Bayern Munich lost to Borussia Dortmund 2-0 in the 2019 DFL Supercup after both teams were scoreless at halftime. Bayern was not able to match the intensity that the home team brought out of the locker room. If you watched the broadcast in the USA, the commentators are basically telling Bayern fans to pack it in and give up entirely on the 2019-2020 season. However, today’s game was not all bad, and the real games have not year begun. Here are our awards from today’s match to highlight some of the performances today.
Jersey swap: Jadon Sancho
After a rough first half, Jadon Sancho ignited Dortmund’s attack right from beginning of the second half. Less than three minutes into the half, Sancho dribbled through Bayern’s defense and set up Paco Alcácer for a shot at the top of the box, which Alcácer slotted past a diving Neuer to make it 1-0. The in the 68th minute, Sancho led Dortmund on a breakaway. Dribbling into the box, it appeared that Sancho was going to play the ball to a teammate centrally, but instead shot it through the legs of Neuer to make it 2-0.
Honorable mention: Marwin Hitz for all the amazing saves that led to the shutout.
Tip of the cap: Manuel Neuer
Neuer opened the game with a world-class save in the first minute, after Marco Reus blasted a shot in from the center of the box. Neuer had a few good saves in the first half, as well as some rocky moments. Midway through the first half, our beloved sweeper-keeper, decided that he was going to live up to his name and came about 40 yards outside the box. Alcácer attempted to put a shot past him, but it missed the empty net by no more than three yards. Unfortunately Dortmund would get their two goals against Neuer, but the first one can hardly be pegged on him and the second one found him left all alone against Sancho, who put it between the goalie’s legs.
Golf Clap: Joshua Kimmich
Kimmich put in a good all-around performance on both sides of the ball. As always, he was able to get into the attack and contribute crosses into the box, but then was able to track back and help snuff out most of Dortmund’s counters. He also set himself up for a nice goal-scoring opportunity in the second half, after slaloming through the defense and into the Dortmund penalty area, but Hitz was up for the task and blocked the shot, which was taken at very close range.
Kimmich also received a yellow card for a incident on the sideline with Sancho. The replay show Kimmich stepping on the upper foot/ankle of Sancho. He may have been lucky to have not seen red. Yet another thing to add to the this intense rivalry.
Standing ovation: Leon Goretzka
Goretzka also put in a good performance. He was able to get up in the midfield often and help Bayern in the attack. He was able to get four shots off, two of which were on goal. Like the rest of the Bayern offense, he just lacked the finishing touch. He also completed 85% of his passes and had two key passes, the most of anyone except Kimmich and Coman.
Meister of the match: Kingsley Coman
One trend that we have seen in this preseason, is the consistency of Kingsley Coman. Today was no different. He was superb in the attack and played a part in many of Bayern’s scoring chances. He recorded five shots, three of which were on goal. He also passed at 87% accuracy with three key passes of his own. Unfortunately Hitz and the Dortmund defense were just too much today.
Coman is on a bit of a tear and is ready to begin this season at full strength. It’s only preseason, but if this is a preview of what we are going to get this season, Bayern fans are in for a treat.