When the ball fell to Bayern Munich midfielder Joshua Kimmich just outside the Borussia Dortmund penalty box in the 43rd minute of Tuesday’s Klassiker, there didn’t seem to be a huge amount of danger. The Dortmund defense was well-positioned, and goalkeeper Roman Bürki was inside his 6-yard box—all was well. The following sequence seemed to occur in slow motion: Kimmich, head tilted down, floated a chip toward the far-left corner and Bürki, despite getting his glove on the ball with a despairing dive, couldn’t keep it out of the net. More than just a goal, it felt like a decisive moment. Despite the strangeness of the past few weeks in the Bundesliga—or the past several months, really—Kimmich’s goal, and Bayern’s 1-0 win over Dortmund, felt entirely familiar. Bayern are now seven points clear of second-place Dortmund.
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