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Bayern Snatch Draw from Careless Dortmund

Bayern Munich narrowly fought off its second defeat in the Bundesliga season in the last three minutes of Saturday's match against Borussia Dortmund.


A rugged battle offered little finesse and mistakes outweighed magic

The match Borussia Dortmund vs. Bayern Munich was everything else but the expected top match. Both teams created only few chances, showed poor passing and weren’t able to enthuse the fans. Most of the action took place in midfield where both teams managed to neutralize each other successfully.

Fußball Bundesliga: Borussia Dortmund - FC Bayern, 5. Spieltag

Ewerthon after scoring his first goal of the match.

Borussia Dortmund started off more aggressively and created more chances than Bayern Munich. Thus the home team eventually took the lead. Ewerthon managed to get passed five Bayern defenders and ended his run with a brilliant finish (44.). Bayern Munich wasn’t present at all in the first half but continued to play badly in the second half. Koller was brought down by Thomas Linke in the box which left the referee Dr. Merk no choice but to give Dortmund a penalty. Ewerthon scored his second goal fo the match from the penalty spot (69.) and nobody reckoned that Bayern Munich would still be able to come back into the match.

Roy Makaay, Bayern München gegen Borussia Dortmund, 5. Spieltag

Munich's Roy Makaay of the Netherlands, right, celebrates after scoring in the last minute of the match.

However, two late goals by Lucio (87.) and Makaay (90.), both well-placed headers, destroyed Dortmund's ambition to secure their first home victory in the Westfalen stadium. 83.000 fans couldn't believe that Dortmund gave away a two goal lead in the last three minutes of the match.

"I thought we could have played more calmly after the 2-0 and waited for the break but Bayern kept getting stronger," Dortmund coach Bert van Marwijk said after the match. "I think the draw is probably fair but you really shouldn't lose after leading 2-0."

Bayern President Karl-Heinz Rummenigge admitted his side had not been at its best for most of the game but he was happy with the final score. "We certainly played very bad football for 75 minutes. You can't pass that over in silence. But it was important and good that the team turned the game around at the end," he said.

Bayern Munich has proven again that you can never them write off.