Bayern Munich wasted a two-goal lead and needed a lucky 82nd minute winner from Joshua Kimmich to beat Borussia Dortmund 3-2 in Germany’s Super Cup on Wednesday.
Victory ensured they secured their fifth title of the year.
Midfielder Kimmich snatched the ball in midfield, played a one-two with Robert Lewandowski and had his shot blocked before the ball bounced back off his foot and into the net.
“It was not that easy especially in the second half. We led 2-0 but then made our own life difficult,” said Bayern Munich coach Hansi Flick, who took over in November and has enjoyed a sensational 10 months in charge.
“What counts is that we won the game. Everything else we will need to do better on Sunday (against Hertha Berlin),” he added.
Bayern Munich, eager to bounce back from Sunday’s shock 4-1 loss to Hoffenheim which snapped their 32-game unbeaten run, quickly raced into a 2-0 lead.
They did so with goals from Corentin Tolisso in the 18th minute and Thomas Mueller in the 32nd minute.
Borussia Dortmund battled back with a goal from Julian Brandt, before Thomas Meunier missed a golden chance to level.
With only Manuel Neuer to beat but the defender sent his shot well over the bar.
Erling Haaland did better in the 55th minute and should have scored again when he was sent through.
Neuer stood his ground, however, to deny the Norwegian and Kimmich snatched the winner.
Bayern Munich have also won the German league and Cup double, the UEFA Champions League and the European Super Cup this year.(Reuters/NAN)