Jamal Musiala will make his first Bundesliga start in Bayern Munich's match against Werder Bremen.

The 17-year-old attacking midfielder has made his first-team breakthrough under Hansi Flick this season, appearing from the bench five times in Germany's top flight before Saturday's encounter.

His concluding goal in the 8-0 rout of Schalke made Musiala Bayern's youngest ever goalscorer, having already become the youngest player in the Bavarian club's history when he came off the bench against Freiburg last term.

Musiala returned to duty for Bayern this week having won his first England Under-21 cap during the international break, finding the net in a 5-0 win over Albania.

Formerly of Chelsea's academy, Musiala was born in Germany and remains eligible to represent either England or Die Mannschaft at full international level.

At the other end of the experience spectrum, goalkeeper Manuel Neuer will make his 400th appearance for Bayern in all competitions.

Niklas Sule is short of match fitness, while fellow defender Bouna Sarr is out with a muscular problem as Flick's side aim to increase their two-point lead over RB Leipzig at the Bundesliga summit.

Hansi Flick once again rejected questions about the possibility of him taking over as Germany coach in the wake of their humiliating UEFA Nations League loss to Spain.

Germany were thumped 6-0 by La Roja on Tuesday, Joachim Low's men suffering Die Mannschaft's heaviest defeat since they lost to Austria in a friendly in 1931 by the same scoreline.

The result has piled further pressure on Low, who has overseen just three wins in eight games in 2020.

Last month, following a 3-3 draw with Switzerland, Bayern Munich boss Flick incredulously dismissed a question about him potentially coaching Germany in addition to his duties with the Bundesliga champions.

Ahead of Saturday's game with Werder Bremen, Flick - assistant to Low when Germany won the 2014 World Cup - was again asked about the chances of him taking over the national team one day.

He told a media conference: "Obviously I watched the game, I think I felt the same way everyone did, like you all did.

"I was disappointed with the way we played football, on the other hand, these things are possible in football, sometimes you get run over and, in the end, you have to draw the right conclusions but that's not my job.

"You know that I live in the here and now, which is why those are things that are too far away from me to even consider."

Former Germany international Jerome Boateng and Austria's David Alaba are both out of contract at the end of this season.

Reports say Bayern have decided against offering Boateng a new deal.

"He's a player of Bayern Munich," Flick said of Boateng. "He's showed outstanding performances for years, he won the treble for the second time so we don't need to talk about Jerome Boateng's quality here.

"We are always talking, I talk to the players, I talk to the officials, I talk to [sporting director] Hasan [Salihamidzic] all the time and of course you're always thinking about the future.

"Both players [Boateng and Alaba] are part of this season, we have a huge schedule ahead of us, they're part of our team, my plan is they are 100 per cent going to be a part of the Bayern team."

RB Leipzig's Angelino labelled team-mate Dayot Upamecano a "beast" as he hailed the in-demand centre-back.

Upamecano has been heavily linked to Premier League champions Liverpool and Manchester United following his exploits for Bundesliga side Leipzig.

German champions Bayern Munich have also been credited with an interest in the France international, whose Leipzig contract reportedly includes a release clause of around £38million (€42m) at the end of the season.

Amid the transfer speculation, Leipzig full-back Angelino lauded Upamecano.

"He is a beast," Spaniard Angelino told Diario AS. "The physique he has is brutal.

"He takes the ball well from behind, takes risks and does it well. He is a beast and is also fast. He is a very complete centre-back. 

"Right now there are not many who play at a spectacular level. He can play well in both three and four defence."

Upamecano joined Leipzig from Austrian giants Salzburg in 2017, and he helped Julian Nageslmann's men reach last season's Champions League semi-final.

The 22-year-old has one goal in six Bundesliga appearances this season, while he has featured 10 times across all competitions in 2020-21.

In the Bundesliga this term, Upamecano has helped keep one clean sheet, won 22 duels, 11 aerial duels and recorded five interceptions.

Upamecano also has a 100 per cent tackle success rate, four headed clearances, 11 clearances in total, a passing accuracy of 89.9 per cent, while he has only been dribbled past by an opponent once.

