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  • February 26, 2011
  • • 17:30
  • • Allianz-Arena, München
  • Referee: M. Gräfe
  • • Attendance: 69000

Live Commentary

  • FULL TIME!!! We thought it was all over and it is now!! Dortmund's first win in Munich in 20 years has surely put the final nail in Bayern's coffin in terms of the Bundesliga. Klopp and the other subs race onto the pitch as if they have won the title itself!!! Thanks for joining me - it has been a superb game, which highlights the burgenoning quality of this Bundesliga. Until next time, Auf Wiedersehen.
  • 90' + 3'
    Klose finds a pocket of space outside the box but his daisycutter lacks power and direction and it dribbles pathetically wide of Langerak's goal.
  • 90' + 2'
    ALL OVER!!!!! Manuel Graefe decides not to play out the full allocation of stoppage time. Or so we thought - after the Bayern players protest - the ref realises the error of his ways and we play on!
  • 90'
    There will be a minimum of three minutes of stoppage time at the end of this fantastic match. A poor touch from Robben on the right allows the ball to go out of play and sums up Bayern's woes tonight.
  • 89'
    SubstitutionNuri Sahin Sebastian Kehl
  • 89'
    It looks like Dortmund's club captain Sebastian Kehl is about to make a return. Indeed he does and he replaces Nuri Sahin, who was captaining today in Weidenfeller's absence. The away fans cheer as Kehl re-enters Bundesliga action. Can he displace Sven Bender in the weeks to come?
  • 88'
    "Heja BVB" rings out from the sizeable Dortmund contingent in the Allianz Arena. They're bouncing up and down, with one fan proudly displaying a mock "salad bowl", designed to represent the Bundesliga trophy.
  • 87'
    Lahm in plenty of space down the right bides his time and then wins the corner off Schmelzer. It's taken short and a superb delivery from Robben into the box causes no problems - because the imperious Subotic heads clear.
  • 86'
    Yellow Card Bastian Schweinsteiger
  • 86'
    And rather belatedly, Schweinsteiger goes into Manuel Graefe's book for an overenthusiastic challenge as he climbs into Antonio da Silva as they contest the high ball. It is Schweini's fifth yellow of the season and he will miss the trip to high-flying Hannover.
  • 85'
    Gomez plays the 1-2 with Ribery who looks to smash the ball towards goal but yet again Subotic is ideally stationed to make the block. Dortmund's hassling and harrying and endeavour has been the bedrock of their success tonight. Not just a pretty face you might say.
  • 84'
    OFF THE LINE!! A superb corner from Sahin to the back post picks out Lewandowski who leaps above Kroos (who is not known for his heading). The ball strikes Pranjic in an interesting area of the body shall we say... at least he kept it out!
  • 82'
    SubstitutionKevin Großkreutz Antônio da Silva
  • 82'
    The wily veteran midfielder Antonio da Silva comes on for the closing stages in place of Kevin Grosskreutz.
  • 81'
    Ribery does well to evade two men before Lewandowski gets a touch to his attempted pass but it breaks to Breno. Still no panic from Bayern who are trusting their passing game. And coolness personified there from Kraft!!! Lewandowski wins the ball back and sends it upfield looking for the run of Grosskreutz. Kraft is miles out of his box and makes a timely interception.
  • 80'
    WIDE!! I was waiting for the net to bulge!! Long-shot specialist Toni Kroos blasts the ball narrowly wide with Langerak leaden footed and rooted to the spot. A wry smile breaks across the face of the former Leverkusen schemer.
  • 79'
    OHHHHHHHHH RIBERY CLOSE!! Langerak was beaten on that occasion as Ribery unleashes a left-footed shot across the goal, which he doesn't quite catch. The ball bobbles precariously close to the far-post but fortunately for Langerak, it dribbles wide.
  • 78'
    SubstitutionThomas Müller Miroslav Klose
  • 78'
    Robben almost threads the eye of the needle between two Dortmund defenders looking for Lahm but he slightly overhits the ball and it goes behind for a goal kick. Bayern make another change - introducing Miro Klose in place of Thomas Mueller.
