33′ Alaba is on the ball but refuses to play a throughball down the left for Ribery, urging the winger to calm down slightly as they look to hold possession. It seems die Roten are quite happy to go into the interval with a 1-0 lead, judging by the left-back’s reaction. 

31′ Another dangerous attack ends in the hands of Neuer after Akimi makes a lung-busting run to get into Bayern’s attacking-third, but his cross to Sancho at the far post is hit a little too hard and the visitors can clear easily.

J. Weigl

Yellow Card

Borussia Dortmund

29′ Weigl is shown a deserved yellow card for a sliding challenge in midfield.

28′ They’ve started the match quite well, but they now find themselves behind. Can BVB dig deep and find a response before the half-time whistle? Their fans are still singing loud – but there is a slightly more nervous atmosphere around the Signal Iduna Park. 

S. Gnabry

Assist

Bayern München

26′ Gnabry’s pinpoint cross allowed Lewandowski an easy finish – and he’ll be given an assist for his contribution. 

R. Lewandowski

Goal

Bayern München

26′ 1-0 TO BAYERN MUNICH! It’s an easy finish for Lewandowski as Ribery spreads the ball to the right for Kimmich, who plays it immediately for Gnabry. The right-winger looks up and curls a textbook cross into the six-yard box for Lewandowski who pops up with a header!  

25′ It’s end-to-end as Bayern lose possession in midfield, but Bruun Larsen is unable to hit on the counter-attack when his lifted pass for Gotze is headed away by Hummels. Down the other way, Ribery has the ball in the penalty area, but his cross flashed across the face of goal is missed by Muller at the other post. 

23′ Hitz plays his goal-kick dangerously close to his own goal to Zagadou who has three Bayern players marking him just outside his own penalty area. Die Roten win the ball back in Dortmund’s half, looking to attack down the left through Alaba.

21′ Muller spreads it to his left for Lewandowski, but the striker loses possession searching for the return pass instead of firing it at Hitz’s goal – much to the dismay of Muller. It’s unselfish play in the first-20 minutes from Bayern, but it isn’t quite effective.

19′ The stadium is in full voice as the Dortmund fans urge their side on. They have had chances to take the lead in the opening stages, but so have their opponents. It’s not a surprise to see them level, but both have had chances to break the deadlock.

17′ Bayern München have lost just one of their last eight Bundesliga matches against Dortmund (W6 D1). They’ve netted 13 goals across the last three clashes (4.3 per game), conceding just twice.

15′ Bruun Larsen plays Sancho through into the six-yard box, but Neuer rushes off his line and makes the grab at the last second!

13′ Lewandowski is still giving the referee an earful after he feels he was taken down just inside the penalty area from behind. Weigl did put a foot in, but it appears as though he made contact with the ball first.

11′ REUS CAN’T CAPITALISE! The forward gets into the penalty area all alone after BVB win possession back in midfield, but his strike is taken very weakly and Neuer makes a comfortable save!  

9′ Hummels looks to play it out of the back, but he is clearly unimpressed with the lack of movement in front of him. He gives the ball to Boateng before receiving it yet again and finally moving play forward.

7′ Alaba’s set-piece is poor and Gotze leads a counter-attack into the Bayern half. Ribery is slightly over-zealous in trying to win back possession and he gives away a free-kick in midfield which is taken quickly by BVB. 

5′ Ribery finds Alaba in the penalty area who returns it back to the tricky winger, but his angle is closed down immediately and Bayern win another corner.

3′ A lovely one-two between Lewandowski and Goretzka gets the striker into the penalty area but Zagadou nips in with his toe to put it out for a corner which is cleared by Dortmund.

1′ Borussia Dortmund get the match underway from the kick-off!

Favre makes four changes from the XI that beat Wolfsburg 1-0 a week ago. Hitz starts in goal over Burki and Piszczek is in for Guerreiro at left-back, while Weigl replaces Delaney in central-midfield and Alcacer is out for Gotze in attack. Kovac tinkers with his side as well, making five alterations from his team’s draw with Freiburg. Hummels and Martinez are in for Sule and Rafinha, while Goretzka, Muller and Ribery start over James, Renato Sanches and Arjen Robben.

BAYERN MUNICH SUBS: Niklas Sule, Renato Sanches, Rafinha, Sven Ulreich, Sandro Wagner, Paul Will, James Rodriguez.

BAYERN MUNICH (4-1-4-1): Manuel Neuer; Joshua Kimmich, Mats Hummels, Jerome Boateng, David Alaba; Javi Martinez; Serge Gnabry, Thomas Muller, Leon Goretzka, Franck Ribery; Robert Lewandowski.

BORUSSIA DORTMUND SUBS: Eric Oelschlagel, Raphael Guerreiro, Omer Toprak, Mahmoud Dahoud, Christian Pulisic, Thomas Delaney, Paco Alcacer.

BORUSSIA DORTMUND (4-2-3-1): Marwin Hitz; Achraf Hakimi, Dan-Axel Zagadou, Manuel Akanji, Lukasz Piszczek; Julian Weigl, Axel Witsel; Jacob Bruun Larsen, Marco Reus, Jadon Sancho; Mario Gotze.

With 15 minutes to go before kick-off, the team news has been confirmed! Let’s start with the home side!

History favours Bayern who have won 45 of the 98 total meetings between the two sides in league play. Last season, the visitors emerged with the three points at the Signal Iduna Park after a 3-1 win and promptly smashed them 6-0 in the return leg at the Allianz Arena. If there is one trend that is sure to continue, it’s the high number of goals, as these two sides combined have hit the back of the net on 48 occasions. 

Bayern Munich do not usually come into the Klassiker as underdogs, but they may as well be given that tag on this occasion. Die Roten are four points back of their hosts in third place, tied with Borussia Monchengladbach for second. It’s been a shaky first season at the helm for Niko Kovac, who is coming off of a 2-0 win against AEK Athens in the Champions League on Wednesday.

Lucien Favre experienced his first loss in charge of Dortmund on Tuesday, after avoiding defeat in his first 15 matches in all competitions. Atletico Madrid caught BVB with one eye on today’s fixture and were beaten 2-0 by Diego Simeone’s side in their Champions League meeting at the Wanda Metropolitano. A win today would certainly make amends for their mid-week hiccup.  

Der Klassiker is always a decisive fixture in the German football calendar, and their 120th meeting across all competitions is no exception. Borussia Dortmund occupy first place in the league, with 24 points from 10 matches, accumulating an astounding +20 goal differential in the process. 

Hello and welcome to our LIVE commentary of the Bundesliga fixture between Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich! 


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