Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich moved two points ahead of RB Leipzig and three points ahead of Borussia Dortmund with a Der Klassiker win.
In this season’s Bundesliga title chase, Bayern Munich landed the first significant blow as they recovered to defeat Borussia Dortmund 3-2 away in Der Klassiker.
The champions of last season were tied with opponents Dortmund going into the weekend but forged a three-point lead while trailing to an effort by Marco Reus-two clear of Saturday’s early second-placed winners RB Leipzig.
With the game still goalless, Bayern had lost Joshua Kimmich to injury, but soon took the game away from BVB in clinical fashion either side of half-time at Signal Iduna Park.
David Alaba-the subject of some criticism amid failed contract talks-offered a swift riposte to the breakthrough goal, before Robert Lewandowski’s 19th career strike against former club Dortmund preserved a lead that substitute Leroy Sane extended 10 minutes from time.
Erling Haaland found his shooting boots late to set up a tense finish, and Reus blazed a glorious chance over, while in a thrilling end to the match, Lewandowski saw a late second called out for offside.
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Before Roman Burki made an impressive two-handed save from Leon Goretzka ‘s close-range header, Lewandowski should have had his side in front within 41 seconds, instead of lashing into the side-netting.
Haaland charged on the pass of Gio Reyna but guided a delicate finish across the face of goal and then looked to have been punished for his profligacy as Lewandowski took his second chance to highlight a slight offside, only for a VAR examination.
Reus hit Dortmund’s 45th-minute opener after Kimmich hobbled off-injured in a lunge on Haaland-turning a smart effort past Manuel Neuer at the near post from the cutback of Raphael Guerreiro.
But as a set-piece routine allowed Alaba to shoot from 20 yards and earn a decisive deflection from Thomas Meunier, there was still time for Bayern to restore parity before the break.
Then, as Lewandowski stooped to reach Lucas Hernandez ‘s cross and head inside the right-hand post, they needed less than three minutes of the second half to lead, although the same section of the goal frame then denied Kingsley Coman a fast third.
In a fine low strike on the break, ex-Schalke winger Sane arrowed to seemingly settle matters, but Haaland held the men of Hansi Flick on their toes as he stayed onside to round Neuer and lashed into the net, a feat Reus could not replicate when his volley over thundered.
That would prove the last major opportunity for Dortmund, even as another VAR analysis deprived Lewandowski of a stop-time second.