Bayern inch closer to Bundesliga title

Bayern inch closer to Bundesliga title
Players of Bayern Munich and Fortuna fight for the ball during their Bundesliga match.
Berlin, May 31 (IANS) | Publish Date: 5/31/2020 12:56:27 PM IST

German record champions Bayern Munich moved one step closer to their eighth consecutive Bundesliga title after thrashing hapless Fortuna Dusseldorf 5-0 on Saturday.

From the starting whistle, the Bavarians took control and dominated possession while Dusseldorf turned their attention to halting Bayern’s offensive momentum.

However, Dusseldorf’s plan did not work out as the hosts needed only 15 minutes to open the scoring with the assistance of defender Mathias Jorgensen, who deflected Benjamin Pavard’s effort into his own goal, Xinhua news agency reports.

Bayern increased the pressure and did not have to wait long for their second goal as Joshua Kimmich’s corner allowed Pavard to make it 2-0 with just 29 minutes played.

Four minutes later, Bayern had to go on the defensive for the first time, as David Alaba blocked Kenan Karaman’s promising effort.

Hansi Flick’s men continued on the front foot and paved the way for their 21st win of the season in the 43rd minute, when Robert Lewandowski traded passes with Thomas Muller inside the box before poking home from close range to make it 3-0.

After the restart, Bayern came out with all guns blazing as Alaba tested Dusseldorf keeper Florian Kastenmeier in the early stages, before Lewandowski slotted home Serge Gnabry’s square pass to record his 29th goal in 27 Bundesliga appearances.

Dusseldorf’s resistance was further broken moments later, as Alphonso Davies forced a turnover and danced through the visitor’s defence before sealing the deal with Bayern’s fifth goal in the 52nd minute.

With the victory, Bayern Munich remain atop the standings with a seven-point advantage and five rounds to spare, while Fortuna Dusseldorf remain in danger of relegation.

Bremen beat Schalke 1-0 to boost survival hopes

Former German champions Werder Bremen boosted their hopes of avoiding relegation from the Bundesliga when a spectacular goal from Leonardo Bittencourt gave them a lifeline 1-0 win at Schalke 04. The result left Werder in 17th place on 25 points from 28 games.

A lacklustre first half failed to produce any fireworks before Bittencourt, who was substituted at halftime, grabbed a potentially vital winner for Bremen in the 32nd minute when he unleashed a thunderbolt into the top corner from 25 metres.

The result left Schalke 10th on 37 points and extended their winless league run to 11 games. It was also their fourth successive defeat since the Bundesliga resumed on May 16 after it was halted by the COVID-19 pandemic in mid-March.

The home side squandered two gilt-edged chances in the second half as Werder keeper Jiri Pavlenka denied Benito Raman with a superb reflex save before Michael Gregoritsch volleyed over the bar from 12 metres.

Bremen missed a sitter in the dying minutes as Yuya Osako tried to square the ball to Davy Klaassen when he had the chance to dink it over home keeper Alexander Nuebel from close range.



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