Reigning champions, Bayern Munich, solidified their chance of retaining the Bundesliga after securing a 0-1 win at the home of their rivals, Borrusia Dortmund, in Der Klassiker (the German Clasico) on Tuesday.
The game, which was played at an empty Signal Iduna Park due to coronavirus (COVID-19) restrictions, was decided by an exquisite goal from Bayern defender-cum-midfielder, Joshua Kimmich, in the first half.
Kimmich lofted a chip from 20 yards over Dortmund goalkeeper, Roman Burki, in the 43rd minute to score the winner.
Dortmund had nearly scored the opening goal 35 seconds into the game when teenage sensation, Erling Braut Haaland, shot through the legs of Bayern goalkeeper Manuel Neuer – making his 400th Bundesliga appearance – but Jerome Boateng was well placed to hack the ball off the line.
The Black and Yellows then had the ball in the net when Thorgan Hazard headed in, but an offside earlier in the move ruled the effort out.
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Despite the introduction of Jadon Sancho, Emre Can and Mario Gotze, manager Lucien Favre’s team struggled to create clear-cut chances in the second half as Bayern got more involved in the game and had a number of chances.
Robert Lewandowski nearly doubled Bayern’s advantage late on but shot against the post.
Bayern’s win puts them seven points clear of Dortmund on the log with six games left.