Initial reactions and observations
- Bayern Munich are living up to the “comeback king” reputation. The boys had no right winning this after going down 2-0 so early. They hung on and got a result, in the final 5 mins no less. What a show of strength.
- This game wasn’t without its lucky moments. Haaland going off injured was one of them. You have to wonder if the game would have been different if he played the 90.
- Jerome Boateng’s injury looked serious. Let’s hope it’s not a big deal, because Bayern are stretched thin at the back.
- Robert Lewandowski moves ever closer to the Gerd Muller record. 31 goals now, only nine more to go. Can he do it?
- Leroy Sane had one of his best games in a Bayern shirt. We want to see more of this from him.
FT: Bayern Munich beat Borussia Dortmund 4-2.
89’ — GOOOOOOOOOAL! Lewandowski gets his hat-trick!
88’ — GOOOOOOOOOOOAL! Goretzka makes it 3-2!
69’ — Bad news, looks like Boateng has done his hamstring. Javi Martinez comes on.
66’ — Sub: Coman comes off for Serge Gnabry.
59’ — Hazard and Haaland subbed by BVB. Brandt and Tigges on.
45’ — The second half is underway! Can we not concede in 60 secs this time?
Halftime observations and analysis
- What. A. Game. Bayern were terrible in the beginning, and Haaland punished up. Lewandowski somehow gets us level before HT. Everything to play for in the second half.
- Sule was partially responsible for the second goal, but he’s also been great going forward. Another mixed performance from the big man.
- Leroy Sane is lighting it up. These are the performances we wanted when we bought him.
- Thomas Muller hasn’t been involved much in the game. He needs to change that in the second half.
- The Alaba-Boateng pairing is just not good enough — Lucas needs the shot.
43’ — GOAL! Comeback! Lewandowski converts from the spot to make it 2-2.
26’ — GOAL! Lewandowski scores after a great dribble by Sane!
8’ — WHAT IS HAPPENING. Haaland scores a second. 2-0 to BVB.
1’ — WHAT. Haaland scores immediately. 1-0 to BVB.
Kickoff! The Klassiker is underway!
One hour until kickoff: We have lineups! The big news is that Bayern Munich have chosen Leroy Sane to start over Serge Gnabry. Other than that, we have no surprises. Sule has a big test ahead of him — he needs a good game. Meanwhile, the lack of Lucas speaks volumes.
Do you want goals? Do you want action? Do you want suspense? Well, you’ve come to the right place. Bayern Munich vs Borussia Dortmund is the biggest game in Germany, and is a fixture that is guaranteed to bring all that and more.
Hansi Flick has his work cut out for him, juggling a tight schedule and injury problems. His defense can’t stop leaking goals, which is a scary thing to say when Erling Haaland is coming to town. It’s been reported that the coach has been training his defenders to leave as little space between them as possible, to limit the number of scoring chances the Norwegian gets. However, its impossible to stop Haaland completely, so we have to hope Manuel Neuer has one of THOSE games. Well, at least with Robert Lewandowski and Thomas Muller up top, Flick’s men have a way to give back as much as they take.
Meanwhile, BVB come into the game with some key absentees. Jadon Sancho, Gio Reyna, and Raphael Guerreiro didn’t make the trip to Munich. That leaves them with problems both up top and in defense. Dortmund coach Edin Terzic will be hoping that Bayern start slow and allow his team into the game early. Flick will want to avoid that as much as possible.
It’s Bayern time.
Location: Allianz Arena, Munich, Germany
Time: 6:30 pm local time, 12:30 pm EST
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