Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund have contested some thrilling Klassikers down the years. - © IMAGO/kolbert-press/Christian Kolbert/IMAGO/kolbert-press
Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund have contested some thrilling Klassikers down the years. - © IMAGO/kolbert-press/Christian Kolbert/IMAGO/kolbert-press

Borussia Dortmund vs. Bayern Munich: The top 5 matches in Der Klassiker history


Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich have been setting the standards in Germany football for many years now, producing some classic encounters across the Bundesliga, DFB Cup and UEFA Champions League. remembers five of the best Klassikers since the turn of the millennium...

5) Borussia Dortmund 3-2 Bayern Munich - MD11, 2018/19

Dortmund had made a blistering, table-topping start to the season and were 90 positive minutes away from equalling a club record of 11 Bundesliga games without defeat when defending champions Bayern came to town on 10 November 2018.

Bayern were four points off the pace after a run of disappointing results the previous month, but made an ominous start. Serge Gnabry was in rampant mood, and after going close himself, teed up Dortmund old boy Robert Lewandowski for the first of five Klassiker goals.

Dortmund talisman Marco Reus won and converted a second-half penalty, but parity lasted less than three minutes with the Gnabry-Lewandowski axis cranking into gear once again to restore Bayern's lead. Lewy would have had a third but for the linesman’s flag, and it proved a key moment in a rip-roaring contest.

Attacking the 24,000 or so Black-Yellow bricks in the Yellow Wall, Dortmund found a second wind and levelled through captain fantastic Reus. Then came the moment that confirmed BVB's title-chasing credentials. After Jadon Sancho had dispossessed Franck Ribery in his own half, Axel Witsel sprayed a stunning ball over the top for super sub Paco Alcacer to chase - and chase he did. The Spain striker hot-footed past the Bayern defence to slot past Manuel Neuer and bring up his seventh Bundesliga goal in six appearances (five from the bench!).

Watch: Highlights of a five-goal Klassiker thriller

Lewandowski had a late effort chalked off for another offside decision as the whistle blew on one of the most absorbing Bundesliga games in living memory. So used to being the hunted, Bayern were suddenly the ones having to do the hunting.

4) Borussia Dortmund 1-0 Bayern Munich - MD30, 2011/12

The boiling point that thrust Der Klassiker into the spotlight for many football fans across the globe came during Jürgen Klopp’s reign at Dortmund. Under the charismatic coach’s "heavy metal football" philosophy, Die Schwarzgelben set the Bundesliga alight with a squad that mixed homegrown talent and exotic signings that had previously flown under the radar. They had won the club’s fourth Bundesliga title in the 2010/11 season and, with five games to go in the 2011/12 campaign, Dortmund were leading the standings again - three points ahead of Bayern.

That year’s virtual Bundesliga final was a tense affair. Although Bayern controlled possession, Dortmund had more chances. More importantly, they could rely on the killer instinct of Lewandowski, who broke the deadlock in the 77th minute after cheekily deflecting an edge-of-the-box-effort from Kevin Großkreutz with his heel.

In the 86th minute, Dortmund goalkeeper Roman Weidenfeller felled Arjen Robben in the box, gifting the visitors a golden opportunity to level from the spot. Just when it seemed that Bayern would be able to prolong the title fight, though, Weidenfeller made good on his mistake and saved Robben’s penalty.

Emotions got the better of former Dortmund defender Neven Subotic (r.) in an intense clash with Bayern in April 2012. - 2012 AFP

The Dutchman had another chance to equalise from open play shortly after, but when Neven Subotic inadvertently headed against his own bar, Robben skied his attempt to force home a close-range rebound. In the end, an ecstatic Dortmund squad celebrated with their fans what surely felt like their second Bundesliga title on the bounce - a sensation that became reality only two matchdays later.

