Bayern Munich aim to put one hand on the Bundesliga trophy by shoving away closest title challenges Borussia Dortmund in the top-of-the-table clash at the Signal Iduna Park. They took a big step forward towards their eighth league title in-a-row with a gritty 1-0 win. The hosts started the game on the front-foot but Bayern quickly hit top gear and found their opener from the unlikeliest of sources.
Joshua Kimmich struck a cheeky chipped shot that went over Roman Burki in the 43rd minute to give the Bavarians an upper-hand before the half-time break.
Bayern dug their heels in the second half, countering whatever a sloppy Dortmund side threw at them and maintaining an unbreakable shape to see out a slender win that now moves them 7 points clear at the top with 8 games remaining.
Bayern Munich Player Ratings
Hans Dieter-Flick (7.0) –
Flick went with his best possible XI and kept Bayern grounded to hold their nerves in a difficult game. He ensured they put enough pressure in the first-half to crack the hosts and then shaped his side cleverly in the defensive end to see out the win. While he’ll be frustrated Bayern weren’t lethal with their counter-attacks, they still produced some lovely stuff on the pitch. Flick’s subs worked a treat as well, as he outwitted and tamed Dortmund at their own yard.
Manuel Neuer (6.5) –
The Bayern captain saves his side from a disastrous start showing clever anticipation from the get-go. Neuer showcased impressive reflexes to save shots and did especially well to push away Dahoud’s shot in the 80th-minute. Surprisingly easy clean-sheet in the end.
Benjamin Pavard (6.5) –
Pavard is keeping his wing pretty clean, restricting a lot of movement and also offering himself in the attacking front. He kept Guerrero and Hazard both quiet, putting in important challenges and showing utmost discipline to help deny the flow through his side.
Jerome Boateng (7.5) –
Boateng read the opening moments perfectly before making a goal-line save within the first 60 seconds. Then makes a solid goal-saving block off Erling Haaland in the 10th minute. Again denies Haaland with a swift block at the half-hour mark. The German was a bit lucky right before the hour-mark after another Haaland shot struck his hand after slipping inside the area.
However, he proved that age hasn’t kept him down. Used his experience to frustrate Haaland and covered his younger defenders to hold a strict defensive line.
David Alaba (7.0) –
Alaba is being overwhelmed by Haaland’s presence in the final third. However, he thrived off Boateng’s aid and grew in confidence as the game passed. He cleared many dangerous passes put in important challenges and frustrated Dortmund with his proactive defending.
Alphonso Davies (6.0) –
The teenage sensation has a difficult test in place today. Struggling to deal with Dortmund’s pace early on. He just couldn’t deal with Achraf Hakimi’s movement and couldn’t restrict his crosses at all. However, the youngster used his rapid pace to make some impressive recovery tackles. A bit unlucky to be booked on the 74th minute for a well-timed challenge.
Joshua Kimmich (8.0) –
The versatile midfielder is trying to rough up Dortmund with his crunching challenges and persistent pressing. However, Kimmich proves he possesses a lot of craft in his aggressive style with a beautiful chip over Burki for the opener. But his brilliance just wasn’t restricted to the goal.
Kimmich worked extremely hard helping defensively. He made effective tackles, interceptions and restricted Dortmund’s moves with his game-reading. His passing was efficient and he silently put on a dominant, match-winning performance from midfield.
Leon Goretzka (6.5) –
The proactive midfielder isn’t being able to restrict the supply from Dortmund’s midfield. However, he delivered better going forward and struck a thunderous volley forcing a strong save in the 40th minute. Struck another dangerous shot in the 53rd. Goretzka’s bullish style in midfield helped counter Dortmund’s free-flowing style and he remained a tenacious figure throughout.
Thomas Muller (6.0) –
Bayern’s creative wizard has 17 Bundesliga assists this season! However, he isn’t at his influential best and had a quiet first-half. Livened up more in the second half and almost had a chance to make it 2-0 in the dying minutes but his shot just wasn’t potent enough.
Kingsley Coman (7.5) –
The Frenchman is using his electric cleverly and got Mats Hummels boked early on with a darting move. Creates a big chance in the 19th minute with some brilliant movement but unluckily to see his pass not converted. Stung a venomous shot at Burki four minutes later. Tormenting Dortmund with his movement and creating a lot of chances.
Definitely the biggest threat in the Bayern front-three on the day before being subbed at the 72nd-minute mark.
Serge Gnabry (6.0) –
Gnabry’s timing his runs very well and almost opened the scoring in the 19th minute when his close-range shot was saved off the line. Created a few decent opportunities and linked-up well with teammates but couldn’t break Dortmund’s lines.
Robert Lewandowski (6.0) –
Bayern’s goal-machine looks hungry for more against his former side. Forced a save from Roman Burki at the 10th minute. Trying to force his way through on goal but lacking that special something. Struck a superb shot in the 83rd-minute but saw it hit the bar. It just wasn’t his day.
Ivan Perisic (6.0) –
Perisic was involved in a few counter-attacks after coming on but more importantly helped Davies with his efficient defensive work to frustrate the hosts.
Lucas Hernandez (N/A) –
Added more energy to Bayern’s defence towards the end to stop any late blitz from Dortmund.
Javi Martinez (N/A) –
Helped his side see out the game in the dying minutes.
MAN OF THE MATCH
Joshua Kimmich was an absolute warrior for Bayern. He worked the hardest, heckled Dortmund with his defensive work and moved the ball around perfectly. Scored the crucial winner with a stunning strike to top off a complete performance.