Bayern Munich XI: Neuer; Alaba, Dante, Van Buyten, Lahm; Schweinsteiger, Martinez; Robben, Kroos, Muller; Mandzucik
Borussia Dortmund XI: Weidenfeller; Schmelzer, Santana, Subotic, Piszczek; Bender, Gundogan; Gotze, Grosskruetz, Reus
For the first time in over three years, Bayern Munich have finally defeated Borussia Dortmund thanks to a lovely curled shot from Arjen Robben.
With a commanding lead that Bayern Munich has in the Bundesliga, Borussia Dortmund’s only hope of winning trophies this season would be to look for cups. However, last night, they would be completely outplayed. Bayern Munich has only lost twice this entire campaign in all competitions and they have not lost a game yet this calender year.
Bayern Munich continued to do what they did well against Arsenal at the Emirates during their Champions League matchup, which was Bastian Schweinsteiger and Javi Martinez both making long runs from deep in channels of space in the Dortmund formation. Dortmund was unable to cope with the pressure from these two for some reason, because they had enough people to cover the runs.
Dante, who recently won his first international cap for Brazil in a friendly against England, played a huge role in the first half. Time and time again he would fire long thumping through balls to Thomas Muller, who continuously challenged the Dortmund right-back, Schmelzer.
The lone goal of the match from Ajern Robben, came from completely out of no where and powerfully from long range.
Borussia Dortmund were no where near there best last night as they recored their first shot of the match in the second half around the 53rd minute of play; and it was a rather tame shot at that. But with that said, they were the more aggressive team in the second half, but they lacked the clincal finish that we were used to seeing from the Dortmund side.
In the second half, Bayern Munich seemed to lay off the pressure which allowed Dortmund to be the more aggressive. Dortmund would press a lot higher up this half and push the tempo more than what Bayern wanted. Borussia Dortmund also closed down very well, with a lot of energy and pace. Schmelzer even improved his performance in the second half by being able to press up higher to not get caught out by Thomas Muller anymore.
Dortmund started passing a lot better when Bender and Gundogan dropping in between the center backs every now and then which helped get around the pressing from Bayern Munich, although they were not pressing to much as Bayern felt comfortable defending the attack from Dortmund.
In the end, Dortmund just could not put any ball on target that challenged Neuer. Neuer could have hung a hammock in his goal and laid down in it and Bayern would have won. By the time these two meet again in May, Bayern could possibly have already won the league.