Gray Surman celebrated his 100th career win in senior football management with a 2-1 win over Bayern Munich at Signal Iduna Park this evening, his fourth consecutive victory over BVB’s big rivals.
Dortmund made three changes from the side that drew at Valencia in midweek, switching to the familiar 4-2-3-1 system and returning Lars Bender, Dennis Praet, and Marco Reus to the staring XI in place of Beck, Sven Bender and Lewandowski.
Julian Koch had a header tipped onto the bar early on, while Manuel Neuer made fantastic saves from Jovetic and Hummels inside the opening five minutes with BVb coming out all guns blazing against a Bayern side crippled by recent big-name injuries.
From another corner, Mats Hummels got to the ball first and sent his header past Neuer and the man on the line to five BVB the lead with eighteen minutes on the clock and the side were unfortunate not to extend the lead before the break.
A second goal came on 72 minutes when Koch flicked Praet’s corner towards goal with Luiz Gustavo getting the unfortunate final touch that diverted the ball past Neuer and put BVB two-up. Ten minutes later, seconds after a defensive change, Olivier Giroud was played onside as he slotted home a consolation.
Dortmund held on and consolidated fifth spot while condemning Bayern to start December in the bottom half.
“Tough one to call but Bayern will be low on confidence after a poor run of form and that should be just enough to see Dortmund through,” says Leon Horn from The Express. Can Gray Surman make it four wins from four against their traditional title rivals?
It’s the 200th career league appearance for Stevan Jovetic, while Luiz Gustavo (100) and Toni Kroos (150) are at landmark appearances in Bundesliga for Bayern Munich.
Earlier results saw Hamburg go top with a 3-0 win over Augsburg, while Wolfsburg jumped up to second with a 2-0 win over Werder Bremen. Schalke and Leverkusen both play tomorrow, meaning Dortmund will stay fifth tonight regardless of the result, while Bayern can climb to 9th.
 It’s a drizzly evening here at Signal Iduna Park, and referee Michael Weiner gets us under way with Dortmund kicking-off.
 Manuel Neuer makes a fingertip save inside twenty seconds from Stevan Jovetic’s far post header as he turns Marco Reus’s cross towards goal. Corner. Dennis Praet’s delivery drops towards the edge of the box and Neven Subotic’s shot is pushed wide by Neuer. Boateng clears the second corner.
 Stevan Jovetic makes a positive run towards goal but fires well wide from 22 yards.
 Free-kick to Dortmund by the corner flag after Javi Martinez trips Reus. Praet’s delivery is headed towards the top corner by Mats Hummels and Neuer comes up with another great save to tip it over via the crossbar.
 Woodwork! Julian Koch hits the bar with a header at the corner, before Javi Martinez puts it behind. Neven Subotic is penalised for a push at the next corner.
 Game has calmed down a little after the early Dortmund storm. Attacking play in the midfield from both sides but neither ‘keeper tested in the last few minutes.
 Jovetic is a whisker away from connecting with Koch’s cross towards the far post after he intercepts a poor Gustavo ball.
 André Schürrle looks up for the game as he drives forwards, cuts inside the box and smashes a shot narrowly wide from 15 yards. Bayern attack route one style from the goal kick and Olivier Giroud drills one wide from distance.
 Corner Dortmund as Boateng challenge Jovetic in the box.
 DORTMUND 1-0 BAYERN MUNICH: There’s pandemonium in the stands as Mats Hummels heads home Dennis Praet’s corner from eight yards out. Neuer well-beaten as it sails into the far corner. Eighth goal of the season from the BVB skipper, and ninth assist for Praet.
 First time Roman Weidenfeller’s called into action as he gathers a loose ball after former team-mate Lukasz Piszczek cuts inside the box but over-runs.
 Reus brings down Mario Gómez in shooting range, but Weidenfeller saves Toni Kroos’s free-kick from 25 yards.
 Hummels tackles Gómez in the box, winning it cleanly and Bayern have their first corner. Dortmund defend it but Bayern win a second when Giroud’s effort comes off Schmelzer, before the same man puts the delivery behind for a third corner. Lars Bender clears and it goes upfield.
 Franck Ríbery is given time on the edge of the area to line up a shot, but Julian Koch flings himself in the way of it befoer Marcel Schmelzer hammers it away.
 Marco Reus drifts in behind the back four and gets onto Schürrle’s ball through, but Neuer is quick off his line and beats away the half-volley.
 Fine save from Weidenfeller as he holsd onto a Giroud turn-and-shoot from 22 yards that was angling towards the top corner.
 Dennis Praet is put through by Mario Götze, but he takes it on the half-volle and blasts well wide from 15 yards.
 Bastian Schweinsteiger trips Götze 22 yards out, just to the right of centre. Great chance for Praet from the set-piece. The free-kick is drilled into the wall and cleared away by Boateng.
 One additional minute.
