FULLTIME: Bayern Munich 6-0 Borussia Dortmund. The victory keeps Bayern 17 points ahead of second place Schalke who won their match against Freiburg earlier in the day. Bayern are also 21 points ahead of third place Dortmund. If Bayern win next weekend at Augsburg, the title is won.
(88’) GOAL ROBERT LEWANDOWSKI. Bayern Munich 6-0 Borussia Dortmund. LewanTORski gets his hat trick with a little tap-in after some great work from Kimmich. The fullback played a quick one-two with Müller and crossed the ball into the goal. While Burki got his hand to it, the ball landed at the foot of Lewandowski, who only needed to touch it for the goal.
(78’) Substitution: Mario Götze out, Nuri Sahin in: Dortmund make their third and final sub with the former Germany golden boy making way. It’s been four years since Mario was on top of the world. Will he ever come close to that again He’s pushing 500 minutes without a goal or an assist. I don’t like the Bayern fans whistling him as he leaves the field either.
(75’) Substitution: Christian Pulisic out, Maximilian Philipp in: Pulisic was one of the only remotely bright spots in Dortmund’s performance on the day. It’s hard for them to find anything to be positive about on this day.
(69’) Substitution: Franck Ribery out, Sebastian Rudy in: The original King of France departs to a standing ovation. He picked up a goal and an assist in that first half and has shown, once again, that he’s a handful for defenders even at the age of 34 (He’ll be 35 in a week!).
(65’) Substitution: James Rodriguez out, Thiago Alcantara in: Heynckes makes his second sub of the day bringing out James. He had a great first half with a goal and two assists. Seconds before the substitution, Ribery and Weigl got into a shoving match. Both players were shown yellow card.
(46’) Substitution: David Alaba out, Joshua Kimmich in: It appears as though Rafinha has switched over to left back while Alaba gets some rest ahead of Sevilla. Both Alaba and Kimmich get a half of rest today.
HALFTIME. Some more speculation on the new Bayern coach.
Niko Kovac, Coach of @Eintracht, has a clause in his contract that he can leave his club just to @FCBayern @SPORTBILD— Christian Falk (@cfbayern) March 31, 2018
HALFTIME. Bayern Munich 5-0 Borussia Dortmund. Goodness. Bayern are showing no mercy.
(45’) GOAL FRANCK RIBERY. Bayern Munich 5-0 Borussia Dortmund. Seconds after creating Lewandowski’s goal, Ribery gets one of his own. He played a short one-two with James Rodriguez and shot past a furious Roman Burki to give Bayern the five spot. Burki can’t believe his defense is so bad.
(44’) GOAL ROBERT LEWANDOWSKI. Bayern Munich 4-0 Borussia Dortmund. This is done. Ribery abuses Lukasz Piszczek on the touchline before LewanTORski pokes it home. That goal was all Ribery.
(29’) Substitution: Gonzalo Castro out, Julian Weigl in: Oh my god. Peter Stöger yanks Castro after only thirty minutes. The midfielder did have the turnover that led to third goal, but what an embarrassing sub.
(23’) GOAL THOMAS MULLER. Bayern Munich 3-0 Borussia Dortmund: It looks like a rout so far. Muller slots home a cross from James Rodriguez. Maybe Dortmund should just go home.
(14’) GOAL JAMES RODRIGUEZ. Bayern Munich 2-0 Borussia Dortmund: Child's play for James, as the Colombian taps in a simple cross from David Alaba for Bayern Munich’s second goal.
(9’): Goal ruled out. Bayern Munich 1-0 Borussia Dortmund: Franck Ribery’s goal ruled out by VAR, so the score stays at 1-0.
(5’) GOAL ROBERT LEWANDOWSKI. Bayern Munich 1-0 Borussia Dortmund: Assisted by Thomas Muller, the big man Robert Lewandowski scores making it 1-0 to Bayern Munich.
KICKOFF! Bayern Munich 0-0 Borussia Dortmund: Come join us in the comments section below. It’s not the same as the Allianz Arena, but we’re a jolly little community here! Say hi and get right into the action, we won’t bite. Mia San Mia.
9 minutes until kickoff: MOAR coach-related news ...
on sky @LMatthaeus10 banging the drum for ex-Bayern defender Nico Kovac (Eintracht Frankfurt) as Jupp Heynckes successor— Mark Lovell (@LovellLowdown) March 31, 2018
13 minutes until kickoff: Some non-game related news ...
Rummenigge: "Hasan Salihamidzic have contacted many coaches and Thomas Tuchel said he wants to go to a different club." #FCBBVB— Home Bayern (@HomeBayern___) March 31, 2018
47 minutes until kickoff: Hey, remember him?
Hi, @MarioGoetze #FCBBVB pic.twitter.com/oYO4NjUJCB— FC Bayern English (@FCBayernEN) March 31, 2018
54 minutes until kickoff: Well Schalke beat Freiburg 2-0 so it looks like we won’t be winning the Bundesliga today, but that’s okay. Let’s at least beat Dortmund.
One hour until kickoff: We have lineups! Jupp is showing no mercy. It’s a 4-1-4-1 with Javi as a lone pivot and BOTH Thomas Muller and James Rodriguez playing. Yay! The only player rested is Joshua Kimmich, as Rafinha slots in at the right back position.
Die Topspiel-Aufstellung! ⚽️❤️ #FCBBVB pic.twitter.com/eHfKWtiRYH— FC Bayern München (@FCBayern) March 31, 2018
BVB: Bürki, Götze, Akanji, Dahoud, Schürrle, Pulisic, Sokratis, Piszczek, Castro, Schmelzer, Batshuayi #FCBBVB pic.twitter.com/tfSVFxEyXW— Borussia Dortmund (@BVB) March 31, 2018
Bayern Munich face Borussia Dortmund in the much anticipated Klassiker, on Saturday, with both teams craving a result. Bayern Munich can clinch the Bundesliga trophy with a win, while Dortmund will be desperate for three points to keep up in the race for next year’s UEFA Champions League spots.
Apart from Arturo Vidal, Juan Bernat, Manuel Neuer, and Kinsgsley Coman, the Bavarians are at full health. However, Jupp Heynckes may opt to rest some players, with an eye on Sevilla in midweek. Peter Stoger meanwhile is expected to field his full A-team. Having been knocked out of the Europa League, Dortmund have no more silverware to play for — a top-four finish is a must for them this season. It’s should be a tight contest. All we know is this ...
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