Bayern Munich faced off against Borussia Dortmund at Signal Iduna Park earlier today hoping to win and stretch their four-point lead at the top of the Bundesliga table. The Bavarian giants made a dominant start to the game and created some decent opportunities to score. The away side finally made their superiority count when they broke the deadlock just two minutes before the half-time break via Joshua Kimmich’s chipped finish from outside the box.
Lucien Favre’s men grew into the contest in the second 45 minutes but couldn’t make the most out of their chances going forward. Bayern hung on to claim a hard-fought 1-0 victory on the road which put them seven points clear at the summit of German football.
Let’s take a look at how each Bayern Munich player fared during the game against Dortmund.
GK: Manuel Neuer – 7/10
The German keeper made some solid saves to secure a well-deserved clean sheet during the 90 minutes. It was a comfortable day in the office for the Bayern goalie.
RB: Benjamin Pavard – 7/10
The Frenchman was clean and organised in defence but struggled to make an impact down the right flank going forward.
CB: Jerome Boateng – 8/10
The German centre-back read the game well and did enough to keep Erling Haaland quiet throughout the match. He got a hard-earned clean sheet to show for his efforts today.
CB: David Alaba – 7.5/10
He got beat on a couple of occasions but performed well defensively to restrict the home side from finding the back of the net.
LB: Alphonso Davies – 8/10
The Canadian youngster pulled off a few decent clearances at the back and completed one outstanding solo dribble towards the latter stages of the first half. He was also responsible for making numerous lung-bursting runs down the left-wing. Overall, it was another strong performance from him today.
CM: Thomas Muller – 5/10
The 30-year-old was mostly a frustrated figure in the opposition half as he struggled to find the finishing touch when given time and space by the Dortmund players.
CM: Joshua Kimmich – 9/10
His brilliantly executed chip just before half-time ended up making the difference between the two teams. Kimmich ran the show in midfield and created some decent openings for his teammates in the final third. He was clearly head and shoulders above everyone else on the field today.
CM: Leon Goretzka – 7/10
The German playmaker worked his socks off to cover every blade of grass at the centre of the park. It was a battling display from him which helped Bayern get over the finishing line with three points in the bag.
RW: Kingsley Coman – 6/10
He was a constant menace for the Dortmund defenders but lacked the end-product in the attacking third of the pitch.
ST: Robert Lewandowski – 6/10
The Poland international was neutralised by Dortmund’s Matt Hummels and was unfortunate to hit the post with his goal-bound attempt in the second half. He will be hoping for more fruitful days on the road.
LW: Serge Gnabry – 6/10
The former Arsenal man was given the license to run at the Dortmund defence. He did well to keep the opposition engaged but struggled to come up with anything meaningful in front of goal.
LW: Ivan Perisic – 6/10
The Croatian wide player came off the bench and was a threat on the counter.
CB: Lucas Hernandez – N/A
He did not have enough time to make an impact.
CM: Javi Martinez – N/A
The Spaniard came on to run the clock down for the visitors.
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