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On Thomas Tuchel’s debut, Bayern Munich defeated Borussia Dortmund by four to take the lead


On Saturday, Bayern Munich defeated Borussia Dortmund 4-2 at home to retake the lead in the Bundesliga, giving Thomas Tuchel a successful debut as the head coach of the Bavarian powerhouses. By the 25th minute, Bayern was up 3-0 thanks to a shocking own goal from Dortmund goalie Gregor Kobel and two of Thomas Mueller’s trademark poacher’s finishes. Despite two late consolation goals, Kingsley Coman added a fourth goal soon after the break to put Bayern two points ahead of the guests.

Dortmund entered the game in the unusual position of holding the top spot, one point clear of Bayern, who had last week fired coach Julian Nagelsmann in favor of Tuchel.

Tuchel, who led Dortmund for two years and won the German Cup during that time, had just one practice with Bayern, but Kobel gave them an early lead in the 13th minute.

The goalkeeper, who had been out for five weeks due to an injury, rushed out of his area to attempt to stop Dayot Upamecano’s long pass, but he only made the slightest of contacts before helplessly watching as the ball rolled into the goal.

Five minutes later, Mueller scored from a corner, and five minutes after, Kobel dropped Leroy Sane’s attempt, Mueller pounced.

When Coman slid the ball under Kobel early in the second half, there would be no miraculous recovery, unlike earlier in the season when Dortmund came from 2-0 down to draw 2-2 at home with Bayern.

After Serge Gnabry fouled Jude Bellingham in the box, Dortmund was awarded a penalty kick, which Emre Can scored, and Dutch forward Donyell Malen added a second goal in the final minute of regulation.

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