Borussia Dortmund lost the German Super Cup against FC Bayern in their own backyard. However, the 2-0 scoreline did not reflect the run of play. The Black and Yellows were the dominant side for the majority of the match. Bayern Munich, though, were the ones that made their chances count.
Thomas Tuchel's men looked lively from the get go. They produced many coherent attacking moves and managed to push Bayern back into their own territory. Until Arturo Vidal put his team ahead, the match seemed to be under control for BVB.
The inaccurate finishing proved to be Borussia Dortmund's downfall. They should have capitalised from their numerous chances that forced Manuel Neuer to make some miraculous saves. Another negative is that all the positives won't count for much since the Super Cup hardly rarely reflects what is to come in the Bundesliga season.
Manager rating out of 10
7 -- By only fielding players that have seen the majority of Dortmund's preseason -- with the exception of Marc Bartra -- the coach gave his side a telling advantage over Ancelotti's starting XI.
Player ratings (1-10; 10 = best. Players introduced after 70 minutes get no rating)
GK Roman Burki, 9 -- The Switzerland goalkeeper pulled off two magic saves to deny Arturo Vidal twice. However, he could not stop the follow-up after Vidal's bullet from distance in the 58th minute.
DF Felix Passlack, 8 -- The 18-year-old turned in a very mature performance in the right-back position. Passlack reaffirmed his strong showings from the friendlies and is destined for more minutes with BVB's senior team. The youngster was caught in a controversial situation when Franck Ribery hit out and buried his elbow in the right-back's face.
DF Sokratis Papastathopoulos, 7 -- The Greek centre-back was engaged in his usual tussle with Robert Lewandowski and held the upper hand for the match.
DF Marc Bartra, 8 -- It was a very positive night for the former Barcelona defender, who impressed with a lot of pin-point vertical passess across the field. His prowess in build-up play will make the loss of Mats Hummels easier to stomach.
DF Marcel Schmelzer, 7 -- The left-back led the team on the field as captain and showed a tenacious performance as he did so often in the previous season.
MF Gonzalo Castro, 7 -- The 29-year-old showed good vision and was always calm on the ball. He contributed to Dortmund's domination for most of the match.
MF Sebastian Rode, 9 -- The former Bayern player was everywhere on the field and, as such, was the driving force in Dortmund's midfield. He was easily the best outfield player on the night.
MF Adrian Ramos, 4 -- The Colombian striker was fielded on the right wing by Tuchel and it became obvious that he was played out of position. He left the field after 68 minutes. Not a game to remember for Ramos.
MF Shinji Kagawa, 7 -- The playmaker won some duels in style, but ultimately lacked the end product. For a positive take away, he looked improved compared to previous friendlies.
MF Ousmane Dembele, 6 -- The 19-year-old played a decently in his first match at the Westfalenstadion. He showcased his undisputed talent by dancing around Bayern defenders, though his decision making leaves much to be desired. He could have put the Black and Yellows in front in the first half, but could not beat Neuer.
FW Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, 6 -- The Gabon striker huffed and puffed up front. He made a lot of runs to put Neuer and Bayern's centre-backs under pressure. In the first half he was free on goal, but just took a moment to long to get a shot away.
MF Julian Weigl, 6 -- Replaced Adrian Ramos after 68 minutes, but did not provide anything extraordinary. He lost a header against former BVB captain Mats Hummels, which resulted in Thomas Muller doubling the scoreline.
MF Andre Schurrle, 6 -- Was substituted for Dembele at the same time as Weigl. The winger darted down the right flan a few times, but without any end product.
MF Emre Mor, N/R -- The 19-year-old replaced Aubameyang, in the 78th minute, but the match was done and dusted at the point. His appearance on the field ensured that Mario Gotze would not to play his first match in a Dortmund shirt after three years.