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Dynamic Dortmund Halt Bayern 

Not Bayern's night. Photo: DPA

Borussia Dortmund 4-2 FC Bayern Munich
1-0 Reus (6’), 1-1 Robben (54’), 2-1 Daniel van Buyten (56’ own goal), 3-1 Guendogan (57’), 3-2 Robben (65’), 4-2 Reus (86’)

Borussia Dortmund surprised many by beating an out-of-sorts FC Bayern Munich 4-2 to win the 2013 Super Cup. Three goals in three thrilling second-half minutes brought the game to life, as Dortmund resisted a Bayern fight back to hand Guardiola his first defeat as Bayern manager.

Despite not having Franck Ribery and Manuel Neuer, Bayern were still expected to deal with the threat of Juergen Klopp’s side, but found themselves a goal down after only six minutes. Sven Bender headed a cross from Robert Lewandowski into the ground and Tom Starke spilled the looping ball, allowing Marco Reus to stoop and head the ball in. Lewandowski thought he had made it two when he burst through and stroked past Starke, but the Polish striker was correctly ruled out for offside.

Bayern were far from fluid and when they did find a way through, Roman Weidenfeller stood tall, twice denying Xherdan Shaqiri. Tom Starke went some way to making amends for his earlier error by keeping out Robert Lewandowski from close range, but Bayern ended the first half with no answer for Dortmund’s aggressive pressing.

Arjen Robben proved his critics wrong again, but it wasn't enough on the night. Photo: DPA

Arjen Robben proved his critics wrong again, but it wasn’t enough on the night. Photo: DPA

Very warm temperatures hadn’t stopped either team from going for the win, optimised by a crazy three minutes in the second half. Bayern equalised after an unmarked Arjen Robben met Philipp Lahm’s cross inside the box, before Daniel van Buyten angled a well-placed header past his own goalkeeper to put Dortmund back in front. Only a minute later, and Ilkay Guendogan turned Thomas Mueller before curling an effort into the bottom corner, doubling the home side’s lead.

With a two-goal lead, Dortmund were in control, but not for long as Lahm and Robben combined again; the Dutchman turning Subotic to fire into the bottom corner. Bayern were then in the ascendancy; Mandzukic fired acrobatically wide before Mueller clipped the bar trying to volley in Thiago’s audacious chip.

As time ran out for Bayern, Dortmund substitute (and debutant) Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was denied a goal by an out-rushing Starke, who then denied Sahin soon afterwards as the home side threatened on the break. That threat turned real when Lewandowski slipped in Aubameyang, who had the vision to square for Reus. The striker tapped home, having held off Philipp Lahm, to secure his second goal of the night and the cup for Dortmund.

Borussia Dortmund: Weidenfeller – Grosskreutz, Subotic, Hummels, Schmelzer – S. Bender (46’ Kehl), Sahin – Blaszczykowski (72’ Aubameyang), Guendogan (88’ Sokratis), Reus - Lewandowski

FC Bayern München: Starke – Lahm, Boateng, van Buyten, Alaba – Thiago – Robben, Mueller, Kroos (86’ Dante), Shaqiri (67’ Schweinsteiger) – Mandzukic (75’ Pizarro)

Yellow cards: Boateng
80, 675
Dr. Jochen Drees

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