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Bayern Munich 3-2 Borussia Dortmund: Kimmich delivers Supercup for Flick´s men

SoccerNews in Bundesliga 30 Sep 2020

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Bayern Munich followed up last season’s famous treble with another trophy as Joshua Kimmich struck late to clinch a 3-2 DFL-Supercup victory over Borussia Dortmund .

The midfield general in the mighty Bayern machine won the ball in the centre circle and bundled in after exchanging passes with Robert Lewandowski for the 82nd-minute clincher.

Corentin Tolisso and Thomas Muller had earlier put Bayern 2-0 in front, but Julian Brandt and Erling Haaland brought Dortmund back to level terms.

Victory meant Bayern, whose 32-game unbeaten run ended with defeat at the weekend to Hoffenheim, delivered more success in the Hansi Flick era.

Bayern dominated the early stages, Kimmich seeing a header saved, before their opening goal came on a breakaway after a Dortmund corner.

Alphonso Davies shifted the ball away from danger to Kingsley Coman ahead of him on the left, with Muller’s pass then releasing Robert Lewandowski, whose low cross from the right was struck firmly at goal by Tolisso.

Marwin Hitz got enough on the ball to turn it against the crossbar, but it bounced down and Tolisso bundled over the line for the 18th-minute breakthrough.

It was 2-0 to Bayern in the 32nd minute when Davies hoisted a cross from the left to the far post and Muller powered in a header off the right post.

It looked like a night where Bayern may produce a statement result and performance, but then they lost their way. Brandt was clinical after Benjamin Pavard gave away the ball, with slick passing freeing the Dortmund forward to rifle powerfully past Neuer for a 39th-minute goal that changed the momentum.

Haaland grabbed a leveller in the 55th minute when Thomas Delaney played him in and the striker buried a terrific finish past Neuer, who four minutes later parried a thumping effort to deny the Norway international a second.

Bayern needed a slice of fortune for the winner. Delaney lost the ball near the halfway line and Kimmich was quick to pounce, feeding Lewandowski and continuing his run to receive the return pass.

His initial shot was pushed out but, despite being down on the turf, Kimmich managed to get a foot to the ball and prod it into the back of the net as Dortmund defenders converged.

 

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