Dortmund and Bayern wrestled to a hard-fought goalless draw at SIGNAL IDUNA PARK.
Dortmund and Bayern wrestled to a hard-fought goalless draw at SIGNAL IDUNA PARK.
Bundesliga

Der Klassiker: Minute by minute

FC Bayern München and Borussia Dortmund wrestled to a goalless draw at SIGNAL IDUNA PARK. Despite chances at both ends the points were shared, meaning Bayern remain five clear of BVB at the top. Read on to find out how it unfolded...

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FULL TIME: Dortmund 0-0 Bayern

POST MATCH REACTIONS

Dortmund goalkeeper Roman Bürki: "I’ve got mixed feelings really. I should have done better on a couple of occasions but I’m glad I made the reflex save against (Arturo) Vidal. We’ll analyse what we did wrong and learn from it. I’m glad we kept a clean sheet in the end."

Bayern forward Thomas Müller: "We controlled the game in the second half in particular. We had the slightly better chances in 1st half but then Dortmund had opportunities of their own too. Manuel Neuer had to make a couple of good saves and Joshua Kimmich came to our rescue a few times as well. A draw was a fair result and one we can live with, but I would have preferred to go home with a 1-0 victory of course. If the gap remains five points at the end of the season, then we’ll certainly live with that as well! We’ve got some important games coming up in the Champions League and the DFB Cup semi-final too, but every game in the Bundesliga from now is like a mini-final in itself.

Bayern captain Philipp Lahm:"It was a fair result. We had better chances in the second half. It could have ended 2-2, but we were dominant in the second half. That is what happens when the top two teams meet. Dortmund have been on a great run and it wasn’t easy to shake them off. We had some great chances with Douglas (Costa) clean through on (Roman) Bürki. It was a good game for the fans. we remain top and have kept a five-point gap. Nine games to go is quite a long way but our fate is in our own hands."

Confirmed line-ups

Erik Durm starts in midfield for BVB in the absence of Shinji Kagawa. For Bayern, Arturo Vidal's steel preferred to Thiago Alcantara's guile. 300th Bundesliga appearance for Philipp Lahm.

Dortmund: Bürki - Piszczek, S. Bender, Hummels (c), Schmelzer - Weigl - Gündogan, Durm - H. Mkhitaryan, Reus - Aubameyang

Bayern: Neuer - Lahm (c), Kimmich, Alaba, Juan Bernat - Xabi Alonso, Vidal - T. Müller, Robben, Douglas Costa - Lewandowski

Possible starting line-ups:

With Sokratis ruled out with a groin injury, Sven Bender - who recently signed a new contract until 2021 - should slot into BVB's central defence alongside captain Mats Hummels.

Bayern are without injured defensive trio Jerome Boateng, Javi Martinez and Holger Badstuber, so Joshua Kimmich and David Alaba could fill in for the champions.

Dortmund: Bürki - Piszczek, S. Bender, Hummels (c), Schmelzer - Weigl - Gündogan, Kagawa - H. Mkhitaryan, Reus - Aubameyang

Bayern: Neuer - Lahm (c), Kimmich, Alaba, Juan Bernat - Xabi Alonso - Robben, T. Müller, Thiago, Douglas Costa - Lewandowski

Rocking Robben

With the see-sawing race for the Tojägerkanone between Klassiker sharpshooters Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Robert Lewandowski a sizeable part of the pre-match narrative, it is easy to forget about FC Bayern winger Arjen Robben's impressive record in the fixture:

Reds on a roll

Do Bayern hold the Indian sign over BVB in the Bundesliga? The statistics suggest they might:

A captain's example

After being rested for Bayern's midweek defeat to Mainz, Philipp Lahm is determined to help his side make amends in Der Klassiker.