“Mitch Langerak protected the winning margin for us and, all things told, did a magnificent job. There are so many positive elements to take for our development from this evening. Most of my players were still being nursed the last time we won in Munich.” – Jurgen Klopp.
Borussia Dortmund’s 3-1 win at Bayern Munich looks to have been the stand out moment of 2010/2011 in the Bundesliga as the visitors confirmed their dominance of the division and took a major step towards winning the title.
Confirming the “power shift” are the statistics that Dortmund had not won at Bayern in 19 years and the average ago of Jurgen Klopp’s side was just 22. To add even more gravitas to the result, they were without two big players in captain and goalkeeper Roman Weidenfeller and Shinji Kagawa, the sensation of the Bundesliga season.
Without Weidenfeller, it was left to 22-year-old Australian custodian Mitch Langerak to prove that Dortmund’s scouting network is one of the best in world football.
Langerak came through the ranks at Melbourne Victory and in a short time proved he is a contender to take over Mark Schwarzer’s role as number one for the Socceroos. In particular this performance against Kawasaki Frontale in March 2010 was particularly impressive.
On Saturday, Langerak was calm throughout his first team debut and dealt with a number of incoming Bayern crosses. His stand-out moments came against Mario Gomez late on. First he flattened the Bayern striker when coming for a cross and then produced a wonder save from a shot.
Related video link: Highlights of Bayern Munich 1 – Borussia Dortmund 3.