Initial Observations and Reactions
- Substitutions were key for both teams in the second half. Bellingham came on for Dortmund after they were down 2-1 and gave them new life. He was all over the field and contributed some dangerous balls. On the other side, Bayern brought on Sane and he did much of the same for the Rekordmeister. A brilliant counterattack yielded the game-winner for Sane and for Bayern.
- Bayern need to hit more of their shots. Bayern hit the post or otherwise just missed a few times when they were up 2-1. Luckily, Bayern were able to get their third goal. Bayern pulled it off today, but they cannot always let teams hang around, especially teams like Dortmund.
- Even VAR can’t extinguish Robert Lewandowski. Lewy put the goal in the back of the net three times tonight. Unfortunately, two were called offsides after a VAR check. Luckily for Bayern, Lewy is a professional and didn’t let anything get him down. His goal and assist on the game-winner, were exactly what Bayern needed to get the job done in der Klassiker.
Final: Borussia Dortmund 2-3 Bayern Munich.
90’ + 3 — GOAL!! Robert Lewandowski
Goal disallowed again after VAR check
90’ — Five minutes have been added by the fourth official.
83’— Goal. Dortmund. Erling Haaland.
82’— Yellow card, Bayern. Robert Lewandowski for a bad foul.
76’ — GOAL!! Bayern. Leroy Sane, assisted by Robert Lewandowski
59’ — Bayern double substitution. Sane and Martinez come on for Boateng and Coman.
48’— GOAL!! Bayern. Robert Lewandowski with a header assisted by Hernandez
46’ — The second half has begun.
- Fast start for both teams, late drama. Within the first five minutes of the match, both teams had chances in the box. Lewandowski’s shot went just wide into the outside of the net in the second minute. The game settled down and both teams had quality spells of possession. All was fairly routine until the last minutes of the half. Reus was able to find the back of the net, and then two minutes later, Alaba equalized with the last kick of the half.
- Bayern have had more chances, but Dortmund’s have been more dangerous. Bayern’s shot count may be higher, but most of the opportunities were straight at the keeper. Neuer has not been as busy, but Dortmund has broken away much better. Robert Lewandowski’s goal, which was called offsides by VAR, was the only time that we saw Bayern really breakdown the Dortmund defense until the last kick of the half.
- Kimmich will leave hole in Bayern’s game plan. Kimmich had shut down Reus for the better part of the first half. After he left, Reus scored. Kimmich is a pivotal piece of this team. All eyes on the midfield for the rest of this game. Bayern will have to play smart to replace what Kimmich does on the field. Hopefully, this will not be a long-term injury for Kimmich.
Halftime: Dortmund 1-1 Bayern
45’ + 3 — GOAL! Bayern. David Alaba from a freekick
45’ + 3 — Yellow card. Dortmund.
45’ — Goal, Dortmund. Marco Reus.
36’ — Bayern Substitution. Kimmich is replaced by Tolisso
34’ — Yellow card, Bayern. Joshua Kimmich gets yellow for a tactical foul.
Kimmich is down, injured on the pitch after the challenge.
22’ — Goal!! Robert Lewandowski.
Goal called off for offsides after VAR check
Kickoff: The ball is rolling in Dortmund!
One hour until kickoff: We have lineups! As we thought, Kingsley Coman and Serge Gnabry start, with Leroy Sane on the bench.
Now before you cringe your eyeballs out of your sockets, yes we know there’s no such thing as “Der Klassiker”. Unlike Real Madrid and Barcelona, Bayern Munich doesn’t have a longstanding rivalry with Borussia Dortmund. Hell, we even helped save them from bankruptcy once upon a time. The two clubs have friendly relations at the board level. They even exchange players every now and then.
However, that doesn’t mean this isn’t the biggest game in German football. Hype up the Revierderby all you like, it won’t come close to the level of talent on display when Borussia Dortmund meet Bayern Munich. And this edition promises a long list of superstars on display — Thomas Muller, Manuel Neuer, Robert Lewandowski, Erling Haaland, Jadon Sancho, Mats Hummels — the list goes on and on. The fact that these two teams are so stacked at the moment shows the rising strength of German football, which has just come off a perfect 6/6 record in the Champions League and Europa League last week.
Both teams come into game at the top of the points table. Bayern have the best offense in the league, while BVB have the best defense. Hansi Flick takes the edge over Lucien Favre as far as tactics are concerned, but the Bayern boss is missing a couple of key players in Alphonso Davies and Niklas Sule. In comparison, his Swiss counterpart has all the tools to take the game to Bayern and beat them in front of an empty Yellow Wall. It’s up to the players on the pitch to make sure that doesn’t happen.
It’s Bayern time.
Location: Signal Iduna Park, Dortmund, Germany
Time: 6:30 pm local time, 12:30 pm EST
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