  • 76'
    Yellow Card Arjen Robben
  • 76'
    Robben looks to work his way through a plethora of BVB defenders and after he falls to the ground without being touched, he receives a booking for simulation.
  • 75'
    LANGERAK! The Aussie produces a fine reflex stop as he hurls himself to his right to claw away Mario Gomez's near post effort. The free-scoring striker stuck a boot out and connected with Pranjic's excellent cross but Langerak was equal to the task.
  • 75'
    Ribery escapes the clutches of Piszczek with an explosive burst of pace down the left. He checks back and looks for the shot, which is blocked by the full-back.
  • 73'
    SubstitutionL. Barrios Jakub Blaszczykowski
  • 73'
    It is in fact Lucas Barrios, scorer of the first goal, who departs the scene, to be replaced by Kuba or Jakub Blaszczykowski to give him his full name. Lewandowski will assume the mantle of the lone striker.
  • 72'
    Lahm almost dances his way through the Dortmund defence but the return ball from Gomez was not forthcoming. There is renewed impetus here on the part of Bayern. Kroos floats the cross into the box and yet again an uncompromising and authoritative punch clear from Langerak, who appropriately is sporting green and gold! Gomez has been collected by the young goalie and he is now receiving treatment. No question of a foul.
  • 71'
    Kuba is warming up and he looks set to come on - probably for Lewandowski. Goetze plays a lovely 1-2 with Piszczek and more inter-play between the Dortmund players on the right leads to the full-back being able to cross. Lahm heads away. Bayern's problems at left-back are there for all to see.
  • 70'
    Barrios has returned to the fray. Tymoschuk fires the ball upfield towards Gomez, but Subotic wins the aerial battle. After a mini-game of head tennis, Lahm takes the ball down and picks out Kroos, whose attempted through-ball is cut out. Nice idea from Bayern though.
  • 68'
    Schweinsteiger is overzealous in the challenge and he catches Barrios, who is clearly hurt. He is now being attended to by the medical staff. A nasty challenge, which should merit a booking for the star midfielder.
  • 67'
    Uli Hoeness is ashen faced sitting in the upper echelons of this wonderful Allianz Arena. It's all Bayern in terms of possession at this stage but Dortmund look very comfortable.
  • 66'
    The only fans who can be heard at this present time are the Dortmund fans who have watched their side knock the stuffing out of Bayern's (albeit very unlikely) push to retain their title. Still, there's a lot of football to be played this Saturday evening.
  • 64'
    Bayern keeping the ball well enough although in non-threatening areas as far as Klopp's men are concerned. Kroos is then tripped by Sahin and Bayern have a free-kick, which they take quickly. The attack peters out when Robben has far too much purchase on his ball, intended for the penalty area.
  • 63'
    Robben receives the ball down the right before refusing to take on the twin Dortmund presence. Lahm swings the ball into the box and again Langerak is decisive with his punch and again from the subsequent corner. There are no half measures from the tall Australian, who is the heir apparent to Mark Schwarzer in the Socceroos' goal.
  • 61'
    Bayern look to hit back immediately and Toni Kroos delivers a fine ball into the area. Gomez does well to protrude his long leg to the ball but the shot lacked power and Langerak was able to make the save.
  • 60'
    Assist Mario Götze
  • 60'
    Goal Mats Hummels
  • 60'
    TORRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR BVB!!!! MATS HUMMELS SAYS TO BAYERN WHY DID YOU LET ME GO?!!!! The corner from Sahin picks out the tall centre-half, who leapt like a salmon and headed the ball beyond Thomas Kraft. You can see just how much this means to Juergen Klopp and his players. 3-1 Dortmund!!!
  • 59'
    Schmelzer with a fine pass to Grosskreutz and once more he has room in which to drive forward. He picks out Goetze who fires away the shot, which Kraft does well to tip over the bar with both hands. A glimpse of what this precocious 18-year old can do. Corner to Dortmund.
