3: 2 against Bayern: Dortmund wins a rock and roll game

3: 2 against Bayern: Dortmund wins a rock and roll game
  • In the best Bundesliga game of the season so far, BVB win 3-2 against FC Bayern.
  • Robert Lewandowski and Marco Reus hit twice.
  • Substitute Paco Alcacer scores the decisive goal following a counterattack.


By Maik Rosner, Dortmund

Six minutes before the end, there was a scene that told a lot about this top match that earned its name. With great difficulty, Jérôme Boateng and Joshua Kimmich had just resisted the oncoming Dortmund, as Boateng slipped the renewed pass attempt on Kimmich in pressing the BVB in the side. Boateng watched the ball, then shrugged and lifted his hands slightly upwards. It was a gesture of helplessness and despair. For as good as the two defenders of FC Bayern in this scene against the assaulting Dortmund had actually pulled out of the affair, so unsuccessful they were against the force and wild determination of the young hosts.

In the end, this was also superior to this remarkable show of strength in every respect. 3: 2 (0: 1) won the league leaders Borussia Dortmund against Bayern, who had twice though by Robert Lewandowski (26./52.) In the lead, but had to bow to the youthful verve of BVB. First Marco Reus had two compensated (49./FE and 67.), before the substitute Paco Alcacer scored the winning goal (73).

In the last second – in the fifth minute of stoppage time – Robert Lewandowski scored the 3: 3 after a Kimmich flank with the hoe. But he was minimally offside. The referee assistant raised the flag, referee Manuel Gräfe did not recognize the goal. In the table, Borussia extended its lead over Bayern to seven points, while second-placed Borussia Mönchengladbach are still four points clear.

It was also the direct comparison of two counter-drafts. On the one hand, the young and with promising talents Dortmund assembled under the guidance of the experienced and resourceful Swiss Lucien Favre, 61. On the other side of the subscription master FC Bayern, whose longtime Kernelfon had been supplemented only selectively and the comparatively inexperienced Croat Niko Kovac, 47, is coached.

The Dortmund model not only looks more forward-looking, it works better in the present as well. In the game, however, it was initially apparent that the new division of roles of Bayern President Uli Hoeneß in favorite Dortmund and outsider Munich was probably interpreted as a cunning trick. Because despite the playful poor performance of the master since one and a half months, the latter performed with his own self-certainty and initially played the game. The Dortmund, on the other hand, waited to counter after winning the ball in Express speed. Or different: The fighting for weeks with thirds from Munich played in favorites mode, the impressively started league leaders wrapped themselves in the garment of the outsider, partly aware, partly forced.

After a quarter of an hour could be accounted for: The approaching Bayern had until then their most conspicuous scene when Lewandowski vehemently demanded a penalty kick after a slight touch from Julian Weigl (11). The Dortmund, however, left alone in the first quarter of an hour three excellent counter chances. First, they played their rapid return after Mario Götze's ball win and the subsequent five-on-two situation not good (6). Then Reus freestanding closed before Manuel Neuer too early, which is why the national goalkeeper was able to hold on to the somewhat hasty attempt from 16 meters (10). And finally, the Munich captain also grabbed Jacob Bruun Larsen's cross pass in the area before he could reach the re-free reus (15). If you wanted, you could see in the boisterous chances of youthful recklessness against the battered champion.

The most difficult ball sunk Marco Reus

The captain spoils chances, but still hits twice. Axel Witsel opens in the second half and Paco Alcácer is too hesitant and then quite clever.

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The first topic of discussion had already been taken care of before the kick-off, in both camps. Not only Favre had surprised with his Dortmund start-up something in the Götze instead of Alcacer and Weigl instead of Thomas Delaney began. In addition, substitute goalkeeper Marwin Hitz came for the injured Roman Bürki for his first league match for BVB. Similarly surprising was the initial formation of Munich's Kovac, who did not even spin for the first time and again set up Boateng and Mats Hummels in central defense. He also left Niklas Süle on the bench, as did James Rodríguez, for whom Leon Goretzka started midweek, as he did 2-0 against AEK Athens on Wednesday.

As the Munich center in the first half took the lead, also fit into the image of the upscale upstart against the angeknockten champion. No great chance had been noted for Bayern until then, but when the first set, struck the supposed outsider with the icy cold of a favorite, favored by Dortmund negligence. Lewandowski struck Serge Gnabrys flank amazingly unmolested. A heavy impact effect, which initially took the Dortmunders courage.

Favre responded in the break and brought for the repeatedly wreaking and also warned Weigl Mahmoud Dahoud. A move that, at least indirectly, yielded income quickly when Jadon Sancho fitted into the Reus interface, knocking down Neuer in the penalty area and confidently turning the following foul penalty. And when the Dortmund then attacked brash but imprecise, hit Bayern for the second time routinely and clever back. Gnabry put his hoe on Joshua Kimmich, whose chip Lewandowski used to his second header of the day. Against Athens Bayern had two standard goals needed for their victory, now they developed a long-lost joy of playing.

Unlike in the first half, the Dortmund but could not be discouraged, increasingly took control of the game and earned great opportunities in quick succession. At first, Kimmich saved on the line against Reus (59.). Then Sancho Hummels ran away before the substitute Alcacer forgave (62). And finally, Reus aimed for Goretzka's loss of the ball against Achraf Hakimi (65 '). The second attempt came from Reus, who fired a cross from Lukasz Piszczek into the net.

The Munich staggered, approached the goal although several times, but the BVB now had the bigger punch. How six minutes after the equalizer, when Reus with the hoe on Axel Witsel after Franck Ribery's loss of the ball passed. His passing Alcacer raised to 3-2 over Neuer into the gate. The Bavarians lowered their heads.

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