Joshua Kimmich said Champions League holders Bayern Munich were "lucky" to come away with a win after he scored decisively in a 2-1 victory over Lokomotiv Moscow.

Kimmich struck in the 79th minute to clinch a record-extending 13th consecutive Champions League victory for the Bundesliga and European champions, but the Bayern star admitted they did not have it all their own way at RZD Arena.

Lokomotiv spurned a chance to take the lead before Leon Goretzka opened the scoring in the 13th minute, and the hosts did find the net through Anton Miranchuk on Tuesday.

The equaliser set up a tense finish in Moscow and Kimmich's quality shone through as he lashed home the winner from 20 yards, before praising his opponents in his post-match comments.

"I thought Lokomotiv had a great game," Kimmich, who has either scored (two) or assisted (five) seven of Bayern's last 15 goals in the Champions League, told reporters.

"They were good in transition, attacking with some fast players. It was not easy in the second half but in the end we were lucky to come out with the win.

"[It was] a really hard-fought victory. We didn't play badly, but we should have finished it off earlier.

"We scored quite early on, almost from nothing, but didn't really have a clear chance to get the second, especially after the break. They had some dangerous counters, but in the end we are happy to win despite not being at our best."

Bayern's opening goal came courtesy of a neat piece of play in which Corentin Tolisso played a chipped pass to Benjamin Pavard, whose volleyed cross was steered into the net by Goretzka.

Head coach Hansi Flick praised Bayern's application of an approach they had prepared on the training ground.

"It's one way that we try to break down teams that sit deep and defend," Flick said of his side's first goal.

"It worked well once or twice and came off sensationally for the goal.

"It was a hard-fought win, gritty if you like. Moscow did well, they defended very deep and worked with the long balls, which hurt us one or two times.

"But overall, I think we can say the 2-1 win was deserved, even if it wasn’t as clear as we'd hoped for."

Bayern remain unbeaten in their last 14 away European games – in European Cup/Champions League history only Manchester United (16) have gone longer without defeat on the road.

Joshua Kimmich scored a late 20-yard stunner to secure Champions League holders Bayern Munich a 2-1 victory over a Lokomotiv Moscow side that threatened to cause an upset.

Leon Goretzka scored his second goal in as many European matches to give Bayern the lead, the midfielder finishing a sumptuous passing move after 13 minutes as Hansi Flick's men rose to the challenge of playing lively opposition in front of a raucous crowd at RZD Arena.

Lokomotiv struggled to deal with the threat of Kingsley Coman and Thomas Muller on either flank, just as Atletico Madrid did in the 4-0 defeat against the German and European Champions six days earlier.

Bayern, who thrashed Eintracht Frankfurt 5-0 between their two opening Group A matches, looked set to drop points when Anton Miranchuk equalised 20 minutes from time.

But Kimmich kept a cool head to restore the visitors' lead, controlling Javi Martinez's pass before lashing home from outside the box.

 

Football players have a somewhat unfair reputation for not being the brightest but several members of Germany's international squad bravely fought against that assertion on an episode of 'Who wants to be a millionaire?'.

Bayern Munich duo Joshua Kimmich and Leon Goretzka teamed up and entertained on their way to winning €64,000 having got as far as the €125,000 question on the famous quiz show.

Club-mate Niklas Sule was paired with RB Leipzig defender Lukas Klostermann and together they earned an impressive €125,000.

Eintracht Frankfurt goalkeeper Kevin Trapp and former international Oliver Bierhoff, now part of the set-up as a director, did not fare quite as well but still took home a credible €32,000.

It is not the first time Germany stars have sat on the famous chair. Bayern goalkeeper Manuel Neuer earned a cheque for charity to the tune of €500,000 in 2011, while five years ago Lukas Podolski won €125,000.

Bayern Munich added a major double to their famous treble as striker Robert Lewandowski and head coach Hansi Flick were honoured with UEFA's top individual awards on Thursday. 

Lewandowski scored 55 goals last season, including 15 in the Champions League, and he collected the UEFA Men's Player of the Year prize, while Flick was presented with the Men's Coach of the Year honour. 

Last season saw Bayern sweep the board with their Bundesliga, DFB-Pokal and Champions League triumphs to seal a stunning treble. 

Former Germany assistant boss Flick took charge at Bayern in November after the team experienced a slow start to the season under predecessor Niko Kovac, and their results began to dramatically improve. 

The German giants have already scooped UEFA Super Cup and DFL-Supercup victories in the early weeks of the new season, meaning they hold five significant trophies. 

