Bayern Lucky in Der Klassiker Despite Late BVB Equalizer

Leon Goretzka of Bayern Munich in a duel with Borussia Dortmund’s Jude Bellingham

Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich played out a 2-2 draw at the Signal Iduna Park on Saturday evening. Despite the scoreline and the fact that BVB rescued a point late in the game, 10-man Bayern were lucky to walk away from the derby with a point after another unconvincing performance.

The Bavarian giants went into a two-goal lead early in the second half after goals from Leon Goretzka and Leroy Sané, who netted his 9th goal in all competitions this term.

Bayern had the lion’s share of possession, edging Dortmund out by 56% to 44%. Die Roten also completed more passes than their opposition, all of which would suggest they deserved a result.

However, when looking at the stats, Dortmund had a better XGoals, with 1.69 to Bayern’s 0.50, which highlights how crucial German legend Manuel Neuer was to the Bundesliga champions.

Dortmund got back into the game in the 74th minute courtesy of 17-year-old Youssoufa Moukoko, who became the youngest scorer in Der Klassiker history. BVB rescued a point in the dying moments through veteran Anthony Modeste who headed home after some great work by defender Nico Schlotterbeck.

A much deserved leveller for the Black and Yellow who were unlucky not to equalize sooner as Modeste missed a great chance in the 84th minute.

Bayern winger Kingsley Coman was shown a second yellow card in the latter stages of the encounter, which set up the exciting climax, after bringing down Karim Adeyemi to prevent a BVB counterattack.

BVB took 12 shots, half of which were on target, to Bayern’s 9 attempts with 3 of them goal-bound. Given that Neuer had to make a match-saving stop to deny Modeste earlier in the game, Dortmund were unlucky to not walk away from Der Klassiker with all 3 points.

The result means that neither team made up any ground on current league-leaders Union Berlin, who can increase the gap between the clubs to 4 points with a victory over Stuttgart on Sunday.