Borussia Dortmund 1-3 Bayern Munich: Toothless Hosts Crumble in Thrilling Der Klassiker

The first Klassiker of the season lived up to expectations, with Bayern Munich running out eventual winners thanks to goals from Arjen Robben and Robert Lewandowski at the Westfallenstadion.

Niklas Süle and Sokratis produced stunning last-ditch tackles to deny Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Robert Lewandowski respectively early on in the match.

However, Dortmund were unable to stop Arjen Robben putting Bayern in front – the former Chelsea winger becoming the Bavarians’ highest scoring non-German player of all time in the process. 

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James Rodriguez beautiful brought the ball down with his chest and after picking out Bayern’s Dutch winger, Robben slammed the ball into Roman Bürki’s far post to dampen Dortmund’s early hopes.

Andriy Yarmolenko and Shinji Kagawa saw Dortmund’s two best chances of the opening 30 minutes narrowly avoid the back of the net, while Robert Lewandowski was denied a goal on his return to his old club by the strong hands of Dortmund’s Swiss goalkeeper.

The Polish striker eventually saw his name go up in lights after a backheel deflected off the outstretched leg of Julian Weigl and looped over a helpless Bürki, doubling Bayern’s advantage as the two sides went in at half-time.

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Lewandowski should have made it 3-0 with a free header just two minutes after the restart, however, Bürki’s strong leg denied the Pole a brace. The Bayern striker continued to be wasteful in front of goal and was unable to put the game to bed.

However, the ball was soon in the back of Dortmund’s net once again. 

David Alaba spotted the run of Lewandowski in behind the host’s defence and despite only getting the slightest touch on the ball, the Polish striker did enough to double his goal tally for the evening.

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Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang then found himself with a rare opportunity to get Dortmund back into the game but Sven Ulreich once again matched the Gabonese striker with an impressive save.

Peter Bosz looked towards 17-year-old Jadon Sancho to turn the game around for Dortmund, the ex-Manchester City prodigy fearless in taking the game to Bayern Munich.

However, it was Spanish centre-back Marc Bartra who finally got Dortmund on the scoresheet. 

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After Christian Pulisic nutmegged Arjen Robben to get half a yard of space, Gonzalo Casto set up the former Barcelona defender and Bartra fired the ball into the back of Ulreich’s net from an unlikely angle.

Despite the prospect of a late comeback from the hosts, Bartra’s curling effort proved to be nothing more than a consolation goal as Dortmund slumped to third in the Bundesliga table.

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4 Key Battles That Could Affect Der Klassiker Outcome

The first Klassiker of the 2017/18 Bundesliga season is upon us and it could prove vital in throwing the title race wide open.

Borussia Dortmund started the season brilliantly and had it not been for a catastrophic dip in form, Peter Bosz’s side would still be sitting pretty at the top of the league table.

For Bayern Munich, an underwhelming start to the season saw Carlo Ancelotti sacked and Jupp Heynckes take over for his fourth spell in charge in Bavaria. The 72-year-old has won all six games since returning to the Allianz Arena, a run that he will be wanting to extend at the Westfallenstadion this weekend.

Here are four battles that could swing the match either way on Saturday.

1. Andriy Yarmolenko vs David Alaba

Borussia Dortmund’s €25m summer signing Andriy Yarmolenko is a player who breaks the mould for a modern winger. 

The Ukranian international is not blessed with blistering pace, but what he lacks in speed is more than made up for with his dribbling ability.

The skilful winger loves to bamboozle opposition defenders and should David Alaba allow Yarmolenko to cut in on his left-foot, Sven Ulreich will have a tough time keeping Dortmund’s wide man at bay.

The 28-year-old has already been involved in eight goals – split evenly between goals and assists – for Borussia Dortmund this season, a tally that could increase if Bayern’s Austrian full-back isn’t switched on throughout the 90 minutes.

2. Julian Weigl vs Arturo Vidal

The midfield could be where the game is won or lost this weekend, depending on which side of the fence you sit on. For the hosts, Julian Weigl’s return to the first-team has been a huge boost despite a run of bad results showing otherwise.

The 22-year-old offers more cover in Dortmund’s defensive third in comparison to Nuri Sahin, the Turkish international having been used as their lynchpin in midfield while Weigl recovered from injury.

