BVB’s catch-up race rewarded: BVB Joker Modeste robs Bayern of the lead

Status: 08.10.2022 20:53

It looked like a clear win for Bayern Munich, but then came Anthony Modeste: an assist and a goal from the joker gave Borussia Dortmund a very late draw in the Bundesliga classic.

The record champions’ 2:2 (1:0) in front of 81,365 spectators was ultimately deserved as Bayern wanted to manage the two-goal lead too early – and Dortmund drew the right joker.

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A lot of hardness, little class

Both teams entered the game with weak substitutes, BVB missed, among others, Gregor Kobel, Marco Reus and Thomas Meunier, Bayern started without Thomas Müller, Lucas Hernandez and Joshua Kimmich. However, the special explosiveness of this game was immediately noticeable, which was initially expressed in exaggerated hardness instead of playful genius: referee Deniz Aytekin showed the Munich Marcel Sabitzer and Matthijs de Ligt and the Dortmunder Jew Bellingham yellow in the first fifteen minutes alone.

A lot less happened in front of the gates than in the duels. Donyell Malen made a cautious first attempt after more than 20 minutes, but the ball was blocked. Manuel Neuer only had to intervene after half an hour when Raphael Gurreiro aimed for the left corner from the half-left – but Neuer parried effortlessly.

First shot, straight to the lead

Offensively, even fewer of the guests came, but they proved to be masters of effectiveness: their first shot was immediately hit. Jamal Musiala served Leon Goretzka to the edge of the penalty area in the 32nd minute, the BVB cover was collectively too far behind at that point – so Goretzka was able to shoot low into the left corner without being pressed.

Dortmund was lucky just before the substitution: Bellingham hit Alphonso Davies with the studs in the face after the Bayern defender headed the ball away from him. Aytekin should have sent the already warned Dortmund player off the field, but he showed mercy.

Sané catches Meyer from a distance

Both teams came out of the locker room with a different orientation, BVB increased the pressure. Neuer, however, fired a bounced shot by substitute Marius Wolf over the bar, shortly afterwards Guerreiro made a slightly too high volley.

The Bavarians survived the rebellious phase with great composure – and countered with the next effective goal. Sadio Mané missed the empty goal in the 49th minute with his header, but then Leroy Sané aimed more precisely: he shot hard from more than 20 meters away, Alexander Meyer got a fist on the ball, but could not prevent the impact.

Same mistake twice

As with the 0:1, when Meyer initially took a small step in the wrong direction, it was not a classic goalkeeper error, but on both goals you could imagine that a fit Kobel would have prevented them. However, Meyer’s leaders, especially Niklas Sule, had learned nothing from the first goal against: again they fell too far, leaving the space in front of the edge of the penalty area again unoccupied.

But Dortmund had not yet been defeated, also because Bayern did not follow suit. BVB coach Edin Terzic finally increased the risk and the physical component in the attack in the 70th minute by bringing in Anthony Modeste, and he was promptly rewarded: Modeste triumphed in the duel and served Youssoufa Moukoko – who left Neuer without a chance from close range (74th).

Modeste forgives – and still strikes

Eight minutes before the end, Modeste could, if he didn’t have to, deny his non-confrontation in the starting XI: after Karim Adeyemi’s brilliant front work, he hit the ball so badly from five meters that Neuer could still defend him.

Dortmund then tried everything until the final whistle, but initially could not take advantage of their superior number (Kingsley Coman saw yellow-red shortly before the end). It wasn’t until the 94th minute that the hosts struck: Modeste headed a cross from Nico Schlotterbeck from close range for the acclaimed equalizer.

“We deserved the point”

After the match, Terzic was happy for Modeste, whose start to his BVB adventure could have been smoother: “We need every individual, that was the deciding factor today. I was happy with the goal to make it 2-2. We deserved the point, because we threw everything forward.”

Bayern coach Julian Nagelsmann honestly analyzed: “In the end it’s a reasonable result. We could have closed the bag, then we didn’t defend the first goal we conceded. And for the second goal, Schlotterbeck just had too much time to cross. In the end it’s pretty fair, even if it’s 2:2 late.”

Dortmund and Bayern during the week in the Champions League

On match day 4 of the group stage of the Champions League, Dortmund will host FC Sevilla (Tuesday, October 11, 2022 at 9:00 PM). A day later, FC Bayern is challenged to Pilsen (9 p.m.).
On the 10th match day of the Bundesliga, the Black and Yellows will head to the old forest ranger’s office in Union Berlin (Sunday, October 16, 2022 at 5:30 PM). The record champions play at home against SC Freiburg two hours later.

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