Bayern 3-2 Borussia Dortmund
Borussia Dortmund’s comeback in the DFL Super Cup clash with Bayern Munich was not enough after a late minute goal from Joshua Kimmich ensured the Bavarians ran away with the first title of the season in Germany.
Bayern Munich went ahead after Corentin Tolisso’s screamer in the 18th minute which was too hot for Dortmund’s goalkeeper Hitz, to handle. The second goal was closely followed by Müller’s 32nd-minute goal which came as a result of Alphonso Davies’s brilliant assist.
However, the German Champions could not keep it tight at the back as Haaland rallied round to hand Julian Brandt, who cooly converted to reduce the deficit in the first half.
The resumption of the second half, it took Haaland only five minutes to draw level at the Fussball Arena München.
Joshua Kimmich took Bayern Munich back to the commanding position in 82nd minute, helping his team to the first trophy of the season in Germany.
Talking more about Dortmund’s tactical change which affected the game
Dortmund relied too much on Erling Haaland throughout the game before he was taken off in the second half. It was interesting to see how Lucien Favre was able to rotate his squad even in the absence of star manes like Thorgan Hazard, Jadon Sancho and Roman Burki.
Also in the defense, Dortmund relied more on Emre Can even though Manuel Akanji and Matt Hummels played a good part.
Taking off Erling Haaland was more than costly for Dortmund. His removal gave Bayern Munich more opportunity to strike forward since Dortmund appeared to be a defensive side late in the game.
Reinier was impressive. However, it would have been better if Favre had left Haaland on the pitch. The presence of the Norwegian was more of a threat to Bayern’s defense.
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The unavailability of Jadon Sancho and Roman Burki proved costly for the Black Yellow even though the second eleven did not perform poorly.
However, Favre and his boys should take positives from the two losses against FC Augsburg last Bundesliga matchday, and the game against Bayern Munich today.
Favre should learn more about game management. He should know the right players to introduce or remove during important matches like this.
Overall, Dortmund had an impressive outing tonight. But the team should now focus on the game against SC Freiburg this weekend.
Starting eleven (XI)
Formation 4 – 2 – 3 – 1
Hitz, Can, Hummels, Akanji, Meunier, Dahoud, Delaney, Passlack, Reus, Brandt
Reinier, Giovanni Reyna, Drljaca S. (G), Jude Bellingham, Raphael Guerrero, Piszczek L., Schulz N., Axel Witsel, Marius Wolf.
Burki R.(Illness), Hazard T.(Muscle Injury), Morey M.(Thigh Injury), Raschl T.(Muscle Injury), Sancho J.(Illness), Schmelzer M.(Knee Injury) Zagadou D.(Knee Injury)