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April 12, 2014
• Allianz-Arena, München
Referee: F. Zwayer
• Attendance: 71000
H. Mkhitaryan 20'
M. Reus 49'
J. Hofmann 56'
That's my cue folks, it's been a pleasure.
With that win, Dortmund solidify their grip on second place and restore some domestic pride. They fully deserved this victory against a sloppy Bayern side who were never at the races. Mkhitaryan, Reus and Hofmann did the business for the visitors, who gain some measure of revenge for the 3-0 thrashing suffered at Signal Iduna Park earlier in the season.
90' + 3'
That's it from the Allianz Arena!
90' + 2'
Dumb reaction from the Brazilian, who let his frustration go to his head as he strikes Mkhitaryan in the face. An easy decision for the referee to make. He made a similarly petulant reaction against Kuba in the identical fixture last season, and was also given his marching orders on that occassion.
90' + 1'
Red Card Rafinha
90' + 1'
RAFINHA SENT OFF!
Into the first of two added minutes as Gotze smashes a half chance wide of the mark. A last ditch challenge on Mandzukic had allowed the playmaker the opportunity to score against his former club.
Not long left now, and the fans have really been the only ones in red contesting this game in the second half. Bayern win another corner, but fail to make it count for anything.
Half chance for Dortmund there as Durm's clip over the top picks out Reus. His run takes him away from goal, but he recovers, and squares to Lewandowski, who lets one rip from 20 yards, but it takes a deflection that sends it away from goal.
Sokratis, who has been excellent on the day, has slid in once again to deny Mandzukic a chance to turn with the ball towards goal. Replays show it to be a completely well timed challenge.
Mandzukic had the ball in the back of the net after he headed in a free kick, but the linesman's flag halts his endeavour. Replays suggest that he was just in line with the last defender though!
Yellow Card Henrikh Mkhitaryan
How Dortmund could have used this result earlier in the season when the Bundesliga was still up for grabs. Remember, they were beaten soundly 3-0 by Bayern at Signal Iduna Park earlier in the season.
Yellow Card Toni Kroos
Dortmund are still keeping four or five men in the Bayern half to press them into mistakes. Admirable effort this late in the game with the result all but sealed.
That's Aubameyang's last action of the game, as he trudges off to be replaced by Jojic. He recieves warm applause from the visiting fans, and his 22-year-old replacement will help to shore up the middle in the closing stages. The full roster of subs used by both coaches now.
AUBAMEYANG! A Bayern attack breaks down, and Sahin's searching ball sparks Aubameyang in a footrace against Dante. There's only one winner in that battle, and Aubameyang slashes a shot from an angle on goal. Raeder saves it, but the Gabonese lashes the rebound into the side netting!
Some belated pressure from the hosts as they win a series of corners, but apart from that earlier Dante glance, they haven't come close to causing Weidenfeller any problems.
Half a sniff at a chance there for the home side, as a corner is nodded towards goal by Dante, hacked off the line by Sokratis and deflected off the back of another body, which heads over the bar!
The momentum is slowly ebbing away from this match as Bayern seem resigned to their fate. This is playing right into Dortmund's hands. They are sitting deep, and keeping three men forward at all times to punish any lapses on the break.
Kroos on for Robben is the final throw of the dice by Guardiola. The Dutchman started brightly, but like the rest of his team, he faded rather badly. Klopp also makes his second change, as Hummels is replaced by Friedrich.
Mkhitaryan is freed easily down the right hand side by Sahin, but with space and options to pick out in the box, he doesn't manage to get the cross in as Dante moves out wide quickly to block his attempted delivery. Good defending by the Brazilian.
Bayern haven't had a sniff in the attacking third in this second half. Lahm sees a speculative shot blocked, and that sparks Dortmund on the counter, where Reus' cross just misses Lewandowski. It's cleared by the Bayern defence.
A more natural look to the Dortmund front four now. Lewandowski replaces Aubameyang up top, and the Gabon forward now flanks the Pole with Reus. Mkhitaryan takes his natural position in the centre of the attacking midfield line.
A goal and a booking in the last 10 minutes has marked an eventful period for Hofmann, but his evening ends here with his withdrawal. On comes Lewandowski and he's given a warm reception by his future supporters. Can he pile further misery on them here?
Substitution here for Bayern, their second of the game. Muller comes on to replace the surprisingly ineffective Ribery. He's completed a few dribbles, but they've led nowhere for his team.
Hofmann has been booked here for taking out Schweinsteiger on the flanks with a rather careless challenge.
