Bayern Munich have captured a record-extending eighth Bundesliga title in a row after a 1-0 win over Werner Bremen.
Since the resumption of German football following the enforced break due to the coronavirus pandemic, Bayern have been unstoppable, winning all six games and scoring 19 goals.
But they needed just one goal at the Weser Stadium to earn their seventh consecutive win and the title.
And it came in the 43rd minute when Robert Lewandowski took a clipped ball over the top of Bremen’s defence by Jerome Boateng on his chest and volleyed the ball into the net.
It was Lewandowski’s 31st league goal of another prolific campaign, beating his previous best record for a Bundesliga season.
The match was not all plain sailing for the Bayern as they were forced to finish the match with 10 men after Alphonso Davies is sent off with 15 minutes left to play.
Davies was lucky not to get a red card in the first half after kicking out at Leonardo Bittencourt in the 19th minute.
He was eventually given his marching orders by the referee in the second half when he was adjudged to have blocked the run of Milos Veljkovic.
But despite some late pressure from Bremen, Bayern held on to spark jubilant scenes at full time.
Before coronavirus brought a halt to football, Bayern had beaten Chelsea 3-0 at Stamford Bridge to take a commanding lead in the last-16 clash.
The rest of the knockout stages are set to be played in Lisbon, Portugal with single ties rather than the usual two legs.
And Flick is confident his place will thrive in the different conditions.
“It’s clear that when there’s only one match, it’s not the same as two legs,” he said.
“But I’m very familiar with a tournament mode [like this]. That’s why I think we can do well. Form on the day will be decisive.”
Published at Tue, 16 Jun 2020 20:24:00 +0000