Bayern Munich Win Eighth Bundesliga Title In-A-Row After Beating Werder Bremen
Bayern Munich secured yet another Bundesliga title, making it their eighth in a row, by beating Werder Bremen 1-0 on Tuesday night.
In the pouring rain in Bremen, the league leaders dominated in the first half without ever really having too many clear cut chances in the first half.
However, with just two minutes left until the break, Robert Lewandowski beat the offside trap to score his 31st league goal of the season and put the away team ahead at half time.
Lewandowski thought he'd made it 2-0 in the opening minutes of the second half but this time he was ruled offside.
The visitors continued to dominate but it was difficult for them to create too many opportunities, as it was for relegation threatened Werder. And things took a turn for the worst for the champions when Alphonso Davies was sent off with 11 minutes of normal time to go.
With the clock ticking into injury time Manuel Neuer made a brilliant save from 41-year-old Claudio Pizarro.
Bayern had a poor start to the season, which included a 5-1 loss to Eintracht Frankfurt, which resulted in Niko Kovac losing his job in November.
Borussia Dortmund, RB Leipzig and Borussia Monchengladbach all led the league table early on, to put pressure on the Bavarian side, but the decision to appoint Hans Flick as manager, after joining as assistant manager in July last year, has been a stroke of genius.
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Under the 55-year-old they've turned around what could have been a disappointing season into a record breaking eighth title in-a-row.
They went into the break in March, forced by the Covid-19 pandemic, four points clear for closest rivals Dortmund, the last club to stop them winning the league, with the pair still having to meet.
In just the second week of the comeback Dortmund hosted an extremely entertaining game between the pair. Despite the close nature of the match, Lucian Favre's side were missing something in the final third.
It took a moment of genius by Joshua Kimmich, a chip from the edge of the area, to separate the two teams, and it left the title race virtually over.
They have gone on to win their next four games since, including a 5-0 battering of Dusseldorf, to officially get beyond everyone's reach, with still a games against Freiburg and Wolfsburg to go in the next 10 days.
After that the Bavarians' can concentrate on the Champions League. Europe's top club competition is due to be played in a 'World Cup style' few weeks in Lisbon in August from the quarter final stage.
Before they get there Flick's side have to finish off their last 16 tie against Chelsea, having won the first leg 3-0 in London.
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