Tuesday evening saw Julian Nagelsmann collect his first trophy as manager of Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich. Robert Lewandowski scored twice and Thomas Müller added another as Bayern Munich defeated Borussia Dortmund 3-1 to win the Supercup, who’s only strike came from captain Marco Reus in spectacular fashion.
The first half was a back and forth affair, with chances coming and going at a impressive pace. Bayern appeared to notice a weekness and targeted BVB right-back Felix Passlack early on, robbing him of possession three times with their relentless high pressure style of football to set up great scoring opportunities, but neither Kingsley Coman nor Müller managed to capitalise and find the net.
Dortmund were also staking their claim going forward, and Bayern needed their captain fantastic Manuel Neuer to be at his best making a world-class stop to deny Marco Reus following a sensational through-ball from Englands Jude Bellingham.
Reus, Müller, Lewandowski and Erling Haaland all went close, 16-year-old Youssoufa Moukoko had a goal disallowed for offside before the man of the moment struck, Lewandowski smashed in the opening goal with a powerful header from Serge Gnabry’s cross to give the visitors the lead at the break.
After the restart Bayern doubled their lead, Passlack had been dragged out of position, allowing Alphonso Davies to stride to the byline and cross into the middle for Lewandowski. His unselfish back-heel was blocked by Gregor Kobel and the rebound fell kindly for Müller to tap in from close range.
Shortly after Dortmund was again denied with their star striker Haaland narrowly offside after bending the ball perfectly past Neuer, however Dortmund’s Jude Bellingham teed up Reus to bend a stunning shot past Neuer from the edge of the area.
Just as it looked like BVB may stage a fightback, they conceded again when Manuel Akanji was far too casual in possession at the back. And Substitute Corentin Tolisso having been on the pitch no more than a minute intercepted and poked the ball into Lewandowski’s path, and he gratefully accepted the one-on-one opportunity with Kobel.
The high pace of the game remained continued until the final whistle, with both teams seeking to add to the scoreline, but there were no further goals as Bayern claimed the Supercup trophy for a ninth time.
Dortmund 1-3 BayernGoals: 0-1 Lewandowski (41′), 0-2 Müller (49′), 1-2 Reus (64′), 1-3 Lewandowski (74′)
Dortmund: Kobel – Passlack (Wolf 84′), Witsel, Akanji, Schulz – Bellingham (Reinier 84′), Dahoud, Reyna (Pasalic 78′) – Reus (c) – Moukoko (Malen 58′), Haaland
Coach: Marco Rose
Bayern: Neuer (c) – Stanisic (Sarr 87′), Upamecano, Süle, Davies – Kimmich, Goretzka – Coman (Sane 49′), Müller (Musiala 73′), Gnabry (Tolisso 73′) – Lewandowski (Choupo-Moting 88′)
Coach: Julian Nagelsmann
All at Overtime Heroics would like to extend our condolences to the Bayern and the family legend Gerd Müller who we lost at the age of 75 Müller scored 566 goals in 607 games for FCBayern and still holds the record for the most goals scored in the Bundesliga with 365 as well as being top scorer seven times. He got 68 goals in 62 caps for the German national team.
Image Credits- Bundesliga
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