• Bayern wins fifth straight German league title


    Bayern Munich’s Spanish defender Juan Bernat (left) and Wolfsburg’s Dutch midfielder Riechedly Bazoer vie for the ball during the German first division Bundesliga football match between VfL Wolfsburg and Bayern Munich in Wolfsburg, northern Germany. AFP PHOTO

    BERLIN: Bayern Munich was crowned Bundesliga champions for the fifth straight season on Saturday (Sunday in Manila) after Robert Lewandowski scored twice in a 6-0 thrashing of 10-man Wolfsburg.

    After second-placed RB Leipzig were held to a goalless draw by Ingolstadt, Bayern wrapped up the title with a thumping away victory that left them 10 points clear with three games left.

    “Five times in a row, that’s unbelievable. We completely deserve to be champions,” Bayern chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge told Sky.

    Carlo Ancelotti has delivered a 27th league title in his first season as Bayern’s head coach.

    “I am very happy, this win was important and it’s a fantastic experience,” said the Italian.

    Ancelotti has now won four national league titles after also lifting the Premier League with Chelsea, Serie A with AC Milan and Ligue 1 with Paris Saint Germain.

    “I want to thank this great club,” he said. “We deserved the title and have played good football, now is the time to celebrate.”

    Lewandowski’s brace leaves the Polish predator on 28 goals this season, one more than Borussia Dortmund’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in the race to be the league’s top marksman.

    The league triumph is consolation for Wednesday’s 3-2 German Cup semi-final defeat at home to Dortmund, which denied Ancelotti the chance of emulating predecessor Pep Guardiola with the domestic double in his first season.

    It also goes a small way towards making up for the disappointment of going out in the quarterfinals of the Champions League to Real Madrid.

    Bayern were barely made to work for their win as David Alaba drilled home a trademark free-kick on 19 minutes to put the visitors 1-0 up after a foul on Thomas Mueller.

    Lewandowski doubled the lead on 36 minutes when Kingsley Coman’s cross was flicked on by Mueller and the Poland hot-shot fired home.

    He bagged his second and Bayern’s third just before the half-time whistle after Coman delivered another cross from the left wing.

    The floodgates opened late on as Arjen Robben netted on 66 minutes before Wolfsburg’s Luiz Gustavo, a former Bayern player, was sent off for a second booking on 78 minutes.

    Bayern exploited their numerical advantage as Mueller banged home Lewandowski’s pass before Joshua Kimmich sealed the rout.



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