Is Kylian Mbappe's future in Paris?

Mbappe has long been linked with a move to Real Madrid, while Liverpool have also emerged as a possible destination.

But Mbappe could extend his Paris Saint-Germain contract under one condition.

 

TOP STORY – MBAPPE READY TO RENEW IN PARIS

Kylian Mbappe will re-sign with Paris Saint-Germain but there is a catch, according to Diario AS.

Mbappe has been tipped to swap Ligue 1 champions PSG for LaLiga holders Real Madrid, while Liverpool are another possible destination.

The France star has reportedly rejected three contract offers from PSG, though he could be prepared to renew if a minimum-fee release clause was inserted in the deal.

 

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- AS also says Madrid and Sergio Ramos are set to provide an update on his contract situation. The Los Blancos captain is out of contract at the end of the season. El Chiringuito claims Juventus, PSG, Manchester United and Manchester City have made approaches.

- Sport, meanwhile, claims Madrid are eyeing potential replacements if Ramos does not extend his deal in the Spanish capital. Bayern Munich's David Alaba, Villarreal defender Pau Torres and City's Eric Garcia are reportedly being considered by Zinedine Zidane.

Alaba has also been linked with a move to Serie A champions Juventus, reports Tuttosport. The front page of the newspaper adds that Juve are also targeting midfielders, with Lyon star Houssem Aouar atop the list, while Ajax's Ryan Gravenberch is wanted in Turin. Aouar has also been heavily linked with Arsenal, Barcelona and City.

- The Express says Premier League champions Liverpool are prepared to splash the cash on a centre-back in January. It comes after Joe Gomez joined Virgil van Dijk on the sidelines through injury.

- Inter star and Barca target Lautaro Martinez will reject a renewal with the Serie A side if they remove his release clause, according to Sport.

It was perhaps inevitable that Florian Neuhaus' encouraging early performances in a Germany shirt would prompt speculation of interest from Bayern Munich.

European champions Bayern have a reputation for plucking the Bundesliga's best talents, much to the frustration of their rivals.

After watching Neuhaus sparkle with an all-action display in a 1-0 friendly win over Czech Republic on Wednesday, Borussia Monchengladbach sporting director Max Eberl was dismayed by talk of the 23-year-old being a potential target for Bayern.

"I sometimes ask myself: What do we want?" Eberl told SPORT1. "On the one hand, we all want a competition in which other clubs can become champions.

"But on the other hand, these players then become again linked to this club [Bayern].

"Why not just say: 'Hey, cool! Something is developing at Gladbach'. Why shouldn't a Florian Neuhaus stay with us?

"The reflex is now always: good game, good development, where is he going? It always goes way too fast for me."

The Gladbach midfielder, who debuted for Germany last month, had five shots against the Czechs - more than any other player - and won 83.3 per cent of his duels, while his 103 touches trailed only team-mate Jonathan Tah.

And unfortunately for Gladbach, Bayern could certainly benefit from recruiting a player of Neuhaus' talents.

Although he likes a shot - as evidenced in Leipzig - Neuhaus is not necessarily a reliable goal threat, having failed to net in the Bundesliga this season and hit the target only once from seven attempts.

Neuhaus has scored just four times in the league since the start of the 2019-20 season, with Bayern duo Leon Goretzka (seven) and Joshua Kimmich (five) besting that tally.

But where he stands out from Hansi Flick's existing midfield options is with dribbling skills not seen in Bavaria since Thiago Alcantara's move to Liverpool.

Thiago attempted 85 dribbles last term, completing 71, yet Bayern's next most prolific dribbler in the middle of the pitch is Kimmich, who has pulled off just 22 of 38 attempts since the 2019-20 campaign began.

Neuhaus, since the start of last season, has successfully executed 53 of his 78 dribbles, effectively getting out of tight spaces and moving Gladbach up the pitch.

He is understandably not as well rounded in possession as Thiago, failing to match up to the Spaniard's remarkable passing statistics that saw him complete 90.5 per cent of attempts, 87.3 per cent in the opposition half and 82.5 per cent ending in the final third.

