Neither team were playing too badly going into this game but neither were playing at their very best either. Both teams set themselves high standards as we well know and with both teams trailing to the new kids on the blog RB Leipzig in the Bundesliga table. It was crucial that one of them produced a performance of significance to make a statement going forward.
Although they both currently have injury issues too, such is the depth and quality of both squads that they can still send out two excellent starting elevens with decent back ups on the bench as well. The last time these teams met was in the Super Cup which Bayern won 2-0 at the start of the season, the last league game was back in March and that finished goal less here at the Westfalenstadion. Dortmund were certainly due a win having not beaten Munich now in the last seven meetings.
I watched the game live on Saturday night and the atmosphere was rocking from what I could hear on television. It must have been so much better in the ground, and I had a friend who was actually out there for the game, so I messaged him to ask if he could take a couple of pictures from the game for me and he did. After the game he also messaged me to say he had a superb time in the standing away end with the old school terracing – which he was most impressed about. Along with the beer whilst watching as well.
Onto the game and didn’t take long for the one and only goal and it came for Dortmund, prior to that though it had been Munich on the front foot with Dortmund giving away numerous free kicks. Ten minutes in though and a great ball in from Mario Gotze from the right hand side caused confusion in the Bayern defence and as the ball bounced around, Gotze had followed in his cross. As he did this the ball came back out to him, he took a touch and this time a shorter cross found Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in the middle, who slid in to give them the lead.
With a few chances and some good hard challenges from both sides going in, it made the game entertaining as Dortmund searched for a second to give themselves a cushion. Munich kept trying too though and Lewandowski was making good runs and getting into some good positions but nothing clear-cut fell to him. Aubameyang then had two efforts within minutes of each other as well but he couldn’t take advantage. Finally though the pressure started to build and build on the home side and finally the ball was in the back of the Dortmund net, after a superb back heel flick from Ribery. Unfortunately but correctly the linesman’s flag was up for offside. Alonso then hit the bar as well and it looked as though it was only a matter of time until they got their goal.
Thomas Tuchel finally made some substitutes and tactical changes though, to try to stop the flow of Munich attacks and it seemed to work initially. Then Aubameyang had the best chance of the whole game when he went clean through on goal but completely fluffed his lines. It wasn’t too long then before Munich were at it again, but they just couldn’t find a goal and Dortmund hung on for their win. If they’d have lost they’d have been nine points behind their rivals, now though they’re just three.