Bayern Munich wins 10th consecutive Bundesliga title

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Bayern Munich wins 10th consecutive Bundesliga title

BERLIN (AP) — Bayern Munich completed a decade of domestic dominance after beating main rival Borussia Dortmund 3-1 on Saturday to claim a 10th Bundesliga title and extend their record.

Goals from Serge Gnabry, Robert Lewandowski and Jamal Musiala sent Bayern within 12 points of second-place Dortmund with three games of the season remaining.

It was Bayern’s eighth consecutive league victory over Dortmund, who have not emerged victorious from a meeting in Munich since 2014.

Bayern’s 10th consecutive German championship is a record among Europe’s top five leagues, dwarfing Juventus’ nine straight Serie A titles between 2012 and 2020.

The Bayern players celebrated with the usual beer showers. French defender Benjamin Pavard was the first to douse Julian Nagelsmann with beer after the coach’s first title.

Nagelsmann, 34, is the second-youngest manager to win the Bundesliga. Dortmund’s Matthias Sammer was a few days younger in 2002.

Although Dortmund had little hope left of catching the Bavarian powerhouse, Marco Rose’s players wanted to delay their rivals’ title celebrations for another day. But the visitors had to mourn the cost of individual mistakes and missed opportunities.

On the other side of the coin, Greuther Fürth were relegated from the Bundesliga after losing 4-1 at home to Champions League candidate Bayer Leverkusen.

Jetro Willems gave the enthusiastic home fans some hope of a miraculous escape with the opening goal after 5 minutes, but Patrik Schick answered four minutes later and Sardar Azmoun, Paulinho and Exequiel Palacios joined the visitors.

Fürth remains bottom of the league after 31 games, 12 points from safety, with three games to go.

Coach Stefan Leitl’s team rose last year, when they finished second in the second division, but never recovered from a poor start in the Bundesliga, despite encouraging performances in the second half of the season. Fürth lost all but one of their first 14 matches before earning their first win on matchday 15 by beating Union Berlin.

Also on Saturday, the Union came from behind thanks to substitute Sven Michel to beat Leipzig 2-1 away and make up for Wednesday’s German Cup semi-final loss to Leipzig.

Michel equalized in the 86th and then assisted Kevin Behrens with his heel to score the winner in the 89th. Union won in Leipzig for the first time.

The end of Leipzig’s run of 15 games without losing in all competitions allowed Leverkusen to regain third place. Leverkusen fell to fourth place last weekend after losing at home to Leipzig, but the teams have swapped places again, leaving Leipzig in last place in the Champions League qualifiers.

Freiburg were fifth after coming from two goals down to lead Borussia Mönchengladbach 3-2, before conceding Gladbach’s Lars Stindl to equalize 3-3 in added time.

Cologne were seventh, behind Union, after beating Arminia Bielefeld 3-1, who remain second from bottom and the favorites to join Fürth in the second division.

In addition, Eintracht Frankfurt tied with Hoffenheim (2-2).

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