However, respective figures of 84.5 per cent, 77.0 per cent and 69.8 per cent are reasonable enough when considering Neuhaus has created more chances (30) than Thiago (20), Goretzka (25) or Corentin Tolisso (16).

Only the outstanding Kimmich has won possession more often the Neuhaus (270 versus 235), and the injured Bayern man - set to return in January - joins Thiago in leading the reported target for touches (3763 and 2150 beating 2104).

Keeping such company, Neuhaus looks a Bayern player in waiting - however much that might upset Gladbach.

Bayern Munich and Germany captain Manuel Neuer hopes there will never be another season like this one as the coronavirus pandemic puts a strain on players.

Neuer, who is in the Germany squad for matches against Czech Republic, Ukraine and Spain, has already racked up 12 appearances for Bayern and two for the national team in 2020-21 as part of a packed fixture list.

Training with his team-mates is now very different to before and the 34-year-old, while reluctant to complain, cannot wait for normality to return.

"There has never been a season like this and hopefully there never will be again," he said to Sport Buzzer.

"Everyone involved knows that there is a lot at the moment. That is why communication with one another is all the more important - with the coaches, the doctors and physios and the players.

"Certain training types are currently no longer possible. We do recovery after the game, then a bit of tactics work, some final training, and then the next game is on. 

"Small tournaments, forms of play and one-to-one training no longer takes place. 

"We as players shouldn't complain, even if we have reached the limit. 

"We are allowed to play - unlike many others - and are very happy about it; you just have to look at the amateur footballers or take a look at other sports."

Neuer added he has enjoyed alternative individual training methods like a fitness mirror he uses at home.

The goalkeeper was saddened to see Joshua Kimmich suffer a knee injury in Bayern's 3-2 win over Borussia Dortmund, though relieved the problem will only keep his club and international team-mate out until January after successful surgery.

Asked if the strain of the fixture list may have contributed to Kimmich going down, Neuer added: "Such injuries can always happen. 

"It also existed before corona and will also exist when fewer games are on the schedule. 

"The injury for Jo hurts us, of course - at Bayern and Germany - but we know him and know how motivated, conscientious and ambitious he is. 

"So I'm absolutely certain that he will come back in his old strength in January. That's the plan."

Cristiano Ronaldo's time at Juventus could be coming to an end.

Ronaldo arrived at the Serie A champions from Real Madrid in 2018 and is contracted at Juve until 2022.

However, Juventus could have other plans for the star forward.

 

TOP STORY – JUVENTUS CONSIDER RONALDO SALE

Juventus are considering selling Ronaldo next year, according to Sport.

The report says Juve are opting against renewing the 35-year-old's big-money contract and may instead try to recoup some of the €100million they paid for Ronaldo.

Ronaldo has scored six goals in four Serie A games this season, but Juve are fifth in the table.

His shot conversion rate excluding blocks (35.3) and big chance conversion percentage (71.4) are both well up on his previous seasons in Serie A, although it is still early in the 2020-21 campaign.

 

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- Zinedine Zidane is again under pressure at Real Madrid. Sport reports Madrid president Florentino Perez is already doubting the Madrid coach, with his team fourth in LaLiga after being humbled 4-1 by Valencia on Sunday. Madrid have also won just one of their opening three Group B games in the Champions League.

- With his contract expiring at the end of the season, David Alaba looks set to leave Bayern Munich. 90min reports the defender is open to a move to the Premier League amid apparent interest from Liverpool and Manchester City.

- Ousmane Dembele's future at Barcelona is uncertain. The LaLiga giants are prepared to sell the forward as soon as January, according to Sport, with Manchester United among the clubs previously credited with an interest in the 23-year-old.

- Staying at Manchester United and ESPN reports the Premier League giants are considering sending goalkeeper Dean Henderson out on loan again. It means United are delaying a decision on Sergio Romero's future, with the shot-stopper reportedly eager to leave on a free in January.

- A free agent, Mario Mandzukic is attracting interest from LaLiga club Celta Vigo, according to El Partidazo de COPE. Celta Vigo have scored just six goals in nine league games this season, sitting just a point above the relegation zone.

