Toothless Bayern go down 0:1 in Dortmund

Bayern lost a well fought match against a very pragmatic Dortmund, 0:1, after going down early on. The Bavarians’ first loss of the season coincided with missing out on first place to RB Leipzig.

First half: toothless domination

A fiery start to the match as, within the first seconds, Götze clipped and brought down Ribéry. It was the first in a series of fouls that fractionated play in the opening minutes, making it clear no one was backing down and willing to lose ground.

It was Dortmund who had the better start as they pushed the Bavarians into their own half, holding the ball for long spells. Following a series of passes in and around the Reds’ box, Aubameyang opened the score (11’). Götze found space in between the legs of Hummels right into the path of Aubameyang’s outstretched foot that managed to fool Neuer.

Bayern reacted immediately and started pushing up the pitch forcing Dortmund to fall back and rely more on counterattacks. Despite taking charge of the match and with a lot more action around Borussia’s box, it was still the Yellow Blacks who had the greater chances. Following a quick (18’) counter, Götze’s cross turned shot went past Neuer, but not past Alaba. And again minutes later (20’) when Schürrle’s volley ended up in Neuer’s arms.

Die Roten responded again, but Kimmich’s mistimed volley hit the ground before bouncing off of Lewandowski’s head and well over Bürki’s goal.

As the half drew to closer to the end Bayern upped the pressure. Alonso crossed over to the right side of the box where an onrushing Lahm redirected the ball to the center for Thiago’s very acrobatic overhead kick went far and wide (40’).

The half ended with the Bavarians charging the Dortmund box, but, despite looking dangerous, they weren’t able to find the equalizer.

Second half: still toothless

With the second half under way it was Dortmund who came close to a goal (47’). Aubameyang sprinted down the left, but his shot from an angle was intercepted by Boateng at the last second. The Bavarians replied with a cross from the right that looked destined to be headed in, but for the diving effort of Bürki (48’).

Bayern managed a cheeky goal as Müller went past Schmelzer on the right and crossed into Ribéry who flicked the ball in with his heel. The goal was immediately disallowed for an offside on the Frenchman.

With the pressure building up more and more Bayern got closer to goal more and more. Xabi Alonso surprised everyone with an superb left-footed lifted shot that left Bürki pinned before hitting the crossbar (61’).

Dortmund came close to ending the match early as Alonso ridiculously lost a ball and sent Aubameyang all alone towards goal (71’). Neuer stood his ground and managed to get a hand on the ball and got it out of danger.

With time running out spirits flared as Ribéry and Ramos butted heads, with both penalised. In the end Bayern was unable to find the equalizer.


1:0 Aubameyang (11’)


Bayern München


Bench: Ulreich, Badstuber, Bernat, Green

Yellow cards: Ribéry (88’), Sanches (91’)

Borussia Dortmund


Bench: Weidenfeller, Şahin, Kagawa, Dembélé

Yellow cards: Bartra (19’), Götze (50’), Ramos (88’)

Match statistics

Bayern München Borussia Dortmund
Pass success
Shots on target

Game details

Matchday: 11
Location: Signal Iduna Park, Dortmund
Final score: 1:0 for Borussia
Referee: Tobias Stieler