Borussia Dortmund threw their hat into the 2016/17 Bundesliga title race with a hard-earned 1-0 win over defending champions FC Bayern München in Der Klassiker.
Borussia Dortmund 1-0 FC Bayern München
Goals: 1-0 Aubameyang (11')
Bayern started the game with plenty of possession, but it was Dortmund who provided the cutting edge. The opening goal was rapier-like and deserved as former Bayern midfielder Mario Götze squeezed a cross through the legs of Mats Hummels for the unmarked Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to poke home and bring up his 12th Bundesliga goal of the campaign. Götze threatened a second, before Andre Schürrle volleyed down the throat of Manuel Neuer following another penetrating move.
Dortmund continued to pick holes in the Bayern back four after the restart as Aubameyang headed over from a Marcel Schmelzer cross, but a disallowed goal from Franck Ribery and an audacious strike from Xabi Alonso that came back off the crossbar came as timely reminders that BVB's job was far from done. Aubameyang missed a fantastic opening to give his side daylight when through on goal, but it mattered not in the end as Bayern succumbed to their first Bundesliga defeat of the season.
A first Bundesliga defeat of the Carlo Ancelotti era, and a significant one at that. Bayern have been knocked off their perch and now trail promoted RB Leipzig by three points and only sit three clear of Dortmund. How will the Bavarians respond to being the hunters as opposed to the hunted?
- The win was Dortmund's first against Bayern in the Bundesliga under Thomas Tuchel.Götze was directly involved in a Bundesliga goal for the first time rejoining BVB.Aubameyang is joint-top of the Bundesliga scoring charts on 12, alongside 1. FC Köln's Anthony Modeste.
Dortmund: Bürki - Ginter, Sokratis, Bartra - Weigl - Piszczek, Götze (Castro 77'), Schürrle (Durm 68'), Schmelzer (c) (Pulisic 88') - Aubameyang - Ramos
Coach: Thomas Tuchel
Bayern: Neuer - Lahm (c) (Rafinha 68'), Boateng, Hummels, Alaba - Alonso (Sanches 74') - Kimmich (Costa 58'), Thiago - Müller, Lewandowski, Ribery
Coach: Carlo Ancelotti