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Bayern survive 'intense' Dortmund duel

May 5, 2013
By ESPN staff

Bayern Munich officials and players admitted they have endured a battle to claim a 1-1 draw against Borussia Dortmund in the Bundesliga.

Rafinha red card Dortmund v Bayern Munich
GettyImagesRafinha was sent off for Bayern Munich during their draw with Borussia Dortmund

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A dress rehearsal for this season's Champions League final, Kevin Grosskreutz opened the scoring for the home side before Mario Gomez levelled for Bayern 12 minutes later.

Rumoured Bayern target Robert Lewandowski then missed a penalty before Rafinha was shown a second yellow card, leaving the visitors a man down for just under half an hour.

And after the match, Bayern goalkeeper Manuel Neuer admitted there was ill-feeling between the two sides entering the match.

"No matter where the game takes place, it is never a friendly between these two teams," the 27-year-old told Sky.

"It is always an eye-to-eye duel. We played the second-half with 10 men, which was difficult of course."

And Bayern coach Jupp Heynckes said he was impressed that his squad was able to overcome Rafinha's sending off and continue their aggressive nature.

"It was an intense game," he said. "After the week's events, it was not easy to move on with the agenda.

"There is high praise for my team, which acted outstandingly aggressive with 10 players. We deserved the point."