| FC Bayern München - Borussia Dortmund 1:1 (0:0)|
|Season 2012/2013, Matchday 15, 01.12.2012 18:30|
|1-1: Götze secures a point in Munich|
|[1.12.] The game of the day ends in stalemate! In an evenly contested game Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich shared the points on a bitterly cold Saturday evening 1-1 (0-0). Neither team left any effort unspent and offered the fans an attractive and hard-fought game. The result means that BVB remain unbeaten against Bayern in six consecutive Bundesliga games.|
|Reporting from Munich this wintry evening is Dennis-Julian Gottschlich|
The sold out Allianz-Arena housed 71,000 fans who witnessed an evenly balanced first half with Bayern taking the game to a well-organised BVB team who, in turn, waited to make the most of counter-attacks. The second half saw the visitors start fast with Hummels, Reus and Götze all going close before a fine strike from Kroos on 67 minutes fired the home team ahead. Happily, it did not take long for Götze to fire home the equaliser (74 mins) and thus seal the draw.
Bayern had lost the last four Bundesliga games against BVB in addition to the German (DFB) cup final in May. Coming into the game, the visitors had chalked up a run of ten games unbeaten in all competitions and sought to extend this run against opponents who had also shown outstanding form. The league-leaders had already secured the title of ´autumn champions´ and had only lost once in the league (at home to Leverkusen) in establishing an imposing eleven point lead over BVB.
|In the starting XI: Blaszczykowski.|
Jürgen Klopp had once again to do without club captain Kehl (knee), Löwe and Owomoyela but happily Götze, Gündogan and Hummels, who´s availability had been in question were all able to start whilst Kuba returned to the starting XI for Großkreutz. Meanwhile, Bayern had to do without the services of Robben, Luiz Gustavo and Can.
Jürgen Klopp sent his team out in the conventional 4-2-3-1 which was matched by the home side. The plan was that Kuba would tuck back to help the defensive midfielders in restricting space for the home side. Bayern were hoping that they would find success from wide areas, particularly with Ribery on the left, who enjoyed a fine duel with Piszczek all evening.
The Game and Analysis:
|Bender beats Schweinsteiger to the ball.|
From the first whistle Bayern sought to take the game to BVB but came up against a cleverly organised defence; this pretty much summed up the first forty-five minutes. Götze, Reus and Lewandowski were the points of attack that the visitors tried to engage when given the opportunity to counter.
This plan almost came to early fruition when, after just ten minutes, Kuba pressured Dante and won possession only to be driven too wide for his shot to trouble Neuer in the Bayern goal. Moments earlier Subotic had denied Bayern´s Müller a shot on goal with a fine sliding block tackle.
The first half could pretty much be summed up as an evenly contested game with the home side attacking without really threatening and the away team patiently waiting for a chance to strike fast on the counter attack. And just such a counter attack almost saw BVB go in ahead at halftime when, on 44mins, Hummels won the ball to release Reus only for Neuer to snaffle his well-driven left foot shot.
The opening phase of the second half saw Borussia taking a bit of control. It seemed they had emerged committed to taking the game to the home side and within minutes of the re-start they had chalked up a number of chances to take the lead. First a swiftly taken Schmelzer free-kick surprised the home defence but Hummels, clearly in on the quick kick, could not quite get on the end of it. Then, following a decent Weidenfeller save to thwart Mandzukic on 53 minutes, Reus brought the best out of Neuer with a fierce drive on the turn.
|Aerial duel: Hummels and Mandzukic.|
The ensuing corner saw a Schmelzer drive scorch wide and then, on 55 minutes, Götze´s slightly tame shot from the penalty spot was comfortably pouched by the home ´keeper. BVB seemed now to be in the ascendancy, and so it was something of a shock when, on 67 minutes, Toni Kroos, latched onto a layoff, evaded the challenges of two BVB defenders and drove home beyond Weidenfeller from the edge of the box to make it 1-0 to Bayern.
Impressively the double-winners reacted positively to this shock and continued to press forward now seeking an equaliser. Eventually a Reus corner found its way to Götze near the edge of the box and his instant strike found its way into the bottom right hand corner of the net to make it 1-1 with just sixteen minutes to go.
Bayern then launched a bit of an offensive and the BVB defence had to hold its collective breath when Müller, alone in front of goal just fifteen yards out, pulled his shot wide. Then, on 86 and again on 87 minutes from Müller and Martinez respectively, Weidenfeller showed why he is so loved by the BVB fans with fantastic saves that ensured the points were shared on this cold Bavarian evening.
Teams & Goals
Bundesliga, Matchday 15
FC BAYERN MUNICH - BORUSSIA DORTMUND 1-1 (0-0)
Bayern Munich: Neuer - Lahm, Dante, Badstuber, Alaba - Schweinsteiger, Martinez - Müller, Kroos, Ribery - Mandzukic
Borussia Dortmund: Weidenfeller - Piszczek, Subotic, Hummels, Schmelzer - Blaszczykowski, Bender, Gündogan - Götze, Reus - Lewandowski
Substitutions: 37. Boateng for Badstuber, 88. Gomez for Mandzukic - 73. Perisic for Blaszczykowski, 81. Santana for Subotic, 90. Schieber for Götze
Goals: 1-0 Kroos (67., Müller), 1-1 Götze (74., corner Reus)
Corners: 7-4 (HT 3-1), Chances: 5-6 (0-1)
Referee: Gagelmann (Bremen) Attendance: 71.000 (sold out), Weather: dry, -4 degrees!
The SIGNAL IDUNA PARK hosts Champions League football again on Tuesday (kick-off: 2045 CET) when Manchester City are the visitors for the last group game. Four days later, on Saturday 8 Dec (kick-off: 1530 CET) VfL Wolfsburg are the visitors for a Bundesliga fixture.