Toni Kroos and Mario Gotze ease Bayern Munich to earliest Bundesliga title triumph
Pep Guardiola seems to have improved the treble winners since taking charge
Wednesday 26 March 2014
Bayern Munich have wrapped up their 24th Bundesliga title in record time with an away win at Hertha Berlin.
Toni Kroos and Mario Götze netted inside the first 15 minutes to put Pep Guardiola's men, who face Manchester United in the Champions League quarter-finals next week, on their way.
Although Adrian Ramos pulled a goal back from the penalty spot midway through the second half, Franck Ribéry's 79th minute goal wrapped up the win in style and gave them the title with seven games to spare. That is one game more than last year's triumph and is the earliest that the Bundesliga has been wrapped up in its 51 years.
Victory at the Olympic Stadium was also Bayern's 19th consecutive league win, their 10th straight victory away from home, and stretched their unbeaten league run to 52 games.
Bayern would have been celebrating even had they lost, as the game between local rivals Borussia Dortmund and Schalke ended goalless. Pride and second spot was up for grabs in the 144th Revierderby, but neither team could make a breakthrough.
In-form Wolfsburg enhanced their own top-four hopes with a 3-1 win at Werder Bremen. Junior Malanda and Ivan Perisic scored in the first 10 minutes to give the visitors control. Sebastien Prodl pulled a goal, but Maximilian Arnold made the points safe for Wolfsburg.
Latest in Sport
Heysel disaster 30th anniversary: Liverpool have seen too much tragedy to forget that fateful day in Belgium
Revealed: The most unwatchable Premier League teams of the 2014/15 season
Paul Scholes column: With Premier League over for another year, here are my end of season awards
Premier League 2015/16 kits: Confirmed and rumoured strips from Arsenal, Manchester United, Liverpool, Chelsea and others
Michel Platini to consider pulling England and other Uefa members out of the World Cup if Sepp Blatter wins Fifa election
- 1 10 ways we damage our teeth – without realising
- 2 There is something wrong but very right about this Bible illustration
- 3 iPhone 'effective power' text: how to be safe from iOS bug that lets people crash your phone
- 4 Photo of wedding guest proposing to girlfriend in front of bride and groom goes viral
- 5 Charlie Charlie Challenge explained: it's just gravity — not a Mexican demon being summoned
EU referendum: David Cameron's rules are a 'democratic disgrace', says French-born Scottish politician set to be denied a vote
British tourists complain that impoverished boat migrants are making holidays 'awkward' in Kos
SNP fury as HS2 finds 'no business case' for taking fast train service to Scotland
Australian man punched in the face for defending Muslim women from abuse on train
A nation of inequality: How the UK is failing to feed its most vulnerable people
David Starkey 'tells Amal Clooney to shut up and stop over-promoting human rights'