A late Arjen Robben penalty gave Bayern Munich a dramatic 2-1 comeback win on Saturday that sent Borussia Dortmund sliding into the drop zone after their fifth straight defeat and worst-ever start to a Bundesliga season.
The Dutchman sent keeper Roman Weidenfeller the wrong way in the 85th minute, after Franck Ribery was brought down, to lift leaders Bayern to 24 points, four ahead of second-placed VfL Wolfsburg.
“We are very satisfied,” coach Pep Guardiola told reporters at the Allianz Arena after his team avenged their season-opening German Super Cup defeat by Dortmund. “In the second half we played as we should.”
The defeat, which featured two decisive blunders from defender Neven Subotic after he came on for the injured Mats Hummels in the second half, drops the Ruhr Valley club to third from bottom with seven points from 10 games.
“After a good first half we had a visibly less good second where we could not deal with the pressure anymore,” said Dortmund coach Juergen Klopp after the ‘Klassiker’ fixture between two of Germany’s biggest clubs.
“We invested a lot in this game so it is even more bitter.”
In a game that lived up to its reputation with both teams hitting the woodwork amid high tempo fare in the opening exchanges — Robben for Bayern and Henrikh Mkhitaryan for Dortmund — it was Germany winger Marco Reus who drew first blood for the visitors in the 31st minute.