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Dortmund down Bayern in Super Cup

BV Borussia Dortmund claimed the first silverware of the German season by defeating Bundesliga winners FC Bayern München 2-1 at home to win the Super Cup.

Dortmund lift the German Super Cup
Dortmund lift the German Super Cup ©AFP

BV Borussia Dortmund claimed the first silverware of the German season by defeating Bundesliga winners FC Bayern München 2-1 to win the Super Cup.

Rapid strikes
In front of a crowd of more than 47,000 at the Westfalenstadion, Dortmund gained some measure of revenge for their cup final reverse at the hands of Bayern in April thanks to two goals in four first-half minutes from Jakub Błaszczykowski and Tamás Hajnal. Substitute Mehmet Ekici reduced the arrears for Bayern 17 minutes from time.

Positive start
In the first competitive game of the season, and under the guidance of new coach Jürgen Klopp, Dortmund took control from the off and duly caught last season's double winners cold. First, Błaszczykowski finished off some enterprising play by Croatian international Mladen Petrić to open the scoring after 29 minutes, a lead which was doubled soon after when new signing Hajnal curled a free-kick into the top-left corner from 20 metres.

Tactical reshuffle
Bayern coach Jürgen Klinsmann – who, like his counterpart, was also taking charge of his first game – made five changes at half-time. He introduced Lukas Podolski and Toni Kroos among others but they had to wait until the 73rd minute to half the deficit. Substitute Ekici had only been on the field for two minutes when he picked up Kroos' lay-off and slotted the ball coolly between the legs of Dortmund goalkeeper Roman Weidenfeller. Weidenfeller then denied Joseph Ngwenya with a minute remaining but Dortmund held on to secure the trophy.