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Borussia Dortmund 0-4 Bayern Munich: What Were The Key Talking Points As Harry Kane Breaks Another Bundesliga Record?

Tom Dunstan in Bundesliga, Editorial 5 Nov 2023

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With all eyes falling on rural Germany on Saturday evening, Bayern Munich stormed their way to a thumping 4-0 romp away at bitter Bundesliga rivals Borussia Dortmund.

While Thomas Tuchel’s side might have shockingly come crashing out of the DFP Pokal in midweek following a 2-1 loss at the hands of third-tier outfit Saarbrucken, the German giants certainly made a major statement here.

Opening the scoring after just four minutes as French international defender Dayot Upamecano powered home from inside the six-yard box, Bayern enjoyed what was a famous evening at Signal Iduna Park.

However, while Bayern might have made a clear statement of intent outside of Munich, it will be a certain Harry Kane that steals most of the headlines.

Producing another Bundesliga romp and now notching consecutive top-flight hat-tricks, the England skipper also shattered yet another domestic record and has now scored 15 goals in his first 10 appearances.

Although Borussia Dortmund might have been smelling a potential heavyweight opportunity here, Saturday’s hosts came crashing back down to earth as they suffered a first Bundesliga defeat of the season.

In a showdown between two German icons on Saturday evening, we have taken a glance at the main talking points.

Munich claim an immediate response

Coming under a huge amount of scrutiny earlier in the week as they crashed out of the DFP Pokal thanks to an infamous 2-1 loss against third-tier outfit Saarbrucken, Tuchel has made it clear that he was calling on an immediate heavyweight response here.

With the former Chelsea boss certainly getting what he had demanded, Saturday’s rampant display certainly underlines why many feel that Bayern are tipped as a leading contender to make even more Bundesliga history this season.

While the red-hot Bayer Leverkusen might prove to be their toughest title foe this year, Bayern’s remarkable performance on Saturday evening would have certainly been heard across Germany.

Opening their Champions League adventure with three victories on the spin and now dreaming of the chance to mount a genuine European charge this season, Tuchel’s superstar squad will certainly take a string of positives away from an iconic display here.

Causing Dortmund’s leaky defence a string of questions on either side of the half-time break, Saturday’s 4-0 win was also just the second Bundesliga clean sheet that they have recorded since the end of September.

Kane extends on his record-breaking Bundesliga romp

At the heart of a major transfer saga over the summer after eventually completing his blockbuster £100million move from Tottenham, Kane has only continued on a record-breaking romp since arriving in Munich.

Gaining a string of plaudits from across Europe and now smashing records by the week, the England skipper has only continued to cement his spot as one of world football’s most clinical marksmen.

Producing another remarkable free-scoring performance on Saturday evening and now bagging back-to-back Bundesliga hat-tricks over the past week, Kane now has his sights set on dragging Tuchel’s side to Champions League success this season.

In fact, leaving rural Germany with the match ball here, Kane has now broken the all-time record for most goals in a player’s first 10 Bundesliga appearances.

Already registering 15 top-flight strikes this year and clearly relishing a new adventure among Germany’s elite, it is hard to see any Bundesliga defence that will be able to frustrate the former Spurs talisman.

Dortmund come crashing back down to earth

Suffering infamous Bundesliga title heartbreak last season following their dramatic stumble at the final hurdle, many were wondering if Borussia Dortmund would show any signs of a hangover this time around.

However, while Edin Terzic’s side might have come flying out of the traps when opening up the 2023/24 campaign, the one-time West Ham coach certainly saw his squad come crashing back down to earth here.

Although BVB might have stunned many as they secured a 1-0 Champions League victory away at Premier League high-flyers Newcastle last month, Dortmund will be feeling like they missed out on a real chance here.

Looking to cash in on a Munich squad that had shockingly come crashing out of the DFP Pokal in midweek, it was Dortmund’s defensive issues that once again haunted them on Saturday evening.

Signing off October with an action-packed 3-3 stalemate away at Eintracht Frankfurt, Terzic’s men will now be more than aware that they face another monumental uphill challenge this season.

Match Report

Borussia Dortmund: Kobel, Wolf, Hummels, Schlotterbeck, Ryerson, Ozcan, Sabitzer, Malen, Reus, Brandt, Fullkrug

Subs: Haller, Sule, Nmecha, Moukoko, Adeyemi

Bayern Munich: Neuer, Mazraoui, Upamecano, Kim, Davies, Goretzka, Lahmer, Coman, Musiala, Sane, Kane

Subs: Muller, Choupo-Moting, Pavlovic

Goals: Upamecano (4’), Kane (9’, 72’, 90+3’)

Yellow Cards: Borussia Dortmund: Sabitzer, Ryerson, Hummels – Bayern Munich: Sane, Laimer

Red Cards: N/A

Referee: Deniz Aytekin


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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