Borussia Dortmund prevented Bayern Munich from claiming their fourth consecutive Super Cup as they beat Niko Kovac’s side 2:0 at Signal Iduna Park.
Mats Hummels was a late withdrawal for BVB, forcing Favre to play Toprak in central defence alongside Akanji. Julian Weigl was chosen to partner Axel Witsel in midfield.
Bayern’s XI was pretty much on the lines of what Kicker had predicted for them– the only difference being Corentin Tolisso starting in midfield ahead of Renato Sanches.
Marco Reus, who was given the German Footballer of the Year trophy just before the game began, almost put BVB ahead in the first minute, but was denied by an excellent Neuer save.
At the other end, Kingsley Coman forced a double save from Dortmund reserve keeper Hitz, but the game remained goalless at half time. However Dortmund came running out of the blocks after the interval, and Jadon Sancho created one and scored another as Bayern went 2-0 down.
Thiago carelessly giving away the ball started Bayern’s downfall, and the Brazilian was given a 6 (lowest possible score) in Bild’s ratings.
Coman had another second half chance, but was again denied by Hitz, and when Thomas Muller attempted to fire home the rebound, Manuel Akanji produced a fine last minute clearance to prevent Bayern from scoring.
There was also a controversial incident where Joshua Kimmich appeared to stamp on the foot of Jadon Sancho, but the Bayern right back got away with a yellow.
A magnificent result for BVB, given the various injuries in their XI, and their first SuperCup win since 2014 (that year also was a 2:0 win over Bayern).
A great result for neutrals ahead of the new Bundesliga season, that’s for sure.