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Reds down Dortmund thanks to impressive first half

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Reds down Dortmund thanks to impressive first half

Postby FCBayernNews » Wed Dec 20, 2017 10:55 pm

FC Bayern advanced to the DFB Cup quarter-finals on Wednesday night, beating Borussia Dortmund 2-1. Jérôme Boateng made Bayern's early pressure count before Thomas Müller doubled the lead before half-time. The German record champion eased off in the second half, Andriy Yarmolenko pulling one back, but FCB survived a spell of Dortmund pressure in the closing stages, going through to the next round.

The Bavarians started with Sven Ulreich in goal and Joshua Kimmich, Jérôme Boateng, Niklas Süle and David Alaba in a back four. Javi Martínez and Arturo Vidal anchored a midfield featuring Thomas Müller, James and Ribéry, with Lewandowski acting as lone striker.

Jupp Heynckes made four changes to the XI that beat Stuttgart on Saturday. Mats Hummels, Rafinha, Corentin Tolisso and Kingsley Coman gave way to Süle, Alaba, Müller and Ribéry.

Impressive first half

The 75,000 capacity crowd at the Allianz Arena saw Bayern signal their intent from the off. Their relentless early pressure paid off when a James free-kick found Niklas Süle at the back stick. Netminder Roman Bürki directed his header onto the bar, but Süle's fellow centre-back Boateng was on hand to head home the opener. By that time, a Vidal header had crashed off the bar, James had seen an effort blocked, and Lewandowski had drawn a strong save from Bürki. Bayern's possession and pressure strangled the Ruhr valley side in a scorching first quarter-hour.

The pace dropped considerably now, but Bayern were still in control. The first time Dortmund's rapid transitions created danger was after the half-hour, when a Christian Pulisic cross evaded Alaba, but the Austrian atoned for it instantly, scrambling Yarmolenko's shot away to safety. Bayern soon replied, and they crowned an impressive first half with all their quality. Müller and Lewandowski sliced through Dortmund's rearguard with a fine give-and-go, the native Bavarian finding the net with a world-class lob over Bürki.

Reds ease off

Proceedings were similar after the restart, Ribéry setting up James, who saw his effort denied by the strong Bürki, who was called into action again when he saved a Müller header with his leg. But rejuvenated Borussia slowly but surely gained a grip on the contest, Bayern increasingly easing off, Shinji Kagawa miscuing a finish. Marcel Schmelzer tested Ulreich before Yarmolenko pulled one back with a quarter-hour to go.

The goal further galvanised Peter Stöger's troops. An André Schürrle effort went wide before an Alexander Isak shot was deflected, and match official Sascha Stegemann blew for full-time after Ulreich proved equal to a Sokratis header.

Bayern head into 2018 sitting on the Bundesliga perch and through to the Champions League last sixteen and the DFB Cup last eight. The Bavarians will learn the identity of their next cup opponents on 7 January. The quarter-finals will be staged on 6 and 7 February. The Reds are back in Bundesliga action on 12 January, when they travel to face Bayer Leverkusen.

Live match report for by Greg Salmen
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