Bayern Munich extended their lead over Borussia Dortmund at the top of the Bundesliga table to seven points with a 1-0 win in der Klassiker on Tuesday evening.
Joshua Kimmich scored the game’s only goal with a sublime lob from 20 yards shortly before half-time.
The hosts dominated possession and saw a lot of the ball in Bayern’s final third but created nothing to cause Manuel Neuer any real problems as Hansi Flick produced another masterful tactical display. The interim head coach guided his side to a 4-0 thrashing of Die Schwarzgelben in one of his first games in charge back in November. Few could argue if Flick were to be handed the job on a permanent basis between now and the start of next season.
Erling Haaland had a quiet game up front with an effort in the opening 60 seconds cleared off the line by Jerome Boateng the only worthy of a mention. The centre-back later saw a wayward effort from the Norwegian deflect off his elbow but VAR didn’t even do a penalty check on it.
There were no surprises named in the starting lineups by either coach with Jadon Sancho still not fit to start. The England international was introduced at the start of the second half but made no impact on the game. 17-year-old Giovanni Reyna replaced Haaland for the final 20 minutes as the striker limped off.
The title race is as good as done now with Bayern Munich incredibly unlikely to drop points in three or more games as would be required for either Dortmund or RB Leipzig to get close. Lucien Favre’s side still hold the cards in the race for Champions League football but cannot afford too many slip ups between now and the end of the season.
Bayern Munich are next in action on Saturday when they host Fortuna Dusseldorf in the late kickoff, whilst Dortmund are away to Paderborn on Sunday.