Yellow Card Jonas Hofmann
This Bayern high line has been SUICIDAL from the very start. Their two goals conceded in the second half have been a direct result of their complete lack of awareness of players running in behind. No intensity, no concentration and on the looks of it, no points.
Assist Sokratis Papastathopoulos
Goal Jonas Hofmann
What the hell are Bayern doing? Another ROUTINE goal scored with ruthless precision by Dortmund. A simple ball over the top finds Hofmann completely in the clear, and he lashes a nifty finish into the back of the net! He could have squared to Aubameyang, it was so open back there!
IT'S THREE NIL!!!
Mandzukic fails to make proper contact on a cross and skies it high into the Allianz Arena stands. Another poor attack from the Bavarians that breaks down too easily.
It's been some 18 months since Bayern last lost at home, but they're well on their way to defeat here. Meanwhile, word from the dressing room is that Neuer was laid low by a calf injury that was severe enough to warrant his departure from the game.
That goal seemed to happen in slow motion. Another ridiculously soft one for the Bavarians to concede. It almost seemed like they didn't care to make an effort to defend. Take nothing away from BVB though, who have been ruthless in punishing their lapses.
Assist Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang
Goal Marco Reus
YET AGAIN Aubameyang is the man to get behind the back four. Mkhitaryan slips a ball wide to the Gabonese striker before falling over - and he then in turn squares it to Reus, who gets just enough on it to take it over the line!
IT'S 2-0 DORTMUND!
Disjointed start to the second half as both sides cough up possession within seconds of each other. Aubameyang though has come close once again to breaching the Bayern high line and getting one-on-one with the keeper. Watch for that move.
Big news at the half. Neuer is unable to continue here, so the stage is set for 20-year-old Lukas Raeder to take the gloves. He's being pumped up by his teammates, but Dortmund must surely be licking their lips at this recent break in their favour.
Here we go again!
Well you don't see this often at the Allianz Arena. Bayern are behind, and deservedly so. It's not been a game for the purists, but Dortmund have generally been more committed, and have the advantage thanks to Mkhitaryan. Pep Guardiola will have to change something for the second half, because his side has not been at the races at all.
45' + 1'
The last seconds of the first half peter out and the referee signals a halt to proceedings. Half time.
MANDZUKIC! A patient buildup from the Bavarians sees Robben touch the ball out wide to Rafinha, who gently clips a cross into the heart of the box. Mandzukic attacks it with a scissor kick, but it's straight at Weidenfeller, who smothers. He had the time to make a better connection on that ball, the Croatian!
Kehl and Sahin have both quietly put in effective shifts patrolling in front of the back four. It's made it very hard for Bayern to find space in that crucial zone of the pitch, and shift play from left to right as they so often do.
Dortmund concede a dangerous free kick on the edge of their own area thanks to a foul by Sahin. However, after some deliberation, Robben strikes the set piece, but it deflects tamely off the wall and out.
Seedy and careless fouls continue to pocket this match and disrupt the flow of proceedings. It looks like both sides already have one eye on the half time break.
Not a whole lot happening in terms of goalmouth action. In fact, apart from Mkhitaryan's opener, there has been a conspicuous lack of anything approaching a goalscoring chance.
Bayern are just a little rattled here as Dante goes straight into the back of Mkhitaryan. It's a clear free kick, but Rafinha simply does not believe it, and complains furiously to the referee.
Bayern certainly aren't used to being behind at the Allianz Arena for long. Manchester United's lead here midweek lasted all of 60 seconds. But Dortmund are a different beast to David Moyes' side, and are doing well to ruffle the feathers of Die Roten.
Bayern finally attempt a move in the Dortmund half as Gotze advances with the ball down the flanks. He passes square to Ribery inside the area, but the Frenchman runs right into Hummels and loses the ball.
This has been a real lazy performance from Bayern, who are still looking like they couldn't really be bothered to force the issue. Looks like they haven't shaken off their recent complacency as yet, as Dortmund are winning most of the 50-50's.
A marginal offside call here, but a good decision in the end by the officials. Bayern's high line is nearly exploited, as Sahin's through ball catches the Gabonese striker just ahead of the last defender. Reus was offside, but held his run and avoided getting involved in that play.
Hummels' low pass out of defence just fails to pick out a teammate, as Dante strides forward to make a vital interception. Dortmund would have had a three-on-two had the Brazilian not come in there.
Aubameyang nearly gets in behind the back line once again, and Bayern scramble to clear for a corner. Dortmund try to ramp up the pressure on the opposition, but the resulting set piece delivery is poor.
Assist Marco Reus
Goal Henrikh Mkhitaryan
A simple goal in the end and poor defending from Bayern. A throw in is touched into the path of Reus, who darts across the box before laying it off to Mkhitaryan, who does what he couldn't do midweek, and lashes home from close range!
