Bayern beat Dortmund to claim 10th consecutive Bundesliga title

BERLIN, Germany, April 24Bayern Munich were crowned Bundesliga champions for the 10th successive season on Saturday after a 3-1 win at home to second-placed Borussia Dortmund.

First-half goals from Serge Gnabry and Robert Lewandowski gave Bayern control in a sold-out Allianz Arena before Emre Can converted a penalty after the break for Dortmund.

But teenager Jamal Musiala scored a late goal to spark early celebrations in the home crowd.

It is the first time that a club has won 10 consecutive titles in one of Europe’s top five leagues.

“The year has not been so easy. That’s why I’m happy that we crowned him with the league title,” said Bayern coach Julian Nagelsmann, who was doused in beer by his players.

The Bavarian giants’ eighth straight win over Dortmund leaves Bayern with an unassailable 12-point lead with three games remaining.

The title capped an up and down season for Bayern, who were knocked out of the Champions League in the quarter-finals by Villarreal earlier this month.

“It was important that we finished things after being knocked out by Villarreal,” said Bayern captain Manuel Neuer.

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“Everyone wanted him, that’s what’s special about our team.”

Thomas Mueller, who picked up a record 11th Bundesliga winners’ medal, said: “We were able to get rid of some things. Now that’s wonderful.

Bayern dominated the first half and Gnabry fired a magnificent volley into the top corner from the edge of the box to give them a 15th-minute lead.

Gnabry was denied a second effort before Lewandowski doubled the advantage 11 minutes before half-time.

It was the Polish striker’s 27th goal in 26 appearances against Dortmund, who he left for Bayern in 2014.

But his future is uncertain, with Lewandowski’s contract next year and Barcelona reportedly interested in taking him to Camp Nou.

“Something is going to happen soon. The only thing I know is that there will be a meeting (with Bayern),” he told Sky.

Dortmund responded early in the second half as Can converted a penalty after Marco Reus was knocked down in the box.

The visitors made their calls for another kick 30 minutes from time when Lucas Hernandez knocked Jude Bellingham down in the box.

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Lewandowski won the Bundesliga star striker battle as Erling Haaland, who has been linked with a big move to Manchester City, failed to score despite forcing Bayern goalkeeper Manuel Neuer out. two late stops.

Musiala put the result beyond doubt when he netted home seconds after his opening shot was saved by Dortmund goalkeeper Marwin Hitz.

– Late Union goals stun Leipzig –

Kevin Behrens (2nd R) scored a spectacular late goal for Union Berlin in Leipzig © AFP / Ronny HARTMANN

Earlier, Union Berlin scored two late goals to claim a 2-1 victory at RB Leipzig which kept their Champions League qualification hopes alive.

Bayer Leverkusen beat bottom club Greuther Fuerth 4-1 to take third place from Leipzig and take a three-point lead over fifth-placed Freiburg in the race for the top four.

Freiburg missed the chance to level the points with Leipzig, conceding a late equalizer in a 3-3 draw with Borussia Moenchengladbach.

Union are just two points off sixth place, with five clubs including seventh-placed Cologne separated by just six points with three games to go in the battle to reach the Champions League group stage the next season.

Yussuf Poulsen put Leipzig ahead early in the second half to put the hosts on course for their second win in four days against Union, whom they beat 2-1 in the European Cup semi-final Germany on Wednesday.

However, Union avenged the cup defeat as substitutes Sven Michel and then Kevin Behrens scored in the 86th and 88th minutes.

Union are trying to reach the Champions League for the first time in just their third season since promotion to the Bundesliga.

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Freiburg, also hoping for a first appearance in Europe’s premier competition, looked set to put the pressure on Leipzig as they fought back from 2-0 down at half-time to lead Gladbach.

But Lars Stindl scored for the opposing team in the third minute of added time.

Fuerth was eventually relegated following their loss to Leverkusen, having been last in the standings since September.

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