Lewandowski, who fended off competition from fellow nominees Manuel Neuer and Kevin De Bruyne, said of his award: "I have to say it's an amazing feeling. 

"If you work so hard and you get this trophy it's something special."

The 32-year-old Poland international added: "I have to say thank you to my team-mates, my coaches and all the staff because they work very hard to prepare me, and also to my family because they support me a lot and that, for me, is very important. 

"When I was young, I always dreamed of playing in the big stadiums, at the big clubs in the world, and now I'm on this stage I have to say the dream has come true. I'm very proud, I'm very grateful and I'm very happy." 

The individual accolades are a welcome complement to the team successes, and they are flooding in at Bayern. 

Lewandowski won Germany's Footballer of the Year award in August after his remarkable campaign, with Flick named as the top coach in the country. 

Now they have fresh recognition from European football's governing body, the organisers of the Champions League, and it was a Bayern love-in at the UEFA ceremony. 

Neuer received the Goalkeeper of the Year trophy, the versatile Joshua Kimmich picked up the Defender of the Year honour and Lewandowski went home with the Striker of the Year prize alongside his main award. 

It was not quite a clean sweep by the Bavarians, however, with Manchester City's De Bruyne taking the Midfielder of the Year accolade. 

In the awards recognising achievement in the women's game, Lyon's Champions League-winning coach Jean-Luc Vasseur and former Wolfsburg forward Pernille Harder, who recently joined Chelsea, claimed the top honours. 

Hansi Flick admitted Bayern Munich made life difficult for themselves in the DFL-Supercup win over Borussia Dortmund that completed a quintuple of trophy triumphs.

It took a late Joshua Kimmich goal to give Bayern a 3-2 victory at Allianz Arena as last season's Bundesliga, Champions League and DFB-Pokal winners landed more silverware.

Bayern had claimed a double already this term after clinching the UEFA Super Cup, so Bayern now can point to owning five current titles.

But what at one stage looked like being a routine win turned into a testing contest for Germany's all-conquering side on Wednesday.

Dortmund were in trouble when Bayern surged 2-0 up in 32 minutes through goals from Corentin Tolisso and Thomas Muller, but Julian Brandt and Erling Haaland struck to bring the teams level heading into the final half-hour.

Kimmich pinched an 82nd-minute winner after robbing Thomas Delaney of possession and exchanging passes with Robert Lewandowski, finding the net at the second attempt with a desperate flick at the ball after his initial shot was blocked.

"We wanted to win the game, but it was really not so easy. We deserved to lead 2-0 and then made life difficult for ourselves," head coach Flick said.

"However, what counts for me is that we won the game and everything else is something that we'll want to do better on Sunday.

"Joshua Kimmich has a very special mentality, enormous qualities. That's why he's on a really good path to being one of those players who shape this club."

Bayern's Sunday assignment in the Bundesliga is a home game against Hertha Berlin.

Kimmich was relieved to get his hands on another trophy, after Dortmund threatened to take the win.

It took a fine save from Bayern goalkeeper Manuel Neuer to deny Haaland a goal that would have put Lucien Favre's Dortmund side 3-2 ahead.

"In the end we have the trophy. That feels good," Kimmich said, quoted on Bayern's website. "We fought for the cup, even if it wasn't our best game."

Like his boss and the match-winner, Neuer recognised Bayern were not at their most impressive.

Neuer said: "You know that you're playing against a strong team, so something can always happen and we saw that today. It was our fault that we let Dortmund back into the game."

"You can't always assume you're going to score three goals, but at the end Joshua Kimmich did well," captain Neuer added.

There was regret in the Dortmund camp over the chance of a trophy gone begging.

Goalscorer Brandt said: "I think we let in two annoying goals in the first half. Unfortunately, we didn't do well there. We then got the next goal and we then had chances that we couldn't take."

The 2019-20 Champions League was ultimately lifted by the competition's most dominant team when Bayern Munich overcame Paris Saint-Germain at the weekend.

Kingsley Coman's second-half header to seal a 1-0 win was Bayern's 43rd of the season in Europe, securing an 11th victory from as many matches.

Unsurprisingly, Bayern players are very well represented in terms of the individual rankings for the tournament.

Drawing upon Opta data, we have a look at the highest goalscorers, the most prolific creators, the steadiest goalkeepers and more.

LEWANDOWSKI MATCHES RONALDO FEAT

Bayern's triumph was built upon the phenomenal goalscoring exploits of Robert Lewandowski, who became the second player in Champions League history to score 15 goals in a single campaign. Cristiano Ronaldo has accomplished the feat on three occasions.

