Borussia Dortmund hosted Bayern Munich in the first meeting of the Der Klassiker this season in a game that proved to be a one-sided affair.
The first half was completely dominated by Bayern Munich with two early goals from Dayot Upamecano and Harry Kane which set the tone of the game. Bayern consistently ran through Dortmund’s midfield, which was surprising considering Bayern were missing Joshua Kimmich through injury.
The second half once again saw Bayern dominate Dortmund. Several times Bayern had a goal disallowed for offside before Kane scored his second of the evening in the 72nd minute. Kane would then get his hat-trick with a late strike, making it his second hat-trick in a row.
The win for Bayern sees them move back into second in the Bundesliga and provided a sufficient reaction after their defeat in midweek to Saarbrücken. For Dortmund, this loss has exposed the glaring weaknesses in the team that have been obvious for a while and they are a lot further off Dortmund than they hoped for.
Gregor Kobel – 4
Marius Wolf – 3 – For the second league game in a row, Wolf was one of the sources of Dortmund’s problems. He was constantly run around by Sané and his hauling off at half-time was just. The time has come for Edin Terzic to really consider if he should be starting Wolf as he does not possess the quality for Dortmund to reach the levels they want to.
Mats Hummels – 3
Nico Schlotterbeck – 3
Julian Ryerson – 3
Salih Özcan – 3 – Despite Bayern missing Kimmich, Özcan did not do himself any favours when it came to potentially replacing Emre Can in midfield. The Turkish international was constantly overrun by the Bayern midfield and was another reason for Dortmund’s defence being so exposed in this embarrassing loss.
Marcel Sabitzer – 3
Donyell Malen – 3
Marco Reus – 5 – The only bright spark in Dortmund’s team, Reus was seemingly one of the only players trying to create some sort of attack. It did not help the 34-year-old that his teammates were inept in front of goal this evening.
Julian Brandt – 5
Niclas Füllkrug – 3
Others: Niklas Süle (4), Felix Nmecha (5), Karim Adeyemi (4), Youssoufa Moukoko (4), Sebastien Haller (-)
Bayern Munich :
Manuel Neuer – 6
Noussair Mazraoui – 6
Dayot Upamecano – 7
Kim Min-Jae – 6
Alphonso Davies – 6
Konrad Laimer – 6
Leon Goretzka – 6
Kingsley Coman – 7
Jamal Musiala – 6
Leroy Sané – 8 – Was the main source of Bayern’s attack going forward as he continues to be one of the most dangerous players in the league this season. Due to Dortmund’s lack of quality at right-back, the 27-year-old was always going to be allowed to run riot and he did throughout the whole game. It is possible to make an argument that this season, Sané is Bayern’s most important player.
Harry Kane – 9 – Relentless, Kane was a nuisance for the Dortmund defence the whole night and was rewarded for his efforts with another hat-trick. His job was made easier due to how poor the Dortmund defence was throughout the whole game but his quality shows why any team cannot let this happen. Kane is now the top scorer in the Bundesliga, as his hat-trick sends him to 15 goals and allows him to overtake the injured Sehrou Guirassy.
Others: Aleksander Pavlovic (7), Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting (-), Thomas Müller (-)
GGFN | Jack Meenan