Bayern Munich win record 5th straight Bundesliga title
BERLIN: Robert Lewandowski scored twice as Bayern Munich ensured a record fifth straight Bundesliga title with a 6-0 rout of Wolfsburg on Saturday.
Lewandowski took his season tally to a league-leading 28 goals for Bayern to seal its 27th German title overall with three games to spare.
"Winning the championship is never a given," Bayern captain Philipp Lahm said.
No German side had won more than three titles in a row before Bayern made it four last year. This fifth title will go some way in helping Carlo Ancelotti's side get over its recent Champions League and German Cup exits to Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund, respectively.
"Of course we have a few regrets about the last 15, 20 days," Ancelotti said. "But now is the time to celebrate and we have time to prepare for the new season."
Bayern leads second-placed Leipzig by 10 points and can no longer be overtaken.
"The championship is the most prestigious title. We're champions for the fifth time in a row. It's outstanding and incredible," Bayern chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge said.
"We don't have the arrogant demand to win the treble every year. We played a good season," Rummenigge added.
Wolfsburg, languishing one point above the relegation zone in its worst ever Bundesliga season, offered little resistance.
Lewandowski and Thomas Mueller both went close before David Alaba broke the deadlock just inside the 20-minute mark with a finely struck free kick.
Some 15 minutes later, Kingsley Coman ran onto Thiago Alcantara's pass and crossed for Mueller, who teed the ball up for Lewandowski to pick his spot inside the right post.
There was still time before the break for the Poland striker to claim his second, thanks to another run from Coman and some lackluster Wolfsburg defending.
Alaba hit the crossbar after the break, but Arjen Robben claimed the fourth goal midway through the half with a low shot inside the right post.
Lahm made way with 20 minutes remaining as Rummenigge and other club officials were celebrating with beer in the stands. Both Wolfsburg coach Andries Jonker, who coached Lahm when he was interim Bayern coach, and Ancelotti congratulated the former Germany captain on what was to be his eighth Bundesliga title.
Wolfsburg's misery was compounded when Luiz Gustavo earned his second yellow card — the furious Brazilian had to be wrestled away from the referee by his teammates — and then Mueller made it 5-0 on the rebound after Lewandowski hit the post.
Joshua Kimmich completed the rout late on.
"In the end it felt like men's football against kids' football," Wolfsburg striker Mario Gomez said of facing his former side.
LEIPZIG 0, INGOLSTADT 0
Leipzig's bad-tempered draw with relegation-threatened Ingolstadt allowed Bayern to claim the title in the late game.
Playing the late game, Bayern was already seven points clear of second-placed Leipzig ahead of its visit to Wolfsburg.
Despite the draw, Leipzig stayed six points above Borussia Dortmund.
DORTMUND 0, COLOGNE 0
Dortmund's draw extended its unbeaten record at home to 36 games but also offered Hoffenheim a chance to move into the last place which guarantees Champions League football when it hosts Eintracht Frankfurt on Sunday.
Cologne defender Neven Subotic was celebrated by supporters and players on his return to his former club.
Dortmund and Frankfurt will meet in the German Cup final next month.
WERDER BREMEN 2, HERTHA BERLIN 0
Bremen's remarkable turnaround continued with its ninth win from 11 games without defeat. Alexander Nouri's side was previously bottom but it took advantage of Freiburg's loss at lowly Darmstadt to move to sixth, the last spot to guarantee a European qualification place.
Fin Bartels fired the home side into an early lead and capitalized on a mistake from Hertha 'keeper Rune Jarstein to set up Max Kruse's eighth goal of the month.
Hertha remained fifth, one point above Bremen, after its ninth successive defeat away from home.
MAINZ 1, BORUSSIA MOENCHENGLADBACH 2
Lars Stindl broke the deadlock for 'Gladbach midway through the first half and Nico Schulz sealed the result after the break to boost the side's hopes of European football and leave Mainz mired in the relegation scrap. Forward Yoshinori Muto claimed a late consolation for Mainz.
DARMSTADT 3, FREIBURG 0
Goals from Felix Platte, Jerome Gondorf, and Sven Schipplock kept alive Darmstadt's slim chances of an unlikely escape from the drop. The home side's first three-win streak of the season means it cannot be relegated this weekend.