Do mund shock Munich with testy victory
BORUSSIA Dortmund stunned champions and arch-rivals Bayern Munich 1-0 on November 19 in a bad-tempered “Der Klassiker” clash to leave RB Leipzig the shock Bundesliga leaders.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang prodded in on 11 minutes at a frenzied Signal Iduna Park to propel Dortmund up to third on 21 points, three points behind Bayern, for whom this was a first defeat of the league season.
RB Leipzig are top, unbeaten and three points clear of the mighty Bayern, after a thrilling 3-2 win at Bayer Leverkusen on November 18 signalled another milestone in their fast but controversial rise to the top of German football.
Aubameyang scored the only goal of the game – he should have gone on to grab at least two more – poking in the ball from close range after exBayern man Mario Goetze’s cross.
The striker celebrated with three push-ups and the home side were on the attack again moments later, the Bayern rearguard creaking as the fans at the intimidating 81,000 arena ratcheted up the volume once more.
Dortmund coach Thomas Tuchel said it had been a bruising encounter.
“We have suffered a lot,” he said. “But when you get into the ring with Bayern, you should not expect to step out again without black eyes.”
Philipp Lahm, the Bayern captain, admitted that neutrals would be delighted to see someone other than the Bavarians at the top.
“It’s good for the Bundesliga. It’s what the whole world wanted,” he added bitterly.
The game simmered from the start and threatened to boil over as the first half wore on, with Dortmund conceding a series of free-kicks and referee Tobias Stieler struggling to keep a lid on it.
Stieler had a word with Tuchel after he protested one challenge and Marc Bartra was booked for a bad one on Bayern’s Thomas Mueller.
Soon after Bartra was penalised again for tugging down Robert Lewandowski and was fortunate that Stieler decided to keep his cards in his pocket. –
Real Madrid’s Portuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo shoots a penalty kick to score a goal during the Spanish league football match between Club Atletico de Madrid and Real Madrid CF at Vicente Calderon Stadium in Madrid on November 19.