Do mund shock Mu­nich with testy vic­tory

The Myanmar Times - - Sport -

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. –

Photo: AFP

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.

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