It looked like a clear win for Bayern Munich, but then Anthony Modeste arrived: an assist and a goal from the wildcard led Borussia Dortmund to draw very late in the Bundesliga classic.
The 2: 2 (1: 0) of the record-breaking champions in front of 81,365 spectators was deserved in the end because Bayern just wanted to manage the two-goal lead too soon and Dortmund drew the right wildcard.
A lot of hardness, little class
Both teams entered the game with weak substitutes, the BVB were missing Gregor Kobel, Marco Reus and Thomas Meunier, among others, Bayern started without Thomas Müller, Lucas Hernandez and Joshua Kimmich. However, the special explosiveness of this duel was immediately evident, which was initially reflected in exaggerated hardness instead of playful brilliance: only in the first quarter of an hour, referee Deniz Aytekin showed Marcel Sabitzer and Matthijs yellow. de Ligt of Monaco and the Jew Bellingham of Dortmund.
Much less happened in front of the gates than in duels. Donyell Malen, after a good 20 minutes, makes a shy first attempt, but the ball is blocked. Manuel Neuer only had to intervene after half an hour when Raphael Gurreiro aimed for the left corner from the left half, but Neuer saved effortlessly.
First shot, straight ahead
Even less came from the guests in attack, but they proved to be masters of effectiveness: their first shot was immediately. Jamal Musiala served Leon Goretzka on the edge of the penalty area after 32 minutes, BVB coverage was collectively too far behind at the time, so Goretzka was able to shoot low in the left corner without being pressed.
Dortmund were lucky just before the change: Bellingham hit Alphonso Davies in the face with his cleats after the Bayern defender headed him away. Aytekin should have sent the Dortmund player who had already been booked off the pitch, but he showed mercy.
Sané catches Meyer from afar
Both teams came out of the locker room with a different orientation, the BVB increased the pressure. However, Neuer deflected a deflected shot from substitute Marius Wolf over the crossbar, shortly after Guerreiro shot a volley a little too high.
The Bavarians survived the rebellion phase with remarkable composure and reacted with the next effective blow. Sadio Mané misses the empty goal with a header in the 49th minute, but Leroy Sané then aims more precisely: he throws a hard shot from 20 meters, Alexander Meyer takes a punch on the ball, but fails to prevent the impact.
Same mistake twice
As with 0: 1, when Meyer initially took a small step in the wrong direction, it wasn’t a classic goalkeeper mistake, but with both goals one could very well imagine that a fit Kobel would stop him. However, Meyer’s forwards, especially Niklas Süle, had learned nothing from the first goal conceded: once again they dropped too far, which again left the space in front of the edge of the penalty area empty.
But Dortmund have not yet been beaten, also because Bayern have not followed suit. BVB coach Edin Terzic finally increased the risk and the physical component in attack in the 70th minute by inserting Anthony Modeste, and was promptly rewarded: Modeste prevailed in the duel and served Youssoufa Moukoko – who from a short distance left no way out in Neuer (74 °).
The modest forgives – and strikes again
Eight minutes from the end, Modeste could, if not had to, deny his lack of consideration in the starting XI: after a brilliant preliminary work by Karim Adeyemi, he hit the ball so badly from five meters that Neuer was still able to defend it. .
After that, Dortmund tried everything until the final whistle, but initially were unable to take advantage of their superior number (Kingsley Coman saw the Giallorossi shortly before the end). Only in the 94th minute did the hosts score: Modeste headed from close range on a cross by Nico Schlotterbeck for the acclaimed equalizer.
“We deserved the point”
After the match, Terzic was happy for Modeste, whose start of his BVB adventure could have been smoother: “We need every individual, that was the deciding factor today. I was happy with the 2-2 goal. We deserved the point because we pushed everything forward.”
Bayern coach Julian Nagelsmann equitably analyzed: “In the end it is a fair result. We could have closed the bag, then we did not defend the first goal conceded. And before the second goal Schlotterbeck only had too much time to cross. In the end it is fair enough, even if it is 2: 2 crashed. late”.
Dortmund and Bayern during the Champions League week
On matchday four of the Champions League group stage, Dortmund will host FC Sevilla (Tuesday 11 October 2022 at 21:00). The next day, FC Bayern are challenged away in Pilsen (21:00).
On the tenth day of the Bundesliga, the Giallorossi will go to the old forester’s office of Union Berlin (Sunday 16 October 2022 at 17:30). The record-breaking champions play at home to SC Freiburg two hours later.