  • 58'
    SubstitutionLuiz Gustavo Toni Kroos
  • 58'
    Bayern do indeed introduce Toni Kroos and he comes on in place of Luiz Gustavo.
  • 57'
    Excellent, enterprising play from Sven Bender but his attempt to play in Barrios is hampered by fine positional play from Tymoschuk. Moments later, Dortmund make a half-hearted and futile appeak for a penalty as Grosskreutz falls rather easily to the ground. There was indeed shirt pulling from Lahm but the way Grosskreutz went down did not endear himself to Manuel Graefe.
  • 56'
    Luiz Gustavo just about finds the space for the cross but the ball evades Schweinsteiger at the far post. Toni Kroos is stripped down to his kit and ready to come on for Bayern.
  • 55'
    Robben with a terrific cross-field pass to spread the play to Ribery who does well to keep the ball in play. Bayern then return the ball to the other side and Grosskreutz makes an excellent intervention against Robben before Sahin errantly gives the ball away. He's been a bit rattled since picking up the shin problem.
  • 53'
    Yellow Card Nuri Sahin
  • 53'
    Off the line! Grosskreutz's looping header at the back stick has Kraft beaten but it's cleared off the line at the far post. Sahin is then booked for unfairly impending Franck Ribery.
  • 52'
    As Sahin returns to the field of play, Gustavo executes a fine challenge on Lewandowski to thwart the Pole down the right-hand side. He's had another good game after impressing in midweek.
  • 51'
    Schmelzer does well to win the ball back only to cede possession almost immediately. Sahin then wins the ball back from Ribery, whom Schweinsteiger had found. Sahin is holding his left shin and Manuel Graefe calls on the medical staff.
  • 50'
    Another loose pass from Schweinsteiger in the midfield but Bayern are able to recover possession back quite quickly. The champions are looking to be patient with the ball and wear down a Dortmund side who are programmed to run, run and run some more.
  • 49'
    Tymoschuk plays a good ball to Lahm but yet again Grosskreutz and then Schmelzer combine to snuff out the danger from the Bayern skipper down that flank. Bayern have a corner, which is headed clear at the near post. Pranjic swings the ball in from the left onto the head of Mueller, whose effort is easily taken by Langerak.
  • 47'
    Robben comes inside and pings the cross into the box, where Subotic heads clear. Subo has been much better than in his previous appearance against Kaiserslautern, during which he earned a red card and made several rickets.
  • 46'
    SubstitutionHolger Badstuber Breno
  • 46'
    Breno puts his hand up to apologise for a misdirected pass looking for Pranjic, which goes out of play. The former Sao Paolo man has yet to make the big breakthrough that his talent and transfer fee would indicate.
  • 46'
    We're underway in the second half as Bayern kick us off. We have had one change at the break. Bayern have opted to introduce the same sub they did in midweek, bringing on Breno although it is not Pranjic who makes way but Holger Badstuber.
  • The half-time whistle blows to end one of the best 45 minutes we have had in the Bundesliga all season. Billed as the match of the season, it has not disappointed. Dortmund go into the interval 2-1 up. Join us in 15 minutes for the resumption of this high-quality and titanic tussle.
  • 45' + 1'
    Bayern win a corner and Schweinsteiger almost repeats his heroics of the other week, glancing his header over the crossbar.
  • 45'
    One minute of stoppage time at the end of this pulsating first-half.
  • 45'
    Robben has a little more space now to work up a head of steam down the right but Grosskreutz gets back to halt his progress. Now Ribery plays a stunning ball to Pranjic over on the left. Hummels cuts out the Croatian's cross - had he not then Gomez was ready to smash the ball into the net.
  • 44'
    Piszczek's long-throw from the right again finds a team-mate - this time Barrios - and again a gentle header poses no problems at all for Kraft.
  • 43'
    Bayern win a free-kick over on the right. Robben eschews the opportunity to shoot, preferring to float it in. It's not exactly on target and Langerak clutches onto it as if his life depended on it. He has been very assured so far to his credit has the 22-year old, who was runner-up in the A League with the Melbourne Victory.
