Paco Alcácer the hero as red-hot Dortmund down Bayern in thriller

Rex Christensen
November 11, 2018

Dortmund had a four-point cushion to the Bundesliga champions heading into the clash and their seven-point gap will now give them real hope of a title challenge, although they were spared a last-gasp Lewandowski leveller by a correct offside call.

After a pulsating clash, however, it was Dortmund who came out on top.

Seven points ahead of third-placed Bayern at the top of the Bundesliga, could they be on their way to a first league title triumph since the heady days of Jurgen Klopp?

With only 11 games played of a 34-game season, there is plenty of football yet to be played in this season's Bundesliga.

Dortmund were handed the flawless opportunity to get back into the game just three minutes into the second half when Reus was brought down in the box by Neuer, and the BVB No. 11 picked himself up to send the goalkeeper the wrong way and equalise.

However, Robert Lewandowski broke the deadlock for the visitors in the 26th minute with a simple finish at close range following a square pass by Serge Gnabry.

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But the scores were level for only three minutes. Sancho played a pass into the right side of the area for Reus, who touched the ball past the diving Neuer, the goalkeeper's momentum bringing the forward down. Despite protests, the penalty stood following another look by the video assistant referee and Reus made no mistake from the spot.

But parity lasted only four minutes, Bayern retaking the lead with a breathtakingly attractive goal. The ball dropped to Joshua Kimmich on the touchline and his lofted cutback sat up for Lewandowski to head in.

Reus should have scored his second shortly afterward, but after sidefooting past Neuer, Kimmich was on the line to clear.

Reus got parity again for the hosts in the 69th minute with an incredible half-volley in the centre of the box following a brilliant cross by Lukasz Piszczek, 2-2.

Bayern looked for a late equaliser, which nearly arrived when a free-kick from Kimmich was inadvertently headed back towards his own goal by Reus, the ball dropping just past the post.

Lewandowski got the ball in the back of the net for Bayern deep in stoppage time with a back-heel but he was flagged offside as the visitors went down 3-2 to a spirited Dortmund.

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