Bayern Munich Win Der Klassiker 2020.
May 26, 2020
Bayern Munich edge closer to securing the Bundesliga title
Borussia Dortmund 0-1 Bayern Munich
Borussia Dortmund last won the Bundesliga in 2011/12, winning back to back titles. Bayern Munich have since been the dominant force, and todays win is one step closer to claiming an eighth championship in a row.
Today’s victory means Bayern Munich will be crowned champions if they can win four of their remaining six matches. On paper, the fixtures look favorable.
Joshua Kimmich’s sublime chip from around 20 yards sailed over the outstretched Burki two minutes before the break. Burki got his hand to it, but the flight of the ball was perfect, nestling it into the back of net.
Off the line and off-side
Both sides had the ball cleared off the line in the first half. Piszczek cleared Gnabry’s effort, after Haaland had his effort smashed away by Boateng with less than a minute played. Hazard thought he had given Dortmund a much deserved lead, only to have his header ruled out for off-side during the build up.
Away sides have won more matches since returning to Bundesliga action. However, the amazing sound effects of the roaring crowd spurred Dortmund on to try and change that. Hazard and Hakimi, along with Guerreiro caused Bayern problems. And, for the first 20 minutes, it looked like Dortmund could take all three points. They pressed high, not giving Bayern any time on the ball. The Champs were on the ropes.
Bayern Munich grew in confidence
Bayern though, seemed to grow into the match as it went along, finding holes in Dortmund’s 3-4-3 formation. Muller started to find space in-between Dortmund’s center midfield, while Lewandowski occupied the center backs. The away side grew in confidence. They shook off the earlier chances they had given Dortmund, and started creating their own. Gnabry, Davies and Coman pushed Hakimi and Guerreiro back. Haaland had to help out too as Bayern started to control the play, leaving Dortmund to rely on their counter attacking strength.
Kimmich’s goal came just at the right time, rewarding Bayern and breaking Dortmunds hearts. Burki found himself out of position as the ball pinged around just out side the box. Kimmich expertly took advantage. The Dortmund keeper almost manged to scramble back in time, getting a hand to the ball, but couldn’t keep it out.
Changes not enough
Dortmund introduced Sancho and Emre Can at the start of the second half, but Bayern continued to dominate. The 3-4-3 for Dortmund just didn’t seem to work. Dahoud brought out a brilliant save from Neuer at the 80th minute mark as Dortmund looked to snatch a point. But, the defensive low block and “the wall” kept Haaland and company out.
Haaland and Lewandowski were both kept quite. Apart from Haalands early effort that was cleared off the line, and Lewandowski smashing one against the post late on, both were well marshaled.
Champions for Fathers Day
Dortmund were unlucky, as the match would have been much different if any of their earlier chances had counted. An opportunity to close the gap goes begging. They will now be looking over their shoulder at RB Leipzig who play on Wednesday.
For Bayern Munich the three points will come as a relief. News still awaits Bayerns German domestic cup semi final, and their last 16 match Vs Chelsea in the Champions League. Going 18 matches unbeaten in all competitions is no easy feat, and Bayern will be looking to wrap up the Bundesliga just before Fathers Day.
26 Piszczek off for Götzeat
6 Delaney off for Can
8 Dahoud off for Witsel
23 T Hazard
19 Brandt off for Sancho
17 Haaland off for Reyna
17 Boateng off for Hernández
32 Kimmich GOAL (43)
29 Coman off for Perisicat
22 Gnabry off for Martínez