Bayern Munich Sends Strong Message With Convincing Win Over Borussia Dortmund
Bayern Munich has beaten Borussia Dortmund 3-0 this Saturday at the Signal Iduna Park with goals by Mario Gotze, Arjen Robben and Thomas Muller. Pep Guardiola‘s men are now seven points ahead of their rivals, and seem on their way to a second title.
Bayern was four points ahead of Dortmund before visiting the Signal Iduna Park. For Dortmund, it was important not to lose this game in order to keep Bayern within sight. Even though it’s still early in the season, a win for Bayern could end Dortmund’s title hopes.
Both teams started with their usual formations — Dortmund in 4-2-3-1 and Bayern in their now usual 4-3-3. Dortmund was without Neven Subotic, out for six months due to a knee injury, and Ilkay Gundogan also sidelined due to an injury. For Bayern, Guardiola started again with Philippe Lahm in midfield in Bastian Schweinsteiger‘s absence. Javi Martinez was picked over Thiago Alcantara to partner Toni Kroos, and Lahm in Bayern’s three man midfield. Mario Gotze, the former Dortmund man started on the bench.
Unsurprisingly, the game started with both teams trying to impose their style — Bayern keeping the ball with Kroos dropping very deep to collect the ball from his centre-backs when Lahm was marked, and Dortmund playing a more vertical football attacking with pace as soon as they won the ball. Both teams created chances, with Thomas Muller, Mario Mandzukic, Robert Lewandowski and Marco Reus all coming very close to open the scoring, but the game was scoreless at half-time.
Ten minutes into the second half, Guardiola made a change that would prove to be the game changer. Gotze, former Dortmund player and booed by the Signal Iduna Park every time, touched the ball replaced Mandzukic at the 55th minute. Ten minutes later, the German international was at the end of a cross from Muller to finish with the outside of his right foot and give the lead to Bayern.
Despite changes from Dortmund’s coach Juergen Klopp, Bayern added a second goal at the 86th minute by Robben, who finished a superb counter attacking move initiated by Dante. Muller punished Dortmund with a third goal a minute later.
This Dortmund vs Bayern matchup was very close until the introduction of Gotze. Dortmund never recovered from their former player’s goal and let Bayern go seven points ahead of them. More than ever, the Bundesliga is looking like a one horse race.
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