Goretzka’s Late Winner Leaves Bayern On Brink Of Eighth Successive Bundesliga Crown

Champions Bayern Munich moved to within touching distance of an 8th successive  Bundesliga title as Leon Goretzka’s late strike earned a 2-1 victory over Borussia Monchengladbach on Saturday.

Goretzka converted Benjamin Pavard’s cross on 86 minutes to secure a 10th consecutive win for Hansi Flick’s side with maximum points away at Werder Bremen next tuesday  ensuring a routine eight successive title for the bavarians.

Bayern seemed headed  for a frustrating draw against a tough  Monchengladbach, despite being gifted the opening goal on 26 minutes when goalkeeper Yann Sommer’s wayward pass was converted by 19-year-old Joshua Zirkzee.

With strikers Robert Lewandowski and Thomas Muller suspended, the leaders returned the favour before half-time when Pavard turned the ball into his own net.

The 2018 World cup winner  wasted no time in atoning for his earlier folly with a delightful cross that Goretzka finished exquisitely to restore Bayern’s seven-point lead at the summit with a victory that left them on the cusp of yet another domestic success with  Monchengladbach desperately  struggling to maintain its fourth position on the standings.

Player’s Score Card

Bayern Munich: Neuer (8), Pavard (7), Boateng (7), Alaba (7), Hernandez (6), Kimmich (7), Cuisance (6), Goretzka (8), Gnabry (6), Perisic (6), Zirkzee (7).

Subs: Davies (7), Coman (7), Wriedt (6).

Borussia Monchengladbach: Sommer (5), Lainer (6), Ginter (7), Elvedi (6), Bensebaini (7), Kramer (6), Neuhaus (6), Hofmann (7), Herrman (7), Stindl (6), Thuram (5).

Subs: Wendt (5), Jantschke (6), Benes (5), Embolo (7).

Man of the Match: Leon Goretzka

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