It took a late Joshua Kimmich goal to give the Bavarians a win at the Allianz Arena, to claim the club’s fifth trophy in 2020.
Hansi Flick admitted that Bayern Munich made life difficult for himself in winning the German Super Cup over Borussia Dortmund, who had completed five titles.
It took a late Joshua Kimmich goal to give Bayern a 3–2 win at the Allianz Arena, with winners in the Bundesliga, Champions League and Bockal last season claiming more titles.
Bayern had already won the title this season after winning the European Super Cup, so Bayern can now point to five current titles.
But what appeared at one point was a routine win that turned into a test competition for the German team beating everyone else on Wednesday.
Dortmund was in trouble when Bayern took a 2-0 lead in 32 minutes through goals from Corentin Tolisso and Thomas Muller, but Julian Brandt and Erling Haaland scored both goals to equalize the final half hour.
Kimmich pinched the winning goal in the 82nd minute after Thomas Delaney stole possession and swapped passes with Robert Lewandowski, netting in the second attempt with a desperate flick of the ball after his first shot was blocked.
“We wanted to win the game, but it wasn’t really that easy. We deserved to go 2-0 and then we made life difficult for ourselves,” said coach Flick.
“However, what matters to me is that we won the game and everything else is something we want to do better on Sunday.”
Bayern’s assignment in the Bundesliga on Sunday is a home game against Hertha Berlin.
Kimmich was relieved to get another cup, after Dortmund threatened to win.
Manuel Neuer needed to save the Bayern Munich keeper well to deny Haaland a goal that would have put Lucien Favre’s Dortmund team 3-2 ahead.
“At the end we have the cup. It feels good,” Kimmisch said on the Bayern website. “We fought for the cup, even if it wasn’t our best match.”
Like his boss and match winner, Neuer realized Bayern were not at their best.
Neuer said: “You know you are playing against a strong team, so something can always happen and we saw that day. It was our fault that we put Dortmund back into the game.”
“You cannot always assume that you will score three goals, but in the end, Joshua Kimmich gave a good performance,” added the captain, Neuer.
In Dortmund camp there was regret at the chance to win the cup.
“I think we allowed two disturbing goals in the first half,” said Brant’s top scorer. “Unfortunately, we didn’t do well there. Then we scored the next goal and then we had chances that we didn’t take advantage of.”