Bayern Munich v Borussia Dortmund: Bundesliga – live!

 

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15 min Gnabry plays a beautiful one-two with Goretzka, forcing Guerreiro to make an important sliding challenge in the area.

13 min Coman tries to cushion Pavard’s cross towards Gnabry on the volley, but his touch is too heavy and the ball goes behind.

12 min Marco Rose will be pleased with Dortmund’s performance so far, although it feels like this often happens in this fixture: Dortmund start well, Bayern score, the end.

9 min Bellingham whistles a first-time shot from distance that hits a Bayern defender. He caught that well.

8 min “The Cook Islands are in Europe?” sniffs Joe Pearson. “Information for life! Thanks, Rob!”

Yep, one of the six big leagues.

6 min The TV commentary in the UK is a second or two ahead of the pictures, which is starting to give me a headache.

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5 min Bellingham just overhits a through ball to Haaland, who made a terrific run down the middle.

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3 min A decent start from Dortmund, who have had most of the ball in the early exchanges. Both teams are playing 4-2-3-1.

1 min Peep peep! Erling Haaland gets this mighty match under way.

Here come the players. There’s a cracking atmosphere at the Allianz Arena; of course there is.

The Bayern Munich fans cheer their team.
The Bayern Munich fans cheer their team. Photograph: Matthias Hangst/Getty Images

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No club has won 10 titles in a row in one of the big European leagues. The closest is nine by Bayern from 2013-21, Juventus in Italy from 2012-20 and Titikaveka in the Cook Islands from 1971-79.

A reminder of the teams

Bayern Munich (4-2-3-1) Neuer; Pavard, Upamecano, Hernandez, Davies; Kimmich, Goretzka; Gnabry, Muller, Coman; Lewandowski.
Substitutes: Ulreich, Sule, Sane, Choupo-Moting, Sabitzer, Roca, Nianzou, Musiala, Stanisic.

Borussia Dortmund (possible 4-2-3-1) Hitz; Wolf, Akanji, Zagadou, Guerreiro; Can, Bellingham; Brandt, Reus, Reinier; Haaland.
Substitutes: Burki, Schulz, Moukoko, Passlack, Pongracic, Rothe, Semic, Bynoe-Gittens, Papadopoulos.

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Despite their domestic dominance, Bayern are out of the Champions League.

Team news

Preamble

Jurgen Klopp’s all-time-greatness becomes more obvious by the week. Not just in England, where he has defied the laws of net spend to produce the worthiest adversaries Manchester City will ever have, but in Germany too. Klopp is still the last manager to stop Bayern Munich winning the Bundesliga, a status he could hold for a while yet.

Klopp’s Borussia Dortmund won the title in 2011 and 2012. Since then it’s been all Bayern, and today they can clinch a tenth successive title. Fittingly, cruelly or schadenfreudely, depending on your perspective, their opponents are Borussia Dortmund.

A draw would satisfy everyone except the mathematicians, such is Bayern’s goal difference superiority, but to be confirmed as champions they need to beat Dortmund. It’s been a relatively disappointing season for Bayern – Villarreal and all that – but beating their biggest rivals to clinch a tenth straight title would assuage their Champions League pain.

Kick off 5.30pm BST, 6.30pm in Munich.

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