  • 42'
    Yellow Card Marcel Schmelzer
  • 42'
    Schmelzer is unsurprisingly booked after a rash challenge on Gomez - his third yellow of the season and it was definitely coming given his tenacity in the tackle.
  • 40'
    Ribery looks disgruntled as he gives away a free-kick after a foul on Piszczek. Van Gaal shakes his head in frustration and disappointment but does not protest the decision too vigorously. Piszczek's long punt forward is dealt well by Tymoschuk who recovers after a poor and unconvincing first touch with his head.
  • 39'
    Yellow Card Robert Lewandowski
  • 39'
    Lewandowski is late with a challenge on Tymoschuk and he picks up a yellow card from Manuel Graefe.
  • 39'
    Luiz Gustavo is penned in down the left and his hacked clearance goes straight to Sahin, who shows he is human after all as his efforts to pick out Grosskreutz on the left flank come to nothing due to overhitting the pass.
  • 38'
    Another mammoth throw-in from Piszczek and Lewandowski gets the flick on but the ball is lacking in pace and fizz, ensuring a straightforward take for Thomas Kraft.
  • 37'
    Grosskreutz goes through the gears to get ahead of Tymoschuk. He then rolls the ball back to Schmelzer, whose cross is troublesome and has to be cleared away in haste by Luiz Gustavo.
  • 36'
    Barrios looks to show Tymoschuk a glimpse of the ball before snatching it away cruelly however Tymo puts in a crunching tackle, which has the striker writhing in pain. Free-kick to Dortmund over on the left touchline - in fact it's a throw as Tymoschuk took the ball first.
  • 35'
    Lahm looks to come forward but he is crowded out by a posse of yellow shirts and he gifts the ball to Sven Bender. However, Bayern come again and again Langerak has the confidence and presence of mind to act as a makeshift sweeper and he clears the ball into touch. Provided he is consistent in that, there are no problems for his two centre-backs in front of him.
  • 34'
    Chaos ensues in the Bayern defence, which eventually sees Tymoschuk inadvertently teeing up Barrios at the back stick and he blasts the ball over the crossbar. It's a miracle we have had just the three goals so far!
  • 32'
    BVB win a corner after Lahm heads behind Lewandowski's centre at the near post. Excellent take from Kraft to reassure his defence. He has so far vindicated van Gaal's decision to drop Butt to the bench. And Pranjic has a shot which nutmgets Subotic but it's straight at Langerak who gets down for a comfortable save.
  • 31'
    Wonderful play from the irrepressible Mario Goetze to turn and come forward before picking out Barrios with a gorgeous through-ball. Barrios blazes the shot over from a quite difficult angle but his blushes are spared by the offside flag. Moments later, it is Goetze's turn to be flagged for abseits, as the Germans call it.
  • 30'
    Dortmund remind Bayern they still have a lot in the tank yet and Lewandowski drills the ball a few feet wide of the goal. Kraft had it covered all the way - he was much more prepared for the shot having conceded to Sahin earlier in the piece.
  • 29'
    Ribery peels away on the left touchline and at full stretch he only succeeds in skying the ball over the top. Looking at the replay, Grosskreutz is a lucky boy to escape scot free for handball from Lahm's cross. Manuel Graefe perhaps ruling that it was not deliberate. Another contentious talking point in the opening half-hour!
  • 28'
    Brilliant 1-2 between Ribery and Pranjic cuts the Dortmund defence open like a knife through butter. Gomez receives the cross - he lays it off to Mueller and Piszczek makes a vital block, which ricochets the ball behind for a corner. From the corner, Bayern appeal for handball but they only succeed in winning another corner, which second-time around is punched away by Langerak.
  • 27'
    A foul on Robben by Schmelzer provokes a chorus of boos from the 60k Bayern fans and he did clean the Dutchman out with a typically uncompromising challenge. It's the biggest test the fledgling German international will face all season in truth.
  • 26'
    Disallowed goal for Bayern and it's mightily close!!!! Gomez got behind the last defender and slotted the ball beyond Langerak however the goal is chalked out for offside. That is an incredibly marginal decision and Bayern do have some cause to be aggrieved.
