German Bundesliga
B Dortmund0Bayern Munich0

Borussia Dortmund 0-0 Bayern Munich

Pep Guardiola
Pep Guardiola is closing in on his third Bundesliga title

Bayern Munich maintained their five-point lead over second-placed Borussia Dortmund following a 0-0 draw at Westfalenstadion.

A seventh win in eight league games would have lifted Dortmund to within two points of Bayern following the champions' shock 2-1 defeat at home to Mainz in midweek.

But Pep Guardiola's side rarely looked like losing again.

The visitors' Arturo Vidal was closest to a winner when he hit the bar.

How the action unfolded

Only thing missing was a goal

It was not an epic 'Der Klassiker' but there was still plenty of quality on show.

Both sides struggled in front of goal, with Dortmund's lively striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang twice being denied by Manuel Neuer.

Robert Lewandowski had a quiet night, with Bayern's best openings falling to Thomas Muller, Douglas Costa, Arjen Robben and Vidal, whose close-range volley was superbly touched onto the bar by Roman Burki.

Arturo Vidal
Former Juventus midfielder Arturo Vidal has scored four times for Bayern Munich this season

Bayern 'Pep' up title hopes

Guardiola's side will be the happier of the two as they maintained the status quo at the top of the table with nine games to go.

A third league defeat of the season would have made it a nervy run-in to the end of the season and raised further question marks about Bayern's ability to get the job done before Guardiola leaves to join Manchester City in the summer.

There was no doubt his side looked fully focused on their jobs at a passionate Westfalenstadion and, if anything, the more likely winners.

Bayern dominated the second half and have every chance of retaining their title in tandem with a challenge for the Champions League.

The home leg of their last-16 tie with Juventus, currently locked at 2-2, will be played later this month.

A tough man to please

Pep Guardiola and Joshua Kimmich
Joshua Kimmich joined Bayern Munich last summer from Leipzig
Pep Guardiola and Joshua Kimmich
The Germany under-21 international has started nine Bundesliga games for Bayern

Guardiola dished out some tough love to Joshua Kimmich after he helped Bayern keep a clean sheet.

The 21-year-old midfielder was pressed into service as a central defender to cover for injuries and produced a top-class performance.

That didn't stop Guardiola marching onto the pitch after the final whistle to remonstrate at length with the seemingly bemused young man.

All ended well, though, with Guardiola dishing out hugs and praise.

The Bayern boss said: "He is passionate, he has absolutely everything."

Bayern Munich tweet

It could be interesting at Manchester City next season......

What next?

Bayern Munich have a blank midweek before playing improving Werder Bremen at home next Saturday.

Borussia Dortmund turn their attention back to Europe and the home leg of an appetising last-16 tie against Tottenham in the Europa League on Thursday.

What they said

Bayern forward Thomas Muller: "Nil-nil is definitely a result we can live with. I'd like to have seen our efforts rewarded with a 1-0 win.

"It stays exciting. We're still under pressure for the remaining games."

Line-ups

B Dortmund

  • 38Bürki
  • 26Piszczek
  • 6BenderBooked at 37mins
  • 15Hummels
  • 37Durm
  • 33Weigl
  • 8GündoganSubstituted forSahinat 90+1'minutes
  • 29Schmelzer
  • 10Mkhitaryan
  • 17Aubameyang
  • 11ReusSubstituted forRamosat 81'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Weidenfeller
  • 4Subotic
  • 14Leitner
  • 18Sahin
  • 20Ramos
  • 27Castro
  • 28Ginter

Bayern Munich

  • 1Neuer
  • 21Lahm
  • 32Kimmich
  • 27Alaba
  • 18Bernat
  • 14AlonsoBooked at 22minsSubstituted forBenatiaat 90'minutes
  • 23Vidal
  • 10Robben
  • 25Müller
  • 11Douglas CostaSubstituted forRibéryat 75'minutes
  • 9Lewandowski

Substitutes

  • 5Benatia
  • 6Thiago Alcántara
  • 7Ribéry
  • 13Ferreira de Souza
  • 19Götze
  • 20Rode
  • 26Ulreich
Referee:
Tobias Stieler
Attendance:
81,359

Match Stats

Home TeamB DortmundAway TeamBayern Munich
Possession
Home37%
Away63%
Shots
Home11
Away17
Shots on Target
Home3
Away4
Corners
Home2
Away6
Fouls
Home10
Away12

Live Text

Match ends, Borussia Dortmund 0, FC Bayern München 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Borussia Dortmund 0, FC Bayern München 0.

