Bayern Munich defeated quasi-rival Borussia Dortmund today at Allianz Arena thanks to what some saw as a questionable penalty in the 85th minute. After Franck Ribéry was pulled down by Neven Subotic, Arjen Robben converted to give Bayern its 2-1 win.
“Questionable” in that it’s definitely a foul, but some people just don’t like Ribéry or Bayern Munich.
The goal capped a comeback that was nearly an hour in the making, after Dortmund struck first through Marco Reus after this beautiful sequence in the 31st minute:
It was only the third goal Bayern had surrendered in nine-plus games in the Bundesliga season. Dortmund would remain ahead until Robert “No, we didn’t meet in L.A.” Lewandowski added a very familiar goal to his resume.
The win keeps Bayern four points clear of Wolfsburg, while Dortmund drop to 16th: the Bundesliga’s relegation playoff spot.
Perhaps the most relevant-in-the-big-picture moment of the match came when Dortmund keeper Roman Weidenfeller used ancient coconut opening techniques on his teammate, Henrik Mkhitaryn. It raises an very important question: Is this still funny?
Five years ago, this is unquestionably hilarious. Now, in an era of advanced concussion awareness, you can’t help but chuckle, but you feel terrible about yourself when you’re done. Modernity is hard sometimes.