  • 25'
    Piszczek launches the long throw into the box, which is headed away by Schweinsteiger. Sahin passes the ball back to Hummels whose long ball forward goes through harmlessly to Kraft. The game has settled down a touch of late - not a surprise I may add!
  • 24'
    Dortmund have not won in Munich in almost 20 years - their last win coming in October 1991, in the early days of Ottmar Hitzfeld's reign. Hitzfeld of course went on to win the Champions League with Dortmund and then Bayern.
  • 23'
    Another Bayern corner and another hairy moment for Dortmund as the ball flashes across the face of the goal. However, not a single soul was able to make any contact whatsoever.
  • 22'
    Lewandowski nips in in midfield to win the ball back for his side from Pranjic. Goetze looks to skin Gustavo who gets the ball but then loses it almost immediately. Grosskreutz then gives it away to Robben and Bayern look to attack. Ribery goes down the outside but Piszczek gets the block in and Bayern have another corner.
  • 21'
    Badstuber punts the ball upfield and Hummels' header lands at the feet of Mueller. He picks out Robben on the right and the Dutchman appeals for handball as his cross is cut out but Manuel Graefe is not convinced.
  • 20'
    This has been a breathtaking start at the Allianz Arena and Badstuber has to be alert to prevent Piszczek charging down the right-hand side. Both sides are not going to hold back and die wanting.
  • 18'
    Assist Mario Götze
  • 18'
    Goal Nuri Sahin
  • 18'
    TORRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR BVB!!! SENSATIONAL STUFF FROM SAHIN!!!!!! Superb touch from Barrios to create the open space and drive forward. He finds Nuri Sahin via Goetze and the Turkish international curls the ball left-footed into the corner of the net beyond Kraft's despairing dive. A quite incredible goal and an amazing start to this titanic battle in the Bundesliga! BVB back in the lead!!
  • 17'
    Mueller is brought down by Sven Bender and Bayern have a free-kick in a dangerous enough area around 25 yards from goal. After a longish delay, it's an anti-climax as the free-kick is easily blocked.
  • 16'
    Assist Franck Ribéry
  • 16'
    Goal Luiz Gustavo
  • 16'
    TORRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR FC BAYERN MUNCHEN!!! Luiz Gustavo!!! The Brazilian has gone someway to repaying his €15m transfer fee with his first goal for Bayern!!! From the next phase of play, Mueller whips the ball in from the right and Subotic is ideally positioned to slice the ball behind for another corner. Ribery puts a superb ball into the danger area and Gustavo powers the header home past Langerak right on the quarter-hour!
  • 15'
    Subotic scrambles the ball behind after a touch of panic inside the BVB box. Good work from Mueller to make a purse from a sow's ear after receiving the ball from Ribery in little space but as he diverted it into the path of Gomez, Subotic got it away and behind for a corner, which comes to nothing.
  • 14'
    Sven Bender again looking to cause mayhem inside the box as he gets the final touch to Sahin's free-kick but no further harm to the Bayern defence is done.
  • 13'
    Almost another piece of careless distribution at the back from Kraft although Gustavo keeps it in. Seconds later, Schweinsteiger is guilty of a foul when he trips Lewandowski and Dortmund have another free-kick around 45 yards from goal.
  • 11'
    OHHHHHHHHHHHH JUST WIDE!! Sven Bender puts his left boot through the ball from just outside the area and it passes narrowly wide of the goal. Langerak then has to be alert to come out of his box and clear into touch to deny Ribery.
  • 10'
    Bayern immediately look to hit back and Thomas Mueller curls the ball narrowly over the crossbar from just outside the penalty box. Juergen Klopp is not happy at his side's slight lapse in concentration after the goal.
  • 9'
    Assist Kevin Großkreutz
  • 9'
    Goal L. Barrios
  • 9'
    Badstuber gave the ball away to Schweinsteiger in a precarious position and he lost out to Grosskreutz. The winger stormed forward and he found Barrios with a perfectly placed through ball. Barrios made no mistake, coolly sliding the ball home beneath a helpless Thomas Kraft. Superb move from Dortmund but Bayern contributed to their own downfall.
