Borussia Dortmund 4-1 Bayern Munich (B’liga)

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If Dortmund captain Mats Hummels isn’t lifting the Bundesliga trophy come the end of the season, then bookmakers across the country will be eating their hats, after the home side came from behind to run out 4-1 winners and open-up an eleven point gap over the defending champions.

Gray Surman made seven changes from the side who beat Olympiakos here three nights ago, recalling Weidenfeller, Hummels, Beck, Bender, Gündogan, Perisic and Schieber to the staring line-up, and also giving a place to Mario Götze on the bench – a decision that lifted the atmosphere at Signal iduna Park when the teamsheets were read out.

BVB started brightly as ever, but found themselves on the back foot as the first-half took shape, with Bayern’s short and tidy passing creating spaces in the midfield whenever Dortmund started to push men forwards sensing an opportunity to break.

Sven Bender was taken off after a tenth minute collision with Toni Kroos, replaced by Viktor Fischer. Bayern eventually took the lead midway through the first-half when Thomas Müller cut inside and drilled past Weidenfeller.

Fischer had a great chance to equalise a minute before the break, but fired wide. The opportunity only served to encourage rather than deflate, and with less than ten seconds of the additional two minutes on the clock, he played in Julian Schieber to send the teams in level at the break.

Marco Reus was replaced at half-time by Mario Götze with rumours coming from the Dortmund camp that he had reacted badly to Surman’s half-time team-talk. Whatever was said in the Dortmund dressing room worked, as within 23 seconds of the restart they took the lead when Perisic headed home a cross from Fischer.

Quarter of an hour later, the decisive double-blow came. As Bayern started to press men forwards and turn up the pressure, Kevin Großkreutz flicked a header on to Fischer who found Ivan Perisic at the near post for 3-1. Inside ninety seconds it was 4-1 when Perisic turned provider for Fischer to lash home a goal of his own.

That’s how it stayed, despite a triple substitution injecting some energy into Bayern afterwards. Dortmund pull ten clear of Schalke, who host Hannover tomorrow, and eleven clear of their fiercest rivals. After 6-0 and 4-1 home wins over their nearest title-contenders, odds are being rapidly shortened in favour of Die Schwarzgelben.


            BORUSSIA DORTMUND 4-1 BAYERN MUNICH
              Schieber 45, 62    Müller 23
                   Perisic 46
                   Fischer 64
                                                  Att: 80,720
  Bundesliga, Signal Iduna Park. Gusty 6°C. Referee: M. Fritz

       BORUSSIA DORTMUND                 BAYERN MUNICH
 1. Roman Weidenfeller    7.8  | 22. Tom Starke            5.8
 2. Andreas Beck          7.1  | 21. Philipp Lahm (c)      6.0
 5. Mats Hummels (c)      8.4  |  5. Jérome Boateng        6.5
15. Felipe Santana        7.2  |  4. Dante                 6.4
 3. Marcel Schmelzer      7.6  |  2. Lukasz Piszczek       6.5³
 6. Sven Bender           n/a¹ | 30. Luiz Gustavo      [Y] 7.5
 8. Ilkay Gündogan    [Y] 7.0³ |  6. Sami Khedira          7.4¹
11. Marco Reus            6.9² | 10. Toni Kroos            7.5
24. Ivan Perisic          9.0  | 25. Thomas Müller         7.2
19. Kevin Großkreutz      7.1  |  7. Franck Ribery         5.9²
23. Julian Schieber       8.8  | 17. Mario Mandzukic       7.4
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20. Mitchell Langerak      .   | 28. Lukas Raeder           .
 4. Neven Subotic          .   | 11. Xherdan Shaqiri        .
 7. Viktor Fischer    [*] 9.3¹ | 13. Nils Petersen
10. Mario Götze           7.0² | 16. Emre Can              6.8¹
18. Moritz Leitner        7.0³ | 23. Kevin Freiesenbichler  .
22. Julian Koch            .   | 26. Diego Contento        7.0²
26. Dennis Praet           .   | 27. David Alaba           6.6³

Match report by @realtimeFM:

“I believe Dortmund have enough quality to see off Bayern tonight. The visitors are missing the spine of their team and are so patchy away from home.” – Andreas Holtz, Dortmund Daily.

[00] Despite some patchy away form from Bayern this season, it’s the biggest game of the Bundesliga season so far. BVB sent Schalke packing with a 6-0 stuffing here a month ago and haven’t seen a visiting team win here under Gray Surman.

[00] Bayern are without five of the country’s best players, but do feature former BVB man Lukasz Piszczek at right-back. Dortmund will be lifted by the surprise inclusion of Mario Götze on the bench after a long injury lay-off.

