Since the return from the break for COVID-19, Bundesliga has been competitive, except or the absence of fans, who are extremely missed. Without a doubt, the fans add so much to the game that the artificial noises can’t fulfill their absence at all. But the show must go on because with few games remaining, the season must be finished and there are financial matters as well.

On Tuesday, the world was upbeat over the Der Klassiker. Bayern Munich displayed their supremacy against Frankfurt, while the dodgy display of Dortmund in the weekends did not satisfy the critics. To challenge the might of Bayern, one would need to be at their very best. The finishing should possess the accuracy alongside pace and dominance at the center of the park.

The race for the title this season has been tighter enough and the supremacy of Bayern had been challenged not only by Dortmund by the emerging teams like RB Leipzig as well. Dortmund had the chance to cut Bayern’s lead at the top. They had a wonderful record at Signal Park Iduna. Sadly, the Dortmund frontline lacked the clinical touch in front of goal.

In the earlier stages of the match, Dortmund caught Bayern on the counter. Jerome Boateng saved Bayern by clearing a goal-bound shot from Haaland as Manuel Neuer went out of the goal.

Serge Gnabry – preferred over Ivan Perisic – came close as the winger fired a shot past Burki but not covering defender Lukasz Piszeck.

Chances were created.

Both teams played with attacking intent in the first half.

But the goals were still not coming until Joshua Kimmich spotted Burki out of his line and chipped the ball over him from just outside the box. A cool finish and the much-needed lead in an evenly contested first-half.

Jadon Sancho was introduced in the second to increase the momentum and attacking intent a bit more.

Dahoud was denied by Neuer, which the best of chances for Dortmund in the second-half. Robert Lewandowski then sent a curling shot against the post.

Dortmund’s hopes took another blow when a penalty appeal against Boateng was denied by the referee. A Haaland shot caught Boateng on the arm, but the decision was not reviewed by VAR. Meanwhile, a Lewandowski appeal for a penalty was also turned down.

Dortmund’s chances of a comeback diminished when they witnessed Haaland limping off the pitch and paved the way for a young Reyna. With the goal-scoring machine cutting a sorry figure in the most anticipated battle, Dortmund only watched Bayern bagging full points to take a 7-point lead in the table.

The match was expected to be the battle between Haaland and Lewandowski, but in the end, Achraf Hakimi and Alphonso Davies came out shining brightly. Davies is surely a talent to watch. He is an ideal blend of pace, skill, and temperament. He just gives a different dimension to Bayern on the left.

Whereas, no wonder, why Hakimi is regarded so highly – the lanky, but strong customer provides enough bite to the right-flank. His accurate passes are an asset for any team and surely, Real Madrid are observing the growth of their product.