Bayern Munich are undoubtedly the best team in Germany, but even though they have the Bundesliga title in their pocket, they still had one thing left to do domestically: topple Borussia Dortmund. BvB weren’t just the two-time defending Bundesliga champions, they were Bayern slayers, edging the Bavarians each time out.
On Wednesday, Bayern finally got back at Dortmund. In a complete, dominating performance that the scoreline didn’t reflect, Bayern destroyed Dortmund in a 1-0 DFB Pokal quarterfinal win, dispatching BvB and putting themselves in position to make a run at the treble.
Bayern were the better team from the very start, playing much of the first half in the Dortmund end and nearly scoring on several occasions. Toni Kroos should have put them in front early on, but he was off-balance when a rebound bounced to him right in front of goal and couldn’t direct his shot on target. Arjen Robben had a chance of his own, too, but predictably missed once the ball got on his right foot. Javi Martinez had Bayern’s best chance and he took it well, sweetly shooting to the bottom corner on his first touch from eight yards, but Roman Weidenfeller robbed him with a tremendous save.
For all their dominance, it looked like Bayern would go into the break scoreless, but just before the halftime whistle Robben came to the rescue. Dortmund gave the ball away in their own box and it bounced to Robben at 20 yards. The Dutchman, who had a couple yards of room, quickly settled and shot, perfectly curling the ball into the upper corner. Allianz Arena ignited and Jurgen Klopp could only grin and nod his head at the wonderful goal that put Bayern 1-0 up.
Dortmund did show some life in the second half. They actually called Manuel Neuer into action a couple times, but Robert Lewandowski was still short on service as Bayern kept the upper hand.
Martinez tested Weidenfeller again in the second half with a rocket from 30 yards, but the goalkeeper was up to the task and pushed it over the bar. Daniel van Buyten got a chance of his own, coming free on a corner kick, but his header missed the target as well.
In the end, Bayern’s several missed chances didn’t matter. They were completely dominant, keeping possession and creating openings going forward, while winning the ball back as soon as an overmatched Dortmund won it.
Bayern did the job, and impressively too. They beat their rivals and continued their run in the DFB Pokal. Next up, the semifinals, the Champions League and maybe the treble.
Along with Bayern Munich, SC Freiburg, VfL Wolfsburg, and VfB Stuttgart have all qualified for the DFB Pokal Semi Finals, which will be contested on April 16 and 17.
Written by Pierre Sanz