Kimmich propels Bayern to a comeback win

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He celebrated his comeback and immediately played a decisive role in Bayern's 2-1 victory in the top-of-the-table clash against Bayer Leverkusen. 42 days after a knee injury and subsequent surgery, Joshua Kimmich returned to the pitch on Saturday evening. It didn't take long for Bayern's number six to show how important he is in the heart of the Bayern midfield.

Kimmich with an interception and assist

The decisive interception. Kimmich steals the ball from Tah and passes it to Lewandowski.

Kimmich is the total embodiment of the record champions' winning gene. Even during the warm-up behind the goal, he was the only Bayern player warming up without a jumper: a sure sign of how up for the game he was. After he was substituted on in the 68th minute, the Germany international was immediately present and on hand to provide the winning goal. In injury time, the 25-year-old forced Leverkusen's Jonathan Tah into a mistake and poked the ball right into the path of Robert Lewandowski. Of course, the newly-crowned World Footballer of the Year did not miss this golden opportunity and slammed the ball into the net for the winning goal.

A dream week for Kimmich

Bayern go into the short winter break at the top of the table, crowning a dream week for Kimmich. On Monday he joined full team training, on Thursday he was justly selected in Fifa's World XI and today he made his comeback with an assist. It doesn't get much better than that and this definitely gives Kimmich an additional boost ahead of a run of matches that Bayern will face in the new year.

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