Alcacer, Reus help Dortmund beat Bayern in epic Der Klassiker

Lynette Rowe
November 11, 2018

Paco Alcacer scored the victor as Bundesliga leaders Borussia Dortmund twice came from behind to beat defending champions Bayern Munich 3-2 on Saturday (Nov 10) and move seven points clear of their third-placed rivals.

Reus missed good chances to score, but Alcacer, who came on with half an hour remaining, scored in the 73rd minute after Axel Witsel split the Bayern defense with a flawless through ball. The result piles more pressure on embattled Bayern coach Niko Kovac, with the Bavarians, so accustomed to domestic success having won the last six league titles, now struggling in their pursuit of vibrant Dortmund. The Spaniard stayed cool in front of Manuel Neuer to score his eighth goal in his sixth league appearance.

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Lewandowski had the ball in the net for a fourth time, but again the flag went up for offside to the delight of the home fans in the sell-out 81,365 crowd.

Robert Lewandowski broke the deadlock against his former club after heading home from the edge of the six-yard box.

Gnabry had space to shoot but instead backheeled a cute pass to Joshua Kimmich, the right-back's floated cross converted from close range by supreme poacher Lewandowski.

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Then Lewandowski thought he'd scored his third, but the goal was ruled out for offside.

It was end-to-end stuff as Alcacer, then Reus blew golden chances before both made amends with goals.

There was more misery to come for the visitors, who looked rattled by Dortmund's speed, as Spaniard Alcacer, beating the offside trap, raced clear to chip the ball over Neuer for the victor.

"We have to correct a lot of things".

"We didn't trust ourselves in the first half, but we played awesome football after the break and it was great fun", said Reus.

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