Bayern Munich opened its 2016-17 season with a thrilling 2-0 win over rivals Borussia Dortmund in the German Super Cup.
Dortmund dominated Bayern in the first half with relentless speed, but slow and steady Bayern won the race with two well-taken goals by Arturo Vidal and Thomas Müller.
Dortmund’s blistering pace dictated the match. Bayern’s first scare came as Aubameyang caught Hummels out of position, only to be blocked at the last second by Javi Martínez.
Bayern escaped danger yet again only minutes later, as Xabi Alonso accidentally bounced the ball off his hand in the penalty area while intercepting a dangerous cross. Referee Tobias Welz ruled the contact accidental, despite Dortmund’s protests. Bayern seemed to be on the ropes.
The physicality of the match quickly escalated. A tangle between Felix Passlack and Franck Ribéry turned into an outright confrontation that had to be broken up by the referee, who subsequently issued yellow cards to the instigators, Passlack and Ribéry, as well as to Alonso for his own involvement.
Dortmund’s new signing Ousmane Dembélé showed his worth with two of Dortmund’s most dangerous shots, first testing Neuer from close range and then launching a second shot just past the far post. Neuer kept Bayern in the game with another spectacular save on another dangerous shot by Adrián Ramos.
The second half saw Dortmund resume its high-speed pressing game but seemingly out of nowhere, Bayern scored the go-ahead goal: a long pass from Ribéry found Robert Lewandowski near the penalty area on the left. Lewandowski crossed inside to Thomas Müller, but Müller could not control the ball, and so it rolled on to Vidal. Vidal shot – and was blocked again by Bürki! But this time Vidal buried the rebound in the back of the net. Bayern 1-0.
After the flurry of substitutions, the pace of the match slackened dramatically. But the methodical pace played precisely to Bayern’s strengths, and they quickly capitalized on none other than a set-piece: Hummels recorded an assist in his debut against his former club, heading the corner forward to Müller at the goal line. Perfectly placed, Müller tapped the ball in, giving Bayern a 2-0 lead.With five minutes to play, Ancelotti made a defensive substitution, replacing Müller with Rafinha.
The end of the match was virtually the opposite of the beginning, as a sluggish Dortmund seemed out of ideas, while Bayern casually sat back waiting to intercept and counter. The first Klassiker of the year, and with it the German Supercup, belonged to Bayern.