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...
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."
FULL TIME: Dortmund 0-0 Bayern
90+1' AND IT'S ALL OVER!! It's goalless at the SIGNAL IDUNA PARK - no doubt, that's a better result for Bayern than it is for Dortmund.
90' Alonso is going to be replaced by Benatia...he's had quite a game the former Liverpool FC midfielder...and here's another with Sahin coming on for Gündogan.
89' Müller stretches to try and shoot, and appears to have injured himself...and Alonso is down on the turf...that looks like cramp, but Müller looks like he might have a muscle problem.
87' RAMOS!!! Heads wide at the back post from Aubameyang's deep cross...the Colombian went for the near post, and may have gotten better reward if he had gone for the far corner of the goal, back across Neuer.
84' Müller desperately trying to find space to get a shot away....he eventually does, but couldn't get himself set, and the ball sails high, wide and not particularly handsome.
83' Bayern playing the ball around with comfort now...Alonso...plays the ball up to Lewandowski...exchanges passes with Müller and runs into Piszczek, but no foul, despite the Bayern striker's protests.
80' Ribery's free-kick fails to beat the first man...as Dortmund make a change...Ramos to replace Reus, who has not been at his best this evening.
78' Alonso...DRILLS ONE LIKE A ONE-IRON FROM INSIDE HIS OWN HALF!! It's wide of the target...you've seen him score those.
76' The last 25 competitive fixtures between these pair have produced at least one goal...the last goalless draw was back in 2007...can someone find a way to break the deadlock in the last 13 minutes?
74' Pep Guardiola has his arm around the shoulder of Ribery as he explains what he wants the Frenchman to do...we're going to be seeing him now as Costa jogs off.
71' Bernat's ball in from the left...Schmelzer can't head clear...Vidal wins it back...finds COSTA...rolls the ball to his right....FOR ROBBEN!! Fires over the bar...that was a real opportunity.
70' Schmelzer trying to perform some sort of drag-back just outside the Bayern box and gets it wrong...that had looked promising for Dortmund.
65' WHAT A SAVE FROM BÜRKI!! Stuck up a left hand instinctively to touch Vidal's bullet of a shot from six metres onto the bar...great bit of goalkeeping.
66' Hummels lofts the ball forward...Reus flicks on...FOR AUBAMEYANG!! How fires into the side-netting...Neuer looked to have it covered.
60' Neuer comes to punch a high ball clear...drops for Reus...but he can only fire wildly over the bar.
58' Xabi Alonso behind this free-kick...it's cleared, but Bayern still have it...Alonso again...nutmegs the referee with his through ball for Robben...WHO SHOOTS!!! Over the bar - it had the power, but lacked the accuracy, probably due to a little bobble just before he struck it.
57' Douglas Costa breaks down the left...his ball in was aimed at Lewandowski, but Hummels nips in.
56' Poor first touch from Aubameyang on the edge of the box means he can't get a shot away...
54' Arturo Vidal heads Thomas Müller's cross wide with the goal at his mercy.
51' AUBA CHANCE! The pacy Gabon international striker gets away from the Bayern defence, but doesn't hit his shot cleanly and Neuer kicks it away...Mkhitaryan might have done better with the follow-up than send it wide.
50' Fantastic tackle from Dortmund skipper Mats Hummels to deny Costa on the edge of the area.
48' Kimmich is sticking so close to Aubameyang...the latter should have made better use of the ball there, but left it short for Piszczek and it was cut out.
46' We're underway again...let's have more of the same, boys!
19:31CET Interviewed on German TV in Dortmund, Germany coach Joachim Löw says he has seen "a high-quality game". He's not wrong :-)
19:33CET The Bayern substitutes take their seats, among them former BVB starlet Mario Götze and the experienced Franck Ribery, who has been in such good form in the last couple of weeks after coming back from a lengthy injury lay-off.
45' HALF-TIME! It's goalless at the break in Dortmund, but either side might have had one or more goals. What a great first half of Bundesliga football!
44' Here's Robben again...dancing right to left along the edge of the box...AND SHOOTS! Wide...had Bürki wrongfooted, but couldn't find the bottom corner.
43' Lewandowski finds Müller...bursts forward...Schmelzer with the challenge...ROBBEN! Curled straight at Bürki, though Lewandowski wasn't far off getting a touch.
42' OOOOHHH! Neuer almost gets caught in possession outside his box by Aubameyang....the Bayern goalkeeper playing with fire there.
41' Reus tries to shoot from the halfway line, but doesn't catch it at all and Neuer can field comfortably....that was more than ambitious.
34' Costa trying to slalom his way through...the Dortmund defence holding firm for the moment, though you do get the sense a goal could come at either end.
33' A chance for Vidal, whose late arrival in the penalty area is causing Dortmund a problem...it's a corner as it's nicked away from the Chilean...the ball drops in the area...but it's scrambled away by Dortmund.
32' Lahm comes forward...SOMEHOW SQUEEZES THE BALL TO LEWANDOWSKI!! He got the shot away, but was under a huge amount of pressure and couldn't keep it down.
27' Douglas Costa sees his stinging attempt punched away by Roman Bürki
26'Reus gets free in the Bayern box but stumbles when trying to meet Aubameyang's cross.
22' Alonso picks up the game's first booking...that was a full-blooded challenge on Mkhitaryan. That's the former Spain international's fourth of the season - he'll be banned for a match if he picks up another between now and the end of the season.
20' Erik Durm comes close to his second goal in as many games, but after finding space in the box he pulls his effort wide for BVB.
18'Arturo Vidal stretches to connect with Douglas Costa's cross but his effort drifts wide.
10' Chance Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang! The Dortmund striker comes close to scoring his 23rd goal of the season, but he runs the chance wide and Manuel Neuer saves!
5' Thomas Müller fires high of the Dortmund goal.
3' Chance for Dortmund! Marco Reus - the Germany forward deliberates and Bayern clear the chance.
1' We're underway at SIGNAL IDUNA PARK!
A total of 18 of the last 22 Bundesliga titles have gone to either Dortmund or Bayern. This season's race could go down to the wire between the two heavyweights of German football. The 94th installment of Der Klassiker is coming up!
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
Strength in depth
FC Bayern München and Borussia Dortmund each have squads that boast talent in every position at least two players deep. Young tyros Kingsley Coman of FCB and BVB's Felix Passlack could feature from the bench, and both have proven valuable assets in recent weeks and months for their clubs.
Possible starting line-ups:
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
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:
Lewandowski and Aubameyang have been banging in the goals for Bayern and Dortmund.
Read more about the man who gave both stars their big breaks in the Bundesliga!
Reds on a roll
Do Bayern hold the Indian sign over BVB in the Bundesliga? The statistics suggest they might:
Guardiola and Tuchel have a fine working relationship
Bayern won the reverse fixture 5-1 after a smart positional switch from Guardiola.
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.
We are fully focused for the match tonight and we will do everything to take the three points back to Munich. pic.twitter.com/u5dIo9LgtY— Philipp Lahm (@philipplahm) March 5, 2016