The next generation was also handily represented, with Borussia Dortmund sensation Erling Haaland also into double figures, although eight of his haul came for former club Salzburg.

Top scorers
15 – Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich)
10 – Erling Haaland (Salzburg/Borussia Dortmund)
9 – Serge Gnabry (Bayern Munich)
6 – Dries Mertens (Napoli)
6 – Gabriel Jesus (Manchester City)
6 – Harry Kane (Tottenham)
6 – Memphis Depay (Lyon)
6 – Raheem Sterling (Manchester City)

DI MARIA PREVENTS LEWANDOWSKI DOUBLE

Paris Saint-Germain winger Angel Di Maria enjoyed a stunning semi-final outing against RB Leipzig, when he scored one goal and set up the other two in a 3-0 win.

That performance made the Argentina international the leading assist maker in this season's competition with six, pipping Lewandowski – who set up five goals for his free-scoring Bayern team-mates. The Poland superstar's 20 goal involvements overall was almost double the next best of 11 from Gnabry.

Joshua Kimmich set up Kingsley Coman's final winner with a magnificent cross and the Germany international created more chances than anyone else this season with 28, one more than Manchester City midfield maestro Kevin De Bruyne

Most assists
6 – Angel Di Maria (Paris Saint-Germain)
5 – Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich)
5 – Kylian Mbappe (Paris Saint-Germain)
4 – Houssem Aouar (Lyon)
4 – Hakim Ziyech (Ajax)
4 – Riyad Mahrez (Manchester City)
4 – Neymar (Paris Saint-Germain)
4 – Joshua Kimmich (Bayern Munich)

Chances created
28 – Joshua Kimmich (Bayern Munich)
27 – Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City)
25 – Thomas Muller (Bayern Munich)
24 – Toni Kroos (Real Madrid)
21 – Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich)
20 – Angel Di Maria (Paris Saint-Germain)

THIAGO GETS DOWN TO THE DIRTY WORK

Few people will be surprised to learn that Bayern's silky playmaker Thiago Alcantara attempted the most passes in the competition by a distance – completing 90.9 per cent of his 832, significantly more than the 745 Kimmich racked up in second place.

However, the Spain international also ranked highly when it came to tackles and interceptions, showing even more of the qualities that have apparently caught the eye of Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp.

Konrad Laimer topped the tackling charts – one of two Leipzig representatives in the top five -  while Borussia Dortmund's ex-Bayern centre-back Mats Hummels made the most interceptions.

Most tackles
38 – Konrad Laimer (RB Leipzig)
34 – Thiago Alcantara (Bayern Munich)
28 – Thomas Partey (Atletico Madrid)
27 – Nicolas Tagliafico (Ajax)
26 – Nodri Mukiele (RB Leipzig)

Most interceptions
30 – Mats Hummels (Borussia Dortmund)
23 – Wilmar Barrios (Zenit)
23 – Thiago Alcantara (Bayern Munich)
19 – Sven Bender (Bayer Leverkusen)
19 – Fabian Ruiz (Napoli)

NEUER A SAFE PAIR OF HANDS

Bayern captain Manuel Neuer was arguably their star performer in the final, with three pivotal saves. The 34-year-old appeared to be back to his brilliant best in Lisbon and his 28 saves were the fifth-best in the tournament.

Neuer's save percentage of 77.14 is higher than any other keeper in the top five, while he managed to outperform his expected goals on target conceded (xGOT) number of 8.4 by conceding six.

That amounts to a very solid return on that metric but was not enough for a place in a top five headed by Ajax's Andre Onana.

Most saves and save percentage
33 (72.73 per cent) – Peter Gulacsi (RB Leipzig)
33 (70.21 per cent) – Fernando Muslera (Galatasaray)
33 (62.26 per cent) – Milan Borjan (Red Star Belgrade)
29 (76.32 per cent) – Guilherme (Lokomotiv Moscow)
28 (77.14 per cent) – Manuel Neuer

xGOT goals prevented
5.3 – Andre Onana (Ajax)
4.1 – Fernando Muslera (Galatasaray)
3.6 – Dominik Livakovic (Dinamo Zagreb)
3.3 – Marc-Andre ter Stegen (Barcelona)
3.1 – Peter Gulacsi (RB Leipzig)

The 2019-20 Champions League was ultimately lifted by the competition's most dominant team when Bayern Munich overcame Paris Saint-Germain at the weekend.

Kingsley Coman's second-half header to seal a 1-0 win was Bayern's 43rd of the season in Europe, securing an 11th victory from as many matches.

Unsurprisingly, Bayern players are very well represented in terms of the individual rankings for the tournament.