However, Bayern’s Arturo Vidal, considered by many as the best box-to-box midfielder in world football, will dominate the middle of the park on Saturday if Peter Bosz is naive in his team selection.

Although some might consider it a bold move to play Shinji Kagawa and Mario Götze in midfield, Dortmund’s two playmakers will leave the defence exposed and it would be more sensible to bring the hard-working Mahmoud Dahoud in from the start.

3. Roman Bürki vs Sven Ulreich

Although these two players are unlikely to come fact-to-face on Saturday, Roman Bürki and Sven Ulreich will be vital to their teams.

Arguably the only position on the pitch where Dortmund have the better player, Bürki started the season brilliantly and was at the heart of their impressive defensive record at the beginning of the campaign.

In comparison, former VfB Stuttgart goalkeeper Sven Ulreich is a player who won’t fill Jérôme Boateng and Mats Hummels with a lot of confidence.

Being forced to step in for the injured Manuel Neuer, Uleich has to avoid any calamitous mistakes (like we saw against VfL Wolfsburg) if Bayern want a clear shot at the Bundesliga title this season.

4. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang vs Robert Lewandowski

Two former teammates at Borussia Dortmund, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Robert Lewandowski were the Bundesliga’s poster boys.

Involved in a thrilling race to become top scorer last season, something which was eventually won by Dortmund’s Gabonese striker, both players are currently level on goals this campaign.

Aubameyang and Lewandowski have already reached double figures this season, a tally that is at least double any other Bundesliga player.

However, Aubameyang hasn’t found the back of the net in the last four games across all competitions, while Lewandowski has drawn a blank on just four occasions all season.

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Versatile Bayern Munich Right-Back Ruled Out of Crunch Dortmund Clash

A last-minute decision has been made to not include Joshua Kimmich in the Bayern Munich squad that will face Borussia Dortmund on Saturday.

The 22-year-old will be forced to miss Der Klassiker with an upset stomach, leaving Brazilian full-back as Rafinha the man who will be charged with nullifying any threat from Dortmund’s left-wing.

Bayern Munich confirmed that Kimmich, who was a late second-half substitute in the Bavarians’ 2-1 victory over Celtic in mid-week, will not travel with the squad on their long journey to Dortmund.

Kimmich has already featured in 16 games for Bayern this season, with Saturday’s game at the Westfallenstadion being the first time that the German international won’t feature for the club.

The young midfielder, who has been filling in for Philipp Lahm at right-back this season, also featured in Bayern’s Supercup victory over Borussia Dortmund in pre-season. Despite falling one goal behind thanks to Christian Pulisic, Kimmich set up Robert Lewandowski to pull Bayern level.

Dortmund once again took the lead, this time through Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, the Gabonese striker sending the ball into the top corner with the outside of his foot. 

However, Kimmich stepped up to the plate once again and in a goalmouth scramble, the 22-year-old saw his effort deflect in off Lukasz Piszczek and the game was set to be decided on penalties.

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Kimmich was the first player to miss a spot-kick and former Bayern midfielder Sebastian Rode had the chance to win the game. 

However, Sven Ulreich stepped up to the plate and denied Rode, with another save to halt Marc Bartra’s effort later in the shootout enough to grant Bayern the win.

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Borussia Dortmund vs Bayern Munich Match Preview: Classic Encounter, Key Battle, Team News & More

The second Der Klassiker of the season takes place this Saturday at Borussia Dortmund’s Signal Iduna Park – the same venue where Bayern Munich claimed Super Cup glory in August.

Although in recent years this game hasn’t proved to be much of a title decider, Borussia Dortmund have been the only team to offer Bayern a consistent challenge for the Bundesliga crown since the days of the great Borussia Mönchengladbach and Hamburger SV sides in the late 70’s and early 80’s.

Here’s everything you need to know about Saturday’s Der Klassiker.


Classic Encounter

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With no shortage of classic encounters between the two heavyweights of German football, it seems only fair to look back at the last time Jupp Heynckes faced Borussia Dortmund as the Bayern manager and crowned the Bavarians as the champions of Europe.

Jürgen Klopp’s Dortmund side showed their class in the opening 45 minutes and peppered the Bayern Munich goal with shot after shot. However, failing to convert their chances allowed Bayern to take the upper hand in the second-half and Mario Mandžuki? put the Bavarians in front with a simple tap-in.

