We all saw it coming and it has finally happened. Bayern Munich have been crowned Bundesliga champions for the eight-time in a row after a 1-0 win over Werder Bremen at the Weserstadion.
Bayern’s domination of German football continues as an 11th successive win means the Bavarians moved 10 points clear of second-placed Borussia Dortmund, who have three games left to play. The result earned them an eighth consecutive league crown as Borussia Dortmund can no longer catch them.
It was fitting that Robert Lewandowski’s goal earned Bayern the title, with the Poland striker’s 31st league trademark strike of the season enough to see off struggling Werder Bremen – even a red card for Alphonso Davies late on in the match couldn’t sour the evening.
The style of Bayern’s 29th championship win, with a three-month suspension due to the coronavirus pandemic, will live long in the memory thanks to the scintillating style of play introduced by Hansi Flick, who took over from Niko Kovac who was fired in November.
They have been particularly fearsome since the restarted last month and on this form will be strong contenders to win the Champions League later this summer.
Borussia Mönchengladbach strengthened their Champions League hopes with a 3-0 win against Wolfsburg.
Jonas Hofman’s two first-half goals put them in pole position before Lars Stindl made it a cool comfortable evening.
Elsewhere, Union Berlin defeated bottom club Paderborn 1-0 to secure their survival and Europa League hopefuls Freiburg were 2-1 winners over Hertha Berlin.
In Spain, Barcelona extended their lead over Real Madrid at the top of La Liga standings to five points with a 2-0 win at home to Leganés. Goals from Ansu Fati and Lionel Messi gave Barça the three points and kept the pressure on Real Madrid, who play Valencia on Thursday.
Ansu Fati, 17, became the second-youngest player ever to score five league goals when he fired home three minutes before the half time break. Messi scored his 26th goal of the season from the penalty spot in the second half.
Carlos Bacca’s early close-range finish was enough to give Villarreal a 1-0 win over Mallorca, while 10-man Espanyol who had Bernardo Espinosa sent off in the 16th minute, held out for a 0-0 draw at Getafe.