Substitution

Substitution, Borussia Dortmund. Nuri Sahin replaces Ilkay Gündogan.

Substitution

Substitution, FC Bayern München. Medhi Benatia replaces Xabi Alonso because of an injury.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Xabi Alonso (FC Bayern München) because of an injury.

Attempt missed. Thomas Müller (FC Bayern München) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Arjen Robben.

Attempt missed. Adrián Ramos (Borussia Dortmund) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang with a cross.

Attempt missed. Thomas Müller (FC Bayern München) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left.

Robert Lewandowski (FC Bayern München) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Mats Hummels (Borussia Dortmund).

Corner, Borussia Dortmund. Conceded by Xabi Alonso.

Attempt blocked. Henrikh Mkhitaryan (Borussia Dortmund) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

Hand ball by Philipp Lahm (FC Bayern München).

Substitution

Substitution, Borussia Dortmund. Adrián Ramos replaces Marco Reus.

Juan Bernat (FC Bayern München) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Marco Reus (Borussia Dortmund).

Attempt missed. Xabi Alonso (FC Bayern München) right footed shot from more than 35 yards misses to the left. Assisted by David Alaba.

Attempt missed. Arturo Vidal (FC Bayern München) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Franck Ribéry.

Corner, FC Bayern München. Conceded by Sven Bender.

Substitution

Substitution, FC Bayern München. Franck Ribéry replaces Douglas Costa.

Attempt missed. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Borussia Dortmund) header from the left side of the six yard box misses to the left. Assisted by Lukasz Piszczek with a cross.

Foul by Thomas Müller (FC Bayern München).

Ilkay Gündogan (Borussia Dortmund) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Arjen Robben (FC Bayern München) right footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Douglas Costa.

Attempt missed. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Borussia Dortmund) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Marco Reus with a headed pass.

Foul by Thomas Müller (FC Bayern München).

Julian Weigl (Borussia Dortmund) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt saved. Arturo Vidal (FC Bayern München) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Corner, FC Bayern München. Conceded by Erik Durm.

Attempt missed. Marco Reus (Borussia Dortmund) right footed shot from the right side of the box is high and wide to the right following a set piece situation.

Foul by Juan Bernat (FC Bayern München).

Erik Durm (Borussia Dortmund) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Attempt missed. Arjen Robben (FC Bayern München) left footed shot from the left side of the box is too high. Assisted by Xabi Alonso.

Arturo Vidal (FC Bayern München) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Julian Weigl (Borussia Dortmund).

Attempt missed. Arturo Vidal (FC Bayern München) header from the left side of the six yard box misses to the right. Assisted by Thomas Müller with a cross.

Attempt saved. Arjen Robben (FC Bayern München) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Thomas Müller.

Foul by Xabi Alonso (FC Bayern München).

Marco Reus (Borussia Dortmund) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

goal

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Saturday 5th March 2016

  • B DortmundBorussia Dortmund0Bayern MunichBayern Munich0
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  • FrankfurtEintracht Frankfurt1IngolstadtFC Ingolstadt1
  • AugsburgFC Augsburg3B LeverkusenBayer 04 Leverkusen3
  • Werder BremenWerder Bremen4HannoverHannover 961
  • StuttgartVfB Stuttgart5Hoffenheim1899 Hoffenheim1
  • WolfsburgVfL Wolfsburg2B MgladbachBorussia Mönchengladbach1

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