Dortmund were then given a lifeline when Brazilian defender Dante clattered into Marco Reus inside the 18-yard box. ?lkay Gündo?an stepped up to take the penalty for die Schwarzgelben and the German midfielder calmly put the ball into the back of the net.

Just 90 seconds before the full-time whistle, Arjen Robben became Bayern’s hero with a delicate finish beyond the helpless Roman Weidenfeller to secure the Champions League trophy, Bayern Munich ending the 2012/13 season as winners of the treble. 


Key Battle

Robert Lewandowski vs Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

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The two best strikers in the Bundesliga will go head to head on Saturday with both Robert Lewandowski and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang looking set to battle it out between them to win the Torjägerkanone this season.
The two former teammates in Dortmund found themselves at the centre of one of the most exciting goalscoring races last season, with Aubameyang’s 31-goal haul preventing his Polish counterpart from becoming the joint second most successful recipient of the goal hunters cannon in Bundesliga history.
This season, both strikers are currently sat on 10 league goals each. Aubameyang is, however, edging Lewandowski across all competitions, one extra goal in the DFB Cup the only thing to put the Gabonese forward ahead of Bayern’s star man.

Team News

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For the hosts on Saturday, the only significant team news in the suspension of Dan-Axel Zagadou. The 18-year-old was given his marching orders against Hannover last week and Peter Bosz will be looking to his senior players to fill the boots of Dortmund’s impressive youngster.
In the Bayern camp, seeing Robert Lewandowski and Thomas Müller return to training will be a huge boost. Jérôme Boateng and Kingsley Coman are also both carrying minor knocks, however, the Bayern pair should be involved from the start.
Potential Borussia Dortmund Lineup: Bürki, Toljan, Sokratis, Bartra, Schmelzer, Weigl, Dahoud, Castro, Yarmolenko, Philipp, Aubameyang.
Potential Bayern Munich Lineup: Ulreich, Kimmich, Hummels, Boateng, Alaba, Vidal, Tolisso, Robben, James, Coman, Lewandowski.

Prediction

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Despite their incredible start to the season, Borussia Dortmund have been given a rude awakening in recent weeks and any talk about the possibility of winning the Bundesliga title this season is now nothing more than a whisper.

Although Bosz’s side shouldn’t be on the end of a 4-2 defeat like they were last week, the visiting Bavarians could still have a lot of joy and run out resounding victors.

The pressure is on the home side to prevent Bayern Munich moving six points clear at the top of the table and Dortmund will need to show a lot of character if they want to regain some of the pride that has been lost recently.

Prediction: Borussia Dortmund 1-2 Bayern Munich

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Picking the Best Potential Bayern Munich Lineup to Face Borussia Dortmund on Saturday

?Der Klassiker returns to our screens this Saturday as Bayern Munich travel to Borussia Dortmund in the Bundesliga.

The visitors will be looking to extend their lead at the top of the table to six points with a win at the Westfallenstadion after last weeks 2-0 victory over RB Leipzig saw Bayern overtake Dortmund in the race to become Bundesliga champions.

Here’s how Jupp Heynckes could line up on Saturday.

Goalkeeper

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?Whether we like it or not, there will be no Manuel Neuer in between the sticks in Dortmund this weekend.

Defence

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Heynckes is likely to stick with the same back four (or five if you include Sven Ulreich) that kept a clean sheet at the Allianz Arena last week. 

Although RB Leipzig were reduced to 10 men early on in the game, something that allowed Bayern to grab the Red Bulls by their horns for the majority of the match, Bayern’s manager is clearly set on what his first choice back four should be.

Midfield

?With Arturo Vidal and Thiago, a midfield pairing that has worked wonders for Bayern, looking set to start, Thomas Müller will be fighting for his place in the first-team. However, the German international has only just returned to training following a thigh injury so James Rodriguez should retain his starting spot.

Forwards

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Just like the aforementioned Müller, Robert Lewandowski’s return to first-team training is a huge boost for Bayern Munich. 

The Polish striker was left out of Heynckes’ squad that travelled to Scotland to face Celtic in midweek, with hopes that Lewandowski will be fresh to face his old side on Saturday.

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