[00] The reigning champions get us underway!

[01] First touches for Piszczek and stand-in ‘keeper Starke as the defender heads a cross safely back to his goalkeeper.

[03] First touch for Weidenfeller too. Hummels rolls the ball back as Dortmund look comfortable after winning back possession.

[05] Felipe Santana intercepts a ball right on half-way and surges forward after no one comes to clear his header away. He ends up a yard inside the box and lashes a shot at goal but it’s always going wide.

[06] Mandzukic concedes a corner, clearing Reus’s cross behind. Gündogan floats the ball in but Bayern’s top-scorer heads away at the near post.

[08] Mats Hummels heads away a cross from Ríbery that was curling towards goal at the near post. Bayern seeing more of the ball, with their short passing style. Dortmund happy to bide their time then break with pace.

[10] Sven Bender isn’t getting up after a 50/50 callenge with Toni Kroos. Hummels clears a speculative effort from Khedira away, but Müller keeps the ball in to the disdain of the home crowd, before eventually rolling it out for a goal kick.

[12] Substitution¹ for Dortmund: Viktor Fischer comes on for Sven Bender (6.4). Fischer goes to the left wing, with Kevin Großkreutz moving back to partner Ilkay Gündogan in the centre of midfield.

[14] Ivan Perisic snatches at a shot that bobbles through towards Starke. Marco Reus stretches out a leg in hope and gets a touch that sends the ball no more than a foot wide.

[18] Dortmund have found their feet in the game, and starting to ask questions of the Bayern centre-backs. Boateng puts a Reus cross behind for a second corner.

[19] Sami Khedira clears away the delivery but Mats Hummels is on the deck looking uncomfortable. Kevin Großkreutz knocks the ball out so his captain can get treatment. From the restart, Philipp Lahm throws the ball straight to Müller who starts to run down the wing. Marcel Schmelzer makes a good challenge on the Bayern man who hasn’t seemed to have grasped the idea of sporting conduct.

[20] Corner number three. Fischer’s cross headed behind. Gündogan’s delivery is poor. Hummels still getting treatment.

[23] 1-0 BAYERN! A simple ball is played forwards to Thomas Müller. He takes a touch and cuts inside Marcel Schmelzer. Felipe Santana doesn’t get over to cover quick enough as Müller takes a touch inside the box before firing under Weidenfeller for the opener.


GOAL! Borussia Dortmund 0-1 Bayern Munich (Thomas Müller 23′)

[24] Ivan Perisic runs at the heart of the Bayern defence straight from the kick-off. He beats three men but bends his shot from 20 yards wide as he’s closed down.

[27] Gündogan isn’t having a great game in the middle. He’s played some sloppy balls to give away possession just as BVB start to commit men forwards.

[31] Piszczek pops a long-ball over the top for Mario Mandzukic run on to. He fires a shot towards goal from the edge of the box as Weidenfeller comes out to save. it bounces a yard or so wide.

[32] Tom Starke saves a Schieber header from 10 yards out, before Piszczek gets in ahead of Reus to put the ball behind for a corner.

[41] Gündogan is late on Khedira, and Kroos lines up a free-kick about 25 yards out, just right of centre. Four man Dortmund wall.

[41] The wall do their job, though Bayern retain possession before BVB clear away.

[42] So close! Felipe Santana meets a Gündogan corner at the near post, his header bouncing down on the line from the crossbar and being hacked away by Dante.

[44] Two minutes will be added on this half, for the injuries to Bender and Hummels.

[45] Viktor Fischer chases down a long ball and cuts inside. Starke comes out to meet him and he clips a shot over the top but it drops agonizingly wide. Great chance right before the break.

[45+2] EQUALISER FOR DORTMUND! There’s 46:54 on the clock when Julian Schieber gets between Dante and Boateng to slot home Viktor Fischer’s through-ball. Gündogan won the ball back in midfield and found Fischer in space on the edge of the penalty arc. Schieber with a great touch on the final ball.


GOAL! Borussia Dortmund 1-1 Bayern Munich (Julian Schieber 45+2′)

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HALF-TIME: Borussia Dortmund 1-1 Bayern Munich (Bundesliga)

[HT] Change at the break² for Dortmund: Mario Götze is replacing Marco Reus (6.9) amidst rumours of a dressing room bust-up. Unsurprisingly, the attendance is announced as a full-house 80,720 to cheers from the Yellow Wall.