[45+1] Schmelzer heads behind a long ball, and Bayern win their fourth corner. Hummels gets it away before Gustavo fouls Reus. That should be it.
HALF-TIME: Borussia Dortmund 1-0 FC Bayern München (Bundesliga).
 No changes at the break for either side. Who’ll start this half strongest?
 Straight from the kick-off, Lars Bender intercepts a sloppy pass and forces Neuer into a save from 15 yards out. Piszczek challenges Reus in the box and clears.
 Neuer saves at the feet of Jovetic, before Weidenfeller does exactly the same with Giroud thirty seconds later. What a start to the second half!
 Olivier Giroud is getting a lot of time on the ball, and he nearly has a near post tap-in but for a good challenge from Praet.
 Philip Lahm flattens Götze with a flailing arm and gets a talking-to. Dortmund get the go ahead to make a change: Robert Lewandowski is on for Jovetic (7.0).
 Javi Martinez clears off the line after Lewandowski’s bicycle kick is pushed into the path of Reus who doesn’t hit his shot cleanly.
 Ríbery drives just wide from the edge of the box after Humels makes a great challenge on Gómez.
 Javi Martínez brings down Robert Lewandowski as both chase a long ball forwards. No further punishment other than the free-kick. Lewandowski would have been clean through, but the officials indicating that he would never have got on the end of that.
 Dennis Praet’s diving header is pushed away by Neuer with another brilliant full-stretch save. Neither Schürrle nor Götze can get the ball back towards goal and Gustavo clears.
 Second change for Dortmund: Ivan Perisic replaces Götze (7.1) who looks like he’s picked up a knock.
 Corner Bayern, it’s five each on that front now, as Ríbery’s cross deflects behind off Koch. Javi Martinez heads powerfully over the top from the hanging delivery.
 Schürrle’s sot looks like it was creeping wide but Neuer pushes it past his post.
 DORTMUND 2-0 BAYERN MUNICH: Disaster for Luiz Gustavo as Dennis Praet’s corner drops into the six-yard box behind Hummels and Koch, who got a faint touch, and the Bayern defender flicks out a leg towards it and diverts it past his own ‘keeper.
 Double change for Bayern in response to the goal: Javier Hernández and Hernanes are on for Kroos (6.7) and Gómez (6.1).
 Corner Dortmund as Lahm puts behind a cross aimed towards Schürrle. Neuer makes a save down low from Hummels on the half-volley.
 Into the final ten minutes, Bayern will need to up their game in order to avoid their seventh defeat in fourteen league matches this season.
 Final change for Dortmund, and their replacing Hummels (8.8) with Felipe Santana. Wouldn’t want to change a centre-back at this stage but the captain looks dead on his feet out there.
 DORTMUND 2-1 BAYERN MUNICH: That proves why, as Olivier Giroud fires the visitors back into the match. Luiz Gustavo lobs the ball back into the box after a clearance, Giroud is between Santana and Subotic and he clips it past Weidenfeller from ten yards out. Suspicions of offside, but Koch has played him on.
 Luiz Gustavo is cautioned seconds after the restart as he brings down Praet. He had been warned earlier by Michael Weiner, and he’s the first booking of a great match.
 Bayern are going for it, pushing four men up-front.
 Philipp Lahm joins Gustavo in the book after he clips Marcel Schmelzer when BVB mount a counter-attack.
 Giroud gives Subotic the slip and the Dortmund defender trips him a yard outside the box. Big decision to come from Michael Weiner, the Serbian could be in big trouble…
 It’s yellow for Neven Subotic. He’s a fortunate man. Bastian Schweisteigeer hits the free-kick inches wide. Took a deflection, apparently. Corner. That’ll be his last action of the game though, as he’s replaced (6.6) by Emre Can.
 Three additional minutes.
[90+1] Javier Hernandez skews a shot well wide from distance.
[90+3] Gustavo puts the ball into the six-yard box, but it’s behind Giroud and Hernandez and Praet hacks it away. Thirty seconds to hold on for the champions.
FULL-TIME: Borussia Dortmund 2-1 FC Bayern München (Bundesliga). [PKM]
Huge win for BVB as they held out and deservedly take all three points, keeping their big rivals in the bottom half of the table. A massive morale-boost ahead of the midweek must-win against Standard Liege in order to keep their Champions League defence alive.
Another great performance from Mats Hummels, while Dennis Praet impressed in the midfield. Games coming thick and fast now, Surman will have to dig deep in his squad.
- 03.12: Champions League #6 Dortmund v. Standard Liège (Signal Iduna Park)
- 06. 12: Bundesliga FSV Mainz v. Borussia Dortmund (Coface Arena)
- 10.12: Bundesliga Augsburg v. Borussia Dortmund (SGL Arena)
- 11.12: Bundesliga Borussia Dortmund v. Eintracht Frankfurt (Signal Iduna Park)
- 14.12: Bundesliga Borussia Dortmund v. TSG Hoffenheim (Signal Iduna Park)