Germany coach Joachim Low has ruled out international recalls for experienced Bayern Munich duo Thomas Muller and Jerome Boateng plus Borussia Dortmund's Mats Hummels.

Low sent the three players into the international wilderness in March 2019 as he looked to build towards the future after Germany flopped at the 2018 World Cup.

Attacking midfielder Muller (100 caps), and defenders Boateng (76 caps) and Hummels (70 caps) boast 246 appearances for Germany between them and were all in the team that won the World Cup in 2014, but the trio are all over the age of 30.

Germany have qualified for Euro 2020 but their defence in particular has been shaky in recent games, shipping seven goals in their last three matches, leading to calls for Boateng and Hummels to be reconsidered.

However, Low has stated he will resist the urge to bring any of the trio back into the fold unless it was an emergency situation.

"We basically decided not to pick these players, nothing has changed that now," Low told Kicker.

"We can't go back now. They are great players with class.

"If a completely new situation arises for us next year due to the failure of key players, I will evaluate it accordingly and think about alternative scenarios." 

The manner in which three popular players, who are still integral to their club sides, have been jettisoned has helped fuel a growing discord between Germany's fans and the national team setup.

Oliver Bierhoff, the national team director of the German Football Association, has urged the country to unite and get behind Die Mannschaft again.

Germany host the Czech Republic in a friendly fixture on Wednesday before Nations League clashes against Ukraine and Spain.

"It hurts the way the young players are dealt with. A dark cloud is falling over the national team," ex-Germany striker Bierhoff said at a news conference on Monday.

"I am not interested in the criticism, but in the tonality and the mood that is conveyed in.

"We are no longer Germany's favourite child but the national team is still Germany's most important football team. Support and a positive spirit would help the boys."

Bierhoff claimed representing Germany is still important, and despite some star players earning vast salaries at club level they still sense when supporters of the national team are not behind them.

He added: "You have to be honest - when it comes to money and fame none of the players really need the national team.

"The boys earn a lot of money, but they are also people. It hurts that we no longer support and honour them. The boys really deserve our trust. The players want to be closer to the fans."

Neymar has tried, without success, to return to former club Barcelona in previous transfer windows.

The Brazil forward wanted to reunite with Lionel Messi.

Now, it seems Neymar is content in the French capital.

 

TOP STORY – NEYMAR HAPPY IN PARIS

Neymar wants to sign a new deal with Ligue 1 champions Paris Saint-Germain, according to Telefoot.

PSG superstar Neymar has long been linked with a return to Barcelona after leaving Camp Nou in a world-record Є222million transfer in 2017.

But Neymar – contracted until 2022 – is reportedly happy in Paris and is prepared to prolong his stay.

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- Manchester United star Paul Pogba has emerged as Real Madrid's alternative to Rennes sensation Eduardo Camavinga, reports Diario AS. Camavinga tops Madrid's midfield wish list following his exploits for Rennes and France. But with his transfer value continuing to rise, Madrid could turn to Pogba, who is reportedly available for €60m (£54m) in 2021. Camavinga has also been linked to PSG and United, while Pogba is reportedly being eyed by former club Juventus.

- Calciomercato claims PSG have joined Barca and Juve in the race to sign Ajax star Ryan Gravenberch.

Bruno Fernandes could leave United if the Premier League giants continue to struggle for consistency, reports Fichajes.net. Madrid, Barca, Juve and Bayern Munich have been credited with interest in the Portugal international.

- Gazzetta dello Sport says Inter are eyeing Udinese star Rodrigo de Paul, who was previously linked with Leeds United.

Juve are interested in Sassuolo midfielder Manuel Locatelli, according to Tuttosport. Sassuolo will not sell the former Milan sensation for less than €40m.

Joshua Kimmich has avoided serious injury and will return in the new year after going down in Bayern Munich's 3-2 win over Borussia Dortmund.

There were fears Kimmich was set for a long spell on the sidelines after he appeared to overextend his knee while fouling Erling Haaland in Saturday's Klassiker.

The versatile midfielder had to be helped off the pitch and, while refusing to comment on the nature or extent of the issue, coach Hansi Flick acknowledged afterwards Kimmich would be a big miss.

