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back Supercup | 12.08.2012 21:45:37

First honours to Bayern

  • Can you believe it? Six minutes on the clock and Bayern are in front - courtesy of summer signing Mario Mandzukic
  • Five minutes later it's 2-0, Thomas Müller (l.) finishing off a move started by Mandzukic (r.) and continued by Arjen Robben
  • Eye on the ball: Müller and Co. continue to set the tone, for all the efforts of Marcel Schmelzer (r.) and his BVB colleagues
  • With quarter of an hour to go, Robert Lewandowski (l.) skips past Dante (r.) on the way to pulling one back for BVB...
  • ...but Bayern hang hard to end their Dortmund jinx and take the 2012 Supercup with a 2-1 victory

Munich - FC Bayern Munich snapped a streak of five consecutive defeats against Borussia Dortmund to lift the German Supercup and land the first blow of the 2012/13 season with a 2-1 win at their home Allianz Arena.

Early goals from Mario Mandzukic and Thomas Müller were enough to give the record German champions victory against the defending Bundesliga champs and DFB Cup winners, with Robert Lewandowski's 75th-minute strike proving too little, too late for Jürgen Klopp's men.

Lightning start

Having excelled with their flowing, one-touch football last season, Dortmund were fed some of their own medicine by a buoyant Bayern side who almost opened the scoring after just four minutes when Mandzukic beat the Dortmund offside trap and sent in an inviting cross for Müller, but his close-range header was deflected wide for the first corner of the game. Two minutes down the line though, Bayern did indeed go in front. A fine cross with the outside of the boot from Franck Ribéry beat both Neven Subotic and Mats Hummels, but not Mandzukic and the Croatian frontman opened his account for his new club, prodding the ball into the bottom corner past Roman Weidenfeller.

Bayern at the double

Mandzukic nearly made it two just moments later when his shot was deflected over the crossbar by Marcel Schmelzer. Bayern were on fire at this stage and Arjen Robben beat the offside trap in the 11th minute to latch onto Mandzukic's pass and lift a shot past Weidenfeller. The ball struck the far post and fell for Müller to rifle into the roof of the net from close range to make it two.

Dortmund regrouped and restricted Bayern's attacks, but were unable to create any chances of their own as Bayern goalkeeper Manuel Neuer remained a spectator along with 69,901 fans inside the Allianz Arena, most of whom were thoroughly satisfied at the half-time whistle.

Braver Borussia

Robert Lewandowski finally gave Neuer some work to do in the 48th minute with a header which the Germany number one saved well. Dortmund were starting to get a foothold in the game and Marco Reus placed a shot just wide in the 52nd minute. At the other end, Robben dribbled his way past four Dortmund defenders before testing Weidenfeller, but Lewandowski should have brought Dortmund back into the game when he sent a weak shot wide of the post after Reus and Mario Götze carved a way through the Bayern defence.

It was a case of third time lucky for Lewandowski in the 75th minute as he finally found his range from 20 yards to curl a shot low past Neuer into the bottom right-hand corner and set up a grandstand finish. Julian Schieber blazed a shot across goal moments later as Dortmund began to take over, albeit without managing to find an equaliser as Bayern took the first honours of the 2012/13 season.

Line-ups:

FC Bayern: Neuer - Lahm, Boateng, Dante, Can (Bastuber 70') - Kroos, Gustavo - Robben (Shaqiri 86'), Müller, Ribery (Tymoshchuk 81') - Mandzukic

Dortmund: Weidenfeller - Pizcek, Subotic, Hummels, Schmelzer - Leitner (Götze 64'), Gündogan - Blaszczykowski (Schieber 71'), Reus, Großkreutz (Perisic 64') - Lewandowski

Goals: 1-0 Mandzukic (6'), 2-0 Müller (11'), 2-1 Lewandowski (75')

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