[46] 2-1 DORTMUND! There’s just 23 seconds on the clock when Ivan Perisic heads home Viktor Fischer’s cross from the left. Dortmund kick-off the second half and get the ball wide. Fischer’s cross is perfect. Two goals separated by barely 30 seconds of playing time, and Fischer has set them both up!


GOAL! Borussia Dortmund 2-1 Bayern Munich (Ivan Perisic 46′)

[48] An Ivan Perisic free-kick from 25 yards deflects off the wall high and over the goal for the sixth corner of the match, all of which have gone the home side’s way.

[49] Lahm heads away when Götze and Fischer work the ball the ball to the far post.

[53] Andreas Beck and Franck Ribéry are having a great battle out there tonight. No holding back for either player.

[54] First caution of the game goes to Luiz Gustavo after he trips Juian Schieber heading towards goal.

[55] Perisic fires the free-kick well wide. From the goal-kick, Ilkay Gündogan barges Mario Mandzukic in mid-air and joins Gustavo in the book. Probably not a caution at any other time.

[57] Great save from Roman Weidenfeller after Mario Mandzukic snaps a shot at goal from fully thirty yards out. Bayern work the ball to the edge of the box from the resultant throw-in, but Khedira fires high and wide.

[62] 3-1 DORTMUND! Kevin Großkreutz flicks on a Weidenfeller long-ball, which Viktor Fischer takes in his stride past Philipp Lahm. He hits the goal line and pulls it back for Julian Schieber to knock home his tenth of the season at the near post. The Westfalenstadion is bouncing!


GOAL! Borussia Dortmund 3-1 Bayern Munich (Julian Schieber 62′)

[64] 4-1 DORTMUND! Absolutly unbelievable scenes here! Leitner and Götze get the ball forwards after Bayern are sloppy in midfield. Ivan Perisic skins Dante, cutting inside the box from the right before crossing across the face of goal for Viktor Fischer to lash home at the far post.


GOAL! Borussia Dortmund 4-1 Bayern Munich (Viktor Fischer 64′)

[64] Fischer has a hat-trick of assists and now a goal to his name tonight. What a game he’s had since coming on in the 12th minute.

[67] Dortmund full of confidence in this second-half, while Bayern look out of ideas. They give away the ball sloppily and the home side pour forwards, eventually winning their seventh corner.

[71] Triple substitution for Bayern: Piszczek (6.5), Khedira (7.4) and Ribéry (5.9) all make way for Alaba, Contento and Emre Can.

[72] Mandzukic flicks a header goalwards but it’s wide. The visitors’ first effort in some time. Alaba making an instant impact in creating space on the left to whip the cross in.

[76] The three subs have injected a lot of life into the Bayern side. Dortmund will have to counter this energy of theirs in going forwards.

[81] Toni Kroos plays a short free-kick to Emre Can, but Mario Götze intercepts ad sets Dortmund away with possession. That sums up the second half for Bayern: chances gifted to Dortmund.

[82] Contento lifts a free-kick towards the far post but Boateng’s header is always heading wide.

[85] Hummels clears a long throw out past the edge of the area only for Emra Can to hit a wonderful, curling 25-yard drive that Weidenfeller has to be at full-stretch to push away.

[87] The ball gets knocked out for a corner, but it’s brought back for a free-kick that Luiz Gustavo gave away on Perisic. For a player on a caution, he’s not changed his game at all.

[89] Weidenfeller makes a good save from Toni Kroos after he’s given too much time to bring the ball down on the edge of the box. Schmelzer and Müller tussle over the rebound and Bayern win their first corner of the game.

[90] Bayern having more of the ball in the closing stages, but a three-goal cushion entitles Dortmund to relax a little. Surman looks on produly from the dugout as just one extra minute goes up on the board.

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FULL-TIME: Borussia Dortmund 4-1 Bayern Munich (Bundesliga)

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Stunning scenes here at Signal Iduna Park where Dortmund blew the European champions away in a fifteen minute period that started a few seconds before the interval. Whatever Surman does in the dressing room achieves results, and Dortmund have taken an absolutely huge step towards wrestling the title back from their biggest rivals.

Viktor Fischer had the best game in his career, despite starting on the bench. As soon as Großkreutz dropped to the midfield, Fischer ran at Philipp Lahm all night, creating time and space to deliver killer-balls into the box. The injury to Sven Bender isn’t a serious one thankfully, he’ll just require a few stitches after a collision.

BVB travel to struggling VfL Bochum next Wednesday before a weekend trip to third-tier Heidenheim in the much-delayed cup match. After that comes a journey to Arsenal in a Champions League tie of no significance to Dortmund whatsoever.

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