At last, Bayern's Dortmund curse is over

Posted by Susie Schaaf

Juergen Klopp's bemused expression after Arjen Robben blasted the lone goal of the evening just before the half said it all: He knew his squad had finally been beat. And indeed it could have been much worse than 1-0 as Dortmund 'keeper Roman Weidenfeller was once again a hero for the Schwarzgelben, saving eight shots - and his team some major blushes.

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The 1-0 scoreline doesn't reflect a match that Bayern dominated for long stretches, thanks to some sparkling midfield play by Javi Martinez and Bastian Schweinsteiger and excellent central defensive work by both Dante and Daniel van Buyten. And while Bayern was content to give up possession to Arsenal in the Champions League, Jupp Heynckes would revert Bayern to their natural state for this cup match - controlling football, allowing Dortmund only the occasional fast break.

While the opening minutes were played cautiously by both sides, Bayern got chances early with Dante feeding Bastian Schweinsteiger just a bit too forward, a saved Arjen Robben strike and Toni Kroos missing an open goal after Weidenfeller could only push out a blasted Philipp Lahm effort.

Twenty minutes in, Mario Mandzukic struck across the face of Dortmund's goal, but after that Dortmund would press for a spell, forcing Bayern back in to defensive positions.

The half would close out with Munich slowly regaining offensive form: Javi Martinez volleyed - forcing Weidenfeller to recover - and Robben shot twice before he opened the scoring on 43 minutes with a 20-yard curling shot after Lahm dispossessed Marcel Schmelzer in the box.

The second half started with an early chance from Thomas Mueller at the kick-off, but Ilkay Guendogan, Marco Reus and Lukasz Piszczek would try and level for Dortmund. FCB, however, continued to threaten and Weidenfeller was called again in to action, saving Kroos twice.

Martinez forced Weidenfeller to punch, and Van Buyten headed just over the bar, before Heynckes used his first sub of the night, bringing in Luis Gustavo for Thomas Mueller, as the coach was ready to defend Bayern's 1-0 lead.

Weidenfeller would be called to save his team once more as Mario Goetze cleared a Dante header, the Brazilian collecting the rebound, forcing the Dortmund keeper to push it over the crossbar. Roman would get one more save in - denying Mandzukic - before referee Kircher blew the final whistle.

Wow. Finally. After five competitive losses to Borussia Dortmund in a row, Bayern gets to pull one back. Revenge. Statement. Whatever you want to call it. It has been done. And just in case everyone forgot, this win puts Bayern in pole position to win the DFB Pokal.

With the Bundesliga also mostly sealed-up, it's looking pretty good for at least a double this season, and the treble definitely within reach. With all of Europe watching, Bayern has put everyone on notice: Destroying the league, looking to advance in European competition, and beating the German team that everyone loves to love.

In the post-match interview, Klopp was asked about where he thought Robert Lewdandowski - shut out for this match - would end up to which he Kloppo-like replied: "Lewandowski? I'm more interested in where Gomez and Robben are playing next season."

This is one of those matches that made me cry. At last.

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