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Bayern Munich win record-extending sixth straight Bundesliga title

Bayern Munich win their 28th Bundesliga title after beating Augsburg 4-1. The Bavarian club is now 20 points clear of second placed Schalke with five games left.

football Updated: Apr 07, 2018 23:57 IST
Associated Press
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Associated Press, Munich
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Bayern Munich beat Augsburg 4-1 to clinch the Bundesliga title.(REUTERS)

Bayern Munich defeated Bavarian rival Augsburg 4-1 to win their record-extending sixth straight Bundesliga title on Saturday.

Corentin Tolisso, James Rodriguez, Arjen Robben and Sandro Wagner scored as Bayern came from behind to move an unassailable 20 points ahead of Schalke with five rounds remaining.

It was a record 28th German championship for Bayern.

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Second-place Schalke will play at Hamburger SV later Saturday but can no longer catch the Bavarian powerhouse.

Bayern once again sealed the league title away from home. The last time they clinched the title in front of its own fans came when the club were still playing at Munich’s Olympiastadion in 2000.

Augsburg started at pace, closing down any space for the visitors, and the pressure paid off in the 18th minute with an own-goal. Sergio Cordova forced Jerome Boateng to lose possession and Sven Ulreich then saved the Venezuelan forward’s shot before the ball rebounded off Niklas Sule’s face into the goal.

But the home side were unable to maintain its furious pace, and Tolisso was left completely unmarked to head in Joshua Kimmich’s cross for the equalizer after a half-hour.

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James put the visitors in front before the break, scoring from close range after Juan Bernat deflected Kimmich’s cross into his path.

Robben all but sealed the title for Bayern after the hour-mark when he fired inside the right post after James kept the ball in play.

Wagner, playing in place of the rested Robert Lewandowski, rounded off the scoring late.

First Published: Apr 07, 2018 21:53 IST