Bayern overcome Dortmund to lift Super Cup

Joshua Kimmich’s late goal helped a wasteful Bayern Munich beat resilient Borussia Dortmund 3-2 on Wednesday to clinch the 21st edition of the German Super Cup.

Bayern continue their trophy hunt after adding the Super Cup to the Bundesliga, German Cup, UEFA Champions League and UEFA Super Cup trophies.

Hansi Flick’s men dominated the first half and quickly established a two-goal lead before goals from Julian Brandt and Erling Haaland brought BVB level. Dortmund took over in the second half but failed to turn golden chances into a tangible reward, allowing Kimmich to have the last laugh.

Bayern made a bright start and opened the scoring with 17 minutes played when Benjamin Pavard cleared a Dortmund corner, allowing Robert Lewandowski to initiate a counter-attack and set up for Corentin Tolisso, who made no mistake from close range.

It looked like Bayern would ease past Dortmund as the record German champions doubled their advantage in the 32nd minute, after Thomas Muller headed home Alphonso Davies’ pinpoint cross.

Bayern’s second goal was a wake-up call for Dortmund, as Lucien Favre’s men halved the deficit after Haaland assisted Brandt, who hammered the ball past Bayern goalkeeper Manuel Neuer in the 39th minute.

In the second half, Dortmund came out with all guns blazing and should have leveled the scores in the 47th minute but Thomas Meunier pulled wide from a promising position.

However, Dortmund remained on the front foot and restored parity on 55 minutes, as Haaland overcame Neuer with a well-placed shot following Thomas Delaney’s perfectly timed through-ball.

Haaland then had the chance to give Dortmund the lead, but the Norwegian striker lost a one-on-one against an onrushing Neuer on the hour mark.

With many substitutions being made, the flow of the game was disrupted, meaning goalscoring opportunities were at a premium in the later stages of the match.

However, things changed suddenly in the 82nd minute, when Kimmich forced a turnover from Delaney and exchanged passes with Lewandowski before slotting home his own rebound while lying on the floor.

“We wanted to win today but it wasn’t easy, especially in the second half. We squandered a two-goal lead but in the end we won the title,” said Bayern head coach Hansi Flick.