Dortmund deny Bayern fourth straight Supercup

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Borussia Dortmund players celebrate with their German Supercup trophy after stunning Bayern Munich 2-0 on Saturday

Jadon Sancho scored a goal and set-up another as Borussia Dortmund beat Bayern Munich 2-0 on Saturday, to deny the German league and cup champions a fourth straight Supercup title.

Jadon Sancho, 19, assisted Spanish forward Paco Alcacer for Dortmund’s opener just after the break, before clinching the victory and his side’s first trophy since 2017 with a clinical finish within the final half an hour of play.

Borussia Dortmund Head Coach Lucien Favre

“We absolutely wanted to win this match, it was very difficult,” said Dortmund coach Lucien Favre.

“Bayern were very strong and had a lot of possession but we defended well and stayed very compact. We knew that we had to go on the counter-attack and we did that very well.”

Bayern, who pipped Favre’s side to the Bundesliga title last season and lifted the German Cup, were without World Cup winning left-back and new signing Lucas Hernandez due to a knee problem.

Dortmund’s big name summer arrivals of winger Thorgan Hazard, Julian Brandt, as well as defender Mats Hummels — returning to the club after three seasons at Bayern — were all ruled out due to injuries.

Bayern captain Manuel Neuer said errors proved costly.

Bayern Munich Keeper Manuel Neuer

“We gave Dortmund the match by making too many mistakes,” Neuer said.

“We made the mistakes all on our own, we gave them possession and that’s why we conceded the goals.”

 

England Forward Jadon Sancho

Bayern’s inability to make the most of the ball in first 45 minutes came back to bite them almost immediately after the break.

Sancho attacked down the left drawing four Bayern defenders with quick step-overs. The teenager fed striker Alcacer at the edge of the box who beat Neuer with a low shot for a 1-0 lead on 48 minutes.

Sancho dribbling Bayern defenders

Dortmund’s lead was doubled with 22 minutes to go from a clinical counter-attack.

Sancho was free once again on the right wing, he burst into the box beyond Bayern’s back-four and nutmegged the experienced Neuer to make it 2-0.

Influential Sancho left the field with 10 minutes to play after seeming to be hurt, following an off-the-field challenge by Joshua Kimmich.

Jadon Sancho produced a match-winning performance as Borussia Dortmund lifted the German Supercup.

Dortmund earned the early-season bragging rights in the unofficial opening match of the German Bundesliga season.

Bayern start the defense of their league title by hosting Hertha Berlin on Friday August 16, while Dortmund play Augsburg a day later.

 

Chidi Nwoke.