Bayern Munich won the German Bundesliga title for the tenth time in a row, after beating Borussia Dortmund 3-1 on Saturday evening. Julian Nagelsmann’s side blew Dortmund away in the first half before a professional display in the second half saw them put the title out of the sporting reach of their opponents.
It didn’t take the home team long to settle into their rhythm as they dominated the match straight from kick-off. Joshua Kimmich and Leon Goretzka dominated the midfield and Bayern looked to open up Dortmund’s weak defence.
They didn’t have to wait long with Serge Gnabry securing the opener in the 15th minute with a stunning shot. Goretzka headed a corner from Kimmich to the wing on the edge of the penalty area. Gnabry took one touch with his thigh before hitting the ball through the crowd at the back of the net.
What a blow!!
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There was a distinct sense of unease with Dortmund, who struggled to deal with the high pressure of Bayern Munich. Both Gnabry and Kingsley Coman made good laps and played in some dangerous passes but the end product was a bit poor. At the other end, Erling Haaland did not smell until the 27th minute when he hit a long shot under pressure.
Gnabry put the ball in the net again shortly after, but the goal was disallowed due to a heavy offside against Koeman in the crowd. Dortmund were abandoned in that case but they didn’t make good use of their second chance. Five minutes later, Dan Axel Zagado gave the ball away in a dangerous situation, allowing Thomas Muller to play for Robert Lewandowski. Pole did nothing wrong, finishing through Marvin Heitz’s legs with a score of 2-0.
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Frustration seemed to overwhelm Dortmund as Emre Can and coach Marco Rose received a yellow after a small scuffle in the 40th minute. Goretzka and Lewandowski had half the chances but couldn’t cause more problems in the first half.
Dortmund came out in the second half with a more positive outlook and earned their reward within five minutes. Kimmich awkwardly slipped on Marco Reus and the referee didn’t hesitate to point out where. Despite the well-respected attackers on the side, it was Kahn who stepped up and scored a goal to get Dortmund back into the game.
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Black and yellow almost tied after two minutes. Muller gave the ball away to Haaland, who played in Reus. Although the Dortmund captain prevented him from his counterpart Manuel Neuer from a narrow angle. The same combination worked again and Reus created a shot to equalize but Lucas Hernandez slipped to create the decisive kick at the end.
Bayern Munich came under pressure all of a sudden but they responded well and Lewandowski fired a long shot after some decent play. The away team kept going up and Judd Bellingham converted a penalty kick after turning Benjamin Pavard on its head. Replays showed that the Frenchman had had enough of the ball.
The match opened perfectly with Bayern receiving a rejected penalty. Koeman then played at Lewandowski but the pole chose to pass rather than shoot but Dortmund’s defense was active enough to keep him away. Nagelsmann’s side regained control as Mueller’s influence increased.
Hitz made a decisive save in the 70th minute after Mueller’s shot veered into Lewandowski’s way to keep Dortmund in the match. Dortmund managed to create some chances in the next few minutes. Haaland had two good chances but his attempt went too far.
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Bayern would not be champions for nine consecutive times had it not been for his cruelty and showed him again after Haaland’s mistakes. There was chaos in the Dortmund square area and the ball was strewn to replace Jamal Musila. The youngster took a touch and accepted the ball decisively to secure the victory and the title for Bayern Munich.
Here are the main points from the match –
Robert Lewandowski has arguably been the most lethal player in world football over the past three seasons and showed his side once again on Saturday. The striker scored one goal and showed off his overall performance as Bayern gave Dortmund a lesson in attack.
There have been rumors that Lewandowski will move to Barcelona and if he decides to leave, he will become a top scorer again. His legacy in the Bundesliga will be on the same level as that of Gerd Muller.
The new guard?
Bayern’s disappointments in the cup and Europe this season revealed that they need to improve to return to the absolute elite in Europe, but the match against Dortmund gave Nagelsmann hope. Koeman and Gnabry were excellent while Kimmich and Goretzka are one of the best midfield pairings in Europe.
Lucas Hernandez showed that his best position is in the center of defense alongside Upamecano. Bayern’s next step is to effectively replace their core of Neuer, Lewandowski and Muller to bring their next great team.
It was a transitional season for Bayern Munich as they welcomed a new coach into the dugout and their level of performance was far below their usual level. They have given the rivals many chances to charge the title but Dortmund and his teammates. Wasted a great opportunity to break the series of hot titles for Bayern Munich.
Dortmund’s performance on the night was representative of their season – losing key players to injuries, inconsistent wits, and not capitalizing on the openers. As Nagelsmann instills his thoughts into the Bayern Munich squad, one can only expect them to improve. Besides the expected departure of Erling Hallandand, there is no end in sight to their dominance in Germany.