Bayern Munich seal eighth Bundesliga title as Robert Lewandowski smashes goal record
Bayern Munich have captured a record-extending eighth Bundesliga title after a 1-0 win over Werner Bremen.
Since the resumption of German football following the enforced break due to the coronavirus pandemic, Bayern have been unstoppable, winning all six games and scoring 19 goals.
But they needed just one goal at the Weser Stadium to earn their seventh consecutive win and the title.
And it came in the 43rd minute when Robert Lewandowski took a clipped ball over the top of Bremen’s defence by Jerome Boateng on his chest and volleyed the ball into the net.
It was Lewandowski’s 31st league goal of another prolific campaign, beating his previous best record for a Bundesliga season.
The match was not all plain sailing for the Bayern as they were forced to finish the match with 10 men after Alphonso Davies is sent off with 15 minutes left to play.
Davies was lucky not to get a red card in the first half after kicking out at Leonardo Bittencourt in the 19th minute.
He was eventually given his marching orders by the referee in the second half when he was adjudged to have blocked the run of Milos Veljkovic.
But despite some late pressure from Bremen, Bayern held on to spark jubilant scenes at full time.
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It is Hansi Flick’s first title as a manager after he replaced Niko Kovac in November.
At that stage, Bayern were four points behind leaders Borussia Monchengladbach.
Since then they have lost just once in the league, ended Borussia Dortmund’s hopes and cruised to yet another title.
Bayern’s attention will soon switch to the Champions League which is set to resume in August.
Before coronavirus brought a halt to football, Bayern had beaten Chelsea 3-0 at Stamford Bridge to take a commanding lead in the last 16 clash.
The rest of the knockout stages are set to be played in Lisbon, Portugal with single ties rather than the usual two legs.
And Flick is confident his place will thrive in the different conditions.
“It’s clear that when there’s only one match, it’s not the same as two legs,” he said.
“But I’m very familiar with a tournament mode [like this]. That’s why I think we can do well. Form on the day will be decisive.”
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