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Bundesliga: Bayern’s title hopes crushed by fired-up Dortmund

Bayern Munich’s dream of a record-breaking 12th consecutive Bundesliga title is in tatters after a shocking 2-0 home defeat to rivals Borussia Dortmund. This loss not only ends Bayern’s dominance but also marks the end of Dortmund’s 11-game winless streak against their fiercest rivals.

While neither team was in the title race this season, the prestige of Der Klassiker fueled an intense match. Dortmund wasted no time, taking the lead within 10 minutes. Julian Brandt unleashed a lightning-fast attack with a one-touch pass to Karim Adeyemi. Bayern’s defense couldn’t contain the speedy winger, who slotted the ball past Sven Ulreich, Bayern’s stand-in goalkeeper.

The game became a thrilling end-to-end affair. Harry Kane, uncharacteristically, missed a golden header from a Joshua Kimmich cross. Bayern pushed for an equalizer, but Dortmund’s defense, led by the rock-solid Mats Hummels, stood firm. Hummels made several crucial blocks, including a spectacular one-handed save to deny Eric Dier’s header.

Dortmund clung to their lead at halftime, marking the first time Bayern trailed at home to their rivals since 2014. While history suggested a potential Bayern comeback, it wasn’t meant to be. Felix Nmecha almost doubled Dortmund’s lead shortly after the break but couldn’t beat Ulreich. Hummels continued his dominant performance, denying Kane another chance and even testing Ulreich himself with a powerful shot.

As the final 10 minutes approached, tension grew for Dortmund. However, substitute Sébastien Haller made a crucial contribution, setting up Julian Ryerson for a thunderous strike that sent the Dortmund fans into raptures. A late disallowed goal for Kane only added to the drama, but Dortmund held on for a famous victory – their fourth league win in a row.

This win puts Dortmund in a strong position to qualify for the Champions League, especially after RB Leipzig dropped points earlier in the day. With just seven games remaining and a 13-point deficit, Bayern’s stranglehold on the Bundesliga appears to be over.

Man of the Match: Mats Hummels (Borussia Dortmund) (Hummels’ dominant performance at the heart of the defense was instrumental in securing Dortmund’s victory.)

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