  • 9'
    TORRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR BVB!!!!!! Dortmund have the lead in Munich through Lucas Barrios!!! Another clinical finish from the Argentine born striker. Huge, huge goal for the league leaders!!
  • 8'
    Badstuber scrambles Sahin's delivery behind for a corner kick. Sahin's corner is overhit and in fact Bayern get a free-kick after some shenanigans inside the box.
  • 7'
    Goetze looks to skin Luiz Gustavo down the outside and the Brazilian blocks off the youngster, conceding the free-kick in the process. He knew exactly what he was doing there and took one for the team.
  • 6'
    Barrios does well to keep the ball and he finds Schmelzer on the left. His deep cross is headed clear by Gustavo before the hopeful shot comes in from Sven Bender. It's miles over the crossbar.
  • 4'
    Excellent anticipation from Subotic who cuts out Gustavo's throw. It looks as if Luiz Gustavo is left-back and Pranjic is in midfield. FIRST SHOT FOR BVB!! Lewandowski is unmarked at the near post and he volleys Schmelzer's cross over the bar - Schweinsteiger did not know of the Pole's presence and he misjudged the flight of the ball completely!
  • 3'
    Tymoschuk looks for the long, elegant pass down the middle of the BVB defence however it sails through to Langerak. Lewandowski wants a free-kick but no decision is forthcoming from Graefe, who waves the play on.
  • 2'
    Robben gets his first sight of the ball down the right. He feigns to go inside but goes outside and wins a corner off Schmelzer - the first of the game. It's taken by the Dutchman and Langerak punches the ball clear. It comes eventually once more to Robben whose cross is cleared at the near post by Hummels.
  • 1'
    Barrios looks for the run of Piszczek down the right but Ribery gets back and makes a good interception and indeed Bayern win the throw-in. Good pressure from Sven Bender to close down Gustavo's attempted clearance upfield.
  • 1'
    After conducting the pre-match formalities, Manuel Graefe blows his whistle and gets us underway in a sold-out Allianz Arena. Both sides in their home kits of red and white (Bayern) and yellow and black (Dortmund). Der BVB kick us off.
  • Borussia Dortmund: Langerak - Piszczek, Subotic, Hummels, Schmelzer - Sven Bender, Sahin - Goetze, Lewandowski, Grosskreutz - Barrios. Subs: Felipe Santana, Kuba, Dede, Antonio da Silva, Feulner, Focher (gk), Kehl
  • Bayern Munich: Kraft - Lahm, Tymoschuk, Badstuber, Pranjic - Luiz Gustavo, Schweinsteiger - Robben, Mueller, Ribery - Gomez. Subs: Butt (gk), Ottl, van Buyten, Kroos, Breno, Klose, Hamit Altintop
  • Bayern are just about at full strength with Danijel Pranjic passed fit to play. The major news for Dortmund is that Roman Weidenfeller has not made it and Australian goalkeeper Mitchell Langerak takes the 30-year old's place between the sticks. It means Weidenfeller's ever-present status this season has gone. Robert Lewandowski also gets the nod in the attacking trio behind Lucas Barrios.
  • Bayern are on a roll of late and starting to show the form we had expected at the start of the season. There is little doubt that the return to fitness of Arjen Robben and his reunification with Franck Ribery have acted as a catalyst for Louis van Gaal's men. Der Rekordmeister are also on the crest of a wave after a superb 1-0 win in the San Siro in midweek against European champions Inter. As such, there is less spotlight on Dortmund, who were not involved in European competition but looked more convincing in their 2-0 win over in-form St Pauli last weekend.
  • Guten Abend wherever you are in the world und Willkommen to's live commentary of the Spiel des Saisons - champions FC Bayern München host champions elect and runaway league leaders Borussia Dortmund, who will be looking to put perhaps the final nail in Bayern's coffin.