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Bayern München v Borussia Dortmund Live Commentary, 23/04/2022

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3 - 1
FCB
BVB
S. Gnabry (15)
R. Lewandowski (34)
J. Musiala (83)
E. Can (52 pen)
Allianz Arena

Commentary

That's all from the Allianz Arena today, so thank you for joining us and goodbye!
Bayern's 31st Bundesliga title represents a second trophy of the Nagelsmann era, as the coach adds to this season's Supercup - also won by beating Dortmund. Having now scored for a remarkable 78th consecutive league game, they truly are an unstoppable force, and deserving of their decade of dominance.
With the beer already flowing - most of it down Nagelsmann's previously pristine black shirt - Bayern are crowned German champions for a record-extending 10th time in a row, beating their closest rivals today with a controlled performance. The Bavarians win their eighth successive Klassiker thanks to goals from Gnabry, Lewandowski and Musiala, with only a period at the start of the second half significantly troubling them. Dortmund had their chances - and were also denied a penalty with the score at 2-1, despite having a good claim - but must ultimately concede that Munich still hosts the Bundesliga's dominant force.
90' + 5' FULL-TIME: BAYERN MUNICH 3-1 BORUSSIA DORTMUND
90' + 4' The seconds tick down to title 10, as Bayern cycle the ball about in midfield - they know that all the hard work's been done!
E. Choupo-Moting
R. Lewandowski
Bayern München
90' + 3' Lewandowski also enjoys a special reception, as he comes off to be replaced by Choupo-Moting.
N. Süle
J. Kimmich
Bayern München
90' + 3' Amid a party mood in Bavaria, Kimmich is replaced by Sule for the final moments.
90' Four minutes are to be added for stoppages, and Bayern are within touching distance of the title now.
F. Passlack
E. Haaland
Borussia Dortmund
87' An admission of defeat? A frustrated Haaland is withdrawn and Passlack will be his replacement.
85' Goretzka breaks into the area and tries his luck at goal, but Hitz is again alert to the danger and gets down to divert the ball behind for a corner. The flag then goes up for offside, so it wouldn't have counted.
J. Musiala
Goal
Bayern München
83' 3-1 BAYERN! Surely that's it? Musiala makes it happen by surging into the area and firing a shot at Hitz, and after Dortmund fail to properly clear the ball, it pinballs around the box and falls to the young Germany international again. He picks out the bottom-left corner with his second attempt, and the champions are set to be crowned!
M. Sabitzer
Assist
Bayern München
83' The ball bounces around the area as Dortmund desperately attempt to get it clear, but Sabitzer had the final touch before Musiala fired home Bayern's third.
L. Sané
K. Coman
Bayern München
82' Nagelsmann also replaces Coman; Sane will have a run-out on the wing.
M. Sabitzer
T. Müller
Bayern München
82' Bayern make a double change. First, Muller makes way for Sabitzer to warm applause.
79' SAVE! Dortmund are denied an equaliser again, after the recently introduced Bynoe-Gittens finds Haaland in space on the left side of the area, but the striker's powerful shot deflects off Upamecano; allowing Neuer to palm the ball wide of the bottom corner! Nearly, but not quite!
77' Now Can hits the turf with an apparent injury, just inside his own half, but amid jeers and whistles from the sceptical Bayern fans, he slowly returns to his feet and plays on.
76' Somewhat surprisingly, Bellingham agrees to continue, and rejoins the fray for Der Klassiker's climax.
75' A worrying scene for Rose, as Bellingham overstretches in making a recovery tackle on Musiala and picks up an injury. He is signalling that he might not be able to continue, but the medics will come on to assess him.
73' After several moments of concern throughout the 20 minutes following the break, Bayern are now in the ascendancy once more, and Dortmund have dropped back a few yards into their defensive third.
71' Last week, Dortmund's Rothe became the youngest player in Bundesliga history to score on his debut in the win over Wolfsburg, aged 17 years and 169 days. Now Bynoe-Gittens, a London-born teenager, has been given a chance to impress in Der Klassiker; affirming BVB's commitment to youth.
69' SHARP STOP! Hitz stands firm to deny Lewandowski at close range, after Muller's shot from the edge of the area falls fortuitously to the Polish striker five yards out. A sensational save that keeps Dortmund in the game!
J. Bynoe-Gittens
Reinier
Borussia Dortmund
67' Rose responds to Bayern's substitution with a bold move of his own: Reinier is taken off after a quiet game, and Bynoe-Gittens makes his Bundesliga debut aged 17.
65' A mistimed tackle by Bellingham brings down Upamecano, but the referee decides against brandishing the yellow card to the young England midfielder.
J. Musiala
S. Gnabry
Bayern München
63' Nagelsmann makes the game's first change, as goalscorer Gnabry is sacrificed for some fresh legs in midfield: Musiala comes on.
62' After Davies finds Lewandowski free in the area, a late intervention by Zagadou saves Dortmund's skins. That's a corner for Bayern.
