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Bayern Munich win eighth successive Bundesliga title after beating Werder Bremen

By Neil JohnstonBBC Sport
Bayern celebrate winning the title
Bayern Munich are the second team in one of Europe's top five leagues to win eight consecutive domestic top-flight titles, after Juventus in Serie A from 2011-12 to 2018-19.

Bayern Munich celebrated in a near-empty stadium after securing an outstanding eighth successive title.

Robert Lewandowski chested down Jerome Boateng's chipped pass to net the winner against Werder Bremen - and seal the league with two games to spare.

Bayern's 11th straight Bundesliga win put them 10 points clear of Borussia Dortmund, who have three games left.

Bayern finished the match with 10 men after Alphonso Davies was sent off for two yellow-card offences.

Poland striker Lewandowski has scored 31 league goals this season, a tally that equals the single-season scoring record by a foreign player in the league. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, now at Arsenal, scored 31 Bundesliga goals for Borussia Dortmund in 2016-17.

Robert Lewandowski has scored in nine of past 10 appearances for Bayern Munich
Robert Lewandowski has scored in nine of his past 10 appearances for Bayern Munich

Bayern were far from their best against a Werder Bremen side fighting for survival at the other end of the table.

With the game goalless, Bremen's Maximilian Eggestein went close from distance before Lewandowski's quality winner after Kingsley Coman had earlier headed narrowly wide.

Coman again went close before teenager Davies was sent off with 11 minutes remaining, while Werder Bremen had a late appeal for a penalty for handball turned down.

Bayern celebrate in unusual circumstances

Seven points clear of nearest rivals Borussia Dortmund with three games to go before kick-off, Bayern needed one win from their remaining three games to wrap up another title.

Hansi Flick's side did just that - but they got over the line in unusual circumstances.

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When Bayern won the title on the final day of last season, they did so after an emphatic 5-1 win over Eintracht Frankfurt in front of 75,000 fans at the Allianz Arena.

On Tuesday, there were no supporters present inside Werder Bremen's 42,000-capacity Weserstadion as they wrapped up the title in pouring rain.

The full-time whistle was greeted with shouts of delight from Bayern's players which echoed around the empty stadium, but it was a far cry from previous title celebrations before the coronavirus pandemic.

"It is sensational the kind of football we have played in the past few months," said Flick, a four-time Bundesliga winner with Bayern as a player.

"You could feel the passion, the joy for the game and the team spirit."

From a humiliating 5-1 defeat to champions

With matches at home to Freiburg and away to Wolfsburg still to come, Bayern's latest domestic triumph looks relatively straightforward but it required a managerial change to kick-start their season after a poor opening.

After an embarrassing 5-1 defeat at Eintracht Frankfurt on 2 November, Bayern were fourth in the table, four points behind early-season leaders Borussia Monchengladbach.

That result spelt the end of Niko Kovac's 16-month reign, Flick appointed interim boss before signing a new contract until 2023 in April.

And Bayern have flourished under the 55-year-old former Germany assistant.

This result means they have taken 58 points from a possible 66, yet their season is far from over.

Bayern Munich's players wore red T-shirts after full-time with the number eight on them to mark the club winning the Bundesliga between 2013 and 2020
Bayern Munich's players wore red T-shirts after full-time with the number eight on them to mark the club winning the Bundesliga between 2013 and 2020

While Bayern have progressed to the final of the German Cup, where they will meet Bayer Leverkusen on 4 July in Berlin, the five-time champions of Europe are still in the Champions League and are well placed to reach the quarter-finals after establishing a 3-0 lead over Chelsea in the first leg of their last-16 tie.

"We have now taken the first step and reached our big goal," added Flick.

"But we also have the cup in our sights and then obviously the Champions League games are something you cannot plan for and we still need to survive the Chelsea game."

Nine league titles at one club - the stats

  • David Alaba and Thomas Muller win their ninth Bundesliga championship title, equalling the record set by Franck Ribery last season.
  • Hansi Flick is the third person to win the Bundesliga title for Bayern both as a player and a manager, after Franz Beckenbauer and Niko Kovac. Flick won the Bundesliga title as a Bayern player in 1985-86, 1986-87, 1988-89 and 1989-90.
  • In Europe's top five leagues, only Juventus (35 in Serie A) and Real Madrid (33 in La Liga) have won more league titles than Bayern (30, including pre-Bundesliga era).

