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Red card for teenage star yet Bayern Munich still win to clinch eighth straight Bundesliga title

Elsewhere Borussia Moenchengladbach boost their Champions League hopes.

Updated Jun 16th 2020, 10:11 PM

BAYERN MUNICH WERE crowned Bundesliga champions for the eighth straight season tonight after Robert Lewandowski’s first-half strike proved enough for a nervy 1-0 win at Werder Bremen.

imago-20200616 Bayern Munich players celebrate their success. Source: Imago/PA Images

Hansi Flick’s Bavarian giants went into the game seven points clear of second-placed Borussia Dortmund, who have three matches remaining, and extended that gap to an unassailable 10-point advantage.

It is Bayern’s 30th German top-flight title in total and they remain on course to win the treble.

They face Bayer Leverkusen on 4 July in the German Cup final and also hold a 3-0 first-leg lead over Chelsea in the Champions League last 16.

The win at the Weserstadion was Bayern’s eighth consecutive victory in all competitions since the German season restarted last month following the coronavirus lockdown.

Lewandowski scored his 31st league goal of the campaign shortly before half-time, but Bayern had to withstand a period of sustained late pressure after left-back Alphonso Davies was sent off with 11 minutes left.

imago-20200616 Bayern Munich players celebrate after Robert Lewandowski's goal. Source: Imago/PA Images

Relegation-threatened Bremen threw on 41-year-old striker Claudio Pizarro, but the former Bayern man was denied a dramatic 90th-minute tap-in by a stretching Manuel Neuer.

Bremen, who have spent more seasons in the Bundesliga than any other club, remain in the relegation zone.

Earlier Borussia Moenchengladbach remai in the hunt for a Champions League berth with an emphatic 3-0 Bundesliga home win over Wolfsburg as midfielder Jonas Hofmann scored twice.

After consecutive defeats by Freiburg and Bayern Munich, Gladbach raced into a two-goal lead after half an hour at Borussia Park.

Hofmann scored twice before Germany international Lars Stindl swept a third into the net following a second-half counter-attack.

“We scored three goals, didn’t concede and picked up three points with an ambitious performance in difficult conditions, so I am happy with that,” said Gladbach head coach Marco Rose.

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“The performance of Jonas Hofmann, just like the rest of the team, was very strong, but now we have to turn our attention on Paderborn this Saturday.”

imago-20200616 Moenchengladbach players celebrate during their success over Wolfsburg. Source: ULRICH HUFNAGEL

The result was all the more impressive as Gladbach eased to victory without injured French forwards Marcus Thuram and Alassane Plea.

Gladbach moved back into the fourth and final Champions League spot, two points ahead of Bayer Leverkusen, who host Cologne on Wednesday in their game in hand.

Bayern and Borussia Dortmund have already qualified for next season’s group stage, while RB Leipzig sit third, five points clear of Leverkusen.

Gladbach took the lead on 11 minutes when Swiss forward Breel Embolo sidestepped a defender and played the ball into Hofmann, who fired past Wolfsburg goalkeeper Koen Casteels.

The hosts doubled their lead when a long ball into the box was headed down by 2014 World Cup winner Matthias Ginter into the path of Hofmann, who made no mistake from close range.

Gladbach put the result to bed when a wayward pass from Wolfsburg defender John Brooks was snapped up by winger Ibrahima Traore, whose pass picked out Stindl to fire home 25 minutes from the final whistle.

The defeat leaves Wolfsburg sixth, which carries a Europa League place next season.

Gladbach face bottom side Paderborn on Saturday, then mid-table Hertha Berlin on the final day of the season, while Leverkusen face Hertha and Mainz in their last two games.

© – AFP 2020  

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