Borussia Dortmund’s Jude Bellingham was outspoken in his criticism of the referee after Robert Lewandowki scored twice as Bayern Munich won 3-2 against in a breathless Der Klassiker in front of a restricted crowd of just 15,000.
Lewandowski cancelled out Julian Brandt’s early goal and then struck the winner with 13 minutes to go from the penalty spot following a controversial handball decision following a lengthy VAR review. An irate Dortmund coach Marco Rose was sent off with a second booking for dissent and Bellingham was unhappy with Felix Zwayer’s decision to award a penalty, saying: “For me it wasn’t a penalty. [Mats] Hummels is not even looking at the ball and he’s fighting to get it. It hits him and I don’t think he is looking at the ball. You can look at a lot of other decisions in the game. You give a referee that has match fixed before, the biggest game in Germany, what do you expect?”
Zwayer was banned for six months after being embroiled in a match fixing scandal in 2005 but the young English player could face DFB sanctions for his outburst.
Dortmund earlier had two claims for a penalty themselves with Zwayer refusing both times to review them. In one of them Dortmund captain Marco Reus went down in the box after a challenge with Lucas Hernández in the 54th minute and the Dortmund captain said Zwayer should have at least watched it again.
“When you see the replay it looks really bad,” Reus said . “It is a shame that he did not review that one. It was an extremely wild game and a great one for the fans and it is two times more bitter to lose like that.”
Lewandowski’s two goals took his tally for the calendar year to 40 and crucially lifted Bayern four points above Dortmund at the top of the Bundesliga. It was Bayern’s sixth consecutive win over Dortmund and it puts them on course for a record-extending 10th consecutive title.
Brandt set the tone for a thrilling game with a fine goal in the fifth minute, when he eluded Alphonso Davies by playing the ball between his legs and then fired it inside the top right corner.
Bayern looked uncertain after the setback, but Thomas Müller chased down a poor touch from Hummels and then held off his former teammate to set up Lewandowski, who equalized with a tidy finish inside the near post in the ninth.
There was no respite for either team as the game resumed at a furious pace.
Dortmund had the more clear-cut chances, but Kingsley Coman scored a minute before the break with a deflected shot after Raphaël Guerreiro’s attempted clearance was inadvertently blocked by Hummels.
Erling Haaland equalized after the break with a curled shot in off the far post, his 11th goal in eight Bundesliga games set up by Guerreiro after a mistake from Dayot Upamecano.
Dortmund’s luck changed when Reus’ penalty appeal went unheeded shortly afterward and then Hummels was penalised for handball after Serge Gnabry’s corner struck the Dortmund defender’s elbow as he appeared to stumble. Despite a lengthy hold up as the decision was referred to VAR, Lewandwoski made no mistake from the spot to score his 16th goal of the season.