Drawing upon Opta data, we have a look at the highest goalscorers, the most prolific creators, the steadiest goalkeepers and more.

LEWANDOWSKI MATCHES RONALDO FEAT

Bayern's triumph was built upon the phenomenal goalscoring exploits of Robert Lewandowski, who became the second player in Champions League history to score 15 goals in a single campaign. Cristiano Ronaldo has accomplished the feat on three occasions.

The next generation was also handily represented, with Borussia Dortmund sensation Erling Haaland also into double figures, although eight of his haul came for former club Salzburg.

Top scorers
15 – Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich)
10 – Erling Haaland (Salzburg/Borussia Dortmund)
9 – Serge Gnabry (Bayern Munich)
6 – Dries Mertens (Napoli)
6 – Gabriel Jesus (Manchester City)
6 – Harry Kane (Tottenham)
6 – Memphis Depay (Lyon)
6 – Raheem Sterling (Manchester City)

DI MARIA PREVENTS LEWANDOWSKI DOUBLE

Paris Saint-Germain winger Angel Di Maria enjoyed a stunning semi-final outing against RB Leipzig, when he scored one goal and set up the other two in a 3-0 win.

That performance made the Argentina international the leading assist maker in this season's competition with six, pipping Lewandowski – who set up five goals for his free-scoring Bayern team-mates. The Poland superstar's 20 goal involvements overall was almost double the next best of 11 from Gnabry.

Joshua Kimmich set up Kingsley Coman's final winner with a magnificent cross and the Germany international created more chances than anyone else this season with 28, one more than Manchester City midfield maestro Kevin De Bruyne

Most assists
6 – Angel Di Maria (Paris Saint-Germain)
5 – Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich)
5 – Kylian Mbappe (Paris Saint-Germain)
4 – Houssem Aouar (Lyon)
4 – Hakim Ziyech (Ajax)
4 – Riyad Mahrez (Manchester City)
4 – Neymar (Paris Saint-Germain)
4 – Joshua Kimmich (Bayern Munich)

Chances created
28 – Joshua Kimmich (Bayern Munich)
27 – Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City)
25 – Thomas Muller (Bayern Munich)
24 – Toni Kroos (Real Madrid)
21 – Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich)
20 – Angel Di Maria (Paris Saint-Germain)

THIAGO GETS DOWN TO THE DIRTY WORK

Few people will be surprised to learn that Bayern's silky playmaker Thiago Alcantara attempted the most passes in the competition by a distance – completing 90.9 per cent of his 832, significantly more than the 745 Kimmich racked up in second place.

However, the Spain international also ranked highly when it came to tackles and interceptions, showing even more of the qualities that have apparently caught the eye of Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp.

Konrad Laimer topped the tackling charts – one of two Leipzig representatives in the top five -  while Borussia Dortmund's ex-Bayern centre-back Mats Hummels made the most interceptions.

Most tackles
38 – Konrad Laimer (RB Leipzig)
34 – Thiago Alcantara (Bayern Munich)
28 – Thomas Partey (Atletico Madrid)
27 – Nicolas Tagliafico (Ajax)
26 – Nodri Mukiele (RB Leipzig)

Most interceptions
30 – Mats Hummels (Borussia Dortmund)
23 – Wilmar Barrios (Zenit)
23 – Thiago Alcantara (Bayern Munich)
19 – Sven Bender (Bayer Leverkusen)
19 – Fabian Ruiz (Napoli)

NEUER A SAFE PAIR OF HANDS

Bayern captain Manuel Neuer was arguably their star performer in the final, with three pivotal saves. The 34-year-old appeared to be back to his brilliant best in Lisbon and his 28 saves were the fifth-best in the tournament.

Neuer's save percentage of 77.14 is higher than any other keeper in the top five, while he managed to outperform his expected goals on target conceded (xGOT) number of 8.4 by conceding six.

That amounts to a very solid return on that metric but was not enough for a place in a top five headed by Ajax's Andre Onana.

Most saves and save percentage
33 (72.73 per cent) – Peter Gulacsi (RB Leipzig)
33 (70.21 per cent) – Fernando Muslera (Galatasaray)
33 (62.26 per cent) – Milan Borjan (Red Star Belgrade)
29 (76.32 per cent) – Guilherme (Lokomotiv Moscow)
28 (77.14 per cent) – Manuel Neuer

xGOT goals prevented
5.3 – Andre Onana (Ajax)
4.1 – Fernando Muslera (Galatasaray)
3.6 – Dominik Livakovic (Dinamo Zagreb)
3.3 – Marc-Andre ter Stegen (Barcelona)
3.1 – Peter Gulacsi (RB Leipzig)

Bayern Munich boss Hansi Flick will make a late call on whether to select Jerome Boateng for Sunday's Champions League final against Paris Saint-Germain.

