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Football - Alcacer delivers sucker punch as Dortmund complete incredible comeback against Bayern

Alcacer delivers sucker punch as Dortmund complete incredible comeback against Bayern

10/11/2018 at 18:55Updated 10/11/2018 at 20:50

Bundesliga, Signal Iduna Park - Borussia Dortmund 3 (Reus 49 (pen), 67, Alcacer 73) Bayern Munich 2 (Lewandowski 26, 52)

Paco Alcacer struck the winner as Borussia Dortmund came from behind to stun Bayern Munich 3-2 and make a firm statement of their title credentials.

Die Schwarz-Gelben were second best for much of the first half with Robert Lewandowski heading home to give the visitors the advantage in the 26th minute.

Marco Reus levelled from the spot within minutes of the restart, but the hosts were caught cold soon after as Lewandowski notched his second of the game with another close-range header.

However, Dortmund were much improved after the break with England's Jadon Sancho impressive down the right, and they deservedly reached parity once again when Reus sizzled a first-time strike into the far corner.

Both sides continued to threaten in what was an absorbing Der Klassiker encounter, but it was Dortmund who took the spoils when Alcacer ran clear and clipped a sublime finish over Manuel Neuer with 17 minutes to go.

The victory sees Dortmund move four points clear of Borussia Moenchengladbach at the summit, with Bayern seven adrift of Lucien Favre's exciting, young side.

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TALKING POINT

Bayern's domestic dominance under threat.

After an unbeaten league start, this was the acid test for Favre and his Dortmund side. BVB have won many admirers with their attacking prowess this term, but in the first half Bayern's established superstars looked on course to illustrate why they are renowned for being big-game players. Cue a much-improved second-half showing from Dortmund as they took their league tally to 33 goals for the season and stretched their undefeated Bundesliga start to 11 matches.

From an England perspective, Gareth Southgate will be delighted. Sancho was instrumental in the home team's comeback after a quiet first half and again demonstrated just why his move from Manchester City looks like a shrewd one.

Axel Witsel, Marco Reus (Borussia Dortmund vs. FC Bayern München)

Axel Witsel, Marco Reus (Borussia Dortmund vs. FC Bayern München)Getty Images

As for Bayern, they will lament not making more of their first-half dominance with more pressure set to be directed the way of new coach Niko Kovac heading into the international break. One thing's for sure, it looks like being the most interesting Bundesliga race for some time, with Bayern's hopes of a seventh straight title under serious threat at this point.

MAN OF THE MATCH

Marco Reus (Dortmund). The Dortmund captain has enjoyed a sparkling opening to the new campaign and was pivotal in turning this around. He won and converted the penalty and was a continual threat with his pace and energy. The German shrugged off spurning a golden chance just before his magnificent second, and looks to be back to his best after enduring so much injury hell in recent years.

PLAYER RATINGS

DORTMUND: Hitz 7, Piszczek 7, Akanji 7, Zagadou 7, Hakimi 7, Witsel 7, Weigl 5, Sancho 7, Reus 8, Larsen 6, Götze 6. Subs: Dahoud 7, Alcácer 7, Delaney n/a.

KEY MOMENTS

10' - DORTMUND CHANCE! Reus with some lovely work to turn his man and sprint clear. He surges in on Neuer but his low shot lacks power and the Bayern keeper makes a decent save.

26' - GOAL! Dortmund 0-1 Bayern. The champions lead. Lewandowski thumps a header beyond Hitz from Gnabry's superb right-wing cross.

49' - GOAL! Dortmund 1-1 Bayern. Reus sends Neuer the wrong way from the spot and we are all square in Der Klassiker. The penalty was awarded after Reus was brought down by Neuer as he chased Sancho's through ball.

Borussia Dortmund's Dan-Axel Zagadou in action with Bayern Munich's Robert Lewandowski

Borussia Dortmund's Dan-Axel Zagadou in action with Bayern Munich's Robert LewandowskiReuters

52' - GOAL! Dortmund 1-2 Bayern. Lewandowski at the double! The striker is on hand to nod in from close range after slick play involving Muller, Gnabry and Kimmich down the right.

59' - DORTMUND CHANCE! Reus sees his close-range effort blocked on the line by Kimmich after some wonderful play by Sancho on the right had carved the visitors open.

62' - DORTMUND CHANCE! Sancho steals the ball off Hummels and surges clear. He rounds Neuer and cuts it back for Alcacer, who takes too long and sees his effort blocked on the line by Boateng.

67' - GOAL! Dortmund 2-2 Bayern. Reus meets a low ball from the right with a first-time shot on the turn that sizzles into the bottom corner from 15 yards.

73' - GOAL! Dortmund 3-2 Bayern. Dortmund have turned it around! Alcacer is set free and this time he keeps his cool. He moves in front of Martinez and dinks it over the advancing Neuer.

Robert Lewandowski of Bayern Munich (R) celebrates with teammate Thomas Mueller (L) after scoring his team's first goal during the Bundesliga match between Borussia Dortmund and FC Bayern Muenchen at Signal Iduna Park on November 10, 2018 in Dortmund, Ger

Robert Lewandowski of Bayern Munich (R) celebrates with teammate Thomas Mueller (L) after scoring his team's first goal during the Bundesliga match between Borussia Dortmund and FC Bayern Muenchen at Signal Iduna Park on November 10, 2018 in Dortmund, GerGetty Images

90+6' - BAYERN GOAL RULED OUT! Lewandowski tucks home a right-wing cross, but his hat-trick joy is cut short by the sight of a flag. He's offside and Dortmund will surely see it out now.

KEY STATS

Bayern have picked up just eight points from their last seven Bundesliga games, and they have never come back from being seven points behind the leader that late in the season.

Dortmund have scored 18 goals by substitutes in all competitions this season, that’s at least ten more than any other team in Europe’s top 5 leagues.

Alcacer has scored eight goals in his first six Bundesliga appearances, the only Bundesliga player to do so before was Gert Dörfel for Hamburger SV in 1963.

Reus has now scored seven Bundesliga goals this season, thus equalling his personal best for the opening 11 matchdays (same as in 2015-16).

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