Bayern Munich tops Borussia Dortmund thanks to Kimmich's gem, fortunate penalty decision (video)

Doug McIntyre
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Bayern Munich's German midfielder Joshua Kimmich (C) celebrates scoring with his team-mates during the German first division Bundesliga football match BVB Borussia Dortmund v FC Bayern Munich on May 26, 2020 in Dortmund, western Germany. (Photo by Federico GAMBARINI / POOL / AFP) / DFL REGULATIONS PROHIBIT ANY USE OF PHOTOGRAPHS AS IMAGE SEQUENCES AND/OR QUASI-VIDEO (Photo by FEDERICO GAMBARINI/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
Bayern Munich players celebrate Joshua Kimmich's first half goal against Borussia Dortmund. The strike stood up as the match-winner. (Federico Gambarini/Getty Images)

A decidedly atypical Der Klassiker Tuesday between German titans Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund ended in typical fashion, with Bayern winning 1-0 on the strength of a beautiful first-half goal by Joshua Kimmich for a sixth victory in the the last seven encounters.

This edition of the derby was different on several levels. No fans were in attendance, of course, because of the coronavirus pandemic, meaning Dortmund was denied its usual (and considerable) home-field advantage inside Germany’s largest stadium. The match was played two months later than it was originally scheduled, following the Bundesliga’s COVID-19 hiatus.

But it was strangely business as usual for Bayern, which went seven points clear atop the league table and all but sealed its eighth consecutive Bundesliga title thanks to Kimmich’s deft chip:

The outcome may have been familiar, but this one was a lot closer than the two previous meetings between the sides. Both of those tilts were played in Munich. Both ended in ugly losses for Dortmund, which was outscored 9-0 over the two games.

Even without their raucous fans, Dortmund played well. Although they were narrowly out-shot, the hosts had most of the ball. Bayern fouled them incessantly. And the leaders could’ve been whistled for a game-changing infraction in the second half when Erling Haaland’s goal-bound shot was deflected wide on Manuel Neuer’s net by Jerome Boateng’s outstretched elbow.

No penalty was given on the play. Had one been awarded, it could’ve changed the entire complexion of the title race. At the minimum, it could’ve kept Dortmund in the hunt.

Instead, this very weird version of one of global soccer’s biggest matches ended the way it has so often before: with Bayern Munich basking in triumph and Dortmund licking their wounds, wondering how it went so wrong yet again.

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