Boateng was substituted at half-time during Wednesday's 3-0 semi-final victory against Lyon due to "muscular problems".

The 31-year-old central defender took part in Bayern's Saturday training session at Estadio da Luz and Flick will make an assessment of his condition before selecting his XI.

"I am a coach who waits until the final practice session and then talks it through with his staff and thinks about the way it could be tomorrow," said Flick, who sent on Niklas Sule to partner David Alaba for the second 45 minutes against PSG's Ligue 1 counterparts.

"That's what we're going to do. We hope Jerome is fit and passes the test.

"After [training] I will sit with my coaches and discuss which personnel we are going to use."

Benjamin Pavard returned to action from the bench during the Lyon match, although Flick conceded it was unlikely the France defender would be called upon to play 90 minutes having recently recovered from an ankle injury.

"First of all, I'm very happy that Benjamin Pavard has made it to Portugal, so that's testament to the work of the medical staff," said the Bayern boss at his pre-match news conference.

"He played an outstanding season and is really important to the team with his standing and presence. So, he is an option for us.

"But I also know that I don't really trust 100 per cent that he can play from the beginning. But we'll make a test, the same as Jerome Boateng, to see if he is back to 100 per cent."

It means Joshua Kimmich is likely to continue at right-back, leaving Leon Goretzka and Thiago Alcantara in central midfield.

Kimmich paid a warm tribute to Flick, who transformed Bayern's season after succeeding Niko Kovac in November, leaving them a game away from repeating the historic treble of 2012-13.

"He managed to get through to the team really quickly. He's somebody who gives every player and every staff member the feeling that they are appreciated," the Germany international told reporters.

"He has really good communication towards every player and we have a clear plan that we stick to.

"The human side of things is very special – we're not just players that he uses for his system, he sees the person behind it, and we realise that."

Neymar and Kylian Mbappe will not persuade Bayern Munich to abandon their natural attacking instincts in the Champions League final against Paris Saint-Germain.

Bundesliga champions Bayern have been in rampant form since arriving in Lisbon and booked their place in Sunday's showpiece with a 3-0 win over PSG's Ligue 1 counterparts Lyon, having sensationally demolished Barcelona 8-2 in the quarter-finals.

Despite those resounding victories, Bayern's high defensive line frequently appeared vulnerable to pacey attacks – a factor a PSG forward line boasting Neymar, Mbappe and Angel Di Maria is expected to place under the microscope.

Nevertheless, head coach Hansi Flick told a pre-match news conference that Sunday's showdown at Estadio da Luz was no time to deviate from a formula that has propelled the Bavarian giants to 20 consecutive wins in all competitions.

"I think it's one of our trademarks that we play up high and defend up high. By doing this, we don't give space to our opponents," Flick said.

"Obviously, behind our back four there's lots of space but it's very important that we get pressure on the ball.

"Normally, if a ball is played in [behind] then we have to run with our opponent. We have looked at the games against Lyon and Barcelona.

"If you compare both games, Paris are a team who have enormous quality, the same as Barcelona. Lyon are a team who play very direct on their attacks and try to finish their attacks quickly, sometimes with long balls.

"It's important that we close down the passing lanes and don't leave any space open. We know Paris have a lot of speed. They're a great team with outstanding players

"This is going to be an interesting match, but I think in the past 10 months we have stuck to our philosophy. We have pressed the opponent high and that was the secret to our success. We won't change too much there."

Joshua Kimmich is expected to start at right-back and could find himself in frequent confrontations with Neymar and Mbappe as a result.

Nevertheless, the versatile Germany international is of a similar mind to his coach.

"Against Leipzig, Mbappe played up front and Neymar to the left but they have speed everywhere in their offence, so we have to really be careful – perhaps even more so than in the other games," Kimmich told reporters.

"But I don't think that we should just sit back the whole game."

Bayern great Franz Beckenbauer believes PSG are a team without a significant weakness – something with which Flick concurs, and he feels the defensive resilience of Thomas Tuchel's star-studded side might have been underplayed.

"Well, he's absolutely right – it's a top team," he said. "They have lots of speed on the pitch – very experienced players, lots of top players, especially up front but also in defence, with Thiago Silva, for example, one of the best centre-backs of the past years.

"In the Champions League they only conceded five goals, this is the best defence of the Champions League. The defence, as well of the offence, works.

