Bayern head for Qatar with 10-point Bundesliga lead after Hertha win
Bayern Munich head to the Club World Cup with 5 succeeding wins under their belt after Kingsley Coman’s first-half winner handed the Bundesliga leaders a 1-0 success at Hertha Berlin on Friday.
The win leaves Bayern 10 points clear of second-placed RB Leipzig, who have a video game in hand away to crisis-hit Schalke on Saturday.
“We could have scored a few more goals today,” Bayern striker Thomas Mueller informed broadcaster DAZN.
“We have a few wins in a row now and we are looking forward to the Club World Cup.”
Coman discovered the web with a deflected shot on 21 minutes to offer Bayern all 3 points in snowy Berlin, simply hours prior to they left for next week’s competition in Qatar.
Bayern face African Champions League winners Al-Ahly in Monday’s semi-final in Doha.
Yet they initially needed to surpass a Hertha side buoyed by the return of previous coach Friend Dardai last month and the arrival of previous Germany midfielder Sami Khedira on a totally free transfer from Juventus.
Khedira, however, played just 10 minutes as a replacement as Bayern fought to a narrow win.
“I didn’t expect to be playing 90 minutes straight away. I know I need time on the pitch and in training,” stated Khedira, who made simply one look for Juventus in the last 12 months.
A brilliant start from the house side was offed when goalkeeper Rune Jarstein lowered Leroy Sane in package on 11 minutes.
Yet the Hertha stopper redeemed himself instantly, diving to his right to conserve Robert Lewandowski’s charge.
10 minutes later on, Jarstein was left flapping at the ball as Coman’s shot deflected off Niklas Stark and looped into the web.
Both Jarstein and his opposite number Manuel Neuer made numerous conserves prior to half-time, as an amusing video game swung from end to end.
Hertha had a fantastic possibility to equalise 2 minutes from time, as Matheus Cunha beat the offside trap and discovered himself individually with Neuer.
Yet the Brazilian’s chip over the Bayern keeper dripped large of the post, triggering shouts of suffering from the Berlin bench.
Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.