Saturday, December 4th 2021
Big excitement about the referee
FC Bayern fends off BVB attack in a wild fight
In a heated top game in the Bundesliga, Bayern Munich narrowly beat Borussia Dortmund. BVB hits early, the record champions hit back quickly. Then the hour strikes for strikers Haaland and Lewandowski. In the end, everything is arguing about a disputed 911.
The players of the series champions Bayern Munich let their fans celebrate after their victory in the high-class league summit. Felix Zwayer left the field protected by two umbrellas at the same time. The anger of the BVB supporters was directed after the unfortunate 2: 3 (1: 2) defeat against the referee. His penalty decision after a handball by the unlucky fellow Mats Hummels made the decision in the top game. Robert Lewandowski turned ice cold (77th) and gave the German record champions three game days before the end of the first half of the season again four points ahead of their first pursuers.
“I think that’s tough,” said BVB captain Marco Reus after studying TV images at Sky. He didn’t see the scene in the game itself. “He himself says fifty-fifty.” It was an “incredibly wild game”: “We always had the feeling that we could win, so it’s doubly bitter that we lost like that.” Reus would have liked to get a penalty himself after a duel with Lucas Hernandez. “I asked him, my scene was also fifty-fifty. He says it was just a little bit of the upper body,” said the international.
Julian Brandt (5th) and Erling Haaland (48th) had given Dortmund hope for at least one point. Lewandowski (9th) and Kingsley Coman (44th) scored before the break for the guests in their seventh consecutive competitive win against their arch-rivals. “In the first half we almost have to lead higher, in the second I’m not sure whether we deserved to win through play. But we were there fighting,” said Thomas Müller.
Mistakes lead to goals
The top game in front of 15,000 spectators did not need any start-up time. Jude Bellingham put Brandt in the limelight, the national player skillfully displaced Alphonso Davies and scored for an early lead. But unlike the cup in Mönchengladbach, the guests only shook each other briefly and hit back in the intense encounter. After a mistake by Hummels, Müller claimed the ball and hung up for Lewandowski, the Pole didn’t miss the chance in front of BVB goalkeeper Gregor Kobel. It was Lewandowski’s 25th goal against his ex-club.
The Munich got upper water through the compensation. Leroy Sané, who was difficult to control from the BVB defense in the first half, just missed (12th). Bayern now had a lot of possession, BVB was waiting for opportunities for their dreaded switching game. But Dortmund initially made the mistake. After a bad pass from Emre Can in his own penalty area, Coman made the wrong decision (23rd), three minutes later the Frenchman failed to Kobel.
There was still a lot of fire in the game. Reus sent Haaland on the journey, the Norwegian storm jewel missed when he returned from the starting lineup after a long injury break (29th). Haaland was good for BVB’s offensive game with his force and presence, which also created space for his neighbors. The lead before the break was achieved by the guests. Raphael Guerreiro shot Hummels in his own penalty area, from him the ball bounced to Coman, who hit a slightly deflected.
Controversial VAR intervention
The second half started as quickly as the first had ended. After a mistake by Dayot Upamecano, Haaland slipped the ball into the net worth seeing to equalize. It was his 51st goal in the 51st league game. The fans now loudly whipped BVB forward. The duels became more and more intense, there was pure tension. Coman failed in this phase to Kobel (57th).
BVB coach Marco Rose wanted more after an hour and brought striker Donyell Malen for Mahmoud Dahoud. Nagelsmann also changed staff with Serge Gnabry and Jamal Musiala. After an unfortunate clash with Upamecano, Brandt was carried off the field.
After the handball by Hummels (the BVB professional didn’t even see the ball), VAR Tobias Welz intervened. Lewandowski converted the penalty. It was his 118th away goal in the Bundesliga. In doing so, he surpassed the old record holder, Klaus Fischer. Rose protested violently and saw Zwayer’s traffic light map.