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