A few days after losing the Ballon d’Or to Lionel Messi, Robert Lewandowski showed his stripes to lead Bayern Munich to victory against Dortmund (2-3), who suffered the success of the Polish striker, author of a decisive double.
Lewandowski is not affected by his individual setbacks. Always mark. It doesn’t matter what happens off the grass. Goals fall out of his pockets. Although this week he gave himself a “smack” after finishing second in the Ballon d’Or, days after what for many was an injustice, he left for his resume two more decisive goals with which he maintains an impressive streak.
And the thing is, the German classic, number 132 in history, invited us to sit in front of the television to see two injured animals from the area. One, Lewandowski, wanting to show he deserved the Ballon d’Or. The other, Erling Haaland, hungry for minutes after reappearing against Wolfsburg last day after overcoming a hip injury.
The figures of both adorned the most spectacular duel in Germany. They danced back and forth. The 25 goals for the Polish striker in twenty official games (fourteen in the Bundesliga) for the fourteen (ten in the League) for the Norwegian in eleven official games heralded a spectacular battle in the areas.
Dortmund, without Haaland, although they were shipwrecked in the Champions League with a very tough elimination for the club chaired by Hans-Joachim Watzke, survived the regularity tournament after four absences from their franchise man. He won three of the four games without the Norwegian and appeared against Bayern with options to reach the leadership.
A single point away, a victory placed him in first place. He had to overcome a giant and proposed a match in which the center of the field was conspicuous by its absence to show off the fastest players. Bayern, without Joshua Kimmich, inadvertently had to play that game. But, like Haaland at Dortmund, he also had a very dangerous explosive quartet at the top: Kingsley Coman, Leroy Sané, Thomas Müller and Lewandowski).
Dortmund made the most of their idea very early. Exactly, at four minutes, the ones it took to open the scoring through Julian Brandt, who made the first goal with a break inside the area that closed with a right hand that Manuel Neuer could not save.
However, all the power that Dortmund had above, did not exist behind, where Mats Hummels is not for many trots. Especially when speeding up explosive players. And, if you also did not have the day, the cocktail was explosive.
The dangerous mix gave Lewandowski an opportunity that the Pole, as almost always, did not miss. Hummels wanted to make a long pass that bounced off Müller’s back. The Bayern forward won the position in speed and Lewandowski, who accompanied the play at all times, picked up the ball to beat Kobel in a heads-up.
His goal number 26 of the course spurred Bayern, which within the madness of the duel, back and forth, had a little more control than its rival. And, in the middle of that give and take, Coman appeared on several occasions until he hit the edge of the break. He was able to make it 1-2 after another error from Hummels that Kobel saved, but he was right in the 44th minute thanks to a poor clearance by Raphael Guerreiro inside the area that he did not miss with a right hand that bounced off Marco Reus.
The so-called psychological goal did not affect Dortmund, which was released in the second half. Haaland, who in the initial act signed one of his rides that did not end in a goal per centimeter, did not miss his second chance. Another mistake, this time by Dayot Upamecano, who like a youngster controlled the ball with his chest, led to the Norwegian’s goal. Haaland did not waste the gift and with an exquisite thread he raised the tables to the scoreboard.
Haaland didn’t just tie the game. He tied with Lewandowski in his particular duel that he would later lose. And, after his goal, the game lost pace. The interruptions, forced by a tremendous blow to the head from Brandt and Lucas Hernández’s injury, slowed Dortmund’s momentum.
And, in the end, the bad afternoon of Hummels finished decanting the shock. Again, he made another mistake. This time, it was seen by the VAR, who warned the referee to whistle a very clear hand inside the area. Lewandowski did not miss from eleven meters and made it clear that he is still the teacher and Haaland a luxury student. And, incidentally, he reaffirmed Bayern in the lead, which takes four points from its maximum rival at the rate of the Moral Ballon d’Or.
— Data sheet:
2.- Borussia Dortmund: Kobel; Meunier, Akanji, Hummels, Guerreiro (Schulz, m. 82); Bellingham, Emre Can, Dahoud (Malen, d. 60); Brandt, Reus and Haaland (Tigges, m. 82).
3.- Bayern Munich: Neuer; Pavard, Upamecano, Lucas (Sule, d. 74), Davies; Coman (Nianzou, m. 88), Goretzka (Musiala, m. 65), Tolisso, Sané (Gnabry, m. 65); Müller and Lewandowski.
Goals: 1-0, m. 5: Brandt; 1-1, m. 9: Lewandowski; 1-2, m. 44: Eat; 2-2, m. 48: Haaland; 2-3, M. 77: Lewandowski.
Referee: Felix Zwayer. He sent off Marco Rose for a double warning (m. 56 and m. 79) by Dortmund and admonished Emre Can (m. 56) and Bellingham (m. 86) also from Dortmund and Lewandowski (m. 88) and Upamecano ( 95) by Bayern.
Incidents: match corresponding to the fourteenth day of the Bundesliga played at the Signal Udina Park stadium in Dortmund before about 15,000 spectators due to the restrictions caused by the coronavirus.