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‘Sad’ Niko Kovac rues Bayern Munich’s errors

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Niko Kovac was left to lament Bayern Munich’s errors and wastefulness in front of goal during their 2-0 DFL-Supercup defeat to Borussia Dortmund.

Jadon Sancho stole the show at Signal Iduna Park on Saturday with a superb display that enabled Dortmund to beat rivals Bayern 2-0.

Following a goalless opening half, Thiago Alcantara gifted Sancho the ball and the 19-year took full advantage by setting up Paco Alcacer for BVB’s opening goal in the 48th-minute.

Bayern did have chances to get back into the game. However, Dortmund keeper Marwin Hitz was at the top of his game and saved Leon Goretzka and Kingsley Coman’s efforts.

And Sancho made sure to capitalise on the Bavarians’ failure to equalise by Dortmund’s second goal to earn them a first DFL-Supercup win since 2014.

“Of course, we’re sad we lost the match today. I think we turned in a decent display, not a very good one, but decent,” said the Croatian on the club’s website.

“We were dominant, we made two mistakes Dortmund capitalised on. We failed to take our chances, which is why we lost the match.

“We’re in the fourth week of pre-season. It was the first match where everyone played 90 minutes, you can’t expect more in this situation. I’m not dissatisfied, of course, it wasn’t an outstanding performance.

“We must take our chances and not play into Dortmund’s hands, losing the ball and allowing counters.”

Bayern defender Joshua Kimmich added: “They won deservedly, even if they weren’t better. We saw two very weak teams in the first half. We attacked in the second half and immediately conceded a goal.

“Dortmund presented us with a lot of mistakes. The problem was that we made even more mistakes and that Dortmund made the most of these mistakes.

“The level wasn’t so high because both teams made many mistakes.”

Bayern will next begin the defence of their DFB-Cup title, with a first-round clash at German fourth-tier side FC Energie Cottbus on August 12.

DORTMUND, GERMANY – AUGUST 03: Bayern Muenchen players show appreciation to the fans.