Borussia Dortmund take on Bayern Munich in the DFB Pokal 2017 semifinal match on Wednesday night, 26th April 2017 at Allianz Arena in Munich. Both teams have already meet twice in the league this season with both winning their home games and losing away. While last year Bayern defeated Dortmund in the final of 2016 DFB Pokal thanks to penalty shoot. Bayern vs Dortmund DFB Pokal semifinal kicks off at around 20:45 CET / 19:45 uk time and BT Sports will have live coverage in the UK. However if you missed the live action, tune in here for full match highlights.
Bayern Munich 2-3 Borussia Dortmund Highlights
[ Dfb Pokal 2017 Semifinal Match ]
19′ 0 – 1 Marco Reus
28′ 1 – 1 Javier Martinez
41′ 2 – 1 Mats Hummels
69′ 2 – 2 Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang
74′ 2 – 3 Ousmane Dembele
Bayern Munich sold Mario Gotze back to Borussia Dortmund but managed to sign Matts Hummels breaking the backbone for this highly rated Dortmund side. This season’s game between the two will be very exciting as Dortmund has kind of put together a decent squad which will surely challenge Bayern Munich.
Dortmund’s improvement during the season was evident in their two games against Bayern this season as after losing 5-1 back in October 2015 they held Bayern to a 0-0 draw at home back in March. I am expecting another tight game in this one.
Dortmund vs Bayern Preview: Bayern Munich’s surprise defeat against FC Mainz has put the title race back into perspective as the biggest german match takes place this weekend on Saturday, 05 March. Second place Borussia Dortmund host Bayern Munich in a bid to reduce the points gap to just 2 poins if home side can get a win over mighty Bayern. Bayern are not the same team since Pep Guardiola announced that he will be joining Manchester City next season and things are a looking slightly more shaky for Bayern in last couple of months. Dortmund on the other hand has won 7 of their last 8 games in all competitions and will be smelling blood going into the most important week of their season.
Team News: Bayern Munich are sweating over the fitness of summer arrival Arturo Vidal who will have to pass late fitness test but Mario Gotze and Bernat are fit to start just incase Vidal fails to make it to the starting lineup. Mehdi Benatia, Frank Ribery and Holger Badstuber are ruled out but Arjan Robben might play some part in the game after recovering from muscle injury. Javi Martinez, Jerome Boateng, Philip Lahm and Alaba to play in back four.
Dortmund dont have any injury worries and Tuchel is likely to go with Kagawa, Gundogan and Reus in attacking roles while Aubameyang to play lone striker upfront. THis is how I expect both teams to lineup for the Sundays big clash.
Predictions: Bayern Munich has been in absolute superb form and should go into this game as heavy favourites and I totally expect them to get three points which will send them 7 points clear at the top of the table. I am going with Bayern to continue their legendary form in the league and win the game by 3-1 with Lewandowski scoring a brace.
Bayern Munich defeated Borussia Dortmund in the final of 2016 DFB Poland and completed yet another league/cup domestic double. Both teams pretty much cancel each other out for best part of 120 minutes play as game went to Penalties where Bayern Munich scored four penalties compared to Dortmund’s three. Sokratis Papastathopoulos and Sven Bender missed their consecutive penalties and Douglas Costa scored the decisive penalty to win the cup for Bayern and Pep Guardiola see off his tenure with his fourth trophy.
The game was very competitive in both normal play and in extra time although Bayern Munich had slightly more chances to take the lead in normal play. Dortmund sat back for most of the game and try to catch Bayern on counter attacks. Dortmund failed to score two straight penalties which handed the initiative to Bayern and Costa who scored Bayern’s fourth penalty secure the title.