Joshua Kimmich’s sublime chip gave Bayern Munich a 1-0 win at second-placed Borussia Dortmund in Der Klassiker as the Bundesliga leaders put one hand on the title.
Kimmich’s perfectly-weighted effort left Roman Bürki stranded in the 43rd minute as the champions landed a big win at an empty stadium that normally seats 80,000 fans.
Bayern have now won seven straight league matches in their quest for a record-extending eighth straight league crown and are now seven points clear at the top with six games to play. RB Leipzig, who face Hertha Berlin on Wednesday, are third a further three points behind Dortmund.
The Bundesliga became the first major league to restart 10 days ago after a break of more than two months due to the COVID-19 pandemic, with games played without supporters to reduce the risk of infection.
It all started well for hosts Dortmund, who were on a six-game winning streak going into the match, when Erling Braut Haaland almost scored in the opening seconds. Jérôme Boateng had to clear the ball off the line.
The visitors gradually found their footing and had their own effort cleared off the line when Lukasz Piszczek denied Serge Gnabry from close range. In a fluid and entertaining first half 19-year-old Haaland should have done better when he was sent through in the 33rd minute with Alphonso Davies stealing the ball away.
It was Kimmich’s delightful effort that settled the game when he spotted Bürki off his line and superbly chipped the ball from the edge of the box over the keeper. Bayern stayed in control after the break and an injury meant Dortmund lost Haaland, who earlier had another effort deflected wide by Boateng’s elbow, with 18 minutes left.
Dortmund’s Mo Dahoud tried his luck from outside the box but Manuel Neuer, on his 400th league appearance, managed to preserve his clean sheet before teammate Robert Lewandowski hit the post in the 83rd minute.