Bayern closer to title with Dortmund win

Robert Lewandowski (r) helped Bayern Munich to a vital 1-0 win over Borussia Dortmund.
Robert Lewandowski (r) helped Bayern Munich to a vital 1-0 win over Borussia Dortmund.

Joshua Kimmich's long-range chip handed Bayern Munich a 1-0 win over Borussia Dortmund that put them on course for a record-extending eighth consecutive Bundesliga title.

Kimmich collected the ball outside the area and chipped it over Dortmund goalkeeper Roman Burki just before halftime.

It was enough for Bayern to stretch their lead to seven points over Dortmund with six games of the season remaining.

Dortmund had a chance to cut the lead to one point with a win, but Bayern have only dropped points once in the last 11 games.

It was an eerily quiet meeting between the Bundesliga giants as the shouts from players and coaches, and the thud of the ball being kicked around, could be heard clearly in Dortmund's almost-empty 80,000-capacity Westfalenstadion.

The Bundesliga, which resumed after a two-month coronavirus-induced suspension on May 16, is being played without fans and amid strict hygiene measures for the rest of season.

Third-place RB Leipzig could jump ahead of Dortmund on goal difference when they host Hertha Berlin as one of five games on Wednesday.

They would seem to be the only other outside title challenger left as Bayer Leverkusen crashed to fifth on Tuesday in a tired performance which saw them hammered 4-1 at home by European hopefuls Wolfsburg.

Borussia Moenchengladbach went fourth on goal difference with a 0-0 draw at second bottom Werder Bremen but are 11 points off the pace.

Eintracht Frankfurt ended a run of five consecutive Bundesliga losses with a 3-3 draw at home to Freiburg.

They are 14th but do hold a game in hand away to Bremen in early in June.

Australian Associated Press