Bayern Munich claimed yet more silverware on Wednesday night as a 3-2 victory over Borussia Dortmund saw them win the German Super Cup.
Die Roten were totally dominant in the opening period and found themselves two goals ahead thanks to strikes from Corentin Tolisso and Thomas Muller. Out of nowhere, though, Dortmund pulled one back before the break through Julian Brandt.
BVB carried their momentum into the second half and Erling Braut Haaland swiftly equalised before spurning an almost identical opportunity to hand his side a 3-2 lead. Bayern would make the Norwegian pay, as Joshua Kimmich netted an innovative late winner to secure Hansi Flick his fifth piece of silverware since arriving at the helm last November.
Let's get into some player ratings from Wednesday night's Klassiker...
1. Goalkeeper & Substitutes
Manuel Neuer (GK) - 7/10 - Conceded twice - albeit from strikes he could do little about - but made an excellent save from Haaland at 2-2. Effective sweeping up behind Bayern's typically high defensive line.
Benjamin Pavard (RB) - 4/10 - Uncharacteristically poor in possession all night and was at fault for Dortmund's first with a sloppy turnover in his own half.
Niklas Sule (CB) - 6/10 - A fairly inactive night for the German brute. Rarely called upon in regards to defensive work. Efficient but safe with the ball, also caught out positionally on the odd occasion. Completely outpaced for Haaland's strike.
Lucas Hernandez (CB) - 8/10 - The Frenchman returned to Flick's starting XI after missing the Hoffenheim defeat and impressed at the heart of defence. Covered space well, great in the air and typically excellent in possession.
Alphonso Davies (LB) - 7/10 - Kickstarted the move for the game's opener with a cheeky nutmeg in his own third on Meunier and caused the Belgian problems all night with pure speed. Also set up Muller's header with a pin-point cross. Despite the odd suspect defensive sequence, this was a fine showing from the Canadian.
Javi Martinez (DM) - 6/10 - Effectively screened the Bayern defence for the most part. Lacks mobility but speed of thought ensured he carried out his function well against Dortmund's crafty, interchanging inside forwards.
Joshua Kimmich (CM) - 8/10 - Did he mean it? Of course the Bavarian warrior meant it. Born leader. Born winner. It was the German's innovative finish from the floor with ten minutes to go which helped Die Roten to victory. Man of the match.
Corentin Tolisso (CM) - 7/10 - Took his goal at the second attempt to round off a swift Bayern transition and was a threat in these situations all night. Tremendous engine, plenty of energy and, overall, this was a competent performance in all phases.
Thomas Muller (RW) - 8/10 - Shifting out to the right amid Flick's change to a 4-3-3, Muller starred. Occupied the half-spaces smartly and was always an option for vertical progression. Played a role in Tolisso's opener before getting on the scoresheet himself with a dominant header past a helpless Hitz. Irresistible.
Robert Lewandowski (ST) - 7/10 - The Pole now hasn't found the net in his last three (!) outings. Worrying. Nevertheless, Bayern's number nine should be credited for a pair of assists on a pretty quiet night. Dispossessed in the build up to Haaland's goal.
Kingsley Coman (LW) - 5/10 - Your typical Kingsley Coman showing: great movement, dangerous in one-v-one's but woeful execution overall.
Serge Gnabry - 5/10
Chris Richards - 6/10
Joshua Zirkzee - N/A
Jamal Musiala - N/A
5. Goalkeeper & Defenders
Marwin Hitz (GK) - 6/10 - Unfortunate to concede two of the three goals that he did, making initial saves from Tolisso and Kimmich. Wasn't tested too much overall.
Emre Can (CB) - 7/10 - Much improved from the Augsburg defeat, Confident in possession and asserted himself on the contest defensively. Provides a good option for BVB in regards to ball progression and drifting into - and overloading - the midfield.
Mats Hummels (CB) - 7/10 - BVB's stand-out performer from the weekend was assured again here. Looked in control and kept Lewandowski in check. Progressive in possession.
Manuel Akanji (CB) - 7/10 - It was the Swiss international's aggressive and astute work which led to both of Dortmund's goals: picking off Pavard's errant pass which eventually led to Brandt's opener before dispossessing Lewandowski in the Bayern half which culminated in Haaland's leveller.
6. Wing-Backs & Midfielders
Thomas Meunier (RWB) - 4/10 - The Belgian's early woes in Dortmund continue. Struggled to cope with Davies' electricity down Bayern's left and was ineffective in attack. Spurned a glorious chance at 2-1 to equalise but missed the target miserably. The sort of opportunity a certain Achraf Hakimi would've gobbled up at a canter.
Mahmoud Dahoud (CM) - 7/10 - This man is blessed with so much technical quality and it was on full show in this one. Plenty of guile and poise but was let down by decision making in the final third. Nevertheless, expect Dahoud to enjoy a fine campaign should he stay injury-free.
Thomas Delaney (CM) - 5/10 - A tough night for the usually reliable Dane. Seemed overwhelmed by Bayern's press at times and was at fault for Kimmich's winner; being pick-pocketed on the turn by the Philipp Lahm regen in his own half. Slid a wonderfully weighted through ball for Haaland's strike, mind, reminding us of his quality.
Felix Passlack (LWB) - 6/10 - A rare start for the German in place of Raphael Guerreiro. He was beaten by in the air by Muller for Bayern's second but was fairly impressive on the whole. Diligent in his defensive work and dynamic in possession; looking to combine and make runs ahead of the ball.
Julian Brandt (RF) - 6/10 - Took his goal emphatically but struggled to impose himself on this one.
Erling Braut Haaland (ST) - 7/10 - Sprung into life after a quiet opening to the contest by teeing up Brandt for his well-taken strike, before grabbing a goal of his own with an emphatic finish after a perfectly-timed run in behind the Bayern defence. Will be kicking himself for not grabbing a brace and was brought off - with Favre clearly having one eye on the Freiburg clash - with 20 minutes to go, reducing BVB's attacking potency significantly.
Marco Reus (LF) - 6/10 - A mixed evening on his return to Favre's starting XI. Worked tirelessly out of possession and certainly had a few bright moments with the ball. There were, however, a couple of sequences where decision making let him down and he overplayed. Should've notched an assist with neat pass through to Haaland in second period
Nico Schulz - 6/10
Reinier - 5/10
Giovanni Reyna - 6/10
Jude Bellingham - N/A
Lukasz Piszczek - N/A