On Sunday evening, FC Bayern Munich paid a visit to the Signal Iduna Park, and took the Supercup home after beating Borussia Dortmund 2-0.
Initially, Dortmund had the edge, as to be expected from the home side in this rivalry. A feisty first half saw five players receive bookings, but no goals came in the opening period. But more shots did not result in more goals for second-year boss Thomas Tuchel.
There were some positives in the first half for the home side. Ousmane Dembélé dazzled but failed to produce anything of real substance. It looks like Dortmund’s new signings need a little time to blend.
Arturo Vidal opened the scoring two minutes shy of the hour mark, breaking through to meet a cross that came from the left wing. Vidal’s initial strike was saved by Roman Bürki, but the Dortmund goalkeeper was unable to hold it. The Chilean buried the rebound in the back of the net.
Manuel Neuer made five saves to preserve the clean sheet. He’s indispensable to Carlo Ancelotti. Overall, it was a good team performance for the Bavarians. They made very few mistakes, and punished those of the opposition.
With 11 minutes left, Thomas Müller connected with an inswinging corner kick to make it 2-0 to FC Bayern. Dortmund had a couple of chances the rest of the way, but the second goal really took the air out of their sails.
FC Bayern Munich:
Manuel Neuer, Philipp Lahm, Javi Martinez, Mats Hummels, David Alaba, Thiago, Xabi Alonso, Arturo Vidal (Joshua Kimmich 71′), Franck Ribéry (Kingsley Coman 65′), Thomas Müller, Robert Lewandowski.
Roman Burki, Marcel Schmelzer, Marc Bartra, Sokratis, Felix Passlack, Sebastian Rode, Gonzalo Castro, Adrián Ramos (Julian Weigl 69′), Shinji Kagawa, Ousmane Dembélé (André Schürrle 68′), Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Emre Mor 78′).
FC Bayern Munich:
Vidal (58′), Müller (79′).