30. Title of club history
Now it’s perfect: FC Bayern are German champions for the eighth time in a row. A short victory at Werder Bremen was enough for the Munich team to finally make the title perfect.
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The German soccer champion has always been called Bayern Munich since 2013 – this year too. The Flick-Elf had a 1-0 win at Werder Bremen to make the eighth title in a row perfect.
With his 31st goal of the season, Robert Lewandowski set the course for victory shortly before the break (43.). Bayern full-back Alphonso Davies saw the yellow-red card in the 79th minute. The Munich team had to tremble again towards the end of the game, but the Bremen team could not convert their numerical superiority into goals. FC Bayern is now ten points ahead of chasing Borussia Dortmund and is therefore no longer to be displaced from the top.
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Bayern with problems – Werder starts bravely
But before that, the Bavarians had to work hard on the wet grass in Bremen. Bayern coach Hansi Flick had, as expected, ordered Thomas Müller and Lewandowski, who were still banned against Gladbach, back to the starting line-up. But despite the concentrated offensive power, Bayern had a hard time for a long time.
Although the guests had significantly more possession of the ball, the relegation-threatened Bremen were passionate about it and initially had even better chances. In the ninth minute, Theodor Gebre Selassie hit the outside network after a nice preparation by Leonardo Bittencourt. Around ten minutes later, a shot by Maximilian Eggestein narrowly missed the Munich goal.
Robert Lewandowksi: The Pole just missed the 1-0. (Source: Martin Meissner / dpa)
The game of Bayern was slow in the constant rain. Flick had to keep pushing his players from the sidelines. Before the break, there was little to see from the highly praised speed and combination game played by the German soccer dominator. Only Kingsley Coman, for the slightly battered Ivan Perisic in the starting XI, was dangerous twice at first.
Shortly before the break, the defending champion was ahead. After a fine pass from the strong Jérôme Boateng, Lewandowski provided the technically perfect way with his 31st goal of the season for the half-time lead. It was Poland’s 46th competitive goal this season.
Bayern in luck: video referee does not intervene
“This is a special moment because we are German champions. It is complicated to play without fans. The extra passion is missing. But we can still be satisfied that we were able to win the German championship in this difficult situation,” said the scorer after the game.
However, the guests were also lucky that they were still complete after 45 minutes. Davies should have seen red for kicking Bittencourt. Referee Harm Osmers only gave yellow, the video referee did not intervene to the anger of the Bremen team. Davies later flew off the pitch after another foul.
Robert Lewandowski: The Pole is now at 31 goals this season. (Source: Martin Meissner / dpa)
After the change of sides, Bayern pushed for a quick decision. The guests constricted the home side in their own half. At the supposed 2: 0 by Lewandowski, master giver Müller was clearly offside (55.) Five minutes later, the Pole freed a header past the Bremen goal.
Bremen continued to hold against it with total dedication and was even able to free itself somewhat in the second half. So the Bavarians had to fear until the end, before they had made the next masterpiece and the first Flick title perfect ahead of time.
Bayern get a short break before the Champions League
“We are very happy that we have become German champions today. Since Hansi Flick has taken over the team, we have been playing attractive and successful football. If you are champions after 32 match days, you can only compliment the coach and the team” Bavaria’s CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge after winning the championship.
There should also be a small celebration, but everything, according to Rummenigge, “within the framework of the medical concept.” The CEO continued: “It’s all a little strange. The arrangement is that we get the bowl after the 34th matchday.”
Before the other games in the Champions League, players will get a short break of twelve days.
Paderborn descends to the 2nd Bundesliga
One joy, the other suffering: While FC Bayern celebrates the championship, SC Paderborn descends to the 2nd Bundesliga. The East Westphalia lost 0-1 at Union Berlin, eight points behind the relegation place and therefore no chance of staying in the league. Union Berlin, on the other hand, sensationally celebrated staying in the Bundesliga.
In the third game on Tuesday evening, SC Freiburg defeated Hertha BSC 2-1 and thus saved their chance for the Europa League. The previous evening, Borussia Mönchengladbach had defeated VfL Wolfsburg 3-0. You can find out more about the games here.