Bayern win Bundesliga title in record time

BERLIN – Bayern Munich clinched the Bundesliga title with six games to spare - the quickest-ever triumph in German league history.
Head coach Jupp Heynckes is thrown into the air in celebration. Net photo.
Head coach Jupp Heynckes is thrown into the air in celebration. Net photo.

Saturday
Dortmund          4-2   FC Augsburg
Frankfurt    0-1    Bayern
Gladbach    1-0    SpVgg Fu
Bremen    0-2    Schalke 04
Leverkusen    1-1    Wolfsburg
Hamburg SV    0-1   SC Freiburg

BERLIN – Bayern Munich clinched the Bundesliga title with six games to spare - the quickest-ever triumph in German league history.

Bastian Schweinsteiger scored the only goal of the game at Eintracht Frankfurt with a lovely back-heeled finish.  Bayern have lost only once all season, conceding 13 goals, and have won all 11 games since the winter break.

Defending champions Borussia Dortmund beat Augsburg 4-2 but are 20 points behind.

“The fact that we have won the title after 28 games is extraordinary, it’s simply fantastic,” said manager Jupp Heynckes, who is moving aside at the end of the season to allow Pep Guardiola to take over.

“One of the things FC Bayern have demonstrated this season is that we’re a top side, but we have done it with harmony in the team.”

Schweinsteiger’s solitary goal came as captain Philipp Lahm crossed for him to delicately flick a shot past the goalkeeper.

Meanwhile, Dortmund’s win was of no consequence, relinquishing their hold on the league trophy that they have won for the previous two seasons.

Bayern remain on course for a league, domestic cup and European Cup treble - something the German team have never achieved.

They are unbeaten away from home so far this season, and with 75 points accrued thus far, are on course to beat Dortmund’s record tally of 81.

After sealing their 23rd title, Bayern can now focus on other competitions.

Leading 2-0 after the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final against Juventus, Heynckes’ side are favourites to progress into the last four, and could set up a clash against rivals Dortmund, who drew 0-0 against Malaga.

They face Wolfsburg in the semi-finals of the German Cup, looking to lift the DFB-Pokal trophy for the 16th time.

BUNDESLIGA TABLE

CLUB     PD    W    D    L    PTS
Bayern    28    24    3    1    75
Dortmund    28    16    7    5    55
Leverkusen    28    14    7    7    49
Schalke 04    28    13    6    9    45
SC Freiburg    28    11    9    8    42
Frankfurt    28    12    6    10    42
Gladbach    28    10    11    7    41
Mainz    27    10    9    8    39
Hamburg SV    28    11    5    12    38
Hannover 96    27    11    4    12    37
Nurnberg    27    8    11    8    35
Wolfsburg    28    8    9    11    33
Stuttgart    27    9    5    13    32
Bremen    28    8    7    13    31
F Düsseldorf    28    7    8    13    29
FC Augsburg    28    5    9    14    24
Hoffenheim    28    6    5    17    23
SpVgg Fu    28    2    9    17    15

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