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Borussia Dortmund vs Bayern Munich a few quick thoughts

  • Off the many games I watched yesterday (of which you can read about) the German Supercup fixture between Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich was by far the best of the lot
  • We may have the curtain raiser to the English Premier League season later today and it is going to have to be something special on offer at Wembley to match the action at Signal Iduna-Park last night
  • Bayern the once again run away Bundesliga winners went head to head with old foes Borussia Dortmund who won the DFB Pokal last season and on the evidence of their encounter the race for the title could well be a lot closer this time around
  • And it was Dortmund who drew first blood on 11 minutes when American teen sensation Christian Pulisic put the home side infront
  • In fairness though Bayern only have themselves to blame for going behind as Arturo Vidal played a suicidal square pass to Javi Martinez, who then miscontrolled the ball into the path of Pulisic
  • Pulisic bared down on goal and with stand in Bayern keeper Sven Ulreich on rushing it was just left for the United States international to slot the ball home
  • But Dortmund’s joy would be very short lived as Bayern would restore parity just a couple of minutes later
  • One thing was for sure though and that was that Robert Lewandowski was not going to miss from two yards out once the ball was rolled across the face of goal.
  • Their may have been a suspicion of offside in the build up to the Bayern equaliser, so much so that it needed VAR to clarify
  • Lukasz Piszczek was adjudged to have been playing Bayern onside and the goal was allowed to stand
  • It was not a good night for the Polish full back but more on that later
  • The Polish marksman was once again in the right place at the right time as Bayern had quickly got themselves back in the game
  • They would also hit the post through Thomas Muller in the first half as they looked to take the ascendancy for the first time in the game
  • The woodwork would foil them and then in the second half Bayern would once again find themselves behind for the second time in the evening
  • It was the perfect example of just how devastating a counter attack move can be
  • Robert Lewandowski and Sokratis were key components of the build up to this goal
  • Just minutes earlier Lewandowski had been booked for going through Sokratis and then he would find himself leading a Bayern charge on goal
  • The former Dortmund forward looked to square the ball to Kingsley Coman but found himself getting pole-axed (sorry) by Sokratis as the Greek defender was looking for some retribution
  • Bayern had every right to ask for a penalty but nothing came off it and the ball broke down the end at lighting pace
  • And within seconds Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang had a flashed a shot past Ulerich in the Bayern goal to make it 2-1 Dortmund
  • It was a real sucker punch for Bayern who were hit by a Borussia Dortmund blitzkrieg
  • There were still 20 minutes to go and the question now was whether or not Bayern could find their way into the game for the second time
  • The answer to that was yes and it was in frustrating fashion for Paul Bosz’s men
  • After an intital header from Bayern had cannoned off the bar there was an almighty goalmouth scramble
  • The ball eventually fell to Joshua Kimmich who needed at least three attempts to get the ball back towards goal
  • It would finally find its way over the line via a Lukasz Piszczek deflection who was eventually credited with the own goal
  • Again though the referee would signal for VAR but it would do Dortmund little favours as the goal once again stood
  • This led to pantomime boos from the home fans but it also led to a penalty shoot out with their being no extra time
  • Now with the German’s being so good at penalties you did wonder whether or not there would actually be a winner
  • After the sixth set of kicks we finally got on as Bayern ran out 5-4 winners
  • Sven Ulerich would be the hero as even though he dived right each time, Marc Bartra decided to not go the opposite way and his penalty was easily palmed away by Manuel Neuer’s understudy
  • Bayern earn the spoils but they may not have it all their own way this season
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