But Bayern revealed on Sunday the player had suffered a right lateral meniscus injury and had already undergone successful surgery.

The ailment is still going to keep Kimmich out of action but, according to Bayern's medical staff, only until January.

Sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic added: "We are happy that Joshua will probably be available to us again in a few weeks.

"We will give him the best possible support during his rehab."

Kimmich has started all but three of Bayern's Bundesliga matches since the start of last season, although they have a trio of wins without the Germany international in the XI, scoring 12 times and conceding just once.

He has a goal and four assists in six league games this term, creating 12 chances in all.

Kimmich has completed 89.8 per cent of his Bundesliga passes this season – 87.1 per cent in the opposition half – and has won possession on 50 occasions, although he has lost the ball 85 times.

DFB-Pokal holders Bayern Munich have been drawn against Holstein Kiel in the second round of the competition, while Borussia Dortmund will take on Eintracht Braunschweig.

Bayern have lifted Germany's top domestic cup in back-to-back campaigns and beat Duren in round one thanks to Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting's debut double.

Hansi Flick's side now face a trip to Holstein, who are fifth in 2.Bundesliga and are seeking a first promotion to the top tier in their history.

Fellow big boys Dortmund will also take on second-tier opposition in the form of Braunschweig, who knocked out Hertha Berlin 5-4 in a thrilling first-round fixture.

Arguably the tie of the round is the all-Bundesliga affair between Bayer Leverkusen and Eintracht Frankfurt.

The ties will take place in the week commencing December 21.


DFB-Pokal second-round draw in full:

Wolfsburg v Sandhausen
Hoffenheim v Greuther Furth
Augsburg v RB Leipzig
Holstein Kiel v Bayern Munich
Mainz v Bochum
Cologne v Osnabruck
Hannover v Werder Bremen
Bayer Leverkusen v Eintracht Frankfurt
Eintracht Braunschweig v Borussia Dortmund
Stuttgart v Freiburg
Union Berlin v Paderborn
Dynamo Dresden v Darmstadt
Wehen Wiesbaden v Jahn Regensburg
Elversberg v Borussia Monchengladbach
Essen v Fortuna Dusseldorf
Ulm v Schalke

Erling Haaland recognises he must be more clinical in front of goal despite scoring in Borussia Dortmund's Klassiker defeat to Bayern Munich.

Dortmund went down 3-2 to the Bundesliga champions at Signal Iduna Park on Saturday, with Haaland netting the final goal of the game - his sixth of the season in the league.

But the 20-year-old might have struck long before that late effort in a wasteful display, missing the target with his prior three shots.

"I have to score more goals," he said. "If we don't put our chances away at this level, then we won't win."

It was Haaland's decision-making that was as much a problem as his profligacy.

While the Norway international attempted four shots, missing one of his two big chances, he also passed up a host of opportunities by mistiming a run or misplacing a pass.

Haaland was caught offside on three occasions, having been flagged only twice across his prior five games this term combined.

Despite repeatedly looking for a team-mate when a shot might have been on, the ex-Salzburg striker also played fewer passes into the final third (seven) than he had in previous matches. Just 42.9 per cent of these balls were completed - another season low.

This inaccuracy meant, for the first time in the Bundesliga this season, Haaland failed to create a chance, unable to add to his tally of two assists.

"[Bayern] are the best team in the world and we have to work harder to take the next step to be as good as them," Haaland said.

Taking heed of the opposition, he will surely look to emulate Bayern's ex-Dortmund forward Robert Lewandowski, who showed his class once again.

The Poland star scored with one of his two shots, had two more efforts disallowed for marginal offside calls - the only occasions on which he was flagged - and created Bayern's third goal for Leroy Sane.

It was the sort of display Haaland has shown he can similarly produce - just not yet in the biggest game in German club football.

Lucien Favre saw plenty of reasons for optimism in an "incredible" Klassiker, but defeat still hurt for Borussia Dortmund against title rivals Bayern Munich.

Dortmund slipped to third on Saturday, three points behind leaders Bayern after a 3-2 win for the defending champions at Signal Iduna Park.

