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Bayern Munich 4-0 Borussia Dortmund: Dominance personified

Harry Kettle in Bundesliga, Editorial 10 Nov 2019

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With all of the talk surrounding Bayern Munich over the course of the last few weeks, many felt as if they could crumble in front of the world during their huge clash with Borussia Dortmund this weekend. Alas, with the lights on bright and with a lot of pressure on their shoulders, they answered their critics in a huge way with an emphatic 4-0 triumph over their rivals.

A huge win

From the first minute right up until the full time whistle, it felt as if Bayern were bullying Dortmund out there. The visitors’ struggles this season have also been well documented as both sides chase the likes of Borussia Monchengladbach and RB Leipzig at the top of the table, but either way, this was the definition of a subpar performance that could lead to executive changes of their own over the course of the next few weeks.

Hansi Flick was taking charge of the game for Bayern as they continue to go in search of a new manager, but they won’t be thinking about that all too much after Robert Lewandowski’s opener put a lot of concerns amongst the home fans at ease. Dortmund lost Jadon Sancho due to injury before half time to ramp up the pressure considerably, and after the half time interval, a tap-in from Serge Gnabry ensured that Bayern were in a great position to secure all three points.

Making a statement

The minutes ticked by until the final 15 minutes and while Dortmund were pressing, they never really seemed to be in any form of control. Then, in a crazy four minute spell, Lewandowski scored a second and Mats Hummels turned the ball into his own net to hand the reigning Champions of Germany a huge win in their push to retain the title.

Bayern will now enjoy their international break as the search for a new permanent manager goes on, but upon returning, they’ll face a crazy run of games against Fortuna Dusseldorf, Red Star Belgrade, Bayer Leverkusen, Borussia Monchengladbach and Tottenham Hotspur. Borussia Dortmund will be returning to action against Paderborn, before travelling to the Nou Camp in search of a big result against Barcelona in the Champions League.

Match Report

Bayern Munich: Neuer (6.5), Davies (8.5), Alaba (7.5), Martinez (7.5), Pavard (8), Kimmich (7), Coman (8.5), Muller (8.5), Goretzka (6.5), Gnabry (8), Lewandowski (9), Thiago (6.5), Perisic (6.5), Coutinho (6)

Borussia Dortmund: Burki (5.5), Hakimi (5.5), Akanji (5.5), Hummels (5.5), Schulz (6), Witsel (5.5), Weigl (6), Sancho (6), Brandt (6), Hazard (6), Gotze (6.5), Alcacer (5.5), Guerreiro (6), Rues (6)

Referee: Felix Zwayer

Goals: Lewandowski x2, Gnabry, Hummels OG

Yellow Cards: Kimmich, Coman, Reus

Red Cards: N/A

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Harry Kettle


Harry is a University of Worcester graduate who has been writing professionally for the last two years. He specialises in several sports such as MMA, pro wrestling and athletics, with football being his primary love. He continues to dream of a life in the Premier League as a Wolves fan.

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