The two strongest teams in German football cancelled each other out as Bayern München and Borussia Dortmund played out a 0-0 draw at Signal-Iduna Park on Saturday.
- Borussia Dortmund 0 Bayern München 0
- Vidals hits the crossbar
- Bayern remain five points clear
There was plenty of action and quality football on display in an end-to-end encounter between the first and second teams in the Bundesliga standings, but it still ended goalless between them for the first time since 2007.
Dortmund had their first chance of the match as early as the third minute when a counterattack saw Marco Reus slipped through on the left. The German had Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang available in a central position but opted to go for it himself and was crowded out.
Two minutes later and it was Bayern’s turn to threaten when BVB goalkeeper Roman Burki came out to meet a cross but failed to get enough on it, leaving Thomas Muller with a chance to catch him out of position with a volley on the rebound – only for the German international to hit it wide.
Aubameyang almost used his pace to deadly effect in the 11th minute when he found himself one-on-one with a defender, whom he duly blitzed to make space for the shot, but FCB goalkeeper Manuel Neuer was up to the task.
Arturo Vidal missed a chance to put Bayern ahead in the 19th minute when Douglas Costa whipped in a perfect fizzing cross towards the Chilean at the far post, but the former Juventus star was stretching and couldn’t guide his effort on target.
Joshua Kimmich came to Bayern’s rescue in the 27th minute when Aubameyang’s low cross picked out Reus in the centre of the box. He took a decent first touch and looked to shoot before the midfielder, arriving late on the scene, stole in to nip the ball off his feet and clear.
A minute later and Costa found himself through on goal. He was one-on-one with the goalkeeper and with plenty of space, but Burki came out to meet him and the Brazilian’s low effort was straight at the goalkeeper who was able to save with his feet.
Dortmund had the first chance of the second half five minute after the restart when Aubameyang flew into the penalty box but Neuer came out quickly to slide in with a challenge, before Mkhitaryan missed the target on the follow-up.
Vidal had the best of the early second-half chances, heading off-target in the 56th minute before a ball bounced kindly following a corner 10 minutes later, and the Chilean was quickest to react with a fierce volley that Burki was able to get enough contact on to push against the crossbar.
But for all the chances throughout the absorbing contest, neither team was able to convert, and it stayed scoreless at full-time.