Fight and flair: Sane shines against Dortmund
That a contested duel like Der Klassiker against Borussia Dortmund would demand more from an attacker like Leroy Sané than his undisputed attacking skills became apparent in the 88th minute: At 2-2, Bayern were closer to the winning goal than the visitors, but the danger of running into a counterattack was still there. It was all the more important that the 25-year-old sprinted back immediately after losing the ball, snatched the ball from the highly competitive Emre Can, and thus stopped the opponent's attack.
Praise from head coach Flick
Bayern thus retained possession and, thanks to Sané's effort, scored just seconds later through Leon Goretzka to take the lead for the first time in the game! However, it was not the winger's first strong action in the match. In the 26th minute, the winger had left his opponent Nico Schulz for dead and played in Robert Lewandowski for the first of his three goals on the day.
"Leroy is a player who has also prepared a lot of goals in the past. He was also crucial today for us to get the first goal back," praised coach Hansi Flick, underlining, "Like the whole team, it was an outstanding 70 minutes, that's how we want it." Sané's rounded off the fightback in the 90th minute, when he fooled the BVB rearguard with another clever feint and played it through for Lewandowski, who slotted home for the fourth.
Third best Bayern goal contributor
After 31 competitive games this season, the summer signing has a strong 17 goal contributions (eight goals, nine assists). Only Robert Lewandowski (45 - 37 goals, eight assists) and Thomas Müller (25 - 13 goals, 12 assists) have more for FCB.
Leon Goretzka was one of the key elements in the win against BVB, and not just thanks to his important opening goal: