Borussia Dortmund moved a step closer toward defending their Bundesliga title after a slim 1-0 win over Bayern Munich at the Signal-Iduna Park yesterday. The sell out 80,000 capacity home crowd however had to endure tense moments until Robert Lewandowski’s 77th minute goal.
Bayern will however have themselves to blame for not walking away with a more positive result after Arjen Robben’s spots kick in the closing stagees of the game was saved by Roman Weidenfeller.
With 5 games left to play, Dortmund lead the table with 69 points 6 ahead of second place Bayern Munich. Speaking after the match, Dortmund coach Klopp insisted that his side were worthy winners despite Bayern’s dominance through most of the game.
“The final period was incredible,” he said
“Hats off to my team, who could have played much better. I think they victory was well deserved, I am very happy.”
With no word form Heynckes or any Bayern player yet, Bayern CEO Karl Heinze Rummenigge took the opportunity to make known his feelings on the result. Speaking after the match, Rummenigge said,
“It was an unfortunate unnecessary defeat, I fear that we can’t stop Borussia Dortmund from becoming German champions.”
“Tonight we mourn, but we are preparing for a important games with Real Madrid. We have to put in a top performance,” he finished.
The loss not only complicates things for Bayern who’s next fixtures involve matches against Bremen, Stuttgart and Cologne but it comes just a day after their Brazilian defender Breno was remanded in custody after being charged with arson.
The 22 year old’s charge stems from a fire that burnt down his rented villa last fall. If found guilty, Breno could face up to 15 years in prison and a fine worth $1.3 million.
Dortmund’s next opponents are high flying Schalke whom they face at the Veltins-Arena this Saturday. With star duo Raul and Huntelaar leading the attack, Dortmund wont’ be taking anything to chance.
Despite losing 4-1 to Nurnberg yesterday, Schalke will be looking to cement their third place in the league standings by avoiding a loss.
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