Final in Dortmund
Power demonstration of FC Bayern – 3:1 in the Supercup thanks to Lewandowski
Mini-crisis? Not at all. FC Bayern is back in time for the classic against rival Dortmund and wins the first title under new coach Julian Nagelsmann. The duel of the scorers also has a clear winner: Robert Lewandowski.
Demonstration of power after Stutterstart: Led by super scorer Robert Lewandowski, FC Bayern, which was still faltering at the start of the league, has found its way back to old sovereignty and won the Supercup for the ninth time in the prestigious duel with Borussia Dortmund. The deserved 3:1 (1:0) in the showdown between champion and Cup winner with two goals from the greedy world footballer gave Julian Nagelsmann the first title of his coaching career in professional football and ended a negative series of his new team with four winless test matches and the moderate 1:1 to the league opener in Mönchengladbach.
Twice Lewandowski (41. and 74. Minute) and Thomas Müller (49.) provided in front of 25.000 Spectators in Dortmund for the deserved victory of the guests. The Dortmund dream goal of Marco Reus was too little (64.). Lewandowski thus decided the comparison with BVB goalscorer Erling Haaland clearly for himself. On the other hand, the Dortmund could not build on the famous performance against Frankfurt (5:2) and missed the chance to provide further tailwind.
Minute of silence for Gerd Müller
Before the ball rolled in the Dortmund arena, Gerd Müller was first remembered with a minute’s silence. The greatest scorer in German football history died on Sunday at the age of 75. In his honor, the Bayern players had worn warm-up shirts with the back number 9 and the name of the legend.
After that, the current best goalscorers Lewandowski and Haaland were in the spotlight – with clear advantages for the top scorer from Munich. When the world footballer was on the ball, the BVB rear team was on the highest alert. And so it was hardly surprising that Lewandowski was also involved in all the goals. First he scored the lead goal after a fine cross from Serge Gnabry per head.
Then Lewandowski was significantly involved in the second goal when he irritated Dortmund’s new goalkeeper Gregor Kobel with an attempted Hackentrick after a challenge. The Swiss could not bring the ball under control, so that the goalless Müller dusted at the European Championship. And finally, the scorer took advantage of a bad mistake by Manuel Akanji to score his second goal. He scored the 24th goal in the 24th game against his former club BVB. Lewandowski missed another great chance when he hit Dortmund’s Axel Witsel on the shoulder from a short distance (34.).
Haaland goalless against Bayern
On the other hand, the Munich back team was better set against the powerful Haaland. Before the game, there had already been discussions whether the Norwegian can replace Lewandowski as the number one scorer after his great start against Frankfurt (2 goals, 3 assists). At least in the Supercup, the question is settled, as is the future of Haaland. Dortmund’s sporting director Michael Zorc made it clear before the game that the scorer will definitely wear the black and yellow jersey this season.
And Haaland also had his scenes against Bayern. However, he pulled against the outstanding national keeper Manuel Neuer the shorter (39.). The Bayern goalkeeper had previously parried against Marco Reus in world-class style (20.).
The fact that Bayern were still without a win under Nagelsmann, made itself hardly noticeable in the game. The Munich were against the archrival again full on the height, played punchy and with a lot of pace. Start-up difficulties under the new coach were not to be seen.
Will was not to deny the Dortmund
Bayern also got off to a better start and had identified Dortmund’s right-back Felix Passlack as a weak spot. Three times the youngster patched in the initial phase (10., 14. and 15.), but the Munich offensive did not know to use this yet. In addition to Lewandowski acted on the outside Gnabry and Kingsley Coman, who moved into the team for Leroy Sané.
That it was not only about the first title, but also about prestige, quickly became clear on the court. Niklas Süle cleared Haaland in front of the penalty area, shortly afterwards Marco Reus went ahead with his leg stretched and caused a pack formation. It remained with yellow cards. In the stands, the new national coach Hansi Flick was well entertained at the appearance of his champion Bayern.
The will was not to be denied the Dortmund. Often only centimetres were missing as in the 53rd minute, when Haaland was just offside at his goal. And then it happened. After a pass from Jude Bellingham, Reus circled the ball into the corner, which caused the noise level to rise. That changed when Akanji played the ball into Corentin Tolisso’s legs, putting Lewandowski in the limelight.