Borussia Dortmund retained the German Super Cup on Wednesday night with a 2-0 win over double winners and bitter Bundesliga Bayern Munich at the Signal Iduna Park.
Armenian midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan gave Dortmund the lead in the 23rd minute. Mkhitaryan eased his way past Bayern Munich youngster Gianluca Gaudino before playing the ball out to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang on the left wing.
Defiant Dortmund dominate
The striker's effort was half-blocked but the ball fell perfectly to Mkhitaryan, who blasted it beyond Manuel Neuer and into the left corner to give the hosts the lead.
Dortmund scored their second and final goal of the match after some brilliant play down the right wing resulted in Dortmund full-back Lukasz Piszczek playing in an inch-perfect ball to Gabon Aubameyang, who out jumped his marker and headed the ball past a motionless Manuel Neuer.
Duo enjoy impressive debut, despite rival return
Dortmund handed starts for new boys Ciro Immoblie, who signed from Serie A side Torino, and Adrian Ramos who signed from Bundesliga side Hertha Berlin.
Robert Lewandowski made his professional debut for Bayern Munich in the curtain-raiser, but in very familiar surroundings. The Polish striker had spent four years at Dortmund before announcing in January that he would be joining Bayern Munich for free in the summer.
The striker made 131 appearances for Dortmund and scored 71 goals. The 25-year-old was the top Bundesliga scorer for the past two seasons and represents a serious and controversial coup for Bayern.
Lewandowski also played a huge role in getting Dortmund to the 2013 Champions League final. The striker became the first player ever to score 4 goals against Real Madrid as Dortmund defeated Los Blancos in a 4-1 win in the semi final of the Champions League.