German Bundesliga report Borussia Dortmund v Bayern Munich 10 November 2018

Robert Lewandowski- cropped

Robert Lewandowski- cropped

It was Bayern Munich who dominated the ball during the opening exchanges, but they found it hard to find a way through to the Dortmund defence.

Dortmund created enough chances to win a handful of matches, but until Alcacer's arrival they lacked a striker as prolific as the continually reliable Lewandowski.

That's a lead of seven points on third-placed Bayern Munich now, Bundesliga champions in the past six seasons.

Reus had the first real opening of the game in the 10th minute, and should have given Dortmund the lead. The domination finally paid off in the 26th minute as Lewandowski scored against his former club, nodding home from a Serge Gnabry cross.

Franck Ribery nearly made it two just after the half hour, but he fired straight at goalkeeper Marwin Hitz.

Dortmund were handed the flawless opportunity to get back into the game just three minutes into the second half when Reus was brought down in the box by Neuer, and the BVB No. 11 picked himself up to send the goalkeeper the wrong way and equalise.

Dortmund regrouped at the interval and were awarded a penalty just three minutes into the second half. Sancho played a pass into the right side of the area for Reus, who touched the ball past the diving Neuer, the goalkeeper's momentum bringing the forward down. The ball dropped to Joshua Kimmich on the touchline and his lofted cutback sat up for Lewandowski to head in.

Reus got parity again for the hosts in the 69th minute with an incredible half-volley in the centre of the box following a brilliant cross by Lukasz Piszczek, 2-2.

The turnaround was complete in the 73rd minute when Alcacer sprung the offside trap from Axel Witsel's pass, and coolly dinked a shot over Neuer to put Dortmund in front for the first time.

Bayern thought they had stolen a point in the 95th minute when Lewandowski steered a super backheel past Marwin Hitz, but the goal was rightly disallowed for offside.

Can Kovac make history and turn around Bayern's rotten form, or will Dortmund prove too strong for a side accustomed to winning the Bundesliga title every season?

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