HANDBALL? Bayern appeal furiously as Gotze attacks the resulting corner at the top of the box, with his shot appearing to bounce up off the arm of a Dortmund player. However, replays suggest that it hit the defender in the face, and the referee did well to allow play to continue.
Robben attacks Durm down the flanks once again, but this time, the Netherlands winger has to settle for a corner as the young fullback blocks his attempt at a cross.
Not much happening on the field in an attacking sense from either side. Dortmund are defending against the waves of Bayern possession with some ease. There's no clear gaps or weaknesses for anyone to exploit.
Dortmund's departure from the Champions League came with mixed feelings. They put in a wonderful display in the second leg and deserved their 2-0 win, but the suspicion persists that they could have gone even further had they taken one of their many chances in the second half of that game. Mkhitaryan especially was guilty of blatant profligacy, and he should be keen to make a statement here against the league leaders.
Martinez, by the way, was booked for that challenge, and his side try to hit back at the other end of the pitch. Robben tries to squeeze between Durm and Mkhitaryan on the right side of the Dortmund penalty area, but it's a gap too narrow for the Dutch winger to exploit.
Aubameyang wins a free kick on the left hand side, profiting from a clumsy challenge by Javi Martinez. Reus takes charge of the set piece, but he can't drift it into a position to pick out a teammate.
Yellow Card Javi Martínez
Some signs that Dortmund's plans may be coming into effect, as both Aubameyang and Reus are called offside on almost identical plays, attempting to latch onto balls behind the back line.
Most of the possession has belonged to Bayern Munich in the opening exchanges. The strategy from Jurgen Klopp is rather clear so far. They are aiming to suck Bayern into their own half, then punish the high defensive line through the pace of Aubameyang, Reus and Co. Time will tell if it works.
Gotze is narrowly called offside after attempting to run onto a pass from Robben, who is looking dangerous already. Dortmund need to be careful not to push that back line up too high in their eagerness to apply the press to the Bayern frontline.
A very cautious start to this game as both sides feel each other and their intentions out. Big game for Nuri Sahin too, after Dortmund activated their option to keep him on permanently following his loan from Real Madrid. Nothing else seemed to work for him since departing Signal Iduna Park in 2011, and many will say that he's back where he belongs.
And Der Klassiker is underway!
Dortmund substitutes: Langerak, Piszczek, Friedrich, Kirch, Jojic, Schieber, Lewandowski.
Dortmund (4-2-3-1): Weidenfeller; Grosskreutz, Sokratis, Hummels, Durm; Kehl, Sahin; Hofmann, Reus, Mkhitaryan; Aubameyang.
Bayern substitutes: Raeder, Van Buyten, Boateng, Kroos, Muller, Hojbjerg, Pizarro.
Bayern (4-1-4-1): Neuer; Rafinha, Martinez, Dante, Alaba; Lahm; Robben, Schweinsteiger, Gotze, Ribery; Mandzukic.
However, the Dortmund coach has left Robert Lewandowski on the bench against the team he will play for next season. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang starts in the lone striker role, with Jonas Hofmann beginning from the right. Pep Guardiola has left Jerome Boateng, Toni Kroos, and Thomas Muller on the bench. Javi Martinez fills in at centre-back once more, and the introduction of Rafinha sees Philipp Lahm join Bastian Schweinsteiger in midfield.
Though the title is out of their reach, die Schwarzgelben have a DFB-Pokal semi-final with Wolfsburg to look forward to on Tuesday. These two sides could meet in the final should Bayern beat Kaiserslauten in the other semi-final, but Jurgen Klopp has refused to rest many of his players today. He won't write this match off and will see his team try to push the champions all the way.
Die Roten's unbeaten league record of 53 games came to an end last week as a much-changed side endured a 1-0 defeat to Augsburg, but they quickly recovered to secure a place in the Champions League semi-finals at the expense of Manchester United in midweek. BVB, meanwhile, managed a 2-0 win against Real Madrid at Signal Iduna Park but crashed out of Europe on aggregate.
Schalke won earlier in the day to move level on points with Dortmund in second place, so the motivation is really with the visitors to go for all three points here. Bayern have noticeably and self-admittedly been complecent since clinching the Bundesliga at a record pace, so the time may be ripe for Klopp's men to solidify second place and restore some domestic pride.
Hello and welcome to this much-anticipated meeting between the Bundesliga's top two sides, as Bayern Munich welcome Borussia Dortmund to the Allianz Arena. The title may have already been decided, but neither team will want to lose this fixture.
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