Robert Lewandowski scored the only goal in Dortmund’s 1-0 win over Bayern, but it was Arjen Robben’s name written all over the frantic ending to what should be the title game for the 2011-2012 Bundesliga season, with the Dutch winger failing three times in 13 minutes, placing hims as the tragic figure of the match.
But the biggest news out of the Signal Iduna Park packed with 80,000 fans is Dortmund opening a six point gap over Bayern in the title race, completing a double over the Bavarian giants and continuing their impressive unbeaten run, now stretching to 24 games, despite not having Martio Gotze to finish the season with them.
Very similar to the mid 1990’s, when Dortmund won two consecutive league titles under Hitzfield, despite Bayern having the bigger, more impressive names. That 90’s team won the Champions League title in a great final against Juventus in 1997. If Klopp, who’ll probably the hottest name in the summer rumor mill regarding big club managerial vacancies, can hold on to his stars and remain to continue his impressive project, Dortmund might reach those heights once again, 15 years later.
Bayern didn’t come to win this match. Two central midfielders who had no intention of pushing forward. Just relying on Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery who kept getting double markers, unable to find the stagnant Muller and Gomez, who were too busy with defensive assignments.
Heynckes made a cardinal sin and paid for it. You don’t take off the only player who can score a goal for you. He took off Mario Gomez, and conceded shortly after. Arjen Robben took his time heading out to create the offside trap, leaving Robert Lewandowski onside, scoring with a cheeky heel, beating the overall fantastic Manuel Neuer.
But it wasn’t over for Robben. Dortmund were pushed back and couldn’t really create a counter attack chance. Arjen Robben won a penalty kick, this time without actually diving. He performed pathetically from the line, easily stopped by Weidenfeller. More Robben? A few minutes, just before injury time, Robben had a chance to score in front of a wide open goal, two meters from the line. He mishit the ball, which went flying into the stands.
Dortmund will now, probably, go on to win their second consecutive league title under Klopp, continuing the rebuilding of the empire, while Bayern, six points behind with four matches left to play, will be left wondering what went wrong once again. Specifically for this match, it’s easy to find a man to point the finger at.