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November 24, 2013
• Signal-Iduna-Park, Dortmund
Referee: M. Gräfe
• Attendance: 80645
M. Götze 66'
A. Robben 85'
T. Müller 87'
That's all from me for tonight guys and girls. Dortmund's players look distraught, while Guardiola's side celebrate wildly in front of their own fans following the final whistle. Good night!
FULL-TIME: DORTMUND 0-3 BAYERN A late two-goal blitz from Bayern added a gloss to the scoreline after Gotze had broken Dortmund hearts by scoring a fine opener after being introduced in the second half. Robben added a sublime second, just minutes before Muller added an easy third. The win extends Bayern's lead at the top of the Bundesliga and means Dortmund remain in third place behind Leverkusen.
There is the final whistle! Bayern have won by three goals at Signal Iduna Park!
Bayern have looked the far more dangerous side in this game, but it is only in the last five minutes when they have made it count, with two goals in quick succession.
Assist Philipp Lahm
Goal Thomas Müller
AND NOW IT'S 3-0!! Muller adds a third with a simple finish for the visitors after a brilliant one-touch passing move involving Robben, Gotze and Lahm.
That was a truly outstanding finish from the former Chelsea man. He waited for the Dortmund goalkeeper to go to ground before lifting the ball over him and into the far corner, beyond the despairing dive of Sokratis.
Assist Thiago Alcántara
Goal Arjen Robben
GOALLLL!!! ROBBEN DOUBLES BAYERN'S LEAD!! The Dutch attacker produces an exquisite finish to lift the ball over Weidenfeller after bursting into the box on the left-hand side. Game, set and match?
Aubameyang looks to sprint past Lahm on the left for Dortmund, but the Bayern captain is having none of it as he knocks the ball out for a throw.
Kroos sweeps a pass into Thiago, who plays a very good one-two with Robben, before firing a pass into the feet of Alaba on the left. The away side are keeping the ball very well at the moment.
Time is running out for Dortmund here. There are just 10 minutes left for them to find an equaliser!
Daniel Van Buyten
Both sides make their final changes as Rafinha is replaced by Daniel van Buyten and Piszczek makes a surprise return for Dortmund, having missed the start of the season with a groin injury.
Bayern push forward down the right in search of a second, but Durm is a match for Muller as he steals the ball and plays it back to Weidenfeller.
Sahin hangs a high free kick into the Bayern box but Neuer comes racing off his line to emphatically punch the ball away from danger.
GREAT STOP FROM NEUER! Lewandowski backheels the ball nonchalantly into the path of the overlapping Reus, who shifts the ball onto his left foot before firing low towards the bottom corner from 18 yards. Neuer shows cat-like reactions to dive to his left and flick the ball away though, to keep his side in the lead.
Klopp opts to make a double change to try and instigate a Dortmund comeback. Kuba and Mkhitaryan make way for Jonas Hofmann and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
Mkhitaryan should score! The Dortmund midfielder juggles the ball at the back post, and it seems to take an eternity to drop to the floor. When it eventually does, he can only send a right-foot effort wide from close range under pressure from Martinez. That was a glorious chance for the hosts!
Dortmund's makeshift defence – which had coped admirably for more than an hour – was finally breached by a former team-mate. Oh, how that goal will cut deep in the hearts of both the Dortmund team and their fans.
Assist Thomas Müller
Goal Mario Götze
GOTZE SCORES!! BAYERN ARE AHEAD!! Dortmund's fans fall silent as the man that deserted them in the summer controls a pass from Muller on the right and sends a sumptuous effort with the outside of his right foot past Weidenfeller and into the bottom left corner.
Martinez is dropping back into defence for Bayern following that switch, so Thiago can take a place in their midfield for the closing 25 minutes of this match.
Guardiola makes a second change for Bayern as Thiago, the player that followed him to Bavaria from Barcelona, comes on for Boateng. The visitors are going for the win it seems!
