SPORTS: Bayern Closes In On Record Bundesliga Title.

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SPORTS: Bayern Closes In On Record Bundesliga Title.



Joshua Kimmich's goal gave Bayern a 1-0 win over closest rival Borussia Dortmund on tuesday moving his team a huge step closer to winning the league for a record-extending eighth consecutive time.

Kimmich collected the ball outside the area and chipped it over Dortmund goalkeeper Roman Bürki minutes before the break.

It was enough for Bayern to stretch its 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 has only dropped points once in the last 14 games.

“It’s brutally difficult,” Dortmund coach Lucien Favre said of his side’s hopes.

It was an very quiet meeting between the Bundesliga rivals 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 taking the shine  off the keenly contested encounter.

Dortmund was without injured captain Marco Reus, while Jadon Sancho was a substitute as he is still regaining full fitness.

The home side were denied a possible penalty before the hour-mark when 19-year-old Erling Haaland’s shot was deflected just wide by the falling Jerome Boateng’s right elbow. Boateng had his back to ball and the contact seemed accidental.

The visitors gradually worked their way into the game and Dortmund needed a goal-line clearance from Lukasz Piszczek after Serge Gnabry had beaten Bürki, who made a good save to deny Kingsley Coman.

In search for an equaliser, Dortmund reacted by bringing on Sancho and Emre Can for Brandt and Thomas Delaney at the break. But the changes had little effect as Bayern stayed in control.

Haaland limped off in the 72nd as 17-year-old American Gio Reyna came on for his 10th league appearance for Dortmund.

Still searching for an equalizer, Favre brought on Mario Götze for the last 10 minutes. Sporting director Michael Zorc confirmed Saturday that the World Cup winner will be leaving the club at the end of the season.

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