Borussia Dortmund have won the "German Klassiker" and increased the gap to fifth place to three points. BVB won 2-0 (1-0) away to FC Bayern Munich on Matchday 27 of the Bundesliga season.

Boris Rupert reporting from Munich

The almost 9,000-strong Black & Yellow contingent among the 75,000 spectators at the Allianz-Arena celebrated Karim Adeyemi's goal to make it 1-0 in the 10th minute. In an open and interesting game with chances at both ends, Felix Nmecha had the opportunity to make it 2-0 at the start of the second half but was denied by Sven Ulreich in the Bayern goal (53). Julian Ryerson went one better 30 minutes later and upped the lead to 2-0 with a shot from 16 metres.

The scenario:   
The two Champions League quarter-finalists had experienced a significant upward trend prior to the international window: Borussia Dortmund had won four consecutive competitive games for the first time in over a year, while Bayern had won three. Borussia's most recent victory in Munich had come almost 10 years earlier (April 2014).

Personnel matters:   
Coach Edin Terzic was still without Gregor Kobel (now an infection) as well as Marcel Sabitzer (last game of a suspension) and the injured duo of Donyell Malen (thigh) and Rami Bensebaini (knee). Instead, Sébastien Haller was included in the squad for the first time since Matchday 16. There were three changes to the starting XI compared to the match against Frankfurt (3-1): Julian Ryerson, Felix Nmecha and Jadon Sancho replaced Marius Wolf, Marco Reus (both bench) and the injured Malen.

Both teams took to the field in a 4-2-3-1 formation, closing down the middle of the park and forcing the team in possession to play out wide. BVB reacted to this midway through the first half by moving left-back Maatsen into central midfield whenever they had possession of the ball.


The match & analysis:
Borussia, who were wearing all-yellow strips, made an alert and aggressive start to a match in which both teams initially cancelled each other out. Following a headed opportunity for Bayern's Kane, Dortmund hit back. Schlotterbeck won the ball back off Müller and then the play moved forward quickly. Occupying a centre-left position in the opposition half, Brandt fed a pacey ball into the path of Adeyemi, who pulled away from de Ligt, shot left-footed from a narrow angle inside the penalty area and found the far corner (10).

BVB could have increased the score to 2-0 eight minutes later. After an intercepted corner-kick, Schlotterbeck thwarted a Bayern counter and initiated a clear opportunity by playing the ball to Sancho down the right flank: the Englishman cut the ball back cleverly to the advancing Hummels, but he struck the ball from 14 metres out with his instep rather than with his "trademark" – a shot with the outside of his boot. The ball went well wide of the upright.

BVB not only held their own well but also showed that fortune favours the bold: in the 23rd minute of the match, the unmarked Kane headed wide from five metres out. Five minutes later, Hummels turned a Kane shot behind for a corner. Hummels was then in the thick of it again. After a Kimmich corner and a flick-on by Müller, Dier met the ball with a header from close range – only for the veteran to clear artistically off the line (35). Bayern had the upper hand in this phase but Borussia held firm and created another good opportunity. Goretzka took a big risk following Sancho's cross but FCB keeper Ulreich prevented an own goal (43).


Bayern applied pressure from the restart, Borussia needed a few minutes to bring composure into their own play. Adeyemi courageously went past two opponents down the left but de Ligt cleared on the edge of the six-yard box (51). Shortly afterwards Ryerson cut the ball back right-footed from the byline to the advancing Nmecha, whose shot from eight metres was thwarted by a strong stop from Ulreich (53). That could've been 2-0! Five minutes later Nmecha squared the ball to the advancing Hummels, who struck the ball powerfully from 17 metres only for Ulreich to save it.

BVB held firm and repeatedly made their mark going forward too. After Brandt had won the ball back, Maatsen covered the length of the pitch but then fired the ball wide with a right-footed shot. A pass into the path of Adeyemi might have been the better option (66).

Everyone fought for each other – none more so than Hummels. FCB reacted by making a triple substitution. Terzic also brought on some fresh legs: Reus replaced Brandt, while the more defensive-minded Özcan came on for Nmecha in defensive midfield. It was only in the 75th minute that the hosts had the first chance of the second period. After Kimmich's short free-kick, Coman shot from 18 metres and Meyer turned it behind for a corner. At the other end, Ulreich intercepted Schlotterbeck's cross intended for Adeyemi (81).

But they were celebrating a short while later: BVB attacked down the left and substitute Haller had the vision to spot his team-mate from 16 metres out. Rather than going for goal himself, he squared it to Ryerson two metres to his right. The Norwegian fired a low shot into the bottom left corner (83). Shortly before the 90 minutes were up, Kane had a goal disallowed following a VAR intervention.

BVB will welcome VfB Stuttgart to SIGNAL IDUNA PARK next Saturday. Kick-off will also be at 18:30 CET.

Teams & goals


Bundesliga Matchday 27

FC Bayern: Ulreich – Kimmich, de Ligt, Dier, Davies (Choupo-Moting, 84) – Laimer (Mazraoui, 73), Goretzka – Sané (Coman, 63), Müller (Tel, 63), Musiala (Gnabry, 63) – Kane
Bor. Dortmund: Meyer – Ryerson, Hummels, Schlotterbeck, Maatsen – Nmecha (Özcan, 67), Can – Sancho (Bynoe-Gittens, 84), Brandt (Reus, 67), Adeyemi (Wolf, 84) – Füllkrug (Haller, 74)
Substitutes: Peretz, Kim, Upamecano, Zaragoza – Lotka, Duranville, Moukoko, Süle
Goals: 0-1 Adeyemi (Brandt, 10), 0-2 Ryerson (Haller, 83)
Corners: 7-4 (2-2 at half-time), chance ratio: 4-6 (3-3)
Referee: Osmers (Hanover), yellow cards: none
Attendance: 75,024 (sold-out), weather: sunny at kick-off, 18 degrees