Borussia Dortmund and FC Bayern München played out a goalless draw in the 94th Klassiker in the Bundesliga, but the scoreline does not begin to tell the story of a compelling spectacle enjoyed by millions the world over.
Borussia Dortmund 0-0 FC Bayern München
With the SIGNAL IDUNA PARK bouncing, proceedings began at predictably furious pace. BVB ‘keeper Roman Bürki conceded five on his Klassiker debut last October and he was under pressure in the first five minutes, flapping at Douglas Costa’s cross and relieved to see Thomas Müller send the rebound off target.
The early opportunity was a sign of things to come in a first half of constant to-ing and fro-ing. Douglas Costa lashed a shot over the bar and Arturo Vidal touched a centre from the Brazilian wide, while Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang sped past Joshua Kimmich only to be denied by a good stop from Manuel Neuer. It was Costa that then spurned the game’s clearest chance, sprinting onto Arjen Robben’s pass but shooting straight at the onrushing Bürki.
The hosts looked to repel Bayern by switching from a back three to a back five when not in possession, but it had mixed results as the Bavarians ended the half on the front foot, with Robben testing Bürki and then shooting just wide after dancing across the box.