Bayern and Dortmund take rivalry to another level

BVB Stadion Dortmund, Dortmund – 18/03/1998 – Quarter-finals
Dortmund
Dortmund
Chapuisat 109 ET
1 - 0
Bayern
Bayern
Edge of the seat

"It was wonderful, the whole team felt so much emotion." Stéphane Chapuisat

1997/98

• Slovakia's first UEFA Champions League representatives, 1. FC Kosice, became the first side to fail to pick up a single point during their group stage campaign, scoring two goals in six outings.

• Four matches drew crowds of 100,000: FC Dynamo Kyiv's home games against Newcastle United FC, Barcelona and Juventus, and the first leg of the Real Madrid CF-Borussia Dortmund semi-final.

• At 17 years and 195 days, Peter Ofori-Quaye became the UEFA Champions League's youngest scorer when he struck Olympiacos FC's consolation in a 5-1 group-stage loss away to Rosenborg BK.

The first UEFA Champions League tie between domestic rivals may have lacked goals and attacking quality, but there was no shortage of drama and tension.

Tackles flew in and the occasional chance went begging until, after 199 scoreless minutes, Stéphane Chapuisat finally broke through, dispatching a left-footed volley beyond Oliver Kahn's despairing dive. The Westfalenstadion erupted with unbridled relief and joy – even for Bayern, the comeback kings, there was no way back.

The result postponed the Bavarian giants' ambitions of reestablishing themselves at the top of the pile in Germany. Back-to-back Bundesliga titles had brought Dortmund to the fore, and although Bayern had managed to wrest the league crown back, the spotlight at the end of that 1996/97 campaign focused on Die Borussen's UEFA Champions League success.

To make matters worse Dortmund had claimed European club football's biggest prize by beating Juventus in Bayern's own backyard, at the Olympiastadion. So this was more than game, more than a tie to decide who would represent Germany in the UEFA Champions League semi-finals: it was a battle for domestic supremacy.

The first meeting in Munich ended goalless, with nothing to separate the sides as well-drilled defences held sway. Bayern, conducted by Lothar Matthäus and Mehmet Scholl, travelled to Dortmund for the return having lost three of their last four league games but it counted for little, the visitors having the better of a tight game from the off.

Had their finishing matched their approach play Giovanni Trapattoni's side would have long been out of sight. It was not, however, and Chapuisat – one of six survivors from the previous year's final – made them pay dearly when he finally escaped the watch of Markus Babbel.

Surprisingly lasting details of that famous night are hard to come by: there are few video clips, only sparse reports. Perhaps few in Germany – and Dortmund in particular – need reminding.

Star players

  • Kahn

    It took FC Bayern München a record €2.5m to prise Kahn from Karlsruher SC in 1994 but that proved small change. In the course more than 600 games over 14 years, King Kahn helped Bayern to eight Bundesliga titles, six German cups, the UEFA Cup and the 2001 UEFA Champions League. The only goalkeeper to win the FIFA World Cup Golden Ball, world football's greatest prize was all that eluded him.

  • Chapuisat

    The son of an international defender, Stéphane Chapuisat was a prolific goalscorer named Switzerland's Golden Player in 2004. He will forever be associated with Borussia Dortmund, winning back-to-back Bundesliga titles and the 1997 UEFA Champions League in an eight-season spell that brought 102 goals in 218 top-flight games. Chappi's scoring touch 
    did not desert him until he was well into his 30s, as he won the Swiss title with Grasshopper-Club in 2001.

  • Kohler

    One of the finest man-markers to grace the game, Kohler was a formidable centre-back. He dominated aerial challenges and any lack of pace was eclipsed by his clever reading of situations and clean tackling. He won every major honour at club level with Juventus, Borussia Dortmund and FC Bayern München, and his 105 international caps included starring roles in Germany's success at the 1990 FIFA World Cup and EURO '96.

What happened next?

• Borussia Dortmund were unable to repeat their heroics in the semi-finals as goals from Fernando Morientes and Christian Karembeu earned Real Madrid CF a 2-0 win in Spain. The second leg ended goalless.

• Juup Heynckes went on to guide Real Madrid to their first European Champion Clubs' Cup in 32 years, Predrag Mijatović scoring the only goal of the final against Italian champions Juventus in Amsterdam.

• FC Bayern München gained a measure of revenge with a 4-0 victory over Dortmund on the final day of the Bundesliga season as they finished second, two points behind Otto Rehaggel's 1. FC Kaiserslautern.

• Dortmund finished tenth, missing out on a European place. Nevio Scala was replaced by Michael Skibbe that summer though Matthias Sammer was in charge by the time they won a sixth title in 2001/02.

• Ottmar Hitzfeld replaced Giovanni Trapattoni at Bayern, heralding a new golden era – in six years the club won four Bundesliga titles and reached two UEFA Champions League finals, winning in 2001.

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