Kimmich strikes late to preserve Bayern’s 100% record
Bayern Munich left it until the 88th minute to beat hosts Hamburger at the Volksparkstadion.
Both sides had chances early on. Bahoui squandered a decent chance for Hamburger early on. Bobby Wood led a quick break for Hamburger, he then put Nabil Bahoui into a good position only for the midfielder to hit a tame shot straight into the arms of Neuer.
Rene Adler kept the scoreline at 0-0 with a great save from David Alaba’s header. The attack started with Philipp Lahm being played into acres of space. The former German international chipped the ball into the middle of the area with the cross being weighted perfectly for an arriving Alaba. The Austrian headed it powerfully downwards with Adler saving brilliantly. Alaba was soon the man teeing up his teammates with his cross from the left wing picking out Lewandowski who looped his header over the bar. The first half was devoid of any more chances.
On the other side of the break Robert Lewandowski came close to scoring. A corner from Thiago was flicked on by Hummels with the ball eventually coming into the path of Lewandowski. He met the flick-on with his boot which resulted in a venomous effort that Rene Adler managed to get a hand on and keep out. Kimmich was the next man to force a save out of Adler with the German firing a left footed shot from just outside the box but any chance of a goal was denied by Adler who put the ball wide of the post.
Adler provided another fantastic save this time to deny Mueller. Lewandowski found an unmarked Mueller with a chipped pass. The German ran onto the ball and hit a low first time shot which Adler went full-stretch to save.
Then the breakthrough finally came for Bayern Munich. Thiago’s fantastic long ball picked out Ribery in space on the left. He dribbled into the box, beat Sakai and left him sprawling. He then played across the face of goal which the arriving Joshua Kimmich latched onto and blasted the ball into the back of the net from close range. Not even Rene Adler could do anything except watch the ball going into the net. This was the winner for Bayern as Hamburger who had been pretty uninspiring throughout, could not produce anything in the dying moments of the game. Rene Adler certainly was the star of the show but he could not single-handedly deny Bayern the victory.