensuing penalty kick and slotted it into the back of the net to level the game at 1-1. His second goal came on an incredible volley off a ball from Pizczek from the wing. Reus was a constant threat and a major contributor to Dortmund’s success today.
Tip of the cap: Serge Gnabry
Gnabry had a solid if largely unspectacular game tearing up and down the right flank and running at a yellow wall of defenders. His offensive efforts were finally rewarded with an assist on Lewy’s first goal. He made way for Renato Sanches — who made a positive impression as well — in the second half.
Golf clap: Franck Ribery
Ribery played perhaps his best game since late last season, when he gave Bayern all he had against Real Madrid. He was dangerous on the left flank and had a few chances in the first half, but just couldn’t capitalize. He finished the game on five shots, but only one on target. But Ribery also put in work on defense, as well. He notably tracked back to recover a ball at the end of the game when Neuer had moved to Dortmund’s box on a corner kick, keeping Bayern in the game at the end.
Standing ovation: Joshua Kimmich
Kimmich had an all around great game. Clearly, his usual position at right-back suits him best, and his offensive contribution to Bayern is simply irreplaceable. He expertly assisted Lewandowski’s second goal on a chip from the byline in the box, and in fact it was he who launched the overall attack himself. On the other end of the field, Kimmich also had a clearance off the line when Bayern was still up 2-1. And tantalizingly at the end of the match, Kimmich had a second assist on the late equalizer — until Lewandowski was called a foot offside.
Meister of the match: Robert Lewandowski
Lewy’s two goals were pivotal. He opened the scoring in the 26th minute with a rocket of a header on an assist from Grabry. After Dortmund leveled, Lewy scored again on another header — this time from Kimmich — to make the scoreline 2-1. He put the ball in the back of the net two more times, including what would have been a spectacular last-minute equalizer deep in stoppage time, but both goals were called offside. Lewandowski put Bayern in a position to win the game or leave with at least one point, but it wasn’t meant to be.