Bayern Munich have managed to beat their rivals Borussia Dortmund 0:3 at the Signal Iduna Park, to record their first win against Dortmund in Bundesliga since 2010 and go 7 points clear above their hosts in the table, while staying undefeated in this season and breaking their own all-time Bundesliga unbeaten streak thanks to 3 second half goals from Mario Gotze, Arjen Robben and Thomas Muller.
A crowd of more than 80,000 Dortmund fans welcomed Bayern Munich to the Signal Iduna Park, creating a great intense atmosphere from the beginning of the match. Borussia Dortmund who entered the match with four starters missing from their squad were backed by their fans. The first chance of the match came as soon as the 3rd minute when Robert Lewandowski found himself face to face with Bayern’s keeper Manuel Neuer following a cross from Macro Reus, Lewa missed and Bayern were given an offside although Lewa was onside. Dortmund had the higher hand in the first 10 minutes but Bayern reorganized and started creating their own chances from the 15th minute. In the 20th minute the hosts had another chance to score the match opener but they were denied by heroic defensive efforts from David Alaba, Dante and Jerome Boateng. Eight minutes later Reus was left alone one-on-one with the Bayern keeper but Neuer denied him. Bayern dominated possession but their first real threat came in at the 35th minute through a nice shot in the penalty area from Mario Mandzukic that was saved by Dortmund’s keeper Roman Weidenfeller. That chance was followed by another one for Thomas Muller to open the score line but his shot from inside the penalty area was saved by Weidenfeller after it deflected from Sokratis and lost some of its power. Only 2 minutes later another attack from the left wing was lead by Arjen Robben who sent a pass into the penalty area waiting for any Bayern player to tap in inside the Dortmund net, however Mario Mandzukic was seconds late with the interception. The first half came to an end with a 0:0 goalless draw, a good result for the hosts who didn’t seem to suffer much from the absences in their squad.
In the second half, Bayern looked better but Dormund’s counter attacks were very dangerous and the first chance came within 6 minutes from the start when Sven Bender sent a chipping cross to Lewandowski in the penalty area but Lewa failed to head it into the net although Neuer made a goal keeping mistake with his run trying to block the cross. Bayern’s coach Pep Guardiola made 2 changes in his team within the 65th minute by fielding Mario Gotze to replace Mario Mandzukic and play as a false nine, in addition to Thiago Alcantara who replaced Jerome Boateng who had a booking. It is important to point out that Gotze was warming up in the players tunnel before the substitution, a very smart decision from the coach who didn’t want Gotze to be affected by the Dortmund fans who would probably ruin his concentration. Guardiola’s changes proved fruitful within 10 minutes, captain Philipp Lahm & Robben did the build up in the center and passed the ball to Thomas Muller on the right flank, who sent a pass into the penalty box to find Gotze’s accurate shot and go into the low right angle of the Dortmund goal silencing the Yellow Dortmund Wall. Jurgen Klopp made 3 substitutions but change didn’t happen, on the other hand Guardiola made his final substitution by putting Daniel Van Buyten in for Rafinha. Dortmund tried to get back in the match but a cross by Thiago from the Bayern back that was sent to Arjen Robben who took a sprint towards the Dortmund goal and chipped the ball with an exquisite finish over Weidenfeller giving Bayern their second goal at the 85th minute. Two minutes later another attack lead by Martinez found Robben on the borders of the penalty box and instead of shooting it he passed the ball to Lahm who was free on the right, Lahm sent a pass on a golden plate towards Muller who didn’t hesitate to put it in the Dortmund goal. Bayern with a 0:3 lead 3 minutes before the last whistle. The result would stay the same and Bayern win against their bitter rivals at their own home.
Guardiola changed his whole plan by switching Thiago as a midfielder and switching Martinez back into a central defender, then switching Lahm from midfield to a right back and Martinez back once again to the midfield after Van Buyten was brought on. Guardiola’s changes were on point as Gotze broke the match’s deadlock, Thiago assisted Robben’s goal and his substitutions changing the tactics and whole organization of his squad. Toni Kroos continues to perform at the highest levels, the German midfielder had the most touches from both teams with a 92% pass accuracy. Bayern remain undefeated in all competetions, while Dortmund had their 3rd loss after a loss to Arsenal in the Champions League, and 2 defeats in a row in the German Bundesliga. Dortmund are now endangered of a first round knockout in the Champions League and they will have two tough matches against Marseille and Napoli to decide it.
Date: Saturday, November 23, 2013
Venue: Signal Iduna Park, Dortmund
Kickoff: 17:30 GMT
Borussia Dortmund 0:3 Bayern Munich
Gotze (66′), Robben (85′), Muller (87′)
Yellow cards: Boateng 36′, Großkreutz 45′, Rafinha 45′, Mandzukic 45′, Mkhitaryan 56′
Red cards: None
Großkreutz,Freidrich, Sokratis, Durm
Sahin, Bender (Piszczek 79′)
Blaszczkowski (Aubameyang 71′), Mkhitaryan (Hofmann 71′), Reus
Rafinha (Van Buyten 79′), Boateng (Thiago 64′), Dante, Alaba
Muller, Kroos, Martinez, Robben
Mandzukic (Gotze 56′)
Man of The Match:
Bayern Munich: Arjen Robben
Despite having many Bayern players that shined in yesterday’s match from David Alaba, to Manuel Neuer and Thomas Muller. Arjen Robben was the one to decide the match with his goal and setting up a great pass to Lahm in the second. His constant movement and involvement in almost every single attack and even defense makes Man of The Match. A player that really deserves to win the Ballon d’Or.