Line-ups

Werder Bremen

Formation 3-4-3

  • 1Pavlenka
  • 13VeljkovicSubstituted forPizarroat 88'minutes
  • 3VogtSubstituted forLangkampat 45'minutesBooked at 88mins
  • 18Moisander
  • 23Gebre Selassie
  • 35EggesteinBooked at 56mins
  • 30KlaassenSubstituted forFüllkrugat 84'minutes
  • 32Friedl
  • 10BittencourtSubstituted forSargentat 62'minutes
  • 8Osako
  • 7RashicaSubstituted forBartelsat 62'minutes

Substitutes

  • 9Selke
  • 11Füllkrug
  • 14Pizarro
  • 15Langkamp
  • 19Sargent
  • 22Bartels
  • 27Kapino
  • 36Groß
  • 44Bargfrede

Bayern Munich

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Neuer
  • 5Pavard
  • 17Boateng
  • 27Alaba
  • 19DaviesBooked at 79mins
  • 32KimmichBooked at 89mins
  • 18Goretzka
  • 29Coman
  • 25Müller
  • 22GnabrySubstituted forHernándezat 82'minutes
  • 9Lewandowski

Substitutes

  • 2Odriozola
  • 11Cuisance
  • 21Hernández
  • 26Ulreich
  • 28Singh
  • 34Batista Meier
  • 35Zirkzee
  • 38Wriedt
  • 41Richards
Referee:
Harm Osmers

Match Stats

Home TeamWerder BremenAway TeamBayern Munich
Possession
Home40%
Away60%
Shots
Home6
Away13
Shots on Target
Home1
Away3
Corners
Home0
Away10
Fouls
Home9
Away13

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, SV Werder Bremen 0, FC Bayern München 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, SV Werder Bremen 0, FC Bayern München 1.

  3. Post update

    Corner, FC Bayern München. Conceded by Theodor Gebre Selassie.

  4. Post update

    Corner, FC Bayern München. Conceded by Sebastian Langkamp.

  5. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Robert Lewandowski (FC Bayern München) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Joshua Kimmich with a cross.

  6. Post update

    Corner, FC Bayern München. Conceded by Marco Friedl.

  7. Post update

    Corner, FC Bayern München. Conceded by Sebastian Langkamp.

  8. Post update

    Kingsley Coman (FC Bayern München) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Yuya Osako (SV Werder Bremen).

  10. Post update

    Attempt missed. Maximilian Eggestein (SV Werder Bremen) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Joshua Sargent.

  11. Post update

    Attempt saved. Yuya Osako (SV Werder Bremen) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Fin Bartels.

  12. Booking

    Joshua Kimmich (FC Bayern München) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Joshua Kimmich (FC Bayern München).

  14. Post update

    Niklas Moisander (SV Werder Bremen) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  15. Substitution

    Substitution, SV Werder Bremen. Claudio Pizarro replaces Milos Veljkovic.

  16. Booking

    Sebastian Langkamp (SV Werder Bremen) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  17. Post update

    Robert Lewandowski (FC Bayern München) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Sebastian Langkamp (SV Werder Bremen).

  19. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Joshua Sargent (SV Werder Bremen) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Theodor Gebre Selassie with a headed pass.

  20. Post update

    Foul by David Alaba (FC Bayern München).

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Tuesday 16th June 2020

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Bayern Munich32244493316276
2B Dortmund31206582354766
3RB Leipzig311711377324562
4B Mgladbach32185961382359
5B Leverkusen31176857411657
6Wolfsburg321210104441346
7Freiburg32129114344-145
8Hoffenheim31127124252-1043
9Schalke31912103648-1239
10Frankfurt31115155356-338
11Hertha Berlin32108144557-1238
12Union Berlin32115163854-1638
13Köln31105164859-1135
14Augsburg3198144257-1535
15Mainz3194183963-2431
16Düsseldorf31610153361-2828
17Werder Bremen3277183565-3028
18Paderborn3248203468-3420
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