Last season, Borussia Dortmund had a great chance to win the Bundesliga, but Bayern Munich steamrolled everyone to win the regular season in German soccer once again. However, Bayern’s roster looks extremely thin in comparison to Dortmund’s, which means that Dortmund needed to start the season off right in the German Supercup at Signal-Iduna-Park in Dortmund.
Having the home-field advantage helped as Borussia Dortmund was able to defeat Bayern Munich 2-0. Winger Jadon Sancho, Dortmund’s sensation last season, proved that his play was not a fluke as he secured a goal and an assist in this match.
Started off slow
Both teams started off real slow because they knew that the claim for being the dominant team in this season’s Bundesliga was on the line. The only excitement was in the 14th minute when Bayern goalkeeper Manuel Neuer attempted to close out on a counterattack at the center line (what are you doing?). Dortmund striker Paco Alcacer was able to shoot at an empty goal, but the ball went wide of goal.
Typical neuer. pic.twitter.com/8j1K9TZPS4
— Slitnys (@slitnys) August 3, 2019
The Sancho Show
In the second half, the speed of Sancho took over. Right after halftime in the 48th minute, he turned on the after burners and deked out four defenders. Then, he passed the ball to Alcacer, who was able to find the net this time to put Dortmund up 1-0.
There’s the opening goal!
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Being down 1-0, Bayern began to bring more players into attack. Nevertheless, Dortmund was able to show way better defense than last season due to better tackling. Dortmund then took advantage of Bayern on a turnover. On the counterattack, Raphael Guerreiro was able to loft a ball to Sancho who was streaking down the right-hand side. He was able to outrun the Bayern defense again and slotted the goal into the left side of the net through the legs of Neuer to go up 2-2.
The only way that Bayern could stop Sancho was to hurt him. In the 79th minute, Bayern defender Joshua Kimmich steps on Sancho’s ankle while Sancho was attempting to retrieve the ball that went out of bounds. Kimmich should have received a red card, but he only received a yellow card.
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For Bayern Munich, they need for winger Serge Gnabry to come back. He looked like Bayern’s best player in the midseason, but was injured against Fenerbache earlier this week. His speed and versatility was sorely missed in this match, but his play will be critical if Bayern wants to repeat as Bundesliga champions.
For Borussia Dortmund, they must remain consistent if they want to take the title away from Bayern. Dortmund must find a way to finish strong this season. Here are the starting lineups from the German Supercup. Both teams went with a 4-5-1 formation.
Borussia Dortmund – Goalkeeper: Hitz. Defense: Toprak, Akanji, Schulz, Piszczek. Midfielders: Sancho, Weigl, Reus, Guerreiro, Witsel. Forward: Alcacer.
Bayern Munich – Goalkeeper: Neuer. Defense: Alaba, Kimmich, Boateng, Sule. Midfielders: Goretzka, Coman, Muller, Thiago, Tolisso. Forward: Lewandowski.