Der Klassiker: In eerie silence, Bayern Munich close in on Bundesliga title with win over Borussia Dortmund

It makes no difference to the relentless way in which Bayern recovers the Bundesliga titles and the Bavarian club are poised to be another after a 1-0 victory over rivals Borussia Dortmund.

The result leaves Bayern Munich with a seven-point lead at the top of the standings and in view of being crowned German champion for the eighth consecutive season.

Points would have to be lost in at least three of their six remaining matches and that would require a vulnerability that Bayern hardly ever shows.

Joshua Kimmich (center) celebrates the score against Borussia Dortmund with his teammates.

Joshua Kimmich scored the crucial goal shortly before half-time with his clever chip from outside Dortmund’s penalty area, beating goalkeeper Roman Bürki. It was a sublime touch for a defensive midfielder and one that we might have expected to see from one of the two star attackers who started the game.

This had been presented as a confrontation between Robert Lewandowski of Bayern and Erling Braut Haaland of Dortmund.

Lewandowski, the experienced and prolific former Dortmund striker, is the top scorer in the Bundesliga. Haaland, the teenage phenomenon, is coveted by some of the biggest clubs in the world for its pace, its strength and its prowess to score.

However, neither found the back of the net in this match – although Lewandowski saw a deflected shot hit the post in the second period – and Haaland’s match ended early when he limped twenty minutes after the end.

Borussia Dortmund against Bayern Munich have been, without a doubt, the most important event since some high performance sports have resumed after the disruption of the coronavirus. The two best German football teams in a match that could do anything but decide the fate of the Bundesliga title this season.
Players observe a minute of silence for coronavirus victims before the Bundesliga German Premier League football match Borussia Dortmund and FC Bayern Munich.
The audience figures could be interesting in light of the historical figures recorded by “The Match II” last weekend. If what was, in fact, a charity golf competition could attract the largest audience of cable sport in the sport, then how many others could connect to the greatest rivalry in German football at a crucial stage in the race championship?
Here in the UK, we already know that British broadcaster BT Sport has quintupled its previous best-performing Bundesliga match for Dortmund last weekend.

The late season games between Bayern and Dortmund have been one-sided in recent seasons. The Munich team has won its last three games of this type by a total of 15 goals to one.

However, the match seemed different as Dortmund started off brilliantly – even putting the ball in the net in the 10th minute, although the goal was denied for offside.

Manuel Neuer in action during the Bundesliga match between Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich.

As the match progressed, Bayern’s dominance increased and after Kimmich’s goal it was difficult to see another winner. Perhaps Dortmund even believed it because there was no protest in the second half when the televised reruns showed that a shot from Haaland had hit the arm of Bayern defender Jerome Boateng.

VAR officials were silent, like the rest of Signal Iduna Park, and there was no sanction.

Dortmund’s cause was not helped by his unusually calm stadium. Their cavernous stadium resonated only with the noise of the players’ cries and the ball that rattled from boot to boot, instead of the usual noise wall created by 80,000 fans. Spectators are still prohibited to eliminate the health risk posed by a combination of Covid-19 and large crowds.

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For neutral fans and sports enthusiasts around the world, so hungry for top-flight action right now, Bayern’s victory could be considered a disappointment. For some, this could make the rest of the Bundesliga season even less attractive.

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