Munich (Germany) (AFP)
Bayern Munich won the German Supercup on Wednesday against Dortmund (3-2), their fifth title in 2020 after the cup-championship-Champions League treble and the UEFA Super Cup.
Joshua Kimmich, the warrior, scored the winning goal in the 82nd minute.
The Bavarians had previously let themselves go, by Julian Brandt (39th) and Erling Haaland (55th), after quickly gaining the advantage early in the match by Corentin Tolisso (19th) and Thomas Müller (32nd).
The "Rekordmeister", who had to play an extra time last Thursday to overcome Sevilla (2-1) in the European Supercup, again showed signs of fatigue, after his defeat Sunday in the league 4-1 at Hoffenheim .
But, in the somewhat depressing atmosphere of the Allianz Arena behind closed doors, due to the resurgence of the pandemic in Munich, Bayern won by force of will, in a match that could have tipped in favor of Borussia .
Dortmund, for 18 months, had become Bayern's favorite victim at home.
Their last three encounters at the Allianz Arena had ended in beatings 6-0, 5-0 and 4-0, and the start of the meeting made it seem like the same would be true this time around.
Very quickly, the collective power of the European champion hit the mark: corner for Dortmund, ball recovered in the area by Davies, transition to one or two touches of balls by Coman, Müller, Lewandowski and, on arrival Tolisso opened the score: 1-0 from the 19th minute.
Less than a quarter of an hour later, Thomas Müller very badly marked by the opposing defense doubled the lead, on a cross from Davies (2-0, 32nd).
- "We put Dortmund back in the game" -
We say to ourselves that Dortmund will have a very bad evening.
But shortly before the break, after a poor recovery from Bayern, Haaland served Brandt in the box, and the German international placed a very powerful shot in the top corner.
Unstoppable, even for Manuel Neuer (2-1, 39th).
Returned to a goal, Borussia began to believe it again.
The former Parisian Thomas Meunier had a first equalizer at the end of the foot: totally out of the box, alone against Neuer, he did not frame his shot, which flew away.
It was the Norwegian prodigy Erling Haaland who equalized, with his most typical action: launched deep in the axis, a lightning acceleration over 10 meters to leave the defenders in place, and a duel won against Manuel Neuer (2- 2, 55e).
In exactly the same situation a few moments later, this time he lost his face-to-face with the Bavarian goalkeeper, missing the golden opportunity to give the advantage to BVB (59th).
"We knew that we were playing against a very strong team and that anything could happen", commented Neuer after the match, "we took two goals but today it's our fault, we put Dortmund back in the game ".
A shot from the pool decided the victory.
On a block, Kimmich was stopped in the box by both goalkeeper Marwin Hitz, who replaced ailing Roman Bürki, and center-back Manuel Akanji.
The young German international, already on the ground prone, then benefited from an improbable favorable counter, and scored almost unwittingly with the tip of his left foot (3-2, 82nd).
The referee of the meeting, Bibiana Steinhaus, had announced that she would end her career after this evening, at age 41.
She made history in 2017 by becoming the first woman to ever referee in the Bundesliga, and in a major professional championship in the first division.
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