Bayern was left redfaced as Dortmund got hold of silverware at start of the season
The defending champions of Bundesliga were handed a resounding defeat by the runners-up Borussia Dortmund wednesday evening at Westfalenstadion, Dortmund. Mkhitaryan and Aubameyang netted for the winning side in the 23rd and 62nd minute respectively.
All eyes were on Robert Lewandowski, who moved from Dortmund to Bayern this summer and looked toothless upfront today often finding himself in the offside region. Both sides rested some of their key players in this German Super Cup clash in view of the long competitive season ahead. Nevertheless it featured competitive debut for some of the new signings namely Lewandowski and Ciro Immobile.
From the onset, Dortmund fared as the better side on the pitch and seemed to test Neuer more than often, courtesy to eye-catching passing and movement. With no surprise, the resistance from Manuel Neuer ended in the 23rd minute with Henry Mkhitaryan opening the scoring for BVB from an Aubameyang assist. Trailing by one goal margin, Bayern tried to enforce more attacks with Shaqiri leading most of them. But the Swiss playmaker overcooked himself most of the times resulting in a failure to bring in a moment of oomph for the Bayern fans. World Cup hero Thomas Muller, also, did not find his momentum going as Sokratis and Ginter denied the striker space, time and again.
The misery continued to add on for Pep Guardiola as in the 31st minute, an effort to side volley a rushing ball found Javi Martinez injuring himself and he was taken off the field immediately.
The first half ended featuring more Dortmund moments and the second half was no exception too. The hard work paid off for BVB once more as Lukasz Piszczek’s cross found Aubameyang who headed past Neuer to double the lead in the 62nd minute. After that strike, in spite of Mario Gotze being incorporated into the attack, it never looked like Bayerns’ day. Lahm, Boateng and Hojbjerg were booked during the course of action due to bizarre tackles coming out of frustration. The only chance that Bayern could capture in the second half was a free kick from David Alaba from 35 yards. The ball was dipping in towards the goal before Mitchell Langerak showed his presence between the sticks and thumped the ball away. The score line eventually stayed at 2-0 after the end of the regulation time in favour of the men in black and yellow.
The positives that Jurgen Klopp can draw from this match consist of a good show by Ciro Immobile, who looked like carrying his form from the last Serie A season. The former Torino striker, who was the highest scorer in Italian Serie A last season, had a few shots at goal to trouble Manuel Neuer. A silverware right at the start of the season promises to bring in confidence for the young Dortmund outfit whereas Lewandowski found himself bereft of the glory as his former colleagues went home with the accolades.
Moment of the day: The match will be remembered long for Aubemayang’s Spider man celebration. The Gabon internaional masked himself to bring in Peter Parker moments.
Bayern Munich: Neuer, Rode, Alaba, Boateng, Gaudino, Bernat, Martinez (Dante 31’), Shaqiri, Hojbjerg(Gotze 59’), Lewandowski, Muller (Lahm 46’)
Borussia Dortmund: Langerak, Sokratis, Piszczek, Kirch (Bender 85’), Ginter, Schmelzer (Durm 46’), Mkhitaryan, Hofmann, Kehl, Immobile, Aubameyang (Ramos 63’)