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Double of Royce against double of Lewandowski. Crazy match in Dortmund!
It was one of the best matches in European football this season.
For the first time in seven years, Borussia Dortmund was ahead of Bavaria in the Bundesliga before a full-time meeting. Moreover, the team Lucien Favre suffered a first defeat in the season 2018/19 only last Tuesday, losing in the Atletico Champions League in Madrid – 0: 2. Prior to that, black and yellow gave a win-win series of 15 matches from the start of the season (12 wins, three draws). The game "Borussia" is so shocked that even the Munich club Uli Höness stated: “Bavaria” is going to Dortmund in the status of an outsider. However, it is possible that the old fox was simply cunning, in order to relieve the pressure from his players in this way and slightly reduce the concentration of his opponent. In fact, according to statistics, the leader of the Bundesliga was not so much better than the current champion of Germany. For example, “Bavaria”, on average, more often, “Borussia” beat on goal – 18.3 shots against 13.5 (on the target – 7.5 against 5.4). Yes, and on their own goal team Niko Kovacs allowed to cause an average of three hits less.
The game proved that Dortmund's leadership is still not a matter of luck. The main match of the first round of the Bundesliga fully met expectations, turned out very bright, really hot. The first half for a clear advantage won the "Bavaria", which controlled both the ball (possession – 59% to 41%) and the situation on the field (shots – 6: 1, on target – 2: 1). On the one hand, it seemed that the champion had put down his opponent with his pressure and forced Borussia to land very deeply in the defense and midfield lines. On the other hand, this may have been part of Favre's plan: the arrhythmia of the game, distributed in time. At the very beginning Munich earned three corners in five minutes, and then a goal Robert Lewandowski was the logical result of the advantage of the guests. It was felt that for the former pet Dortmund is the most important match of the season – he wanted to win by any means. In the first half, the Pole three times asked for a penalty from a judge with an angry and suffering expression on his face, like a beggar. However, the arbitrator Manuel Grefe even the help of the VAR system was not needed to make the right decisions.
In the second half, the field was a completely different “Borussia”. The hosts raised the lines higher, more aggressively put pressure on someone else’s half, and, most importantly, Dortmund began to pass attacks over and over again at speeds with which the champion could not cope. And even the second goal of Lewandowski, random in such a game with the score 1: 1, did not change the picture.
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Bloomed useless before the break Jadeon sancho. If you do not follow the Bundesliga very carefully, then this 18-year-old Englishman’s game will be a revelation to you. He not only has high speed and stroke, like any good winger, but also very smart for his age. It is not surprising that a graduate of Manchester City is the best assistant of the Bundesliga right now. Sancho tortured the defense of “Bavaria” along with Marco royce. And worst of all looked the most experienced Mats Hummelswhich, unlike Lewandowski, failed a meeting with his former team. Back in the first half, Hummels presented the ball to Royce when he didn’t realize one-on-one outing Manuel neuer, and after the break, the defender of the German national team sharply passed physically. Is it a trauma game? Kovacs replaced him in the 65th minute after a couple of new “deliveries”.
Royce, had he been more precise, could have a poker in the match against Bayern, not a double. Several times he openly forgave Munich. Interestingly, Marco realized the penalty, which he himself earned. The episode in violation of Neuer raised doubts, but the judge didn’t even watch the replay. Alcazer's winning goal is a masterpiece from the Favre team! Selection on the flank, the rapid removal of the ball through the third (Axel Witsel) perfect opening Paco Alcazeravoided offside. The Spaniard again successfully came off the bench. This is his eighth goal in the Bundesliga – he scores an average of one goal in half an hour!
It would hardly be fair if Bayern won back in the end. The second half was over Borussia (shots – 10: 4, on target – 4: 1). However, in the fifth minute of injury time Lewandowski scored a very beautiful goal with a heel, responding to the cross to the right. To the indignation of the Pole, the judge fixed him with an offside position. Indeed, the striker was a bit hasty. By the way, today Borussia fought without an injured main goalkeeper. Romana Bürki. For the first time in the Bundesliga season, the Swiss played Marvin heath – did not make mistakes.
Now, Borussia is seven points off Bayern, which has been the worst result since Louis van Gala.