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Borussia Dortmund 2 Bayern 0

Ruthless BVB punish Bayern’s lack of punch

Bayern remain off the Bundesliga pace after a 2-0 defeat away to second-placed Borussia Dortmund on Sunday, although the champions were left to rue a series of missed chances in the first period, after a game in which BVB were simply the more ruthless of two hard-working but uninspired sides.

The gigantic 80,720 capacity crowd packed into the magnificent surroundings of Signal Iduna Park, formerly and better known as the Westfalenstadion, saw the visitors enjoy much the better of the first half, but Mario Gomez was unable to mark his return to the starting line-up with a goal after spurning four presentable chances.

Borussia took revenge when Paraguay hitman Lucas Barrios broke the deadlock seven minutes after the restart with a deflected drive, Nuri Sahin doubling the lead direct from a free-kick on the hour. Bayern never gave up but the task was now beyond a side for whom the goals have mysteriously and inexplicably dried up.

The result leaves the champions down in 13th on eight points from seven matches, after what is officially FCB’s worst-ever start to a domestic season. The league now takes a break for two rounds of international matches, before the Bavarians return to action at home to high-flying Hanover on Saturday 16 October.