3) Borussia Dortmund 5-2 Bayern Munich - DFB Cup final, 2011/12

If the league tie that resulted in Dortmund lifting the 2011/12 Meisterschale was the spark that lit Der Klassiker on fire, the 2012 DFB Cup final was the fuel that took the rivalry stratospheric. A week after the Bundesliga had ended, both teams took to the field at Berlin’s Olympiastadion for a high-stakes rematch. With Dortmund’s first-ever domestic double on the line, Bayern approached the game as a chance to reassert their dominance ahead of the UEFA Champions League final against Chelsea in Munich a week later.

Die Schwarzgelben got off to a thundering start with Shinji Kagawa netting in the third minute after Jakub Blaszczykowski capitalised on a mistake in Bayern’s defence. Robben equalised from the penalty spot, but Mats Hummels repaid the Bavarians in kind by beating Neuer from 12 yards out. With the lead in their hands, Dortmund pressed on and Lewandowski nutmegged Neuer with a close-range shot to make it 3-1 in first-half injury time.

Once upon a time, Lewandowski (r.) was the scourge of Bayern - now it's Dortmund who have to watch their backs. - 2012 AFP

After the break, the Polish goal machine continued to steal the spotlight with an inspired performance. In the 58th minute, he was once again allowed to shoot from inside the box and punished Bayern with his second goal of the night. Ribery reduced the deficit with a magical solo effort that made it 4-2, but any hopes of a comeback were soon dashed by the man of the hour. Lukasz Piszczek made the most of an error by Neuer and crossed for Lewandowski, who headed home to complete his hat-trick and seal the first and so far only league and cup double for Dortmund.

2) Bayern Munich 2-1 Borussia Dortmund - UEFA Champions League final, 2012/13

After two years of Black-Yellow dominance, Jupp Heynckes' Bayern decided that enough was enough, and mounted one of the strongest campaigns in football history. They steamrollered the opposition in the Bundesliga, winning the title by 25 points. They beat Dortmund to the Supercup title at the beginning of the season and also eliminated them in the DFB Cup quarter-finals. By the time the UEFA Champions League final rolled around, the balance after four meetings that season stood at two wins for Bayern and two draws.

Dortmund and Bayern met at Wembley Stadium in London to contest the competition's first-ever all-German final after eliminating Real Madrid and Barcelona respectively in the previous round. The domestic rivalry that had intensified in the last couple of years now stood as the centrepiece of European football. The battle on the field was electric and neither side gave the other an inch until Mario Mandzukic opened the scoring on the hour. Eight minutes later, Ilkay Gündogan equalised for Dortmund from the penalty spot.

Arjen Robben's story of redemption was completed when Bayern won the 2012/13 Champions League, at Dortmund's expense. - 2013 Getty Images

Fans at home and in the stands were already settling in for extra-time when Robben steamed into the Dortmund box and tapped the ball past Weidenfeller to secure victory on continental football's biggest stage. A few days later, the Bavarian giants secured a historic treble with a win over VfB Stuttgart in the DFB Cup final. Dortmund’s revolution had pushed the biggest team in Germany beyond its limits, prompting a footballing renaissance in Munich that is still felt to this very day.

1) Borussia Dortmund 0-1 Bayern Munich - MD28, 2019/20

Bayern's 2012/13 treble triumph heralded a new era for the Bavarian behemoth - they've cleaned house since, winning an unprecedented 11 successive Bundesliga titles.

Victory over Dortmund in the first behind-closed-doors Klassiker in history marked a decisive step to glory in 2019/20.

Joshua Kimmich's sensational lob settled a hot-blooded encounter with 43 minutes on the clock, though Jerome Boateng had to be at his very best to twice deny Erling Haaland a debut Klassiker goal.

Watch: Kimmich's title decider in Dortmund

The win moved Bayern seven points clear of their nearest rivals with six rounds of fixtures remaining. Having also triumphed in the reverse fixture 4-0 on Hansi Flick's first outing as a Bundesliga coach, the record champions sealed the deal with two matches to go, before adding the DFB Cup and Champions League to their collection.

Thirteen points off the pace in the final Bundesliga standings, Dortmund had to be content with a second successive runners-up berth.