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Bayern’s powers of recovery on show as Lewandowski leads epic comeback

Robert Lewandowski
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Bayern Munich has defeated Borussia Dortmund in a six-goal thriller in Der Klassiker at the Allianz Arena on Saturday with three goals to Robert Lewandowski and a Leon Gortezka strike completed an epic comeback for the league leaders after finding themselves down two goals early in the match.

Visitors started fast

Dortmund started the match like they meant business and thoroughly outplayed the hosts and they were rewarded inside a minute when teenage sensation Erling Haaland let his shot rip from outside the bounce and it found its way past Manuel Neuer via a deflection.

Going a goal down should have stung Hansi Flickโ€™s side into action however just seven minutes later, Haaland grabbed his second and doubled Dortmundโ€™s lead. The young striker latched onto a cut-back pass from Thorgan Hazard and side-footed home as Bayern was left shell-shocked as Dortmund were two goals to the good with less than ten minutes played.

Hansi Flickโ€™s sides finally woke up from their slumber and looked to grow into the game. Their dominance was telling and with 25 minutes gone, they had pulled a goal back. Leroy Sane beat his man and fired a low cross into the path of Lewandowski who slotted home to give his side hope.

From then on, it was one-way traffic as Bayern dominated proceedings and just before halftime, Bayern was level. A foul on Kingsley Coman from Mahmoud Dahoud inside the box was waved away initially, but after the referee looked at the VAR monitor, he duly pointed to the spot. Who else but Lewandowski to step up and slot home as Bayern came from two goals down to be level at the break.

Haaland’s injury proved decisive

The second half was virtually one-way traffic but for the visitors, their fortunes took a turn for the worst after Haaland was forced off after a challenge from Jerome Boateng. With Haaland off, Dortmund now offered nothing going forward and entered into preservation mode for the remainder of the half.

It did look as if Dortmund were heading to secure a valuable point, however just minutes from time their hearts were broken when Leon Goretzka hit his shot on the volley and past Marwin Hitz and into the net.

Then just minutes later Bayern rubbed salt into the wounds as Lewandowski completed his hat-trick with just seconds remaining as the 4-2 scoreline was unfair to the visitors as, before Haalandโ€™s withdrawal, Dortmund were in the game.

The win sees Bayern return to the top of the table, overtaking RB Leipzig. While for Dortmund they will be hoping Haalandโ€™s injury is not severe as they slipped to sixth, one point behind Bayer Leverkusen in fifth.

Adam Schultz
Sports writer. Cover Arsenal and Bayern Munich, lucky to be able to do what I love as a career.