BVB led through Marco Reus late in the first half but quickly conceded a deflected equaliser to David Alaba, setting the stage for Robert Lewandowski to mark his 300th game for Bayern with his 259th goal - his 19th in 22 against his former club - after the interval.

Lewandowski then sent through Leroy Sane for number three, before Erling Haaland brought Dortmund back into the game, although that goal proved in vain as Reus missed a huge chance to equalise.

There were 29 shots in all, not including two disallowed Bayern goals, in an epic back-and-forth.

And although Hansi Flick's side could have been out of sight before Haaland teed up a tense finish, the home coach felt hard done by.

Favre said: "It was a good game overall, very good for the spectators on TV.

"We had many, many chances to score - even in the first half. All in all, we have to be positive, we did a good job. We had so many chances to score, it was incredible.

"But we conceded three goals and lost. It's hard to accept."

Favre's two centre-backs disagreed on whether Dortmund deserved better, with Mats Hummels suggesting his team were unfortunate.

"There was a lack of calm in front of the goal," the ex-Bayern man said. "What can you say?

"All three goals conceded were deflected. We didn't dominate, but we were not lucky either. It was an attacking game. Unfortunately, we missed many, many good opportunities.

"Fortune and misfortune are often decisive in the top games, but we tried again and again.

"In the end, we go home with zero points in a game that can end differently. It's a shame, but that's football."

As Hummels appeared to bemoan Dortmund's inability to take their chances - hitting the target with just five of their 15 efforts - defensive colleague Manuel Akanji was equally concerned by lapses at the back.

Alaba's free-kick - Bayern's 100th Bundesliga goal under Flick - was the first BVB had conceded in 441 minutes in the league, yet Akanji acknowledged fault at both ends of the field.

"Three goals is too many," he said. "Too much is expected of our attack to score three or four goals.

"We had the chances up front, but we weren't efficient enough. And then we allowed too many chances at the back.

"We see that we can compete; we had enough chances. We have to exploit them and work even better defensively. Then we'll see where that leads."

Borussia Dortmund were spared by a marginal VAR call, but it was as if something unhelpful within their collective muscle memory started to spasm.

Robert Lewandowski thought he had added to his merciless record of 18 goals in 21 competitive encounters against his former club, adding the finishing touch to a move of frictionless beauty featuring all members of Bayern Munich's dynamic front three.

Unfortunately for the superstar striker, his knee strayed fractionally offside when converting Serge Gnabry's cross and Saturday's compelling, undulating Klassiker remained goalless. Although that state of affairs was very much on notice.

Dortmund were aiming to equal a Bundesliga record of five consecutive clean sheets and had the best defensive record in the division so far this season, having conceded just twice.

Lucien Favre has made building more solid foundations for his side's flair an obvious priority. Before the weekend, they had also faced fewer shots than any other team (37) and only committed one error leading to a goal in the 2020-21 campaign.

Despite all that, Lewandowski's reminder of his lethal qualities seemed to induce panic. They were all at sea a few moments later when Leon Goretzka got a volley off and the ball spun eventually to safety from Roman Burki's save.

It felt like a case of kill or be killed and, on the stroke of half-time, BVB thrillingly struck. Mats Hummels' drilled pass was superb - putting Bayern straight back on their heels and allowing a sprightly move to fizz through Jadon Sancho, Raphael Guerreiro and finally Marco Reus, who opened his body for an expert side-footed finish.

They were unable to even make it to the interval. Hummels, the rock upon which Dortmund's new solidity is built, tore out of position and missed a challenge on Gnabry. A panicked Thomas Delaney tripped the Germany winger inside the D and a scampering Hummels was unable to clear David Alaba's deflected free-kick on the goal-line.

The early stages of the second half proved decisive and underscored the terms upon which this uneven battle is waged. Promise can challenge perfection and potential might nudge prowess out of its stride, but it's never less than a very tough ask.

Erling Haaland could very well be to the coming decade what Lewandowski was to the one just gone. The 20-year-old sensation is a striker blessed with natural gifts and a confidence that borders on arrogance.

