Bay­ern se­cures un­prece­dented 4th straight Bun­desliga ti­tle

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BERLIN—Bun­desliga top-scorer Robert Le­wandowski scored twice for Bay­ern Mu­nich to clinch an un­prece­dented fourth suc­ces­sive ti­tle with a 2-1 win at In­gol­stadt on Satur­day.

The Poland striker opened the scor­ing with a penalty in the 15th minute, af­ter Franck Ribery was brought down by Marvin Matip, and he claimed his 29th goal of the sea­son not long af­ter with a pre­cise strike in­side the far post af­ter a bril­liant through ball from Xabi Alonso.

Moritz Hart­mann pulled one back with an­other penalty — con­ceded by Alonso — be­fore the break but Bay­ern never looked in dan­ger of miss­ing out on its record 25th Bun­desliga ti­tle, and its 26th Ger­man cham­pi­onship over­all.

“The team played a bril­liant sea­son. We had the best chal­lengers in Bun­desliga history,” Bay­ern for­ward Thomas Mueller said af­ter win­ning his own fourth con­sec­u­tive ti­tle. “It’s ex­tra­or­di­nary, we don’t need to play it down.” Borus­sia Dort­mund’s 10 loss at rel­e­ga­tion-threat­ened Ein­tra­cht Frankfurt meant even a de­feat would have been enough for Bay­ern, which was eight points clear of Dort­mund with one round re­main­ing. Dort­mund’s 77 points was al­ready a record for a sec­ond-place team since the Bun­desliga be­gan in 1963.

Ste­fan Aigner’s early header proved enough for Frankfurt to climb out of the rel­e­ga­tion zone, one point above Werder Bre­men in the rel­e­ga­tion play­off spot af­ter its score­less draw at Cologne.

Frankfurt was for­tu­nate Mats Hum­mels’ equal­izer be­fore the break was ruled out for off­side. Video re­plays showed the Dort­mund cap­tain was on­side at the time.

Stuttgart gave away a 1-0 lead and lost 3-1 at home to Mainz to move a step closer to rel­e­ga­tion. Stuttgart was three points be­low Frankfurt with Wolfs­burg next away.

“I’m speech­less. I’m sorry for the fans,” said Stuttgart de­fender Kevin Grosskreutz, who was close to tears. Darm­stadt se­cured sur­vival in its first sea­son back in the Bun­desliga with a 2-1 come-from-be­hind win at Hertha Berlin that all but ended the home side’s Cham­pi­ons League hopes.

Jerome Gon­dorf’s 25th-minute equal­izer for Darm­stadt can­celled out Vladimir Darida’s vol­ley 10 min­utes be­fore, and San­dro Wag­ner scored the win­ner late against his for­mer club, five min­utes be­fore he was sent off.—AFP

Bay­ern Mu­nich striker Robert Le­wandowski con­verts a penalty against In­gol­stadt dur­ing their fi­nal match on Satur­day.

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