Borussia Dortmund made a huge statement of intent after they defeated Bundesliga and European champions Bayern Munich 4-2 in a thrilling German Super Cup clash at the Signal Iduna Park.
It was the first trophy on offer for the upcoming Bundesliga season and also the first competitive fixture for Bayern’s new manager Pep Guardiola. Jurgen Klopp came out on top after overseeing a scintillating performance from his young charges in front of the famous Yellow Wall.
Two goals from Marco Reus, a strike from Ilkay Gundogan and a Daniel Van Buyten own goal was enough for the Gelsenkirchen club to overcome a brace from Arjen Robben for the Bavarians.
The match started out at a blistering pace but it was Dortmund who got on the scoresheet first. Robert Lewandowski squared for Sven Bender whose header was spilled by goalkeeper Tom Starke and Reus gratefully head home the only goal of the first half in the sixth minute. Dortmund should have scored a second in the first half but Lewandowski failed to convert a tap-in from a Reus cross.
The second-half started with an explosion as Bayern drew level when Philip Lahm crossed beautifully for Robben to head home in the 54th minute. Dortmund regained the lead immediately when Van Buyten redirected a cross from Gundogan past the helpless Starke two minutes later.
However Dortmund extended their lead a minute later when Gundogan curled a wonderful shot to the far post out of the reach of Starke to make it 3-1.
Bayern however made it 3-2 in the 64th minute when Lahm crossed again for Robben who controlled and then shoot past Weidenfeller in the Dortmund goal. The match was then made safe in the 86th minute when Lewandowski set substitute Pierre-Emerick Abaumeyang free down the right and he crossed for Reus for an easy tap-in.
Dortmund thoroughly deserved their victory in a thrilling match as both teams played with real desire, intensity, and real quality. Klopp played down the victory as revenge but stated that it is a boost going into the season.
He said: "At this stage of pre-season and with one week until the cup and two weeks before the Bundesliga, this was a hell of a match.
It was an amazing game. You could see both teams wanted to win it. The winner is always happy and the loser does not care too much-that’s the great thing about the Super Cup."
Guardiola moved to quash cause for concern as he felt that the result didn’t match what actually happened during the match.
He stated: "They won. I am not here to analyse which team played better today. I am happy with our performance, we played well.
Guardiola continued: "They won 4-2, but I do not get the feeling they are much better than us. But this is football. We will watch the match and work."
Bayern had enjoyed their pre-season scoring lots of goal for fun but lost their first competitive game of the season. They were without many key players but this may be the reality check they needed to realise that they will have to work twice as hard this season.
Dortmund on the other hand will get loads of confidence going into the upcoming campaign but Klopp will know there is still work to do as they can surely get better as the season progress.
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