Teamwork makes the dream work

Participant scores as BVB crush Bayern’s title hopes


Borussia Dortmund secured their first win on the Allianz Area in nearly a decade on Saturday night time as they additional dented Bayern Munich’s hopes of catching Bayer Leverkusen on the Bundesliga’s summit.

Bayern have been enjoying catch up from the outset after Karim Adeyemi handed Dortmund an early lead in Der Klassiker. The hosts missed a number of possibilities within the opening interval, however their second-half efficiency was bereft of attacking cohesion and Dortmund at all times regarded extra more likely to rating the second.

Julian Ryerson’s pinpoint effort doubled BVB’s lead and sealed a memorable triumph. The outcome crushed Bayern’s already fading title hopes and emboldened Dortmund’s trigger for a top-four end.

How the match unfolded

Dortmund entered the sector which has been their perpetual burial floor for the previous decade figuring out they have been dealing with an uncharacteristically susceptible Bayern facet.

One more Bayer Leverkusen late present meant Bayern’s deficit to the league leaders prolonged to 13 factors earlier than kick-off and their try to shut the deficit received off to the worst doable begin.

A swift Dortmund transition was rounded off by the speedy Adeyemi, who was at all times going to beat Matthijs de Ligt in a operating race. The hosts have usually needed to combat from behind this time period and will have restored parity on a number of events earlier than the break.

Harry Kane missed a gilt-edge probability halfway by the primary half, whereas Mats Hummels one way or the other denied Eric Dier on the road.

It was a chess match of a contest with each groups aiming to entry their playmakers within the half-spaces as a lot as doable. Bayern sought to alter tempo in possession to overwhelm the guests, whereas Dortmund targeted on hurting the hosts on the counter. Each had success, however Die Roten failed to revive parity earlier than half-time with the guests defending stoutly.

There have been no indicators of BVB having to carry on initially of the second half, with Terzic’s facet gaining the higher hand after the restart. Felix Nmecha got here ever so near doubling their lead, however the midfielder was denied fantastically by Sven Ulreich.

Thomas Tuchel rotated his attacking power on the hour, however the brand new arrivals did not ignite a shift in momentum. Dortmund grew in consolation as the competition wore on, and their second purpose, scored by the superb Ryerson, was well-deserved.

Kane thought he’d halved the deficit within the closing levels, however his header was dominated out for offside following VAR intervention. That call allowed Dortmund to coast by the ultimate couple of minutes.

Harry Kane

It wasn’t Kane’s day in Der Klassiker / Matthias Hangst/GettyImages

GK: Sven Ulreich – 5/10 – The regular Ulreich offered a pair protected of fingers after he did not preserve Adeyemi’s opener out.

RB: Joshua Kimmich – 7/10 – Having fun with his return to right-back and was a useful outlet for a lot of this contest. High quality supplier of crosses.

CB: Matthijs de Ligt – 6/10 – Overwhelmed for tempo by Adeyemi within the purpose sequence, however De Ligt recovered to provide a nice defensive efficiency. Wonderful from set items.

CB: Eric Dier – 5/10 – Regarded fairly uncomfortable all through and wasn’t on the identical web page as his left-back in the course of the build-up part.

LB: Alphonso Davies – 4/10 – A flat efficiency from Davies, however his restoration tempo did turn out to be useful.

CM: Leon Goretzka – 7/10 – Amongst Bayern’s standout performers within the first half. Goretzka did a superb job at stopping Dortmund’s transitions at supply and did present some high quality in possession – simply not from crosses. Nowhere close to as efficient within the second half.

CM: Konrad Laimer – 5/10 – Counter-pressed to good impact within the opening interval, however struggled after the restart.

AM: Leroy Sane – 6/10 – Began brightly and is so troublesome to decelerate when he shifts by the gears. Finally annoyed by Dortmund’s glorious backline.

