Dortmund Edge Past Bayern In Der Klassiker Showdown


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Borussia Dortmund defeated Bayern Munich 3-2 in an exhilarating Der Klassiker game at the Signal Iduna Park Saturday evening to open up a seven point gap in the German Bundesliga table.

Marco Reus (brace) and Paco Alcacer grabbed Dortmund's goals while former Dortmund too marksman Robert Lewandowski scored twice but saw two more efforts ruled out for offsides.

History favoured Bayern heading into the contest as they had won 45 of the 98 total meetings between the two sides in league play. Last season, the visitors emerged with the three points at the Signal Iduna Park after a 3-1 win and mauled them 6-0 in the return leg at the Allianz Arena.

Bayern dictated the pace of the game from the beginning although the first clear cut chance fell to Marcos Reus whose low shot in the 10th minute was smothered by Manuel Neur in goal for the Bavarians.

That wasted chance hunted the hosts as former star Robert Lewandowski powered home a great cross from Serge Gnabry in the 26th minute.

Jadon Sancho's through pass in the 49th minute was latched onto by Marcus Reus. Manuel Neur clattered on his international teammate and he duly won a penalty. Reus stepped up and converted from the spot.

Bayern retook the lead four minutes later through Lewandowski for his brace as he nodded home from close range albeit Joshua Kimmich who assisted the goal was in an offside position.

Reus saw a 59th minute close range finish cleared off the line and Lewandowski saw a goal ruled out for offside.

Jadon Sancho's pace was too much for Matts Hummels, he found substitute Paco Alcacer but the latter's shot was blocked superbly by Jerome Boateng.

Reus with a fantastic sweeping finish and Alcacer scored two more goals for Dortmund while a  late Lewandowski goal was chalked off for offside.

By Izuchukwu Okosi

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