Bayern’s main target man and talisman, Robert Lewandowski, was as clinical as ever, bagging a brace as the Bavarians edged out Dortmund on their way to grab another DFL Super Cup. Both the teams had arrived at the Signal Iduna park hoping to get their hands on the first silverware of the season. The atmosphere was electrifying, the fans filled the stadium with their chants, all in anticipation of a mouthwatering showdown between two of the most dynamic teams in Bundesliga.
As both the teams made their way onto the pitch, a stadium packed with 25,00 attendees suddenly erupted in cheers. The der Klassiker was finally underway. Before the match began, both sides observed a few minutes of remembrance for Bayern and German legend Gerd Müller. The legendary striker had passed away aged 75, a cause of great pain for the whole footballing world.
Bayern got the first half underway from kickoff. The game was off to a spicy start as Dortmund looked to make good use of Haaland’s demonic pace and precise long balls to breach the Bayern backline. The game was an end to end one, as each side were giving their all to create goal-scoring chances. Crosses were flying in; free kicks and corners were being won. Dortmund was making their intent clear, pressing high and forcing the visitors to commit errors. But this tactic was not seeming to have the desired effect on the Bavarians, who were calmly absorbing the high press and playing out, focused on getting the ball to the opposition’s box. The first major chance of the game came at the 15th minute, as Gnabry whipped in a return to Muller, who managed to catch the ball only for Akanji to stick out his leg and divert the ball for a corner.
The game continued building up. There were various 1v1s happening all over the pitch as the two sides tussled for that trophy. Once again, Dortmund managed to squander a golden chance, as Marco Reus was denied at close range by Neuer. Not soon after, New Dortmund sensation Moukoko managed to smash the ball in the back of the net only for it to be disallowed. At this point, everyone was questioning how this game had managed to remain goalless. It was at the 40th minute that this game finally breathed a sign of life, as Lewandowski headed the ball into the back of the net, calmly connecting to a sublime cross from Goretzka. A mark of a true striker. Thus began another domineering performance from the defending champions of Bundesliga. The game went to half time with the score at 1-0 to Bayern Munich.
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The second half commenced with Dortmund looking to quickly cover the deficit. But Bayern immediately made it clear that this was going to be a monumental task as Coman uses his pace to breach into their defense and try a cross-shot from the right, which was blocked by Witsel. The game was starting to recover its pace when suddenly Bayern managed to double down on their lead. Davies, using his pace, bombarded down the left flank and put in a low cross, which was teed up by Lewandowski to Muller, who calmly cushioned the ball into an empty net, as the Dortmund keeper Kobel was already committed to his press charge on the initial cross. With a comfortable lead in place, new Bayern manager Julian Nagelsmann put in his first substitute, replacing Coman with Sane. Dortmund was desperate for a goal now. Haaland had a goal disallowed due to a very tight ruling, Frustration was building up. Dortmund started looking more dangerous on the attack, as new signing Malen fails to latch onto a cutback by Haaland across the box.
It was at the 65th minute that Reus stepped up. Latching onto a pass from Bellingham, the skipper curls am absolute BEAUTY past a helpless Neuer. A truly sublime goal. The home fans were finally going again, the stadium had come alive. Both sides were now becoming extremely feisty, as the Bavarians rushed to hold back a reenergized Dortmund. But any hopes for a comeback by the home team were quickly dashed as Lewandowski managed to secure a brace, cashing in on a costly error from Akanji at the 74th minute. The defender was too indecisive in clearing out the ball having his pass intercepted by Tolisso. The ball bounces kindly to Robert, who did what he does best. Score. The game seems all but secured now, there are a few tussles here and there. Dortmund continuously pushes for a goalscoring chance, winning freekicks and corners, but they are calmly pushed back by their opponents, who manage to see out the rest of the match very professionally, thus adding yet another trophy to their already jam-packed cabinet.
The home side was once again completely oppressed by a well-balanced Bayern side, which managed to put their various flaws into perspective. The lack of an established backline cost them dearly, as they managed to come out of this scramble battered, bruised, and without a trophy. Bayern on the other hand made it clear why they keep dominating the major domestic league in Germany year after year. A strong team led by arguably the best striker in the world right now. This was not just another victory; this was a warning by the Bavarians to the whole of Europe.