AM: Thomas Muller – 6/10 – Usually artful in and across the field, together with his motion making him simply accessible. Slowed issues down at occasions on the counter.

AM: Jamal Musiala – 5/10 – Actually wasn’t Musiala’s day and was withdrawn simply after the hour.

ST: Harry Kane – 4/10 – As profligate as you are ever more likely to see Kane. The striker was astray all day, together with his late effort being dominated out.


SUB: Kingsley Coman (63′ for Musiala) – 6/10

SUB: Mathys Tel (63′ for Muller) – 5/10

SUB: Serge Gnabry (63′ for Sane) – 6/10

SUB: Noussair Mazraoui (73′ for Laimer) – 6/10

SUB: Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting (84′ for Davies) – N/A

Subs not used: Daniel Peretz (GK), Dayot Upamecano, Kim Min-Jae, Bryan Zaragoza, Noussair Mazraoui.


Thomas Tuchel – 4/10 – Bayern have been nice within the first half however received worse as the competition wore on. Too compact at occasions in possession, with Tuchel failing to ignite a turnaround regardless of making a number of modifications.

Karim Adeyemi, Sven Ulreich

Adeyemi squeezed his effort previous Ulreich / Stefan Matzke – sampics/GettyImages

GK: Alexander Meyer – 7/10 – Bayern racked up loads of xG, however their poor ending meant the Dortmund keeper was hardly ever examined. Meyer was dominant within the air.

RB: Julian Ryerson – 9/10 – Spectacular down the fitting. An industrious character who reads the sport nicely. Bayern did not get a lot change out of him and he sealed a memorable victory for the guests.

CB: Mats Hummels – 10/10 – Timeless. Imperious. Euro 2024, anybody? This was top-of-the-line centre-back performances of the season.

CB: Nico Schlotterbeck – 9/10 – Produced a few emphatic standing challenges which set the tone within the first half. Progressive in possession, too. Very good alongside his standout associate.

LB: Ian Maatsen – 7/10 – Kimmich’s surges from full-back caught him out a couple of times, however the Chelsea loanee was in any other case spectacular. Virtually scored an outstanding purpose following a driving run within the second interval.

CM: Emre Can – 7/10 – The midfield enforcer had a troublesome job overlaying Bayern’s playmakers, however he caught to his job and supplied loads of safety.

CM: Felix Nmecha – 6/10 – On his first begin since November, the leggy Nmecha grew into the competition after a rusty opening. Ought to have doubled his facet’s lead.

CM: Julian Brandt – 6/10 – Teed up Adeyemi’s early purpose, however Brandt did not do a ok job at tying issues collectively in transition thereafter.

RW: Jadon Sancho – 7/10 – There is a spring in Sancho’s step as soon as extra. This wasn’t a stunning efficiency as such, with Sancho having few touches, however he usually sparkled when he did get the ball.

ST: Niclas Fullkrug – 6/10 – Labored off scraps, however his effort was tireless and he did shackle Bayern’s backline together with his physicality.

LW: Karim Adeyemi – 8/10 – Silenced a couple of critics together with his efficiency on the massive stage. Adeyemi turned on the jets to present Dortmund an early lead.


SUB: Marco Reus (67′ for Brandt) – 5/10

SUB: Salih Ozcan (67′ for Nmecha) – 5/10

SUB: Sebastien Haller (74′ for Fullkrug) – 5/10

SUB: Marius Wolf (84′ for Sancho) – N/A

SUB: Jamie Bynoe-Gittens (84′ for Adeyemi) – N/A

Subs not used: Marcel Lotka (GK), Julien Duranville, Marius Wolf, Youssoufa Moukoko, Niklas Sule, Jamie Bynoe-Gittens.


Edin Terzic – 8/10 – A victory that would delay his keep in Dortmund. This was an enormous win and Terzic’s pragmatic plan laid the foundations.

Participant of the match: Mats Hummels (Borussia Dortmund)