That was a great passage of play from Dortmund, they moved the ball so quickly to Lewandowski and he did so well to hold off the challenge of Dante and then put Reus through with a high arcing pass.
BRILLIANT FROM BOATENG!! The Bayern centre-back does superbly to hook the ball away from Reus as he looked to control a high pass from Lewandowski, after the forward had shielded the ball well and flicked a pass over the Bayern defence.
The Bayern juggernaut are pushing forward more and more as this half wears on. Dortmund are having to deal with a sea of red shirts every time the visitors push into their half.
Robben races past Grosskreutz on the left-hand side for Bayern and whips a cross into the middle towards Muller, but it is headed away by Durm. Super defending from the youngster!
Yellow Card Henrikh Mkhitaryan
Mkhitaryan hacks his way into the referee's notebook after crunching through the back of Muller as the Bayern pushed forward dangerously into the Dortmund half.
And there is that change for Guardiola's side. Gotze replaces Mandzukic to a cacophony of boos from the Yellow Wall.
Rafinha is caught by Reus as he breaks down the right-hand side and the visitors are awarded a free kick. A host of Bayern players crowded the referee in an attempt to get the Dortmund attacker booked there – that is not what we like to see.
GOTZE WATCH: The 21-year-old is warming up on the sideline and his introduction for Bayern looks imminent.
CHANCE FOR LEWANDOWSKI! The Dortmund striker has a chance to test Neuer from inside the box but he cannot quite connect with Bender's well-weighted chip forward. And to make matters worse he appears to have hurt his ankle in the process.
Great defensive play from Bender! The Dortmund midfielder tracks back well to tackle Mandzukic as the Croat looked to race through on goal.
The Germany international, who has seven Bundesliga goals to his name already this season, tries to find a team-mate with a whipped pass from the set piece, but it is headed away by Bayern's stubborn defence.
The former Manchester City man does not do so well moments later though, as he catches Reus 25 yards from Neuer's goal.
Reus tries to chase down a hopeful pass forward from Bender, but Boateng has his shepherding hat on as he holds the Dortmund defender off before hacking the ball upfield.
Martinez controls the ball well in midfield for the visitors and flicks it back to his team-mate Dante. The Brazilian then starts a move down the right for Bayern with a quick pass to Rafinha, who is hugging the touchline early in this second half.
Dortmund get the second half underway...
I get the feeling there is a lot more to come from both sides in the next 45 minutes, particularly if a certain Mario Gotze is introduced.
HALF-TIME: DORTMUND 0-0 BAYERN It remains goalless at the break at Signal Iduna Park in this Klassiker, after a half with few outstanding goalscoring chances. Mandzukic came within inches of flicking a superb cross from Robben past Weidenfeller for Bayern, while Reus forced Neuer into a smart stop with a left foot drive, in a fairly even 45 minutes of play.
Yellow Card Rafinha
Yellow Card Kevin Großkreutz
Yellow Card Mario Mandzukic
The first half finishes bang on 45 minutes, as Grafe blows the half-time whistle.
Grosskreutz and Mandzukic go head-to-head, quite literally, after Reus is chopped to the deck by Rafinha. The Brazilian full-back gets a yellow card for his foul, as do Grosskreutz and Mandzukic for their coming together afterwards.
Signal Iduna Park is unsurprisingly sold out for this match. There are 80,465 fans watching the game in Dortmund and they have been making a suitably brilliant racket so far.
The way Lahm has reinvented himself as a central midfielder under Guardiola is astonishing. The Germany captain is arguably the best left-back and right-back in the world, yet here he is producing outstanding performances in midfield for the reigning Champions League winners.
Lahm reads the ball superbly in midfield to nick the ball from Mkhitaryan just as the Armenian attacking midfielder tries to turn and run at the Bayern goal.
Friedrich's 34-year-old legs have been off the pace in the first half here, not least when Bayern break at the kind of speed that Robben just showed. The former Leverkusen man has been drafted in at late notice by Klopp, as there is not really anyone else they could play at centre-back with Subotic and Hummels both out through injury.
