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Bayern secure 25th German league title, third in a row

sports Updated: Apr 27, 2015 11:24 IST


Bayern Munich secured the German league title for the 25th time on Sunday as Wolfsburg's 1-0 defeat at Borussia Moenchengladbach meant Pep Guardiola's Bavarians were mathematically out of reach.

Gladbach's Germany striker Max Kruse sent the title to Munich as his 90th-minute winning goal at Borussia Park saw Bayern finish the weekend with an unassailable 15 point-lead with four games left.

Bayern had picked up their 24th victory in 30 league games on Saturday when Bastian Schweinsteiger's late goal sealed a 1-0 home win over Hertha Berlin at the Allianz Arena.

"It's already something just to have defended the title," Bayern chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, who promised a "big celebration" when the season is over, told
"But I have to compliment the coach and the team, they did a great job in the season after a World Cup, in which many of our players were involved."

The Bavarian giants have now won three consecutive German league titles with Guardiola winning the Bundesliga title in each of his two seasons in charge.

The Spaniard has won a total of 19 titles as a coach, after lifting 14 trophies during four years as Barcelona boss, and has already claimed five more since joining Bayern in July 2013.

There is no time for Bayern to rest on their laurels, however, as they face a busy few weeks and are still in the running to repeat their 2013 treble of European, league and cup titles.

They host arch-rivals Borussia Dortmund on Tuesday in the German Cup last four clash for a place in the final at Berlin's Olympic Stadium on May 30.

With the league secure, Guardiola's Bayern face a mouth-watering Champions League semi-final, first-leg at his ex-club Barcelona on May 6, with the return leg six days later.

"At some point we'll gather on the town hall balcony and then really party hard with our fans," promised Bayern captain Philipp Lahm.

While the celebrations kicked off in Munich, Gladbach also had reason to cheer as Kruse's last-gasp goal put them third and a step closer to an automatic Champions League place.