"We have a plan ourselves. I hope it works out and we can play according to the plan. We're looking forward to it. We can only win this game if we are all at 100 per cent."

Thomas Muller suggested Bayern Munich are addicted to winning after the Bundesliga champions beat Freiburg 3-1 on Saturday.

Although the title was already secured, Hansi Flick's side were ruthless at the Allianz Arena as Robert Lewandowski scored twice and set up Joshua Kimmich for another goal.

It was a dominant display from Bayern despite them having made changes to their regular line-up and meant they claimed a club-record 15th-straight win in all competitions.

Lewandowski's goals also moved him on to 33 for the league season, setting a new best for a non-German player in Bundesliga history.

Muller was frustrated not to have scored himself but was proud of the way they kept up their winning momentum.

"We wanted to be greedy," he said. "All teams have ambitious goals before matches. We're doing a very good job at the moment. It's down to our inner motivation that entitles us to play for Bayern and enables us to push ourselves to our limits week in, week out.

"We're expected to achieve nothing but success. We've dedicated ourselves to that. We showed superb energy today. It's a shame we didn't score in the second half. I should have added my name to the scoresheet at least once."

Kimmich wants them to maintain their winning run to boost their chances of a treble, with the DFB-Pokal final against Bayer Leverkusen to come and the Champions League set to return in August.

"You saw we're hungry and greedy, that we wanted to win the match even though we've already won the title," he said. "We want fair competition, we want to keep up our rhythm, even if nothing's at stake anymore.

"It's a special kind of mentality. A lot of work has gone into it. We don't only push ourselves on matchdays; it begins in training, in our preparations.

"We still have ambitious goals this season. We absolutely want to win the cup final and go on the attack in the Champions League and use our momentum. We didn't always dominate because of individual quality. It was often down to our mentality, fighting and will to win."

Head coach Flick is also keen to keep Bayern's momentum going, adding: "We wanted to be in control, create chances and put our opponents under pressure. It's just the way we play.

"I'm really pleased with it. But the players share the goals around, which is why it's working so well at the moment. It's important to keep up our rhythm after winning the title. We want to use our matches for that. It worked out very well today, and we want to build on it again away to Wolfsburg."

Bayern Munich are considering a joint protest over the death of George Floyd, with Joshua Kimmich keen for players to use their platform to help.

Floyd died in police custody in Minneapolis last week after an officer knelt on his neck while he lay handcuffed on the ground, sparking demonstrations and riots over racism and police brutality across the United States and beyond.

Jadon Sancho, Achraf Hakimi, Weston McKennie and Marcus Thuram all made gestures of support at the weekend, which were examined by the German Football Association (DFB).

FIFA urged leagues to use common sense on the issue given the context and on Wednesday the DFB said no players will be sanctioned for showing solidarity with anti-racism messages.

Kimmich revealed Bundesliga leaders Bayern have discussed the possibility of protesting together when they face Bayer Leverkusen at the weekend.

"As a football player you have a big power in this world. My opinion is we should feel this responsibility and say something like Sancho did," said Kimmich.

"It's good that it's not just one player. Maybe it is also an option to say something as a team. "We are one world, one club, one football team. It doesn't matter if you are black or white.

"We as footballers, like with Sancho, have a lot of power to reach other people, to be role models and to say something.

"What we say to people outside gives us a big chance to make a statement.

"We discussed it and maybe we can do something. We maybe have to do something because we cannot give something like this a place."

Joshua Kimmich described his winning goal against Borussia Dortmund as the best of his career and says he was told before the match how Roman Burki often stands off his line.

The Bayern Munich midfielder beat Dortmund keeper Burki with a delightful 20-yard chip to earn a 1-0 win in Tuesday's Klassiker clash at Signal Iduna Park.

With two minutes of a tight first half remaining, Kimmich took a few strides and floated a shot into the top left-corner, with Burki unable to keep it out despite getting fingertips to the ball.

Kimmich has now scored 27 career goals for club and country, the latest of which he rates higher than all the rest given its quality and the magnitude of the game.

"That was the best goal of my career - it was so important," he said, quoted on Bayern's official website. "We were told before the game that Burki often stands off his line."

Dortmund were unable to respond to Kimmich's goal and now have a seven-point deficit to make up on leaders Bayern with only six games to play.

And BVB defender Mats Hummels, who switched between the two clubs last year, admits the title race is as good as over for his side and the rest of the chasing pack.

"Sometimes games are decided by moments of genius. That was the case today," Hummels told Sky Sport Germany.

"I think that all other teams are out of the title race. Now, it's all in the hands of Bayern.

