Bundesliga: Borussia Dortmund 1-1 Bayern Munich
11' Grosskreutz; 23' Gomez
Borussia Dortmund XI: Weidenfeller; Grosskreutz, Subotic, Santana, Schmelzer; Kehl, Sahin; Kuba, Gündogan, Schieber; Lewandowski
Bayern Munich XI: Neuer; Rafinha, van Buyten, Boateng, Contento; Tymoshchuk, L.Gustavo; Shaqiri, Pizarro, Alaba; Gomez
As far as the quality of the football was concerned, Saturday’s Bundesliga encounter between Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich sometimes had the look of a training match, but there was nevertheless a nasty side to the contest and the Champions League final—to be contested between these sides later this month—has certainly become even tastier because of it.
Kevin Grosskreutz, deputizing for Lukasz Piszczek at left-back for Dortmund, put the hosts in front after just 11 minutes after volleying Julian Scheiber’s accurate cross to the far post. But Bayern were level midway through the opening period thanks to Mario Gomez, who had the simplest of headers to convert after Rafinha’s cross found him to Dortmund goalkeeper Roman Weidenfeller’s right.
The real talking points, however, involved the increasing level of vitriol between these two sides, and Bayern’s Anatoliy Tymoshchuk got it started with a vicious tackle on Robert Lewandowski in the 10th minute. Then, just before the quarter-hour, Dortmund midfielder Ilkay Gundogan was forced to come off following a collision with Diego Contento.
Bayern were mostly the aggressors over the course of the match, and in the 39th minute Luiz Gustavo found himself in the book after bringing down Marcel Schmelzer. Six minutes later Jerome Boateng picked up a yellow card for a harsh tackle on Scheiber.
Boateng was also at the centre of the game’s biggest talking-point—a 58th minute penalty awarded after the ball was judged to have struck his arm inside the area. It was a harsh call, and perhaps justice was served when Lewandowski was stopped spectacularly by Manuel Neuer.
Four minutes later Rafinha was off—the Bayern right-back having elbowed Jakub Blaszczykowski in the face. Incensed, Dortmund manager Jurgen Klopp headed over to the Bayern dugout and exchanged some heated words with Matthias Sammer, and for a moment it looked as though both benches would be drawn into the confrontation.
But things settled somewhat thereafter, and Bayern managed to hold onto the 1-1 draw and preserve a Bundesliga unbeaten run that stretches all the way back to October.