Almost (too) easy. Thirty-two German championship titles, including ten consecutive, which no team had done in a major championship: Bayern Munich offered themselves this new trophy on Saturday in the most prestigious way, beating their rival historic Dortmund 3-1 at the Allianz Arena. At the final whistle, the Bavarians sacrificed to the tradition of the “beer shower”, notably showering their trainer Julian Nagelsmann copiously with Bavarian blonde!
With 12 points ahead of Dortmund three days from the end, the Bavarians can no longer be joined and retain the “Schale”, the champion’s trophy they have held since 2013. Dortmund, with eight points ahead of its first pursuer Leverkusen, in principle has nothing to fear for his second place. The German “Klassikers” follow and look alike. This victory is Bayern’s 8th consecutive in this prestigious duel since 2019, in all competitions.
After a quarter-hour observation round, Munich scored on the first chance of the match: Leon Goretzka deflected a corner back towards Serge Gnabry, who cushioned and placed an unstoppable shot from 15 meters (1 -0, 15th). After a second goal from Gnabry disallowed by VAR for offside, Robert Lewandowski struck in turn. After a bad pass from Dortmund’s French central defender Dan-Axel Zagadou, Thomas Müller launched the Pole deep for the second goal (2-0, 34th).
Returning from the locker room, on Dortmund’s first counter, Kimmich committed an indisputable foul on Borussia captain Marco Reus in the box. And it was Emre Can, and not Erling Haaland, who took the penalty, taking Manuel Neuer on the wrong foot (2-1, 52nd). This goal unleashed the game. Both teams had their chances: Reus (54th, 56th), Haaland (80th, 81st) for Dortmund. Lewandowski (58th, 61st), Gnabry (61st), Müller (65th) for Munich. But it was the young Jamal Musiala, entered as joker, who killed the match and sealed the Bayern title, with a close recovery in the 83rd minute (3-1).
This title, acquired three days from the end against the historic rival, confirms Bayern’s overwhelming domination of its championship.