Munich (AP) – Manuel Neuer raised the next trophy as the front man of the dancing Munich stars.
FC Bayern continued their glorious title tour thanks to a show of will by Joshua Kimmich with victory in the Supercup. At 3: 2 (2: 1) on Wednesday evening in the German Clásico against Borussia Dortmund, Corentin Tolisso (18th minute), Thomas Müller (32nd) and Kimmich (82nd) left Munich with a goal full of commitment to win the fifth Cheering cups.
“It wasn’t that easy, especially in the second half. We made life difficult for ourselves,” said Bayern coach Hansi Flick on ZDF: “In the end, what counts for me is that we won the game.” He gave special praise to match winner Kimmich: “As long as I’ve known him: his mentality is just very special. He is on the way to being one of those players who shape this club.”
In the last match of referee Bibiana Steinhaus, the German record champions and his challenger offered an entertaining game, but with many defensive vulnerabilities. After three clear league bankruptcies in Munich, BVB fought their way back through goals from Julian Brandt (39th) and Erling Haaland (55th), even sniffing 3-2. “If you don’t score at the end,” said Brandt, quarreling with the exploitation of chances in the second half and railing: “We got two annoying goals in the first half.” Coach Lucien Favre said at DAZN: “We did a lot of things right.” It wasn’t enough.
After the Bayern triple of championship, cup and Champions League as well as the European Supercup and now the next national trophy, individual honors are due on Thursday. Captain Neuer, striker Robert Lewandowski and trainer Flick can hope for the freestyle to Europe’s best.
Both coaches and both teams had big plans: a clear reaction is showing after the defeats on the previous Bundesliga matchday. Flick changed his starting eleven to five positions after the 1: 4 at Hoffenheim, Favre even changed his team to six after the 0: 2 against Augsburg – captain Marco Reus moved into the starting line-up for the first time after 239 days. And BVB, who wanted to catch up with Bayern with a victory after Supercup titles, kept up from the start and even had minimal advantages.
Scoring chances, however, initially not, even with Bayern it initially ended in front of the penalty area, before they did exactly what Hoffenheim had shown them when they won. After a corner from Dortmund, Bayern switch over at lightning speed, the ball landed at Tolisso via Kingsley Coman, Müller and Robert Lewandowki.
The first attempt hit the bar, in the second he overcame Marwin Hitz, who played in the BVB goal instead of the sick Roman Bürki. Mats Hummels and his colleagues dragged themselves back towards the center line in front of the empty stands in the Munich Allianz Arena with disappointed faces. The measures in Munich against the coronavirus pandemic did not allow fans to take part in the seventh Supercup classic between Bayern and Dortmund since the reintroduction in 2010.
In return, TV viewers in over 200 countries to which the game was broadcast saw the next Bayern goal. After a cross from Alphonso Davies against too passive and disorganized Borussia, Müller scored one of his few header goals when he jumped higher than opponent Felix Passlack.
All right now for Bayern? No, both teams tried a lot and made mistakes again and again, which gave the opponent the gaps they had hoped for. A sloppy pass from France’s world champion Benjamin Pavard and BVB was back in the game. Haaland this time as the preparer, Brandt as the executor. Neuer in the Bayern goal had no chance 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 Dortmunders who, after the bad appearances in Munich in the recent past – 0: 6, 0: 5 and 0: 4 – increased again in the second part of the game. Shortly after the restart, Thomas Meunier missed the opportunity to equalize. Haaland did better. A ball loss by Lewandowski and the BVB attack rolled.
Bayern, meanwhile with Serge Gnabry for Coman, looked more tired, Borussia, who changed several times, more lively. A goal did not seem to want to succeed both teams. Referee Steinhaus did not have to lead a penalty shoot-out after an overall sovereign performance in her last game: Kimmich tried after a cross pass, but failed due to heat. The ball landed again at the feet of the falling Bayern professional, who did not miss this opportunity to win the Munich team with an artistic performance. “In the end we have the trophy, it feels good. We fought for the pot,” said Kimmich.