MUELLER CAPS MILE­STONE

Scores in 250th league ap­pear­ance as Bay­ern go 13 clear

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BER­LIN killed us on his own,” Garande ad­mit­ted.

“We knew be­fore­hand it was go­ing to be a tough af­ter­noon. We were de­servedly beaten by a re­ally, re­ally great side.”

The 18-year-old Mbappe got off the mark on 13 min­utes when, af­ter a swift ex­change of passes, he ran through the de­fence into the box and sent the ‘keeper the wrong way with a low hard shot.

Two days af­ter be­ing called up into the France squad for the first time, Mbappe pro­ceeded to tor­ment the Caen back-line into giv­ing break.”

Thi­ago Al­can­tara was the ar­chi­tect for Mueller’s win­ner, flick­ing his pass over the Glad­bach de­fence for the Ger­many star to fire home his 93rd Bun­desliga goal from close range on 63 min­utes.

“We knew it would be hard to get a win here, so we stepped on the turbo af­ter the break,” Mueller told Sky.

It was only Mueller’s sec­ond league goal this sea­son — hav­ing scored 20 in 2015/16 — and his first since De­cem­ber, but he has turned provider in this cam­paign with 11 as­sists in the league.

“Af­ter this sea­son, I don’t know what a ‘typ­i­cal Mueller’ goal is any more, but it’s fun to play with the lads. It’s been a good day,” he replied af­ter a re­porter com­mented he had scored a “typ­i­cal Mueller” goal.

Bay­ern cre­ated nu­mer­ous chances be­fore Mueller’s break­through as Ar­jen Robben hit the post in the first-half and Robert away a penalty con­verted by Fabinho on 49 min­utes to make it 2-0.

He then headed the third off the un­der­side of the bar late in the game for Monaco’s 87th goal of the league sea­son.

Next up for ram­pant Monaco is a date with Paris Saint Ger­main at the Stade de France in the League Cup fi­nal on April 1.

PSG, in­spired by the re­turn of Ar­gen­tine star Javier Pa­s­tore who had been side­lined since Fe­bru­ary, played their first home game since their Cham­pi­ons Le­wandowski forced Glad­bach goal­keeper Yann Sommer into a point-blank save with a header.

Le­wandowski en­dured a frus­trat­ing af­ter­noon and could not add to his 21 league goals in his race to be Ger­many’s top-scorer with Dort­mund’s Pierre-Em­er­ick Aubameyang, who has 23.

The only down side for Ancelotti was Xabi Alonso’s yel­low card, his fifth of the sea­son, for a foul on An­dre Hahn which means the de­fen­sive mid­fielder is sus­pended for Bay­ern’s next game at Augs­burg on April 1.

The hosts, who drop to 10th af­ter the de­feat, piled on the pres­sure at the end and had their chances to sneak a point as Swiss striker Josip Dr­mic was only de­nied by good de­fend­ing by Bay­ern’s Javi Martinez.

Ear­lier, Schalke 04 climbed two places to ninth as masked Bos­nia de­fender Sead Ko­lasinac pro­duced a su­perb in­di­vid­ual goal af­ter 50 min­utes in their 1-0 win at Mainz.

The 23-year-old was wear­ing a mask af­ter breaking his nose last month.

But he showed great vi­sion to fin­ish a move he started, swap­ping passes with striker Guido Burgstaller, then drib­bling into the area and fir­ing home.

Schalke’s sec­ond-half re­place­ment Na­bil Ben­taleb could have added a sec­ond goal at the death when he broke free of the de­fence, but could not beat Mainz’s Den­mark goal­keeper Jonas Loessl. AFP League night­mare in Barcelona.

They were quickly be­hind at the Parc des Princes when Alexan­dre La­cazette scored fol­low­ing a cor­ner af­ter just six min­utes.

But Adrien Rabiot, af­ter 34 min­utes, and Ger­man star Ju­lian Draxler, six min­utes later handed PSG an ad­van­tage they would not sur­ren­der.

“When we were knocked out of the Cham­pi­ons League, there was anger and dis­ap­point­ment, but we still have the League Cup and Ligue 1, so it was vi­tal to quickly re­cover,” said Rabiot.

“We will need the fans be­hind us ev­ery time we play here.”

“The Cham­pi­ons League this year was an im­por­tant ob­jec­tive. Now the main ob­jec­tive is the league ti­tle race.”

On Satur­day, Mario Balotelli en­dured a frus­trat­ing af­ter­noon as Nice dropped two vi­tal points in their draw at mid-ta­ble Nantes.

How­ever, the south coast side still look set for at least a Cham­pi­ons League qual­i­fy­ing spot next sea­son by fin­ish­ing third. AFP

EPA PIC

An ec­static Thomas Mueller cel­e­brates af­ter scor­ing for Bay­ern Mu­nich against Borus­sia Moenchenglad­bach on Sun­day.

Monaco's Kylian Mbappe

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