BRILLIANT FROM ROBBEN! The flying Dutchman races down the left and arrows a fantastic ball across goal that Mandzukic is inches from diverting past Weidenfeller. Bayern have looked much brighter in the last five minutes or so.
Yellow Card Jerome Boateng
Some poor positioning from Friedrich allows Mandzukic space to get an acrobatic shot at goal, as the Bayern forward throws himself into the air and meets a cross from the right with an overhead kick. Weidenfeller is equal to it though, as he pushes the ball away.
Bayern are looking a bit impotent going forward without Ribery and Gotze. Robben is the only player who has looked like providing a spark for the visitors in this first half.
Klopp is making some wonderful gestures with his arms in the Dortmund dug-out, the meaning of which I do not have a clue. Let's hope his players do.
Dante is all over Lewandowski as the Dortmund frontman tries to hold the ball up and the home side are quite rightly awarded a free kick just inside the Bayern half.
Grosskreutz blocks an Alaba cross with what looked suspiciously like his right arm, but the referee does not spot it and play is allowed to continue.
SHOT FROM REUS! The home side threaten again as Reus bursts past Boateng on the left and fires a shot at goal, but Neuer tracks the flight of the ball carefully and parries it away from danger.
Alaba whips a pass down the line for Muller chase on to but the Germany international does not have enough pace to get there and keep the ball in play as it runs out for a Dortmund goal kick.
Some good tracking back from Robben puts Grosskreutz off after he is teed up 20 yards from goal by that man Lewandowski. The Dutchman stuck out a foot to take the ball away from the Dortmund full-back, before Alaba finished the defensive job by nicking it away from Kuba inside the Bayern box.
Considering this Dortmund back four have never played together before they are doing remarkably well at keeping Bayern's front four quiet.
CHANCE FOR KUBA! Lewandowski shapes to shoot on the edge of the Bayern box before slipping a pass to Blaszczykowski on the right side of the area. He cuts on to his left foot, and appears to leave Alaba for dead, only for the Austrian full-back to recover well and block his eventual shot.
A number of prominent attacking players have gone missing in the first 22 minutes at Signal Iduna Park. Muller and Mandzukic have seen little of the ball for Bayern, while Reus has barely featured for the hosts.
Sokratis pings a pass into the feet of Lewandowski but the Polish attacker cannot hold the ball up for Dortmund as Dante saunters in and steals it off his toe.
SUPERB PLAY FROM DORTMUND! Grosskreutz bursts down the right-hand side, latches on to a pass from Henrikh Mkhitaryan and whips an inviting cross into the box towards the sliding Marco Reus, that is only stopped by some very alert play from Manuel Neuer.
Gotze may only be on the bench for Bayern this evening, but his presence in the stadium has been acknowledged by the Dortmund fans. A group of them are holding a large banner which reads 'Gotz€', after the tricky attacker crossed the Dortmund-Bayern divide during the summer.
WAYWARD FROM KROOS! The hugely-talented Bayern midfielder rushes a strike from 30 yards, and the ball bobbles timidly out for a goal kick to the hosts.
Grosskreutz is far from impressed with the referee after he awards Bayern a throw on the left-hand side. The full-back was sure the ball came off a Bayern player, but the man in the middle sided with Guardiola's team on this occasion.
Muller and Robben combine to good effect on the right-hand side for the visitors and it is only some decent defending from Durm that stops the former from flicking a cross into a dangerous area.
The referee has a quick word with Lewandowski after he clashes with Kroos. The Dortmund forward went in a bit high and late there, with Kroos' right leg feeling the consequences of that challenge.
Sokratis recovers well to draw a foul from Martinez after he had given the ball away with a sloppy pass inside his own half.
STAT: The two clubs have met on 88 occasions in the Bundesliga with Dortmund winning 22 to Bayern’s 38, with the other 28 matches ending level.
