Goetze scores on return as Bayern sink Dortmund

Sat Nov 23, 2013 3:17pm EST
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(Reuters) - Mario Goetze scored on his return to Borussia Dortmund, the club where he grew up, to set bitter rivals Bayern Munich on the way to a 3-0 Bundesliga win in the clash of Germany's top two sides on Saturday.

Goetze stabbed the ball home in the 66th minute, only 10 minutes after coming on as a substitute to a resounding chorus of jeers, as the Bavarians enjoyed their first league win over Dortmund since February 2010.

The 21-year-old, whose transfer stunned Borussia fans when it was confirmed last April for 37 million euros ($50.04 million), did not celebrate his goal.

Arjen Robben sealed the win with a typical breakaway effort with five minutes left and Thomas Mueller sidefooted a third to complete a demoralising evening for Dortmund as their makeshift defence collapsed.

Dortmund were left to rue an early miss by Robert Lewandowski, who fired wide from six metres after only two minutes, and a brilliant save by Bayern goalkeeper Manuel Neuer to deny Marco Reus with the score 1-0.

The win took leaders and champions Bayern, who have 35 points, seven clear of third-placed Dortmund.

Bayer Leverkusen are sandwiched inbetween on 31 points after winning 1-0 at Hertha Berlin with Stefan Kiessling's 13th goal of the season in all competitions.

Bayern, who had not won any of their last six meetings with Dortmund, had plenty of early possession but spent most of the team passing the ball sideways, unable to play their way out of defence.

After Lewandowski's miss, Jakub Blaszczykowski wasted a chance for Dortmund when he dallied over his shot and Reus had a powerful drive parried by Neuer as the hosts looked menacing.   Continued...

Bayern Munich's players celebrate victory against Borussia Dortmund during their German first division Bundesliga soccer match in Dortmund, November 23, 2013. REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach