Jadon Sancho Leads Borussia Dortmund Past Bayern Munich in 2019 German Super Cup

Tom Sunderland@@TomSunderland_Featured ColumnistAugust 3, 2019

DORTMUND, GERMANY - AUGUST 03: Jadon Sancho of Borussia Dortmund controls the ball during the DFL Supercup 2019 match between Borussia Dortmund and FC Bayern Muenchen at Signal Iduna Park on August 3, 2019 in Dortmund, Germany. (Photo by TF-Images/Getty Images)
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Jadon Sancho helped inspire Borussia Dortmund to a 2-0 over Bayern Munich on Saturday to secure the 2019 German Super Cup at the Westfalenstadion.

The first Klassiker matchup of the 2019-20 season went in Dortmund's favour after Sancho assisted Paco Alcacer and then settled the result with his own strike in the 69th minute.

Dortmund ended a run of three Super Cup victories for Bayern, with two of those victories coming against BVB and the other against Eintracht Frankfurt last season.

Goalkeepers Manuel Neuer and Marwin Hitz took centre stage for much of the first period.

Marco Reus came close to a perfect start in the opening minutes on Saturday, only for Neuer to deny him at the last hurdle (U.S. only):

FOX Soccer @FOXSoccer

BIG SAVE BY NEUER! Marco Reus almost gives Dortmund a first-minute goal but the Bayern keeper comes up huge. What a start to this one on @FOXTV! #SuperCup2019 https://t.co/uoE964Gtf8

Bayern developed their usual advantage in momentum, but it was Dortmund who enjoyed the greater share of the clearer scoring chances in the early exchanges.

Neuer grabbed attention again not long after with a wild run out from his goal, though Alcacer's narrow miss proved it probably wasn't the right call to come out (videos for U.K. and U.S. readers only):

Football on BT Sport @btsportfootball

"What on earth was Neuer doing?!"😱 The Bayern stopper decides to go rogue but is let off the hook! 😅 https://t.co/WOnW78kRBt

FOX Soccer @FOXSoccer

When Neuer keeping it Neuer (almost) goes wrong... 😳 The Bayern No. 1 is caught WAY out and Paco Alcacer nearly makes him pay, but the shot trickles wide. #Supercup2019 https://t.co/2vZaxVzxR4

The remainder of the first half was a tense affair, but thankfully it didn't take long for Sancho to inject some life into the action.

Thiago Alcantara is rarely wasteful, but the Bayern star was at fault for the opening strike, gifting possession on halfway to allow Dortmund a break that would prove lethal.

Sancho tore towards the Bayern goal and dinked a brilliantly timed ball inside to Alcacer, who drove his effort low into Neuer's bottom-right corner (U.K. and U.S. only):

Football on BT Sport @btsportfootball

Sancho's quick feet! 😍 He puts the defenders on skates and lays it off for Alcacer to open the scoring! New season, same Sancho 🔥 https://t.co/xtPr81IcYu

FOX Soccer @FOXSoccer

There's the opening goal! Paco Alcacer puts the hosts in front just minutes into the 2nd half after lovely work from Jadon Sancho. 1-0! #SuperCup2019 https://t.co/dUT5Xa0KAZ

Alphonso Davies and Renato Sanches replaced Thomas Muller and David Alaba, respectively, for Bayern within minutes of one another.

Davies dazzled in a left wing-back role during the recent penalty shootout defeat to Tottenham Hotspur in the final of the Audi Cup in Munich, but the Canadian was caught out of position for Dortmund's second.

Sancho capitalised and had a free run towards Neuer's net from the right flank, nutmegging the Germany No. 1 to cap off a sweet counter and double Dortmund's lead:

FOX Soccer @FOXSoccer

JADON SANCHO!! 🔥 Dortmund's young star is picking up right where he left off this season and doubles the lead. #Supercup2019 https://t.co/PPypzRvpsY

Football on BT Sport @btsportfootball

Jadon Sancho doing Jadon Sancho things! 🙌 He races away from inside his own half to double Dortmund's lead! What a start to the new season for him! 💛🖤 https://t.co/LFMb3EuMCd

Soon after, Robert Lewandowski slid in on Dortmund stopper Hitz in the mouth of the goal, a challenge many felt was unnecessary in pre-season, even if this was Der Klassiker. 

German football writer Lars Pollmann said the striker was lucky to stay on the pitch:

Lars Pollmann @LarsPollmann

Lewandowski lucky not to have broken someone's legs there. That should be a red.

Kimmich was also fortunate not to be sent off when retrieving a ball from touch that Sancho had reached first, raking his studs down the Englishman's shin. He received a yellow card for the offence.

Most appeared to disagree with the referee's decision:

Ronan Murphy @swearimnotpaul

I take it back. Looks like he does have the #MiaSanMia mentality. Should've been sent off for that. Sancho made a meal of it, but Kimmich was stupid there. #BVBFCB https://t.co/gro7rCRn7B

DW Sports @dw_sports

What is Kimmich doing?

Those challenges were symptomatic of Bayern's unrest after being dominated by their closest rivals, and Dortmund sent a massive statement of intent ahead of the new campaign.

Lucien Favre has the edge over Bayern counterpart Niko Kovac on the cusp of the 2019-20 season, with Sancho in particular looking ready to take the fight to Germany's reigning champions.


What's Next?

Both teams turn their attention to the first round of the DFB-Pokal, in which Dortmund will face Uerdingen on Friday before Bayern travel to face Energie Cottbus on Monday.