Dortmund - FC Bayern

Germany: Bundesliga
Dortmund M. Reus (45), E. Håland (83)
FC Bayern D. Alaba (45), R. Lewandowski (48), L. Sané (80)

Bayern edge out Dortmund in five-goal thriller

By Peter Vice

Germany's "clash of the titans" certainly didn't disappoint. In a continuously captivating contest that surely kept Germans across the Bundesrepublik on the edge of their seats throughout, FC Bayern München prevailed 3-2 in the country's "Spitzenspiel".

Robert Lewandowski
Robert Lewandowski

Heading into the battle of Germany's two largest and best supported clubs, the primary concern for FCB trainer Hansi Flick had to be the absence of right fullback Benjamin Pavard. The straightforward solution to this problem was to plug in back-up Bouna Sarr. Otherwise, Flick made no alterations to his largely self-coached 4-2-3-1.

Opposing trainer Lucien Favre faced his own injury issues. Nevertheless, with Mats Hummels deemed healthy enough to start, the Swiss coach was able to build his own preferred 4-2-3-1. In a move not necessarily that surprising, he tapped long-time captain Marco Reus to serve at ten over Julian Brandt for his team's most important match of the young campaign.

Proceedings got off to a rollicking start, with the NRW hosts finding some success in attacking Sarr's side. Lead Striker Erling Haaland had some difficulty finding his touch early and spurned several quality chances. At the other end, the midfield pairing of Joshua Kimmich and Leon Goretzka appeared at the top of their game, generating a few looks at goal mostly thorough high press patrolling around the edge of the box.

Robert Lewandowski appeared to have the opening goal in the 24th, but his simple finish of a Serge Gnabry square was disallowed when a lengthy VAR review showed both his shoulder and knee just a hair offside. The game would be turned on its head ten minutes later.

A poor giveaway from Sarr, who had a very suspect match, forced Kimmich into a hard tactical foul on Haaland. The national team midfielder immediately had to be substituted off after knocking knees with the Norwegian striker. Taking advantage of the disarray, Reus was able to finish of a Raphaël Guerreiro cutback at the stroke of halftime.

The BVB were unable to enter the tunnel with the lead, however, as a David Alaba free-kick careened in after taking a deflection off of Thomas Meuier's shoulder in the fourth minute of first-half stoppage time.

Lewandowski would get his goal three minutes after the restart with a fine dipping finish of a Lucas Hernandez cross. Bayern then looked by far the better, with Kingsley Coman getting three shots on target between the 46th and 60th. Included among them was one hit of the post.

The momentum then swung the other way with Giovanni Reyna and Reus getting quality chances in. Unfortunately for Dortmund, a giveaway 19 yards from their opponents goal led to a lightning quick Bayern counter in the 80th. Substitute Leroy Sane finished after the FCB tore down the length of the field in a matter of seconds.

Just when it appeared as if a 3-1 lead would spell the end for the BVB, Haaland pulled one back in the 83rd. The immaculate four-touch move will contend for one of the goals of the season. Irrespective of that, the German giants got the better of the chances down the stretch. Lewandowski had another goal disallowed for offside at 90+2.

1Roman Bürki
24Thomas Meunier
16Manuel Akanji
15Mats Hummels
13Raphaël Guerreiro
28Axel Witsel
6Thomas Delaney ↩60
7Jadon Sancho ↩69
11Marco Reus (C)
32Giovanni Reyna ↩69
9Erling Håland
35Marwin Hitz
2Mateu Morey
26Łukasz Piszczek
8Mahmoud Dahoud
10Thorgan Hazard ↪69
19Julian Brandt ↪69
22Jude Bellingham ↪60
23Emre Can
30Felix Passlack
FC Bayern
1Manuel Neuer (C)
20Bouna Sarr
17Jérôme Boateng ↩69
27David Alaba
21Lucas Hernández
6Joshua Kimmich ↩36
18Leon Goretzka
29Kingsley Coman ↩69
25Thomas Müller
7Serge Gnabry
9Robert Lewandowski
35Alexander Nübel
10Leroy Sané ↪69
11Douglas Costa
13E. Choupo-Moting
41Chris Richards
8Javi Martínez ↪69
22Marc Roca
24Corentin Tolisso ↪36
42Jamal Musiala

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