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Opportunity Knocks, but Borussia Dortmund Don’t Answer

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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