"We just have to hope that they will drop points three times in six games. If there's any chance, we want to be there to take it."

Emre Can, a half-time substitute against Bayern, echoed the thoughts of team-mate Hummels following Dortmund's first home league loss in more than a year.

"We have to be realistic. Bayern are now seven points clear of us," Can said.

"We need to look at ourselves and win the remaining games. If nothing happens, Bayern will win the title."

In the eerie quiet of Signal Iduna Park on Tuesday, the joyous yells of Bayern Munich players will have been more noticeable than ever.

With no crowd noise to drown them out, Bayern players screamed in celebration as they beat Borussia Dortmund for a second time in 2019-20, the shouts echoing around BVB's iconic home as Die Roten effectively sealed an eight successive title.

The build-up to Der Klassiker was dominated by talk of what the contest meant for the Bundesliga crown, and the consensus was failure to win would doom Dortmund's hopes.

Even sporting director Michael Zorc acknowledged this in the pre-match news conference on Monday: "If we want to keep competing for the title, we have to win the match. It's as simple as that."

Dortmund's start suggested that was the exact line Lucien Favre put across to his players before the match – they began with real verve and purpose, Erling Haaland having an effort cleared off the line by Jerome Boateng inside the first 40 seconds.

A continuously notable element of a gripping first period was the quality of the hosts' build-up play, with Julian Brandt, Mahmoud Dahoud and Thorgan Hazard playing some fine football between them.

But the final pass was too often found wanting, with Hazard and Brandt culpable on two particular occasions when the right ball would have surely left Haaland with a simple finish.

Bayern's cautious set-up in the first half probably contributed to Dortmund being in the ascendancy, but Hansi Flick's starting XI contained the right balance to allow them to be both solid at the back and still a threat in attack.

Joshua Kimmich and Alphonso Davies encapsulated that perfectly, with the latter in particular producing yet another gutsy display.

The story of the Canada international's season is well-documented – he's gone from being a back-up winger, to left-back cover to arguably the most exciting attacking full-back in the world.

All of his immense qualities were on display again on Tuesday.

Given his lack of experience in the position, there have still been those questioning his defensive capabilities, but it's difficult to see how any such subjects will be discussed with any real vigour after this.

Up against Davies, Achraf Hakimi struggled to have the sort of influence he has become accustomed to in the right wing-back role for Dortmund, failing to create a single chance, while Hazard simply wasn't good enough to exploit any occasions it looked like he might get the better of the 19-year-old.

Even Erling Haaland got to experience the full ferocity of Davies' pace and power, as the former Vancouver Whitecaps talent darted back with remarkable speed in the first half to deny the Norwegian a certain goal.

But then he also showcased his ability going forward, one mazy run seeing him somehow slalom through a crowd of four players, before eventually running into the Yellow Wall that was Mats Hummels, who didn't deserve to be on the losing side.

But he was, once again, against his former team, the effortlessly classy Kimmich proving decisive.

In a moment of real frenzy, with the ball pinging off Bayern players just outside the box late in the first period, the German produced an incredibly composed finish that seemed to stop time – his intricate chip looping over Roman Burki and finding the net with a little help from the goalkeeper's hand.

At the base of Bayern's midfield he was typically influential, his 104 touches of the ball more than any other Bayern player.

Kimmich also attempted more passes (81) than the rest of his team-mates, completing 89 per cent of them, while defensively he was astute, making three clearances, two interceptions and eight ball recoveries.

On top of all that, he ran 13.75km during the match, the most by any Bayern player in a Bundesliga match since Opta began recording such data in 2013-14.

Dortmund threw bodies forward towards the end, but there was a hopeless, aimless nature to their attacks once Haaland – their focal point – had been forced off with an apparent injury.

BVB had been urged to cut loose before the match, embrace the occasion and take the game to Bayern. While one can argue they did, Flick wisely recognised his side had more to lose and his team's mentality reflected that.

The more things change, the more they stay the same, and Bayern once again got the better of Dortmund, a fact that will now surely be reflected in the final standings as Flick's men went seven points clear.

From an optimist's perspective, Dortmund's squad is young and, should they manage to keep it mostly intact, trophies will surely come their way – potentially even Bundesliga titles.

But Kimmich and Davies could be dominating Der Klassiker for the next 10 years, and given their level at this point, that is a frightening thought.

At least there will likely be some crowd noise to drown out their celebrations next time.

Bayern Munich moved seven points clear of Borussia Dortmund at the top of the Bundesliga thanks to a magical Joshua Kimmich strike in Tuesday's 1-0 Klassiker victory. 

