Bayern thrash Dortmund in Der Klassiker


FC Bayern München were clinical in taking their chances as they outclassed Borussia Dortmund 3-1 in Saturday’s Bundesliga Der Klassiker at Signal-Iduna-Park.

Borussia Dortmund 1 Bayern Munich 3
Robben curls in the first
Lewandowski gets the second
Alaba adds a third
Bartra gets a consolation

Match summary

Bayern showed their class in the final third as they took a 2-0 lead before the break, though the home side had some decent chances of their own.

After the interval, David Alaba made it three amid a host of chances for the visitors. In the closing stages, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was denied by Sven Ulreich though Marc Bartra scored a beautiful goal for Dortmund in a late consolation.

Match report

The home team started in positive fashion within the first 15 minutes as Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was released in the area by a superb Sokratis Papastathopoulos pass, but a last ditch Niklas Süle tackle stopped the forward from getting off a shot at the crucial moment.

The Bavarians hit the front in the 16th minute from a trademark Arjen Robben strike after James Rodríguez picked out the veteran Dutchman, who cut inside to fire a great curling shot beyond Roman Bürki.

Just after the half an hour mark, the visitors were in debt to Sven Ulreich, who saved in a one-on-one situation with Andriy Yarmolenko. Moments later, Bayern burst forward and Robert Lewandowski struck a rocket which Bürki pushed over the bar.

Eight minutes before the break, Robert Lewandowski made it 2-0 as his backheel flick from Joshua Kimmich’s cross deflected off Julian Weigl and into the back of the net.

After the interval it was nearly 3-0 as Robben crossed from the right, but Lewandowski’s header was saved at point-blank range brilliantly by Dortmund’s number one.

In the 65th minute, the Poland international was put through on goal by Robben, but he uncharacteristically put the ball well wide with a side-foot shot.

Nonetheless, it mattered little when David Alaba grabbed the third from a diagonal cross into the area just two minutes later. Aubameyang tested Ulreich with a stinging strike soon after but the impressive keeper palmed it away.

At the death, Marc Bartra pulled one back in sensational fashion after good work from Christian Pulisic in the corner for Peter Bosz’s men.