Bayern Munich 0-2 Borussia Dortmund
The fifth edition of the famous German Super Cup under the name DFL-Supercup, 2014 was an annual football match contested by the winners of Bundesliga and DFB- Pokal Competition. It was played between Bayern Munich, the winner of Bundesliga 20013-14, along with DFB-Pokal final, and Borussia Dortmund, who also reached the DFB-Pokal final last year. It was the first matchup between Germany’s biggest rival clubs in the new season, which created a heavy demand for tickets in Signal Iduna Park in Dortmund as both teams had won five previous installments, out of nine attempts by Bayern Munich and seven by Dortmund. At the season of 2011-12, Bayern Munich beat the same opponent with 2-1 score whereas in 2012-13, last season, Borussia Dortmund regained their glory by defeating Bayern with 4-2 score. The match took place on 13 August 2014 where Dortmund started the kick off with the dream of retaining the DFL-Supercup, and Bayern with the intention of revenge for their defeat last year.
Ahead of the game there had been arguments between the two rival clubs about the contract of Dortmund player Marco Reus. And also the social media outburst of Bastian Schweinsteiger against Dortmund put a high-intensity mark to this game. The situation got heavy between these two clubs due to Robert Lewandowski’s transfer in the off-season from Dortmund to Bayern. Being one of the many high-profile players that Bayern has enticed away from the competition in recent years, Robert Lewandowski was transferred with a high price. Dortmund CEO, Hans-Joachim Watzke declined the invitation by the Deutsche Football League to a joint lunch with both the club bosses ahead of the Supercup game in Dortmund. He was quoted “There’s no point” in German football magazine “Kicker” when asked about it.
After a solid 90 minute run between both the German team, Borussia Dortmund retained the DFL-Supercup with a 2-0 win over Bayern Munich and also their sixth title on Wednesday. JurgenKlopp’s men made it to two continuous final victory runs where HenrikhMkhitaryan and Pierre-EmerickAubameyang crafted the match with one goal each. Bayern Munich, Bundesliga and DFB Pokal champions of last season looked far from their regular team game expertise as Pep Guardiola played this match with a mix of first-team regulars and newly-joined inexperienced youngsters. For Dortmund’s manager Klopp, it was a promising curtain-raiser for their 2014 journey, as they try to cover up the 19-point gap that separated the two teams in the Bundesliga, last season.
The Poland international spoke of a special homecoming match to build up to the clash between two teams, but in the end, the entire limelight was stolen by a high-energy display from Dortmund in front of their own support. Days before the game, Bayern Munich midfielder, Javi Martinez, had claimed that while Bayern had only a few of fully fit players to choose from, it should be his concern to snatch a glory from Dortmund. But, that promise also ended when he was carried off on a stretcher in the first half after suffering a knee injury. It was declared later that Javi would be out for the rest of this year due to this injury.
After the starting whistle from referee, XherdanShaqiri was the first to put a threat for Bayern as he took a shot which was brilliantly saved by Dortmund goalkeeper, Mitch Langerak, in the third minute, while, as the first challenge by Dortmund seven minutes later, Ciro Immobile on his competitive debut for the team, took a narrowly wide shot from 25 yards. Dortmund almost took the lead in a mysterious back pass by defensive midfielder Martinez for the Bayern goalkeeper, Manuel Neuer, in the 17th minute of first half where surprised Neuer got busy for blocking the powerful shot by Oliver Kirch. Then, as a first gift for Dortmund in the 23rd minute of the first half, Armenia national, HenrikhMkhitaryan, took a marvelous shot, defeating a static Neuer after the Aubameyang’s blocked shot had deflected into his path on the edge of the area.
Klopp’s side continued to look more dangerous as Pierre-EmerickAubameyang tested the Bayern goalkeeper with a low drive blow in the 27th minute. Bayern suffered its strongest blow on the half-hour mark when Javi Martinez injured his left knee attempting an acrobatic volley and, withdrawn on a stretcher from the ground, had to be replaced by Dante. Releasing Dortmund captain, Sebastian Kehl, playing the ending season of his career, threatened Bayern with a solid strike in the 41st minute after Bayern had failed to clear the corner. With the expertise of goalkeeper, Neyur, Bayern stopped its way to digest more goals from Dortmund as half-time approached while Jonas Hofmann and Sebastian Kehl took several attempt to place the ball inside the crossbar.
Shortly after the restart in second half, Bayern’s striker, Robert Lewandowski, took a shot which was bravely dismissed by the Dortmund goalie, Mitchell Langerak, who is a member of Australian national football team. Dortmund were largely in control of the match and at 62nd minute, Aubameyang delivered a heavy blow when he rose above Bayern’s centre back, Jerome Boateng, and planted an accurate right wing cross by Lukasz Piszczek into the bottom left-hand corner to double the lead for Dortmund. And the celebration was phenomenal as the forward took a victory run wearing Spiderman mask. Later at 63rd minute, right after he had scored the second goal for Dortmund, he was then replaced by Adrián Ramos. Bayern threw on World Cup winners, Philipp Lahm and Mario Götze, within 15 minutes of the second half to make the score equal in favour of them. Mkhitaryan and Immobile both had chances to make it a more astonishing victory where Bayern’s only real test for Langerak in the second half was a free-kick from David Alaba, which was easily defended out by this youngster, nine minutes from time. It was always a solid adrenaline rush whenever two of this team put together, and this time also it was a cheerful game to for 80,667 attendances before referee Peter Gagelmann blew the final whistle.
Borussia Dortmund Lineup: Mitchell Langerak, Marcel Schmelzer (Erik Durm 46′), Matthias Ginter, SokratisPapastathopoulos, ŁukaszPiszczek, Sebastian Kehl, Oliver Kirch (Sven Bender 85), Jonas Hofmann, HenrikhMkhitaryan, Pierre-EmerickAubameyang (Adrián Ramos 63′), Ciro Immobile.
Goals: Mkhitaryan (23′), Aubameyang (62′).
Bayern Munich Lineup: Manuel Neuer, David Alaba, JaviMartínez (Dante 31′), JérômeBoateng, Juan Bernat, GianlucaGaudino, SebastianRode, Pierre Højbjerg (Mario Götze 59′), XherdanShaqiri, Robert Lewandowski, Thomas Müller (Philipp Lahm 46′).