Late Kimmich goal spares Bayern’s blushes

FC Bayern München were pushed all the way to the wire in the Bundesliga on Saturday afternoon as Joshua Kimmich’s late strike secured a 1-0 victory over Hamburger SV at Allianz Arena.

  • Hamburger SV 0 FC Bayern München 1
  • Closely contested first half ends goalless
  • Adler in inspired form for Hamburg
  • Kimmich nets late winner

Match summary

The first half was a closely-contested affair, with neither side able to grab the game by the scruff of the neck.

Bayern cranked up the pressure a few notches after the half-time break, but found Hamburg goalkeeper Rene Adler in inspired form.

But just when it looked like Bayern would be forced to settle for a share of the spoils, Kimmich stole in at the back post to slot home from close range to secure all three points for the hosts.

Full report

The first half was a closely contested affair, with goal-scoring chances few and far between.

However, the complexion would have been different had Hamburg claimed the lead after just two minutes of play. Nabil Bahoui had a glorious opportunity to fire the visitors in front after latching onto a pass from Bobby Wood, but saw his goal-bound effort snapped up Manuel Neuer in the Bayern goal.

Bayern eventually managed to muster a response in the 18th minute but weren’t able to capitalise, Robert Lewandowski heading just over the bar from David Alaba’s inswinging cross.

The next chance of note fell to Alaba just after the half-hour mark, but the versatile full-back was unable to find the mark with a speculative effort from range.

Hamburg briefly threatened to grab the lead just three minutes later as Lewis Holtby dragged a left-footed shot wide from outside the box.

It was Bayern who ended the first half on the front foot, though, with Kingsley Coman seeing his headed effort saved in the bottom-left corner by Hamburg keeper Rene Adler.

But despite boasting a plethora of attacking talent, Bayern struggled to find the all-important breakthrough after the break.

Hamburg keeper Adler was key to the visitors’ solid defensive showing, making a number of key saves to keep the Bavarians at bay.

Adler saw Thomas Muller head wide of the mark in the 57th minute, moments before denying Lewandowski’s close-range effort.

The towering shot-stopper went on to deny later efforts from Alaba, Joshua Kimmich, Müller and Lewandowski, with the match seemingly destined to end in a goalless stalemate.

However, Bayern eventually got the breakthrough they were looking for in the 88th minute, Kimmich popping up at the back post to prod home from Franck Ribéry’s slide-rule pass.

The goal sparked an immediate reaction for Hamburg as they redoubled their efforts in a bid to net an equaliser in the few remaining minutes.

But they failed to make their chances count as efforts from Gideon Jung and Pierre-Michel Lasogga in injury-time failed to find the mark.