Bayern Munich took one giant leap to yet another Bundesliga title on Tuesday after Joshua Kimmich’s stunner saw them beat Borrusia Dortmund 1-0.
Joshua Kimmich’s long-range lob put Bayern Munich on the verge of another Bundesliga title.
Kimmich’s goal gave Bayern a 1-0 win over closest rival Borussia Dortmund on Tuesday, moving his team a huge step closer to winning the league for a record-extending eighth consecutive time.
Kimmich collected the ball outside the area and chipped it over Dortmund goalkeeper Roman Bürki minutes before the break. It was enough for Bayern to stretch its lead to seven points over Dortmund with six games of the season remaining.
The goal came when Kimmich spotted Bürki off his line and had the skill and composure to lob the ’keeper from about 20 meters (yards) in the 43rd.
Dortmund had a chance to cut the lead to one point with a win, but Bayern has only dropped points once in the last 14 games.
“It’s brutally difficult”, Dortmund coach Lucien Favre said of his side’s hopes.
It was an eerily quiet meeting between the Bundesliga rivals as the shouts from players and coaches, and the thud of the ball being kicked around could be heard clearly in Dortmund’s almost-empty 80,000-capacity Westfalenstadion.
Borussia Dortmund knew they had to win to have any chance of ending Bayern Munich’s dominance. Despite being at home, the matches since the return of the Bundesliga have shown home advantage doesn’t exist with no fans.
The Bundesliga, which resumed after a two-month coronavirus-induced suspension on May 16, is being played without fans and amid strict hygiene measures for the rest of season.