Borussia Dortmund 0-0 Bayern Munich: Bavarians Maintain Five-point Lead

Borussia Dortmund 0-0 Bayern Munich: Bavarians Maintain Five-point Lead
March 06 05:55 2016 Print This Article

Bayern Munich stay five points clear at the top of the Bundesliga table after recording a 0-0 draw away to second place Borussia Dortmund on Saturday evening.

Thomas Tuchel’s men had the opportunity to cut Bayern’s lead to just two points after the German champions suffered a shock defeat at home to Mainz in midweek.

Dortmund had chances to unlock the Bavarians’ defence on the break, while Arturo Vidal smashed the crossbar via the fingertips of Roman Burki, but neither side could find a decisive breakthrough.

Both sides had chances to strike first in the early stages. Thomas Muller should have done better with a presentable opportunity for Bayern as he shot over after a weak Roman Burki punch, before Vidal diverted a Douglas Costa cross wide.

At the other end, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang raced into the opposition penalty area but saw his shot shovelled away by Manuel Neuer, while Erik Durm fired into the side netting after a sharp turn in the box.

A crucial challenge from Bayern’s Joshua Kimmich prevented Marco Reus from pulling the trigger in prime position, before Douglas Costa raced clear from Robben’s pass in a rapid counter-attack and failed to beat Burki one-on-one, with the goalkeeper’s legs rescuing his side as an end-to-end battle continued.

Burki saved Robben’s curling attempt, before the Netherlands winger fired inches wide a few moments later in a strong finish to the first half from the visitors.

Aubemeyang was denied by Neuer for a second time shortly after the break, with Henrikh Mkhitaryan unable to covert the rebound for Dortmund.

Another Robben attempt was gathered by Burki and Vidal headed Muller’s delivery just wide as Bayern searched for a potentially decisive goal in the title race.

The lively Robben was involved again shortly after, but should have done better as he blasted over from Xabi Alonso’s pass.

Guardiola’s men were continuing to look the most likely and they were so close to striking through Vidal.

Muller helped on a corner and the Chile international latched on to the bouncing ball to power in a shot from 10 yards out, with Burki making a magnificent reaction save to divert it on to the crossbar.

Aubameyang and Robben both exchanged off-target efforts and Alonso almost caught out Burki with an ambitious long-range strike as a goalless draw began to look increasingly likely.

Bayern brought on Franck Ribery, while Tuchel called on Adrian Ramos from the bench and the Colombia international headed wide from a decent chance after Aubameyang’s cross in the final minutes, but there was to be no crucial goal.

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