Bayern Munich defeated Borussia Dortmund 4:2 in the German Bundesliga’s 24th round, with Robert Lewandowski scoring three goals and coming close to tying Gerd Mueller’s record.
Every match between these two teams is a football feast, not just in Germany but across Europe. The Klassiker elicits strong emotions, and despite BVB’s inability to keep up with Bayern in recent seasons, fans of both teams anticipate this match as though it were a Christmas gift.
It all began with a genuine earthquake. In the second minute, the visitors took the lead for the first time. Erling Haaland received the ball in the penalty area and then turned around.
Borussia Dortmund took the lead after Erling Haaland received the ball in front of the penalty area, turned around, and hit a powerful left-footed shot past Manuel Neuer. If this match had been a duel between the Norwegian and Robert Lewandowski, the BVB sniper would have been the one to strike first.
Borussia Dortmund led 2-0 after just seven minutes: after a quick attack and a pass to Thorgan Hazard on the wing, the Belgian laid the ball off in the fifth-meter sector, where the quick Haaland came charging in and beat Neuer for the second time.
Bayern was at odds with the tourists, who seemed to be gaining ground.
Bayern eventually executed a fruitful operation in the 19th minute. Leon Goretzka chested the ball down after a pass into the penalty area, and it went to Lewandowski, who hit the ball past the goalkeeper. The Pole, on the other hand, eventually got into the net eight minutes later.
Lewandowski put the ball into the net from close range after a great action on the right wing by Leroy Sane and a shot into the penalty area. It was his 29th goal in the Bundesliga this season!
Mahmoud Dahoud was fouled in the penalty area in the 43rd minute, and the referee, after consulting VAR, pointed to the eleventh meter. The ball was of course approached by Robert Lewandowski, who beat Marwin Hitz with his trademark stop, leveling the match.
Despite their good start, the visitors went into the locker room with a score of 2:2. To Haaland’s two goals, Lewandowski replied beautifully, demonstrating that he has no equal this season. In keeping with the boxing analogy, Bayern rallied after being knocked out in the first round, landed two powerful blows, and seemed to be favorites for the final victory at halftime.
The speed slowed after the switch of sides, but it was not a fruitful moment for Borussia. Haaland sustained a seemingly innocuous injury, but the Norwegian’s pain worsened with each passing minute, and he was forced to leave the field in the 60th minute, unable to continue playing.
The visitors began to play even more defensively, with little action on the field. In the absence of Haaland, even the fast counter-attacks, which were so deadly in the first half, barely effective.
Dortmund’s reserves didn’t contribute much to the game, and Bayern stalled as a result, with little ideas for an offensive strategy. Bayern forced their opponents into an almost hopeless defensive position in the final minutes.
The BVB players simply stuck to kicking the ball as far as they could away from their penalty area, not even venturing into the opponents’ half. However, such strategies will not be effective at the Allianz Arena.
After a BVB defender deflected the ball into the sixteenth-meter area, the ball was intercepted by Leon Goretzka, who scored with his first touch and put Bayern ahead.
A minute later, “Lewy” attempted to strike from outside the penalty area, and the ball sailed past the helpless Hitz into the net. Bayern won 4-2 as the Pole completed his hat-trick and scored his 31st goal of the Bundesliga season.
The consecutive hits by Robert Lewandowski in the Klassiker show that the Pole is capable of breaking Gerd Mueller’s legendary record. With ten queues left in the season, he is still nine goals short. On average, he needs to score less than one goal per game. Is it true that such a feat might be deemed impossible? Certainly not!