Borussia Dortmund ends a terrible losing streak

(Borussia Dortmund – Bayern Munich 2-2) Bayern Munich are on their way to a ninth win in a row against Borussia Dortmund. But in added time, Anthony Modeste equalized for the home side in a final big drama.

MOMENT: Here, Anthony Modeste equalized four minutes into extra time past Noussair Mazraoui and Benjamin Pavard. Dortmund goalkeeper Alexander Meyer was also involved in the attack.

Bayern Munich had to take out Kingsley Coman at the last minute. With four minutes remaining, the champions were almost pushed to their own turf. Dortmund sent goalkeeper Alexander Meyer permanently into attack and after 94 minutes and four seconds it happened.

Center back Nico Schlotterbeck won the ball all the way to the right, slotted it in, and Anthony Modeste popped in at the back post. Equality is a fact. The old Westfallen Stadium – now Signal Iduna Park – is completely off its hinges.

Erling Braut Haaland has suffered nothing but defeat for Bayern Munich for two and a half seasons in yellow and black. Bayern go into this match with eight straight wins against Dortmund on a goal difference of 26-10. Some of the matches have been dramatic, but Bayern Munich have the incredible ability to win the biggest game of German football.

On Saturday night, 80,000 spectators dressed for the party. Borussia Dortmund haven’t beaten their arch-rivals since November 11, 2019. Now that could happen.

ELLEVILT: Dortmund really took off after equalizing.

The season has started a little rusty in the Bundesliga for Bayern Munich following the sale of goalscoring king Robert Lewandowski to Barcelona. Point losses against Borussia Mönchengladbach and Union Berlin, before the Bundesliga champions of the last 10 seasons lost 1-0 to Augsburg.

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But coach Julian Nagelsmann is clearly gaining momentum on the Bayern train again after the national team break. With big wins over Bayer Leverkusen (4–0) and Viktoria Plzen (5–0).

It was Jude Bellingham and Borussia Dortmund who started the best “Der Klassiker”. It comes with opportunity. Donyell Malen had the biggest chance before halftime. Manuel Neuer saved him. Germany national team goalkeeper Bayern indicated that World Cup form was on its way after a coronavirus infection stopped the 36-year-old in international matches against Hungary and England in September.

UPCOMING 0-1: Leon Goretzka celebrates with Alphonso Davies after scoring Bayern Munich’s first chance of the game.

Bayern Munich don’t have much to offer offensively. But a few seconds of class from Sadio Mané and Jamal Musala was enough. It created air and space for Leon Goretzka.

From a distance of more than 20 meters he headed the ball into the corner behind the Dortmund goal. It was possible that Alexander Meyer’s goal could be pushed aside, but the ball could have been saved by former goalkeeper Jahn Regensburg.

Bayern scored on their first chance.

Towards the end of the half, Jude Bellingham who had received a yellow card was a bit lucky. A high shot hit Bayern’s Alphonso Davies in the face but referee Deniz Aytekin didn’t react to the incident, which he barely noticed.

The Canadian back was clearly shaken and didn’t come out again until the 2nd half.

EVEN A DUEL: Bayern Munich’s Jamal Musala in a fierce midfield duel with Borussia Dortmund’s Jude Bellingham.

After the break, Borussia Dortmund continued with a shot from “Haaland-look a like”, substitute Marius Wolf. But the floodgates only had another fine save from Manuel Neuer.

Soon it was about Bayern Munich and Jamal Musala again.

Borussia Dortmund was founded with all the men in defence. But Bayern fought their way forward before Musala through Dortmund’s Leroy Sane.

Sane did as he did twice against Plzen in the Champions League. He kicked the ball into the far corner. Alexander Meyer was also not completely without chances on goal number two. Usually Dortmund’s first choice Gregor Kobel is ready again after a thigh injury, but remains on the bench.

SET 0-2: Leroy Sane celebrates Bayern Munich’s second goal with Sadio Mané in tow.

Bayern Munich took control for the most part.

But just over a quarter of an hour before the end, hopes were burning for the “Die Gelbe Wand” – the south stand that is home to Dortmund’s most passionate supporters.

Youssoufa Moukoko combined brilliantly with Anthony Modeste. Even Manuel Neuer couldn’t stop Moukoko’s finish.

Substitute Modeste had a great chance to equalize seven minutes from the end. But Neuer – on his knees – also saved him.

Just before the game ended, Bayern substitute Kingsley Coman received his second yellow card in 13 minutes. Dortmund thus had to play four minutes of extra time with one more man. The home side pressed hard and sent goalkeeper Meyer to attack.

Then came the equalizer.

HEROES: Anthony Modeste celebrates the equalizer with Youssoufa Moukoko. The two goalscorers became Dortmund heroes in “Der Klassiker”.

Ken Robbins

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