Joshua Kimmich isn’t an out-and-out scorer, but he looked the part after his heroics led Bayern Munich to a huge victory.
Ask him about his stunning chip over Borussia Dortmund in Tuesday’s Klassiker, and the Bayern Munich midfielder doesn’t tone it down.
“The best goal in my career,” the German midfielder said, via Bayern Munich. “It was very important.”
Kimmich has 28 senior goals between club and country, and this one was a beauty. Kimmich took a lay-off from Kingsley Coman and spun a ball over the flailing Roman Burki.
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Burki is a fine keeper and Dortmund had only allowed one goal in his last six outings before the derby. It was going to take something special to beat him.
Kimmich says that Hansi Flick’s staff had prepared the Bayern players for the habits of the strong and aggressive goalkeeper.
“We were previously informed that Bürki is always relatively high.”
Neymar and Juan Bernat scored first-half goals and Paris Saint-Germain limited Borussia Dortmund’s chances in a 2-0 win in front of an empty Parc des Princes on Wednesday.
The Round of 16 second-leg win sealed a 3-2 aggregate result for PSG, giving Thomas Tuchel’s side a place in the Champions League quarterfinals over his former club.
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There was a total of one shot in the first 23 minutes. It belonged to Borussia Dortmund and it was not on target.
That soon changed in favor of PSG, who rifled off three shots. Roman Burki made a save on Edinson Cavani, but he couldn’t deny Neymar’s 28th-minute diving header of an Angel Di Maria corner.
Bernat then flicked a Pablo Sarabia cross past Burki before halftime to give Les Parisiens some comfort. BVB would need to score twice.
Mbappe entered with 27 minutes to play after suffering with the flu earlier in the week.
And BVB opted for an American teen, with Reyna coming on for his second career UCL appearance. His first appearance produced an assist against PSG. This one did not yield a marker, but Reyna impressed again with smart dribbling and fine distribution (92 percent passing, 1/1 dribbles, 2/2 duels, one tackle).
Julian Brandt had a pair of second-half chances to force extra time, but was off with his efforts.
Emre Can was sent off in the 89th minute for BVB.
Michy Batshuayi scored twice and had a third overruled by VAR in his debut for Borussia Dortmund, making a sensational first impression on loan from Chelsea.
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Andre Schurrle also scored but, facing resurgent Koln, BVB’s defense also did what it does in a 3-2 victory reminiscent of old boss Jurgen Klopp‘s season at Liverpool.
Batshuayi was felled in stoppage time but limped through it to win a late 50/50 in a performance which will have BVB fans in his corner.
Dortmund leaps second from sixth with the win ahead of the weekend’s other matches. Koln remains four points back of the playoff spot and seven shy of automatic safety.
Here’s the first goal, with Batshuayi getting to the catbird seat to finish a cutback.
As for the disallowed goal, Christian Pulisic started the sequence that led to the second goal, but if the Belgian was offside it was by a very slim margin. Still, offside.
No doubt about the third, and Pulisic plays his part here to perfection after Roman Burki’s long range pass from the BVB 18.
Tuesday was set to be another day for Borussia Dortmund as it readied itself for Monaco in the UEFA Champions League, but the German side was left with a shocking series of events that forced the match to be postponed.
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Three explosions went off near Dortmund’s team bus on Tuesday, while several of the fragments directly hit defender Marc Bartra, who was sent to the hospital after suffering a hand injury.
Goalkeeper Roman Burki — who was sitting next to teammate Bartra on the team bus — told German outlet Blick that it was a traumatic experience.
“We left the hotel at 7:15 p.m. and went down the street. The bus turned to the main street, when there was a giant explosion,” Burki said. “I was sitting in the back row next to Marc Bartra, who was hit by fragments of the broken back window.
“After the bang, we all ducked in the bus and went on the ground. We did not know if more happened. The police were quickly on the spot, and they were safe. We’re all shocked — nobody thought of a football match in that minute.”
The match between Dortmund and Monaco will be played on Wednesday afternoon at 12:45 p.m. ET at Signal Iduna Park.