Borussia Dortmund won the German Supercup for a second consecutive season with a 2-0 win against German Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich at a sold out 80,000 Signal Iduna Park.
Henrikh Mkhitaryan opened the scoring midway through the first-half before Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang doubled Dortmund’s lead just after the hour mark.
12 months ago Pep Guardiola took charge of his first competitive game as Bayern Munich head coach. His weakened side were beaten 4-2 that day but things didn’t turn out too bad for the Spaniard afterwards.
Both sides made a number of changes for this evening’s game from what is expected to be their first-teams this season but it was Jürgen Klopp’s side were superior throughout.
Bastian Schweinsteiger, Franck Ribéry and Arjen Robben were all absent, whilst Dante, Philipp Lahm and Mario Götze all started from the bench for last season’s double winners.
Robert Lewandowski make his Bayern Munich debut against his former club but was kept silent by Sokratis Papastathopoulos all game. He was whistled and booed when in possession, although not as loud as Mario Götze last season.
Bayern Munich didn’t look up to the pace of the game from early on. Just after the quarter hour mark, Manuel Neuer had to scramble to clear a poor backpass from Javi Martínez. Moments later the German number one was called into action to deny Oliver Kirch’s drive.
Debutant centre-back Matthias Ginter forced a diving save from Neuer a few minutes later with a downward header from Jonas Hofman’s corner.
Borussia Dortmund broke through on 23 minutes when Henrikh Mkhitaryan drove at the defence, easily drifting past youngster Gianluca Gaudino before his attempted pass to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyan took a fortunate ricochet into the Armenian’s path inside the penalty area before thumping home. There was a poor attempt of a challenge on from David Alaba.
The Black and Yellows were well on top at this point. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang forced a diving save from Neuer shortly after taking the lead.
Javi Martínez, playing centre-back saw his game cut short before the half-hour mark as he went down in pain following an attempted acrobatic shot with his leg catching the arm of Marcel Schmeltzer on the follow-through.
Dante made his replacement with notably no taunting from the Borussia Dortmund crowd following Brazil’s 7-1 hammering at the hands of Germany in the summer. Martínez was stretched off, grimacing after the medical team worked on his knee.
Manuel Neuer was called into action again before half-time. First denying a near-post effort from Jonas Hofman and then getting behind Sebastian Kehl’s effort from outside the area.
Philipp Lahm replaced Thomas Müller at half-time. The German forward barely had a touch of the ball in the first half. The German defender looked short of the pace in the second half, also collecting a yellow card.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang made it 2-0 with a seven-yard header following a great cross from the touchline by right-back Łukasz Piszczek. The Gabonese international was substituted before the restart with summer signing Adrián Ramos on for his debut.
Mkhitaryan and Ciro Immobile had opportunities afterwards to add to the score but two goals were enough for Borussia Dortmund to lift the German Supercup for a second consecutive year.
The scoreline did not flatter Jürgen Klopp’s side who were impressive. Bayern Munich themselves were very poor but you can certainly expect them to get better when the 2014-15 German Bundesilga season kicks off at the Allianz Arena on Friday 22 August.