Tuesday, February 7

Bayern Munich v Borussia Dortmund: Bundesliga – live! | Bundesliga

18 minutes Another chance for Bayern. Coman has two opportunities to release Gnabry (I think) to his left, but each time he passes too close to Wolf.

GOAL! Bayern Munich 1-0 Borussia Dortmund (Gnabri 15)

Pick that out! A Bayern corner was headed to the edge of the area, where Gnabry controlled the ball nonchalantly on the thigh and laced a volley past Hitz. That’s a storming goal!

15 minutes Gnabry plays a beautiful one-two with Goretzka, forcing Guerreiro to make an important sliding challenge in the area.

13 minutes Coman tries to cushion Pavard’s cross towards Gnabry on the volley, but his touch is too heavy and the ball goes behind.

12 minutes Marco Rose will be pleased with Dortmund’s performance so far, although it feels like this often happens in this fixture: Dortmund start well, Bayern score, the end.

9 minutes Bellingham whistles a first-time shot from distance that hits a Bayern defender. I have caught that well.

8 minutes “The Cook Islands are in Europe?” sniffs Joe Pearson. “Information for life! Thanks, Rob!”

Yep, one of the six big leagues.

6 minutes The TV commentary in the UK is a second or two ahead of the pictures, which is starting to give me a headache.

5 minutes Bellingham just overhits a through ball to Haaland, who made a terrific run down the middle.

3 minutes A decent start from Dortmund, who have had most of the ball in the early exchanges. Both teams are playing 4-2-3-1.

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1 minute peep peep! Erling Haaland gets this mighty match under way.

Here come the players. There’s a cracking atmosphere at the Allianz Arena; of course there is.

The Bayern Munich fans cheer their team. Photograph: Matthias Hangst/Getty Images

No club has won 10 titles in a row in one of the big European leagues. The closest is nine by Bayern from 2013-21, Juventus in Italy from 2012-20 and Titikaveka in the Cook Islands from 1971-79.

A reminder of the teams

Bayern Munich (4-2-3-1) Neuer; Pavard, Upamecano, Hernandez, Davies; Kimmich, Goretzka; Gnabry, Muller, Coman; Lewandowski.
Substitutes: Ulreich, Sule, Sane, Choupo-Moting, Sabitzer, Roca, Nianzou, Musiala, Stanisic.

Borussia Dortmund (possible 4-2-3-1) hitz; Wolf, Akanji, Zagadou, Guerrero; Can, Bellingham; Brandt, Reus, Reinier; Haland.
Substitutes: Burki, Schulz, Moukoko, Passlack, Pongracic, Rothe, Semic, Bynoe-Gittens, Papadopoulos.

The best-ever #DerKlassiker goal was scored by _____ 😍 pic.twitter.com/nrfuGiyQlS

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Despite their domestic dominance, Bayern are out of the Champions League.

Phosphate for thought


Our Klassiker XI 🔥🔴#MISS10N #packmas #FCBBVB pic.twitter.com/MxzTRCJL6y

— FC Bayern Munich (@FCBayernEN) April 23, 2022

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🚨 BVB STARTING XI VS. FC BAYERN 🚨 pic.twitter.com/v104GFrkYw

— Borussia Dortmund (@BlackYellow) April 23, 2022

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Jurgen Klopp’s all-time-greatness becomes more obvious by the week. Not just in England, where he has defied the laws of net spend to produce the worthiest adversaries Manchester City will ever have, but in Germany too. Klopp is still the last manager to stop Bayern Munich winning the Bundesliga, a status he could hold for a while yet.

Klopp’s Borussia Dortmund won the title in 2011 and 2012. Since then it’s been all Bayern, and today they can clinch a tenth successive title. Fittingly, cruelly or schadenfreudely, depending on your perspective, their opponents are Borussia Dortmund.

A draw would satisfy everyone except the mathematicians, such is Bayern’s goal difference superiority, but to be confirmed as champions they need to beat Dortmund. It’s been a relatively disappointing season for Bayern – Villarreal and all that – but beating their biggest rivals to clinch a tenth straight title would assuage their Champions League pain.

kick-off 5.30pm BST, 6.30pm in Munich.


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