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Bayern Munich win seals Bundesliga title

Bayern Munich were crowned champions of Germany for a 24th time with a record seven games to spare after victory at Hertha Berlin.

Midfielder Toni Kroos set them on their way, finishing from 14 yards after Thomas Muller's cross.

Mario Gotze made it 2-0 with a header from Bastian Schweinsteiger's cross, before Adrian Ramos's penalty reduced the deficit.

But Franck Ribery's lob sparked wild celebrations among Bayern's fans.

Guardiola has enjoyed many momentous moments during his managerial career.

But steering Bayern to a runaway success over their domestic rivals will feature highly on the 43-year-old's curriculum vitae, along with his three La Liga titles and two Champions League successes at Barcelona.

The Spaniard, in his first season in charge of Munich, celebrated with his players on the Olympic Stadium pitch afterwards.

But Guardiola's attention will already have turned to next week's Champions League quarter-final with Manchester United.

Having secured the third piece of silverware of his short reign to go with the Uefa Super Cup and Fifa Club World Cup, Guardiola can now focus all his efforts on winning the European Cup.

Bayern Munich manager Pep Guardiola
Pep Guardiola could end his first season in charge of Bayern Munich with five trophies. Having already won the Bundesliga, Super Cup and Club World Cup, Bayern are in the quarter-finals of the Champions League and semi-finals of the German Cup.

Hertha went the same way as Bayern's previous 18 Bundesliga opponents.

This was their 52nd league game without defeat, while they have won 10 consecutive away matches in the league. The old record was nine - set by them last season.

Kroos slotted home his second league goal of the campaign after the home defence had failed to deal with Muller's sixth-minute cross.

Eight minutes later it was 2-0, Gotze scoring Bayern's 78th league goal with a well-placed header following Schweinsteiger's cross.

Bayern Munich defender Dante
Bayern Munich's Dante celebrates winning the Bundesliga title

In front of Germany manager Joachim Low, Muller was denied his 13th league goal by the bar shortly before the interval.

Hertha goalkeeper Thomas Kraft then used his leg to block Croatia striker Mario Mandzukic's goal-bound shot, before the hosts reduced the deficit from the penalty spot.

Adrian Ramos picked himself up after being fouled by Rafinha to make it 2-1 in the 66th minute.

But Bayern were not finished, Ribery's 79th-minute finish from a tight angle securing the victory that sent his side 25 points clear at the top with seven matches remaining.

Bayern Munich manager Pep Guardiola:

"I'm pleased we've done it. Another trophy for this club is important.

"We'll eat and celebrate together because when you have a little time to spare you ought to enjoy it.

"Many, many thanks to the club for the opportunity to be here and coach these outstanding players.

"We played really well for 30 minutes, we were dynamic but kept it simple and used the whole of the pitch.

"We controlled the game but forgot to attack at times."

Line-ups

Hertha Berlin

  • 1Kraft
  • 2Pekarík
  • 23van den Bergh
  • 3KobiashviliSubstituted forNiemeyerat 64'minutes
  • 6Janker
  • 25Brooks
  • 13SkjelbredBooked at 69mins
  • 7Hosogai
  • 20RamosSubstituted forWagnerat 87'minutes
  • 34MukhtarSubstituted forFurtado de Araújoat 71'minutes
  • 26Schulz

Substitutes

  • 8Ndjeng
  • 12Furtado de Araújo
  • 18Niemeyer
  • 32Holland
  • 33Wagner
  • 35Gersbeck
  • 36Syhre

Bayern Munich

  • 1Neuer
  • 13Ferreira de Souza
  • 27Alaba
  • 21Lahm
  • 17Boateng
  • 4Costa Santos
  • 10RobbenSubstituted forRibéryat 54'minutes
  • 31SchweinsteigerSubstituted forThiago Alcántaraat 64'minutes
  • 25MüllerSubstituted forMandzukicat 54'minutes
  • 39Kroos
  • 19Götze

Substitutes

  • 5van Buyten
  • 6Thiago Alcántara
  • 7Ribéry
  • 9Mandzukic
  • 11Shaqiri
  • 14Pizarro
  • 22Starke
Referee:
Marco Fritz
Attendance:
76,197

Match Stats

Home TeamHertha BerlinAway TeamBayern Munich
Possession
Home18%
Away82%
Shots
Home4
Away13
Shots on Target
Home1
Away6
Corners
Home2
Away3
Fouls
Home13
Away8

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Hertha Berlin 1, FC Bayern München 3.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Hertha Berlin 1, FC Bayern München 3.

  3. Post update

    Foul by Rafinha (FC Bayern München).

  4. Post update

    Peter Niemeyer (Hertha Berlin) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  5. Post update

    Delay over. They are ready to continue.

  6. Substitution

    Substitution, Hertha Berlin. Sandro Wagner replaces Adrián Ramos because of an injury.

  7. Post update

    Delay in match Adrián Ramos (Hertha Berlin) because of an injury.

  8. Post update

    Corner, Hertha Berlin. Conceded by Jerome Boateng.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Thiago Alcántara (FC Bayern München).

  10. Post update

    Christoph Janker (Hertha Berlin) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  11. Post update

    Franck Ribéry (FC Bayern München) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Peter Niemeyer (Hertha Berlin).

  13. Post update

    Franck Ribéry (FC Bayern München) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Per Skjelbred (Hertha Berlin).

  15. Post update

    Foul by Mario Mandzukic (FC Bayern München).

  16. Post update

    Peter Niemeyer (Hertha Berlin) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  17. Goal!

    Goal! Hertha Berlin 1, FC Bayern München 3. Franck Ribéry (FC Bayern München) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Mario Götze.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Dante (FC Bayern München).

  19. Post update

    Adrián Ramos (Hertha Berlin) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  20. Post update

    Attempt missed. Mario Götze (FC Bayern München) right footed shot from the centre of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Philipp Lahm.

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Tuesday 25th March 2014

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