"The whole world of football," Norbert Dickel said before the kick-off, look at this stadium. That seemed a bit exaggerated by the Dortmund announcer, in Buenos Aires this weekend was finally Superclásico on the program, and also a little closer, in Cologne, one could not be sure whether on a pre-carnival day with eight goals of Effzeh still capacity for the football of the others remained. But, sure: Such a tingling expectation was long no longer over the German classic between the Dortmund Borussia and Bayern, but also the Bundesliga as a whole.
And whoever experienced it on Saturday evening, up close in the stadium or, wherever, on the television screens, would have been unbridled under the spell of this fast-paced, dramatic, almost intoxicating spectacle. In which it would have been risky not even to look for a few seconds – because just could always happen anywhere and anything.
As in the 26th minute, when Robert Lewandowski brought Bayern into the lead. Or in the dramaturgically dense minutes after the break, as only Marco Reus with a penalty for Borussia compensated (49.) before Lewandowski, just three minutes later, started the second stroke of the day (52.). And even after that, when BVB did not use nearly 100% chances, they struck twice, first by Reus (67 '), then by Paco Alcacer (73').
So that the table after this 3: 2 victory actually identified the Borussia seven points ahead of Bayern, who had fought hard in Dortmund, but in the end two or three times no longer with the hell's tempo of BVB mitkamen and so in the League hung down for now.
With Vorgeplänkel no one stayed long. After just five minutes Bayern had already three corners to book, to a promising cross from Alaba on Gnabry. And the Borussia only. Had Sancho and Götze in auspicious Umschaltmomenten possessed the feeling for the moment, the BVB-Express would have rolled twice in the clear superior direction Munich goal. A little later, Reus had clear lane for Hummels, who stole the ball cheekily from his foot, but then shot too weak to defeat Neuer (10).
What a prelude – which also included that Lewandowski had taken over after a quarter of an hour the role of the bogeyman for the Dortmund audience. Twice the former BVB professional had complained loudly, once after a duel with Weigl in the penalty area (11th), once after a physical effort by Akanji (16th), but referee Gräfe was rightfully not be disturbed.
But the sound was now set for this top game. On the one hand, the conquering Dortmund, who set out to get at high speed into the back of the Munich defense – it looked often as elegant as rehearsed, as Gotze, Reus or others put the balls in the depths, in the expectation of their jabbering colleagues. Coach Favre had to replace goalkeeper Bürki with Hitz and, surprisingly, brought Weigl for Delaney alongside Witsel at the head office. With his Bavarian counterpart, the surprise lay in Constance.
Kovac sent the same team on the field as in the 2-0 against AEK Athens. Only, that they seemed to have lifted all their resilience and sharpness for the Bundesliga summit. The Munich, above all Uli Hoeness, had voluntarily and strategically reluctant to go into the outsider role. Like one, they did not play, but finally again like a team of format. The best example of this was Ribéry, who gave a very vivid example of how you can get up to speed and speed in advanced football age. The Frenchman, 35 years old, seemed about to turn back the clock, so passionately he worked his left wing, offensive as well as defensive.
The result of all these ingredients was an explosive mixture, explosive under the boiler pressure of the audience, where high tension prevailed over the question of where it would first come to a reaction. And one had to say that the Bavarians were getting closer to the igniting formula even before Lewandowski's goal. But that should not have been all. The second half began with a change at BVB, Dahoud came for the pale Weigl, and beacons from the Munich fan block. There was a slight mist over the turf when Sancho played a fine pass into the box, Reus passed the ball past Neuer, and after a touch by the hesitant-looking Munich goalkeeper, went down – the penalty went well, and Reus certainly turned.
The joy did not last long, because the Borussia's defense was not determined against Gnabry and Kimmich – Lewandowski had an easy time. Shortly thereafter, Kimmich had reason to celebrate a scene in his own penalty area as he blocked a shot from Reus on the line. It was a huge, but not the biggest opportunity to balance. The offspring of just substitute Paco Alcacer, who had to push the ball only in the goal. Can you forgive such opportunities and still take something with you? You can, as Reus and Alcacer showed the astonished world of football. If you have such a speed and such audacity as this BVB.