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Bayern Munich 0-2 Borussia Dortmund: What Were The Key Talking Points as BVB Spring A Heavyweight Upset At The Allianz?

Tom Dunstan in Bundesliga, Editorial 31 Mar 2024

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With all eyes falling on the Allianz this weekend, Borussia Dortmund put in a stunning performance as they secured a 2-0 victory against historic rivals Bayern Munich.

Watching 22-year-old starlet Karim Adeyemi open the scoring after just 10 minutes, Edin Terzic’s side caused Bayern’s leaky defence a string of issues and were a more than worthy winner here.

With Norway international Julian Ryerson eventually wrapping up all three points in the final few minutes, BVB certainly piled the pressure on a Bayern squad who are at the heart of a public domestic nightmare.

Although England skipper Harry Kane might have seen a late consolation strike ruled out by VAR, it was a hugely frustrating performance for Thomas Tuchel’s men.

With the high-flying Bayer Leverkusen collecting a 2-1 victory against Hoffenheim earlier in the day, Tuchel’s side have officially accepted that they will relinquishing their Bundesliga crown this season.

In what was a season-defining defeat for Bayern, we have taken a look at the main talking points from Saturday’s heavyweight showdown.

Dortmund deserve all of the headlines

Although it might be Bayern’s latest Bundesliga slip which will steal most of Saturday’s headlines, Borussia Dortmund certainly deserve all of the plaudits following a famous performance at the Allianz.

While there might be continued question marks over Edin Terzic’s future in rural Germany, BVB have certainly enjoyed an extended flurry on either side of March’s international break.

Despite long since accepting that they will not be able to mount any kind of Bundesliga title charge this season, the one-time West Ham coach has seen his squad show plenty of improvements over the past month.

Extending on their Champions League adventure on March 13th as they secured a 3-1 aggregate victory against Dutch outfit PSV, Dortmund have now won all of their previous five appearances across all competitions.

Heading into the fortnight interval with a stellar 3-1 romp against Eintracht Frankfurt, BVB have also found a real clinical edge in the final third after notching 11 strikes on their five-match winning flurry.

Tuchel set for an early exit from the Allianz?

Although Bayern Munich might have announced last month that Tuchel will be leaving the German giants at the end of the season, it has been heavily suggested that the former Chelsea boss could be set for an early exit from the Allianz.

While Tuchel might have guided Bayern to the Champions League quarter-finals prior to March’s international break, Saturday’s hosts have endured a public domestic nightmare this season.

Although Tuchel might have only replaced Julian Nagelsmann 12 months ago, the 51-year-old has struggled to build any kind of connection in Munich and has come under hefty scrutiny this year.

Despite guiding Bayern to a record-breaking 11th consecutive Bundesliga crown last season, there are some sections of the Allianz support who feel that Tuchel should be removed from the dugout over the next few days.

Although Saturday’s hosts might have a Champions League quarter-final showdown against Premier League giants Arsenal fast approaching on the horizon, the ex-Chelsea boss has plenty of issues that need sorting.

Bayern accept their title heartbreak

Opening Saturday’s showdown knowing that only three points would have been enough to keep their Bundesliga miracle alive, Bayern Munich have now officially accepted that they will be dethroned over the coming weeks.

Watching Bayer Leverkusen take another giant step to a maiden Bundesliga crown earlier in the day as they secured a 2-1 victory against Hoffenheim, Tuchel was quick to state that his side have relinquished their crown.

Saturday’s defeat leaves Bayern sat 13 points adrift of the runaway leaders with just seven Bundesliga appearances remaining this season.

Asked if his squad were now officially out of title contention, departing boss Tuchel said: “Obviously, yes”.

The German tactician then added: “After today’s game there is no more need to count points. How many is it now? Congratulations to Leverkusen.”

Match Report

Bayern Munich: Ulreich, Kimmich, de Legt, Dier, Davies, Laimer, Goretzka, Sane, Muller, Musiala, Kane

Subs: Choupo-Moting, Coman, Gnabry, Marzraoui, Tel

Borussia Dortmund: Meyer, Ryerson, Hummels, Schlotterbeck, Maatsen, Nmecha, Can, Brandt, Sancho, Fulkrug, Adeyemi

Subs: Haller, Bynoe-Gittens, Ozcan, Reus, Wolf

Goals: Adeyemi (10’), Ryerson (83’)

Yellow Cards: N/A

Red Cards: N/A

Referee: Harm Osmers


Tom Dunstan

Formerly of The Independent, Tom has spent the past six years as one of our senior writers and betting experts. Alongside working with numerous publications from across the globe, Tom also graduated from the University of Falmouth in 2014 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Digital Media.
Spending almost the past decade working in countries such as Australia, New Zealand and Canada, he has also spent time featuring in sports radio. Tom can be followed on Instagram - @iamtomdunstan



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