Jerome Boateng hacks a pass forwards in the direction of Mandzulkic but Durm shows great composure to step across the Croatia international and nod the ball upfield.
A high bouncing ball from Lahm causes confusion in the Dortmund box, as Robben puts pressure on Friedrich as he tries to clear it away. The former Real Madrid winger gets a touch to the ball but it is not enough to send it past Roman Weidenfeller and the hosts are able to regain possession.
Arjen Robben has started on the left-hand side for the visitors, which is a surprise as many had expected him to occupy a position on the right wing. The Dutchman has looked bright early on here, and won his side the first corner of the game a few minutes ago.
How about this for a baptism of fire for Friedrich at centre-back for Dortmund by the way? Maybe not quite a baptism as he's been around the mill, but the 34-year-old was without a club a week ago, having been released by Lerverkusen at the end of last season.
EARLY CHANCE FOR DORTMUND!! Kuba cuts in from the left and slips a pass into the path of Lewandowski, who sends a shot high over the bar on the turn with his left foot. The flag is up on the near side, which is madness, as Lewandowski was never offside there.
Rafinha does a bit of cleaning for the Dortmund groundsmen early in the half by picking some rubbish off the turf and throwing it behind the advertising hoardings. The Bayern right-back then happily takes a throw on the right-hand side.
The referee Manuel Grafe gets the game started in Dortmund...
The teams are out at and we are just moments away from kick-off here! The atmosphere is already electric, in case you wondered...
BAYERN TEAM NEWS: NO GOTZE! At least in the starting XI anyway. Much of the talk before the match has been about the attacker's reception at Signal Iduna Park, but he is only on the bench for Pep Guardiola's men, with Arjen Robben, Toni Kroos and Thomas Muller supporting Mario Mandzukic in attack. Franck Ribery is out with a fractured rib, so it is interesting that Gotze is only among the substitutes for this one.
DORTMUND TEAM NEWS: Klopp opts for a back-line of Kevin Grosskreutz, Papastathopoulos Sokratis, Manuel Friedrich and Erik Durm, with Friedrich having only signed for the club earlier this week following the injuries to Hummels and Subotic. Robert Lewandowski leads the team in attack, against a side he is rumoured to be joining at the end of the season.
SUBS: Starke, van Buyten, Thiago, Gotze, Hojbjerg, Weiser, Kirchkoff
BAYERN (4-2-3-1): Neuer; Rafinha, Dante, Boateng, Alaba; Martínez, Lahm; Robben, Kroos, Muller; Mandzukic
SUBS: Langerak, Piszczek, Günter, Kehl, Hofmann, Schieber, Aubameyang
DORTMUND (4-2-3-1): Weidenfeller; Grosskreutz, Sokratis, Friedrich, Durm; Bender, Sahin; Kuba, Mkhitaryan, Reus; Lewandowski
Bayern go into the match as the heavy favourites though, not just because of their mammoth 37-match league unbeaten run, but also as Dortmund are missing their whole first-choice defence. Stay tuned to find out who Klopp has picked to start in the absence of Mats Hummels, Neven Subotic, Lukasz Piszczek and Marcel Schmelzer...
This fixture, which has been dubbed "Klassiker" in Germany, is quickly becoming one of the most highly-anticipated in world football, with both teams excelling both domestically and in European competitions in recent years. Only Bayer Leverkusen separate them in the Bundesliga, with Bayern sitting pretty in first place, and Dortmund close behind in third.
This afternoon's Bundesliga clash should certainly be a feisty one. Not only does Gotze, the former Dortmund darling, make his first appearance against Jurgen Klopp's side since joining Bayern, the fixture is also a repeat of last season's Champions League final, which the Bavarian giants won 2-1.
Mario Gotze should wear ear plugs for his return to Signal Iduna Park, according to former Borussia Dortmund goalkeeper Jens Lehmann, following the 21-year-old's acrimonious move to Bayern Munich in the summer.
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