61' NO PENALTY! After a brief inspection by the VAR, Pavard's tackle on Bellingham goes unpunished and no penalty is awarded.
60' ANOTHER PENALTY FOR BVB? Bellingham goes down in the box under a challenge from Pavard, and though the referee does not consider it worth a penalty, his VAR colleagues have decided to take a closer look!
58' CLOSE! When Goretzka's pass finds him via a Dortmund deflection, Lewandowski wastes no time in shooting from just outside the right half of the box, but his low strike is pulled wide of the far post.
56' Dortmund are turning up the heat on their hosts here, as Hernandez has to make a last-ditch intervention to deny Reus another shot at goal from inside the box. That was a fine tackle, but Bayern are on the back foot now!
54' SAVE! Just failing to get the ball under control, Reus lets the angle narrow too much inside the six-yard box, as he latches onto Haaland's low throughball. His shot is blocked at the near post by the imposing figure of Neuer, and Bayern escape!
E. Can
Penalty Goal
Borussia Dortmund
52' BVB BACK IN IT! A calmly taken penalty by Can sends the ball into the left side of the net, with Neuer diving the other way. The visitors have reduced their deficit, and the comeback is on!
50' PENALTY FOR DORTMUND! Back on his feet after taking a knock, Brandt finds space on the left flank and cuts the ball back for Reus in the area. Kimmich is late in the challenge and brings the latter down - that's a penalty! Dortmund have a lifeline!
49' Brandt is back on the pitch, having now recovered from that rough tackle by Pavard.
48' A sliding tackle from Pavard brings down Brandt in midfield, and the Dortmund man lies prone on the turf. He will require some medical attention.
47' Ever alert to danger, Neuer races to the edge of his box to calmly intercept a throughball which Haaland had designs on taking into his stride.
46' We are back under way at the Allianz Arena!
Not only will Dortmund relinquish slim hopes of stealing the title if they can't recover in the second half, they will also equal the club's worst losing streak against any opponent in their history: only against Hamburg have BVB suffered an eight-game losing streak before - between 1982 and 1985.
Almost inevitably, a bright start for Dortmund subsided when Bayern opened the scoring in this Klassiker with their very first shot, and ever since, the hosts have had one hand on the championship trophy. The Bavarian giants are closing in on a record-extending 31st Bundesliga title thanks to some typically clinical finishing from Gnabry and Lewandowski, who both took their chances with an assurance borne of routine success. Surely the visitors can't cause the mother of all upsets by fighting back after the break?
45' + 2' HALF-TIME: BAYERN MUNICH 2-0 BORUSSIA DORTMUND
45' + 1' After treatment, Wolf is fit to continue, and the action resumes.
45' Wolf stays down after a 50-50 challenge with Coman, and is in need of medical attention. The physios are on, and the game comes to a temporary halt.
44' CLOSE! Lewandowski is left unattended 30 yards from goal, then turns and runs at the panicking Dortmund defence. His low shot, however, drifts just past the right post.
42' Kimmich's inswinging free-kick from the left side of the area skims off the head of Lewandowski, and zips well wide of the right-hand post.
E. Can
Yellow Card
Borussia Dortmund
40' After Wolf again gives the ball away, he attempts a recover tackle which brings down Muller in midfield. Can responds badly to the latter's reaction, and is booked.
38' Bayern are fully relaxed into their role as the dominant force in this Klassiker, as they retain possession against a dispirited Dortmund side, who already look beaten.
36' Lewandowski's 23rd goal in 16 Bundesliga games against his former club continues a record which is his best against any opposition side.
T. Müller
Assist
Bayern München
34' For the umpteenth time in their prosperous partnership, Muller was in the right place at the right time to play in Lewandowski on the edge of the area for a Bayern goal.
R. Lewandowski
Goal
Bayern München
34' LEWANDOWSKI DOES IT AGAIN! After a let-off for the visitors just minutes ago, Zagadou now errs in defence, allowing Gnabry to pounce - with the ball finding Muller in space. He feeds Lewandowski inside the box, and the Polish striker simply does not miss from there - he fires it into the bottom-right corner and Bayern lead 2-0!
31' NO GOAL! Wolf's touch flicked Coman's foot before it rolled into Gnabry's path to score, and the Bayern winger was in an offside position when receiving a pass from midfield. The goal is ruled out: it stays 1-0 to Bayern!
29' BAYERN HAVE A SECOND? Gnabry grabs a second Bayern goal, as he slips in on the right side of the area to finish unmarked after a misplaced pass from Wolf across the box. However, the VAR has intervened and the build-up will now be examined for an offside.
27' WIDE! Haaland receives Brandt's throughball on the edge of the Bayern area, and closes in on goal with only Neuer to beat, but merely scuffs a tame attempt wide of the target. That was a presentable chance.
25' Dortmund are slowly rebuilding their early momentum, as they attempt to get back into the game, but they now require a minimum of two goals.
23' A coming together between Can and Davies on the touchline briefly threatens to flare up into something more serious, but the latter's relaxed response defuses the situation, and the game goes on.
