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Bundesliga tie provides exciting foreshadow to Champions League final

May 4, 2013, 3:52 PM EST

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With an all-German Champions League final set, it was only fitting Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund met in the league prior to the big match.

Neither side could secure a victory as the game finished 1-1, but there was plenty of excitement – and tension – to go around at Westfalenstadion.

Kevin Grosskreutz and Mario Gomez both found the back of the net, and there was a nasty edge to the match as 7 yellow cards were shown between the two sides.

Midfielder Anatoliy Tymoschuk picked up the game’s first yellow and first of 6 for Bayern as he scythed down Robert Lewandowski in the 10th minute, a contentious moment for both sides.

Two of the yellows found Bayern defender Rafinha, the second of which he received for a vicious elbow to Grosskreutz that caught the ire of Dortmund boss Jurgen Klopp and sent the Brazilian defender to an early shower.

Ultimately, the Bundesliga runners up will be kicking themselves for not leaving their fortress with 3 points, as Lewandowski had a penalty saved by Manuel Neuer after Jerome Boateng’s questionable handball saw the referee point to the spot.

Both managers will be happy they kept some star players out of harm’s way for the combative match.  Bayern manager Jupp Heynckes deemed Mario Mandzukic, Arjen Robben, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Franck Ribery, and Dante too important to risk in the match.  On the other end, Marco Reus was relegated to a 71st minute bench replacement, and Mats Hummels and Lukasz Piszczek were both kept off the pitch altogether.

Despite the use of backups, Klopp will have a headache as he adds Ilkay Gundogan to his injury list after colliding with Diego Contenato.  Mario Gotze has already found that list, and the jury is still out on whether his torn thigh muscle will heal in time for the final at Wembley.

Obviously, that match will need a winner to complete.

  1. listerineman - May 5, 2013 at 5:49 AM

    are you kidding me with your article? is that a game? search for 99 errors? you have no qualification to write any article about the bundesliga. you are disrespectful to this league. Stadiumname in Dortmund…wow, you live in stoneage? the 2nd yellow card for Rafinha was after a contact vs Blaszczykowski (and not Grosskreutz), even the picture is showing Kuba…. it’s Tymoshchuk and Contento. Do you even watched the game? After reading your article i can only smh!!!!!!

  2. koozie618 - May 5, 2013 at 7:43 AM

    Bad article, lots of errors. It was a very entertaining match considering it didn’t mean much to either squad. Sammer vs Klopp was the highlight for me.

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