07 Mar Robert Lewandowski reminds Erling Haaland of the Bundesliga pecking order
Football4cast’s lead Bundesliga commentator Derek Rae hopes an exciting Bayern Munich-Borussia Dortmund tussle, which he referred to as for U.S. viewers on ABC and Football4cast+ (U.S. followers can stream the replay of the match HERE), will open new eyes to German football. Here is his immediate response column.
Within the construct as much as the 104th Bundesliga version of a fixture that has come to be often known as Der Klassiker, many questioned if it’d develop into one other demolition job. Bayern have made mild work of Dortmund in latest league conferences on the Allianz Enviornment and the portents had been removed from constructive for the guests.
Friday’s information that two of BVB’s simplest gamers, Raphael Guerreiro and Jadon Sancho, had been dominated out, felt a bit like a hammer blow earlier than a ball was kicked. Might Dortmund cope, fielding rare starters of late, like Dan-Axel Zagadou, Nico Schulz and Thorgan Hazard?
With their new look again three, they began brilliantly, displaying life, enterprise, verve and a plan. That was to press, win the ball, transfer the Bayern gamers round and change the play shortly.
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When Erling Haaland noticed his second minute shot discover the online with assist from a deflection off Jerome Boateng (his first profitable Bundesliga objective from exterior the field), you possibly can virtually sense the query being requested across the football world: Was this the day for Dortmund to get the higher of a wobbly Bayern defence? The reality is Bayern are statistically as weak as they have been defensively for the reason that bother torn 1991-92 marketing campaign after they went by means of Three totally different coaches.
That feeling solely intensified with Haaland’s second objective, considerably discovering himself on the tail finish of a transfer involving the aforementioned Schulz and Hazard on the left. Bayern had overloaded on the alternative flank, giving left-back Schulz the liberty of the Allianz Enviornment. Boateng bought caught on the incorrect aspect of the deadly Haaland.
The Norway worldwide remarkably had by no means scored within the opening quarter of an hour of any Bundesliga match. Now he had finished it twice in Der Klassiker. Come to think about it, Dortmund had by no means beforehand netted twice within the opening 10 minutes towards Bayern. What on earth was going on?
Whereas on the microphone with broadcast companion Taylor Twellman, I could not assist considering again to a Bayern recreation I had commentated on for the Bundesliga world feed in January. Mainz had galloped off right into a 2-Zero lead just for Bayern to show it round after which some, recording a 5-2 triumph. Granted, Dortmund are usually not Mainz, however Bayern are Bayern.
The reality is the circulate of the rest of the sport noticed Bayern on the entrance foot except a few remoted moments. I wrote on my notepad round 20 minutes “Dortmund trying compact and searching for fast counters.” Marco Reus glided away from Bayern centre-back Niklas Sule, and shortly after that midfielder Mahmoud Dahoud mixed properly with BVB full-back Thomas Meunier on the correct. However Bayern had been now blotting out Haaland.
Jurgen Klinsmann hopes Borussia Dortmund can end within the prime 4 so Erling Haaland is not temped to depart the membership.
The tide was about to show significantly. Schulz made the error of giving Leroy Sane an excessive amount of house and, together with his slick footwork, arrange a objective for Robert Lewandowski. The Poland striker, the report scorer on this fixture, was solely warming up.
A key second arrived simply earlier than the break. When Dahoud went in clumsily on Kingsley Coman contained in the field, referee Marco Fritz noticed no transgression. However we have now all discovered to say “it will likely be checked” and as fast as a flash, Fritz was at his TV monitor having a re-assessment. The extra we watched, the extra we thought, a spot kick was inevitable.
Lewandowski’s penalty routine may be very a lot his personal: a few steps to the aspect, then that little second of delayed motion earlier than the strike itself. He was denied just lately by Rune Jarstein of Hertha, however this time confidently swept it previous Marwin Hitz to degree the competition.
Perhaps on account of that unlikely failure in Berlin, Bayern boss Hansi Flick selected to look away as his star striker took the penalty, relying on acoustics for affirmation that it had certainly gone in.
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It was Lewandowski’s 30th objective of the season, marking the fourth time he has hit that milestone.
In fact it was not more than Bayern deserved to be going to half-time degree at 2-2. The primary two makes an attempt of the sport had been Dortmund targets by Haaland. The following 12 (!) had all been from Bayern.
As in the beginning of the primary half, Dortmund started the second half confidently sufficient. Once more we noticed that Schulz-Hazard mixture come to the fore with the latter squeezing a shot simply extensive of the put up.
Thereafter, Bayern had been the team with a lot to say for themselves, notably down the left-hand aspect the place Coman, considered one of their prime performers this season, was a continuing menace.
It was a matter of whether or not or not, Dortmund may maintain the rating at the same time as they dropped ever deeper — too deep as coach Edin Terzic later conceded. Hitz fumbled a Joshua Kimmich shot which bounced simply in entrance of him, however escaped and not using a concession.
However Dortmund’s prospects dwindled when talisman Haaland, who had earlier picked up a knock, was changed on the hour mark. By the 77th minute, Terzic had made all 5 of his substitutions, the final of which noticed captain Reus, having solely made 32 touches all recreation, make approach for the younger Brazilian, Reinier.
Rigidity ranges heightened up with every passing minute however the actual drama was but to reach. In some ways it needed to be offered by a person who simply retains bettering.
Leon Goretzka has emerged from the shadows to grow to be considered one of Bayern’s finest. In commentary, after I noticed Meunier clear solely so far as him, I posed it as query? “Is there an opportunity for Goretzka perhaps?” The query was answered. Objective for Bayern. 3-2.
Dortmund took challenge with the objective, feeling there had been a foul within the construct up. Having reviewed it over and over, I did not see any wrongdoing by Sane on Emre Can and nonetheless do not. This was no clear and apparent error.
For good measure, Bayern scored once more to seal Lewandowski’s hat trick, taking him to 31 targets for the season and inside 9 of the all-time report 40 for a single marketing campaign set by the legendary Gerd Muller in 1971-72.
The loss was particularly bitter for Dortmund, seeing a two-goal lead flip right into a defeat within the Bundesliga for the primary time in additional than 25 years. Their Champions League qualification prospects proceed to hold within the steadiness.
However there may be no denying the higher team prevailed.
What a recreation. Gripping stress till very close to the tip and I belief by means of the telecast, we have now gained ourselves quite a lot of converts to the Bundesliga trigger.