In a gripping match, the German record champions won their major competitors. Everything seems clear quickly, but then the game suddenly becomes exciting – until the end.
FC Bayern continued their glorious title journey thanks to a show of will from Joshua Kimmich with a Supercup victory. In the 3: 2 (2: 1) Wednesday evening in Clásico, Germany against Borussia Dortmund, Corentin Tolisso (18th minute), Thomas Müller (32nd) and Kimmich (82nd) let the Munich team win the fifth with a goal full of commitment Cheer trophy.
“It was not that easy, especially in the second half. We made it difficult for ourselves,” Bayern coach Hansi Flick said on ZDF: “What counts for me in the end is that we won the game.” He praised match winner Kimmich in particular: “As long as I’ve known him, his mentality is just very special. He is well on his way to becoming one of those players who shape this club.”
BVB fought back
In referee Bibiana Steinhaus’s final match, the German record champion and his challenger offered an entertaining match, but with plenty of defensive vulnerabilities. After three clear bankruptcies in the Munich league, BVB fought its way back through goals from Julian Brandt (39th) and Erling Haaland (55th) and even snorted 3-2. But then came Kimmich. “If you don’t score in the end,” said Brandt, arguing with second half exploitation and railing opportunities, “We got two nasty goals in the first half.” Coach Lucien Favre said at DAZN: “We have done many things well.” It was not enough.
After the triple of the championship, cup and Champions League and the European Supercup, Bavaria will win the fifth title in 2020 with the German Supercup.
BVB stuck with it from the start
Both coaches and both teams had big plans: there is a clear reaction after the defeats on the previous Bundesliga match day. Flick switched his starting eleven to five positions after the 1: 4 in Hoffenheim, Favre even changed his team to six after the 2: 0 against Augsburg – captain Marco Reus entered the starting line-up for the first time after 239 days. And BVB, looking to overtake Bayern with a victory after Supercup titles, kept up from the start and even had minimal gains.
Odds not initially though, even with Bayern it ended up in front of the penalty area, before doing exactly what the Hoffenheim squad showed them in the win. After a corner from Dortmund, Bayern switched very quickly, the ball ended up on Tolisso via Kingsley Coman, Müller and Robert Lewandowki.
Dortmund was disrupted at first
The first attempt hit the bar, in the second he beat Marwin Hitz, who played in the BVB goal instead of the sick Roman Bürki. Mats Hummels and his colleagues dragged their faces back towards the halfway line in front of the empty stands in the Allianz Arena in Munich with disappointed faces. Due to the measures in Munich against the coronavirus pandemic, fans have not been able to participate in the seventh Supercup classic between Bayern and Dortmund since the reintroduction in 2010.
In return, TV viewers in the more than 200 countries to which the game was broadcast saw the next Bayern goal. After a cross by Alphonso Davies against too passive and disorganized Borussia, Müller scored one of his few header goals when he jumped higher than opponent Felix Passlack.
Julian Brandt brought BVB back into play
Good now for Bayern? No, both teams tried a lot and made mistakes again and again, creating the gaps they hoped for. A sloppy pass from French World Champion Benjamin Pavard and BVB was back in the game. Haaland this time as the preparer, Burnt as the performer. Neuer had no chance in the Bayern goal after he had been able to parry an attempt by Reus in the 24th minute.
A lively game with slightly more effective and more mature Bayern in the first half. And with Dortmund players who, after the bad performances in Munich in the recent past – 0: 6, 0: 5 and 0: 4 – increased again in the second part of the match. Shortly after the restart, Thomas Meunier missed the chance of the equalizer. Haaland did better. A loss of ball by Lewandowski and the BVB attack rolled.
Bayern, meanwhile with Serge Gnabry for Coman, looked more tired, Borussia, who changed several times, more alive. Both teams did not seem to want to score a goal. Referee Steinhaus did not have to lead a penalty shoot-out after an overall sovereign performance in her last game: Kimmich tried on a cross but failed due to heat. The ball again landed at the feet of the falling Bayern professional, who did not miss this chance for a somewhat lucky victory for Munich with an artistic contribution. “In the end we got the trophy, it feels good. We fought for the pot,” said Kimmich.