Bayern munich overcome borussia dortmund 3-1 away from home. the home side played with intensity, but bayern ultimately exploited their recent poor run of form.
Bayern Munich continue their resurgence under Jupp Heynckes. After seeing a recent string of poor performances from the home side, Bayern made sure to take advantage of the timing. Borussia Dortmund hit the ground looking energetic, but in the end it wasn’t enough for the black-and-yellow.
Overall, Bayern looked fairly dominant over their hosts. Their offensive play was ultimately clinical when it mattered, despite a few wasted chances from good positions. In regards to the defense,the back-line was mostly solid, but they’ll be annoyed with their slip-up in the end. The German champions got caught napping towards the end, with the home side getting a consolation goal. Despite this, Bayern Munich continue to stretch their comfortable lead on top of the Bundesliga table.
dortmund open up the match with intensity
To Borussia Dortmund’s credit, they opened the match looking energetic. Especially for der klassiker, expect Dortmund to be an inspired and threatening side at any moment. The black-and-yellow midfield worked to press Bayern whenever they were in possession. And in all fairness, Dortmund did create some notable chances. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang had a great early chance but a well-timed slide-tackle from Niklas Süle came just in time.
Later, Javi Marínez nearly gave a goal away after lingering too long in possession. While the Spaniard is enjoying a rise in form back in defensive-midfield, he needs to think and react quicker to avoid dangerous turnovers. David Alaba hardly had enough time to track back and at least force a missed shot from Shinji Kagawa.
Ultimately, Bayern broke the deadlock just over 16 minutes into the half. Thiago lobbed over a wonderfully placed long-ball for James Rodríguez to coolly bring down. The Colombian promptly then passed to Arjen Robben who did what Robben does best. The Dutchman unleashed a precision shot into Roman Bürki’s net with his magical left foot.
Despite being in the latter-end of his career, Arjen Robben is still pumping out solid displays. The recent Netherlands retiree was the catalyst for several of Bayern’s most dangerous chances.
Bayern close the first half with breathing room
From then on, Bayern Munich set the tone. The visitors remained largely in control through the rest of the first 45. Dortmund’s woes would continue not long after, despite creating some scares. 20 minutes later, a Robben inspired counter-attack on the right-flank proved the spark for the play to notch in Bayern’s second. The Dutchman cleverly pulled the ball back for Joshua Kimmich who then launched a pin-point low cross for Robert Lewandowski.
The Polish goalscorer redirected the ball into Bürki’s net with an audacious back-heeled goal. Lewandowski should be especially thankful, as up until his goal, the Pole was shockingly wasteful in several other good positions. At that point, Dortmund did not know how to respond. Despite the home side moving the ball around fairly well when in possession, their offense lacked the final piece of composure in goal-scoring positions.
This could also be credited to Bayern holding generally firm, even if there were close calls. Mats Hummels in particular looked like a wall in defense, and Alaba seeing a welcome return to form. Dormund saw themselves in a hole by the first-half whistle.
Bayern see out the rest of the match with 3 points
Borussia Dortmund went into the second half similarly to the first. They continued to try pressing Bayern as quickly as possible to force errors. Some lethal-looking chances did come, but mostly to no avail. One aspect of their game that was dangerous throughout was Christian Pulisic. The young American prospect proved to be a consistent thorn in the side of the German champions.
In particular, Kimmich looked to be having a rough time dealing with the American on the right side. While Kimmich is an excellent young prospect, his one-on-one defending seems to be the area of most concern currently. The German has clearly showed he is talented in both offense and defense. However, without development in this field of his play, the more pacy and technical dribblers could cause him serious problems. On at least three occasions, Pulisic was skinning Kimmich alive on the right-flank.
The icing on the cake for Bayern did come, however. A wayward cross from David Alaba took everyone by surprise in the penalty area. With Lewandowski just missing, the ball slipped into the goal. The Austrian did however come off with apparent muscular issues. Hopefully, his change was precautionary. Alaba was solid on the day, putting in a balanced performance with defense and offense.
Pulisic did help inspire a consolation with a few minutes left. Despite being double-marked, the youngster exposed Kimmich again and Robben as well in the process. Marc Bartra then curled in a beautiful shot behind Sven Ulreich.
The german champions go into the break comfortably on top
It’s a pity for Ulreich and the defense to be exploited so late on and miss out on a clean sheet. Ulreich surely deserved it and for a while it looked like the defense did enough to earn that. However, that’s what happens when a team gets too comfortable with the current scoreline. Regardless, Bayern will go into the break cozy with a 4 and 6 point lead on Leipzig and Dortmund respectively.