BFF#12 – On this day in Der Klassiker folklore…

Yesterday, the 6th of April 2019, the Der Klassiker finished 5 – 0. It was a dramatic 28th matchday in the German Bundesliga which could have huge implications at the end of the season, but almost 18 years to the day, again on matchday 28, a very different result was played out in Der Klassiker of 2001, on April 7th.

Let’s take a closer look at this record breaking game.

Now for those who don’t know, the Der Klassiker, (which stands for ‘German classico’), is the name given to the match between two of the Bundesliga’s most successful teams, Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich.

The 2000/2001 Bundesliga season will go down in the history books as one of the most dramatic seasons the league has experienced. However, the second Der Klassiker played that season is still holder of a possibly unwanted record.

As the game kicked off, Bayern were one point clear at the top of the Bundesliga, ahead of second placed Dortmund, adding pressure to an already fiery affair.

After 6 minutes, Paraguayan striker Roque Santa Cruz converted Bixente Lizarazu’s cross, putting the away team, (Bayern Munich), ahead.

Then in the 16th minute, the first yellow card was handed out to Bayern full back, Samuel Kuffour. It was from this point the game resembled a rugby match rather than a football match.

Bayern were the main culprits, being awarded a total of six yellow cards and one red card, before half time! Dortmund also earned themselves two yellow cards before the break. By half time a total of 8 cards had been awarded to players. One of those red being shown to Bixente Lizarazu after the full back picked up his second yellow for a professional foul on Dortmunds Tomáš Rosický.

After the first half had descended into total chaos, the referee, Hartmut Strampe, needed to find a way to take control of this match in the second half.

As the second half started, Dortmund found their way back into the game when in the 52nd minute Yugoslavian striker Fredi Bobic converted a Lars Ricken cross.

With the game poised at one all, Strampe was unable to regain control of the match, and in the 54th minute Bayern’s next yellow card was awarded, which was followed up by a red card to Steffan Effenburg.

The cards didn’t stop there. Three more yellows were awarded to the over zealous away team, followed by a straight red card to Brazillian full back, Evanilson, after he was found guilty of a poor challenge on Bayen substitute Paulo Sergio.

The match ended one all with a total of 12 yellow cards and 3 red cards, setting a Bundesliga record for the most cards in a single match.

The draw had major implications on the 2000/2001 title. Dortmund finished the league in third position. While a goal in stoppage time against Hamburg lifted the Bavarian’s one point above rivals Schalke on the competition ladder, awarding Bayern their 16th Bundesliga title.

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