Another fine Hummels ball found Sancho and his reverse pass released Haaland. A VAR check for offside would have been in order had he found the target, but the Norway international dragged wide.

It was, at best, half a chance. The same could be said when Lewandowski stole a few inches in front of Hummels and headed home immaculately from Lucas Hernandez's left-wing delivery in the 48th minute.

Bayern sensed blood and Champions League final hero Kingsley Coman thudded a drive against the post. To their immense credit, Dortmund turned the tide and sent wave after wave crashing towards Manuel Neuer's goal.

Haaland tormented Jerome Boateng relentlessly, but his radar was off. Teenager Giovanni Reyna shot at Neuer following a mistake from Bouna Sarr, who endured an at times tortured introduction to this fixture.

Jude Bellingham, 17, came on to turn the midfield in Dortmund's favour and fellow substitute Thorgan Hazard drew a superb Neuer stop, as did Reus.

Then, in the 80th minute, when Haaland's hold-up play misfired, Bayern broke and Leroy Sane - a ready-made world-beater from their bench - scored a riotous counter-attacking goal.

It ended 3-2 as Haaland finally got the goal his endeavours deserved, bringing down Guerreiro's chipped pass brilliantly and rounding the goalkeeper to finish. It was the only one of his four shots on the night to end up on target and he was flagged offside three times.

Both of Lewandowski's offsides cut short goal celebrations, and he scored one from two shots. It would be a brave man who backs against the prodigious Haaland reaching those levels of efficiency sometime soon. He will be a truly terrifying prospect.

However, Dortmund's wearying experience suggests, like Lewandowski before him, Haaland will be playing somewhere else by that stage. The same can probably be said for Sancho, Reyna and Bellingham when they fully realise their vast talents.

Such is a reality where a bolted down defence and livewire attack can only mean BVB take some sharpened, shiny knives to the Klassiker gunfight.

Bayern Munich landed the first significant blow in this season's Bundesliga title race as they rallied to beat Borussia Dortmund 3-2 away in Der Klassiker.

Last season's champions were tied with opponents Dortmund heading into the weekend but forged a three-point gap - two clear of Saturday's early second-placed winners RB Leipzig - despite trailing to an effort from Marco Reus.

Bayern had lost Joshua Kimmich to injury with the game still goalless yet soon took the game away from BVB in clinical fashion either side of half-time at Signal Iduna Park.

David Alaba - the subject of some scrutiny amid failed contract negotiations - provided a swift riposte to the breakthrough goal, before Robert Lewandowski's 19th career strike against former club Dortmund secured a lead that substitute Leroy Sane stretched 10 minutes from time.

Erling Haaland belatedly found his shooting boots to set up a tense finale and Reus blazed a glorious opportunity over, while Lewandowski saw a late second ruled out for offside in a thrilling end to the match.

Lewandowski should have had his side in front within 41 seconds, instead lashing into the side-netting, before Roman Burki made an excellent two-handed save from Leon Goretzka's close-range header.

Haaland ran onto Gio Reyna's pass but directed a delicate finish across the face of goal and then looked to have been punished for his profligacy as Lewandowski took his second opportunity, only for a VAR review to highlight a marginal offside.

After Kimmich hobbled off - hurt in a lunge on Haaland - Reus hit Dortmund's 45th-minute opener, turning a smart effort past Manuel Neuer at the near post from Raphael Guerreiro's cutback.

But there was still time for Bayern to restore parity before the break as a set-piece routine allowed Alaba to shoot from 20 yards and earn a decisive deflection off Thomas Meunier.

They then needed less than three minutes of the second half to lead as Lewandowski stooped to meet Lucas Hernandez's cross and head inside the right-hand post, although the same section of the goal frame then denied Kingsley Coman a quick third.

Ex-Schalke winger Sane arrowed in a fine low strike on the break to seemingly settle matters, but Haaland kept Hansi Flick's men on their toes as he stayed onside to round Neuer and lash into the net, a feat Reus could not repeat when he thundered his volley over.

That would prove Dortmund's last big chance, even as another VAR review robbed Lewandowski of a stoppage-time second.

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