Bundesliga Review: Dortmund beat Bayern!By: Clarissa | April 13th, 2012
This probably was one of the most highly anticipated matches of the Bundesliga season, and Dortmund came away with a one- nil victory that was just about deserved.
Both teams started the first half very well, and the game was played at a pleasingly high tempo. Dortmund used their high pressing game to full effect, and Bayern actually found it difficult to retain posession, something that does not happen to them often. Our game- plan worked perfectly, Gomez and Müller were pretty much stranded up- field with no support. Roman Weidenfeller had a relaxed first half. On the other side of the field, but Neuer and the post came to Bayerns rescue. Both teams went into half- time at 0-0.
In the second half Bayern came out and attacked a lot more and also saw a lot more of the ball. However, Dortmund managed to score a goal, slightly against the run of play. Dortmund had a corner, and from the rebound Großkreutz lashed a shot at goal, which Lewandowski intercepted and put past neuer with a delightful cheeky little back- heel. Dortmund were a bit lucky that Robben had completely fallen asleep at the backpost, thus playing Lewandowksi on- side. Speaking of Robben, he took centre stage in the last fifteen, very hectical minutes of the match.
First Roman Weidenfeller brought Robben down in the penalty area and conceded a penalty. Robben stepped up himself, but his weak shot was saved by Weidenfeller! Subotic really got in his face after that, perhaps a bit of an unsavoury scene. Later, Robben had an open shot at goal, after Subotic headed the ball back on the bar of our own goal, but skyed it completely! Anyways, Dortmund now are six points clear of second place, and while there still are games against Schalke and Gladbach to come, collecting the second Bundesliga title in a row is a very real posibility now.
Two Dortmund players stood out particularly for me in this match: Robert Lewandowski and Mats Hummels. In this match, we saw the difference between Lewandowski and a striker like Mario Gomez. Dortmund was able to play high balls out of defense because Lewandowski was able to do a most excellent job bringing the ball down and holding it up. Apart from the goal he scored, he also had a ball hit the post! Overall, an excellent season for our Polish striker. Hummels on the other hand, was magnificient in defense, completely keeping Gomez quiet and opening the game up by clever passing.