Bayern Munich beat Borussia Dortmund 3-1 on Saturday to secure their 10th straight Bundesliga title with three games left to play in the season.
First-half goals from Serge Gnabry and Robert Lewandowski put the hosts 2-0 up before Emre Can cut the deficit with a 52nd-minute penalty. Jamal Musiala got Bayern’s third goal seven minutes from the end.
Bayern – 12 points clear of second-placed Dortmund – have now won 31 Bundesliga titles since the introduction of the top division in 1963, and 32 German league crowns in all.
Bayern were desperate to seal the title – their only silverware of the season – in the league’s big game in front of a 75,000-strong home crowd to make up for their Champions League quarter-final shock exit to Villarreal earlier this month.They took their first chance through Gnabry, who controlled the ball at the edge of the box with one touch and released a fierce volley past ‘keeper Marwin Hitz, left frozen on the spot.
Most consecutive league titles in major European leagues:
10 – Bayern Munich (Bundesliga; 2013-present)
9 – Juventus (Serie A; 2012-20)
7 – Lyon (Ligue 1; 2002-08)
5 – Juventus (Serie A; 1931-35)
5 – Torino (Serie A; 1943, 1946-49)
5 – Real Madrid (La Liga; 1961-65 & 1986-90)
5 – Inter Milan (Serie A; 2006-10)
Gnabry put the ball in the net again on the half-hour mark but his effort was ruled offside. League top scorer Lewandowski did better in the 34th minute when Gnabry gained possession and Thomas Muller, who became the first player to win 11 Bundesliga titles, fed the Pole who slotted in through the legs of Hitz for his 33rd league goal.
Lewandowski – whose future at the club is in doubt with a contract extension past his current 2023 deal still to be finalised – is on track to win Bundesliga top scorer for a seventh time and the fifth straight time.