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SUPER VICTORY:Borussia Dortmund’s triumph was a timely boost ahead of the new Bundesliga season which begins on August 9.— PHOTO: AFP
SUPER VICTORY:Borussia Dortmund’s triumph was a timely boost ahead of the new Bundesliga season which begins on August 9.— PHOTO: AFP

Borussia Dortmund exacted partial revenge on Bayern Munich for its Champions League final defeat with a 4-2 win the German Super Cup final encounter on Saturday.

Bayern showed plenty of attacking intent without reward in an evenly matched first half as Arjen Robben, Thiago Alcantra and Mario Mandzukic were kept at bay by Dortmund’s defence.

At the restart Dortmund coach Jurgen Klopp made a straight switch in midfield, Sven Bender replaced by Sebastian Kehl.

The match then exploded, with three goals in the space of as many minutes.

First up was Robben, levelled with a header by the far post after a fine cross from Philipp Lahm.

Seconds later a mix-up resulted in Bayern defender Daniel van Buyten’s back header slipping past Starke, standing in for the injured Manuel Neuer, to put Dortmund back in front.

And then Ilkay Gundogan curled a shot from the edge of the box into the bottom corner. Robben gave fresh hope to Bayern after the hour, linking up well with Lahm for the game’s fourth goal inside ten minutes.

The result: Borussia Dortmund 4 (Reus 6, 86, van Buyten 56-og, Gundogan 57) bt Bayern Munich 2 (Robben 54, 64). — AFP

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