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Holding midfielders lead from the front

Kimmich and Goretzka fire Bayern to victory

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Leon Goretzka and Joshua Kimmich are true leaders. They proved it off the pitch with their award-winning #WeKickCorona campaign and in FC Bayern's 2-1 win away to Lokomotiv Moscow. Munich's two holding midfielders scored both goals on Tuesday.

Goretzka's header puts Bayern in front

Leon Goretzka scored his third Champions League goals on Tuesday. Two of them were headers.

"The two goals by our two pivot midfielders were crucial. It's nice to have such prolific midfielders," commented Hansi Flick. Goretzka's header handed Bayern an early lead. Goretzka has scored in three straight European matches, and all three goals were important. The 25-year-old had also scored the equaliser in the UEFA Super Cup triumph over Sevilla and netted Bayern's second goal against Atlético last week.

Kimmich's sumptuous match-winner

Joshua Kimmich restored Bayern's lead. It was his tenth goal in his 48th Champions League appearance.

After the interval and the hosts' equaliser, his team-mate Kimmich provided the treble winners with euphoria. He controlled a sharp pass and then fired the ball from 18 yards into the bottom left corner to score the winning goal.

Training pays off for Kimmich

The father of two has scored eight of his last twelve competitive goals from outside the penalty area. "I've trained scoring those goals outside the box a couple of times. Actually, that wasn't really my forte in the past, because I lacked a bit of shot power, especially in my youth. Now recently it's been working quite well," sharpshooter Kimmich explained after the match.

Give everything for success

But the two of them did not only contribute by way of scoring goals. After the final whistle, Kimmich boasted the most touches of all FCB players and Goretzka was involved in the most one-on-ones until he was replaced - according to Flick a "precaution" after a calf problem. "It's important that we work together as a team. Everyone must put 100 percent of their skills into the success of the team, and then we'll win these kind of matches," says Flick. His two box-to-box midfielders once again demonstrated this to great success in Moscow.

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