Both teams had previously won six league games in a row in a tightly contested title race, but it was Bayern who prevailed in the behind-closed-doors clash at Signal Iduna Park.

Kimmich scored what proved to be the only goal just before half-time with an audacious chip from 20 yards, which Roman Burki was unable to keep out despite getting a hand to it.

Dortmund, who lost striker Erling Haaland to injury in the second half, had a penalty shout rejected and saw Mahmoud Dahoud come close late on but ultimately could not find a way through.

The hosts came into the game boasting the best home record in the division this term and would have been ahead inside 29 seconds if not for Jerome Boateng, who bailed out Manuel Neuer - making his 400th Bundesliga appearance - by blocking Haaland's shot on the line.

Serge Gnabry was given the nod over Ivan Perisic in Bayern's attack and he was next to come close, the winger firing a shot past Burki but not covering defender Lukasz Piszczek.

But the visitors found the breakthrough two minutes before the interval thanks to Kimmich's moment of magic, the versatile German midfielder spotting Burki off his line and chipping the ball over the Dortmund keeper from just outside the box.

Dortmund sent on Jadon Sancho for the second half and felt they should have had a penalty when Haaland's shot caught Boateng on the arm, but the decision was not reviewed by VAR.

Dahoud was then denied by Neuer in the best of the home side's second-half chances, with Bayern coming closest to adding a second when Robert Lewandowski - who also had a penalty appeal of his own rejected - sent a curled shot against the post.

 

What does it mean? Title race all but over

A victory for Dortmund today would have heaped the pressure on Bayern, but the league leaders now have a seven-point lead at the top with just six games to play.

Hansi Flick's side still have to face Bayer Leverkusen and Borussia Monchengladbach, but an eighth Bundesliga title in a row now seems a formality.

Kimmich lights up Der Klassiker

Dortmund had conceded just one goal in their past six league matches ahead of this contest, so it was always going to take something special for Bayern to find a way through.

Step forward Kimmich, who spotted Burki off his line and produced a quite sublime chip to win the match - his third Bundesliga goal this season, all from outside the box.

Haaland hobbles off

If the defeat itself was not bad enough for Dortmund, they lost influential striker Haaland to injury 18 minutes from time.

He may have gone back-to-back games without scoring, following a previous run of 10 in nine league matches, but his loss will be felt if the injury is serious.

What's next?

Bayern host strugglers Fortuna Dusseldorf on their return to action on Saturday, while Dortmund travel to bottom side Paderborn the following day.

After more than a two-month pause, top-level European football returns on Saturday with the Bundesliga's resumption – and EA Sports have released their 'Team of the Season So Far' on FIFA Ultimate Team ahead the German top-flight's return.

Undoubtedly the highlight of the first weekend back will be the Revierderby between Borussia Dortmund and Schalke, while pacesetters Bayern Munich go to Union Berlin.

For many football fans out there, gaming will have played a significant role in filling the void left behind by the real thing over the past two months – and FIFA 20 is giving Bundesliga fanatics extra reason to stick around with its boosted cards.

Featuring the likes of Jadon Sancho, Kai Havertz, Erling Haaland, Robert Lewandowski and Timo Werner, all of whom have boosted ratings in the 90s, fresh TOTSSF cards are now available in FUT.

Check out the full release below.

TEAM OF THE SEASON SO FAR

GK: Yann Sommer (Borussia Monchengladbach) – 94

RWB: Achraf Hakimi (Borussia Dortmund) – 91

CB: Mats Hummels (Borussia Dortmund) – 96

CB: Dayot Upamecano (RB Leipzig) – 93

LB: Alphonso Davies (Bayern Munich) – 92

RF: Jadon Sancho (Borussia Dortmund) – 96

CDM: Joshua Kimmich (Bayern Munich) – 96

CAM: Kai Havertz (Bayer Leverkusen) – 94

ST: Timo Werner (RB Leipzig) – 97

ST: Erling Haaland (Borussia Dortmund) – 95

ST: Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich) – 99

SUBSTITUTES

GK: Lukas Hradecky (Bayer Leverkusen) – 91

CB: Martin Hinteregger (Eintracht Frankfurt) – 88

CB: Matthias Ginter (Borussia Monchengladbach) – 92

CM: Suat Serdar (Schalke) – 88

CM: Thomas Muller (Bayern Munich) – 95

RW: Serge Gnabry (Bayern Munich) – 93

LM: Filip Kostic (Eintracht Frankfurt) – 94

CAM: Marco Reus (Borussia Dortmund) – 95

ST: Florian Niederlechner (Augsburg) – 89

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