21' Bayern have had 57 per cent of the ball so far, in this clash between the two teams with the highest average possession share in the Bundesliga.
19' Gnabry's spectacular strike was Bayern's 90th Bundesliga goal of the season - now 14 more than second-top scorers Dortmund (76).
17' Twice, Coman almost finds Lewandowski in the area, but a Dortmund defender manages to intervene on both occasions.
S. Gnabry
Goal
Bayern München
15' BAYERN LEAD! The champions-elect go in front, as Gnabry coolly controls the ball on the edge of the box when it breaks to him following Kimmich's corner via Goretzka, and slams a powerful shot past Hitz! One shot on goal, and already it's Bayern 1-0 Dortmund!
L. Goretzka
Assist
Bayern München
15' Having been involved several times in the early stages, Goretzka now lays on the opener by heading down Kimmich's cross for Gnabry to finish.
14' Zagadou is nutmegged by a smart pass from Goretzka, but Gnabry is denied a great shooting chance by Guerreiro's excellent covering tackle near the byline. That's a corner for Bayern.
12' With nothing left to lose, Dortmund have started with intent, and they have been furiously closing down the Bayern back line as they attempt to keep possession. The hosts, meanwhile, appear content to hold their cards close to their chest.
10' If Bayern can post a ninth consecutive win over Dortmund today, their 10th league title in succession would be a new record in Europe's top five leagues - Juventus also racked up nine in a row from 2012 to 2020.
8' A high challenge from Wolf in midfield is overlooked, as Bayern make progress on the break, but Gnabry is unable to keep the ball in near the left byline from Goretzka's throughball.
6' On the stretch, Goretzka pulls the ball down out of the air inside the Dortmund area, but pressure from Akanji is enough to make him overrun the ball for a goal-kick.
5' Can carelessly gifts the ball to Davies on the brink of the BVB box, allowing Bayern to exert some pressure, but the visitors ultimately manage to get the ball away to safety.
3' The 106th Klassiker of the Bundesliga era gets off to a steady start, as Dortmund attempt to impose themselves on proceedings, retaining possession in midfield with relative comfort.
1' We are under way in Munich!
The players are now out on the pitch at a packed Allianz Arena, with Der Klassiker's kick-off now just moments away!
Having switched between today's teams twice before, Mats Hummels is unable to feature for Dortmund due to injury, while goalkeeper Gregor Kobel and midfielder Axel Witsel are also among Marco Rose's list of absentees. Hitz deputises for the former, while Bellingham and Brandt join forces in central midfield. On the left flank, teenage rookie Rothe makes way for the experienced Guerreiro.
For today's potentially decisive Klassiker clash, Bayern have bolstered their starting XI by bringing Hernandez and Coman back into the side, while Nianzou and Sabitzer make way. Former Dortmund striker Lewandowski leads the line up front, having scored 22 goals in 15 Bundesliga meetings with the visitors; Coman, Muller and Gnabry start in support, with Sane once again consigned to the bench.
SUBS: Roman Burki, Lion Semic, Tom Rothe, Youssoufa Moukoko, Nico Schulz, Marin Pongracic, Jamie Bynoe-Gittens, Antonios Papadopoulos, Felix Passlack.
BORUSSIA DORTMUND (3-4-3): Marwin Hitz; Dan-Axel Zagadou, Manuel Akanji, Emre Can; Marius Wolf, Julian Brandt, Jude Bellingham, Raphael Guerreiro; Marco Reus, Erling Haaland, Reinier.
SUBS: Sven Ulreich, Tanguy Nianzou, Niklas Sule, Josip Stanisic, Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting, Marcel Sabitzer, Leroy Sane, Jamal Musiala, Marc Roca.
BAYERN MUNICH (4-2-3-1): Manuel Neuer; Benjamin Pavard, Dayot Upamecano, Lucas Hernandez, Alphonso Davies; Joshua Kimmich, Leon Goretzka; Serge Gnabry, Thomas Muller, Kingsley Coman; Robert Lewandowski.
Eight years since they last tasted Bundesliga victory at the Allianz Arena, Dortmund must now win at all costs, or see their rivals claim the title right under their noses. Keeping faint hopes alive, Die Schwarzgelben's 6-1 success against Wolfsburg last week featured the return to the scoresheet of Erling Haaland, whose input will surely be required again today. Precedent is definitely not on their side, as recent visits to Munich have seen BVB beaten both 5-0 and 6-0, and they have conceded at least three times in each of their last five encounters with Bayern.
Already Germany's biggest club fixture, today's clash of the Bundesliga titans also sees the title up for grabs, as Bayern are one win away from sealing a 10th consecutive top-flight crown. Though the Bavarians' achievements have been plentiful over a prosperous decade, the prospect of becoming champions on home soil against their closest rivals is certainly a tantalising one. Julian Nagelsmann's league leaders are nine points clear at the top before kick-off, following a 3-0 victory at Arminia Bielefeld last weekend, and it has been three years since they last lost to Dortmund - winning each of the sides' last seven meetings.
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