German giants FC Bayern Munich secured their tenth successive Bundesliga title after defeating rivals Borussia Dortmund 2-1 in their latest instalment of Der Klassiker (The Classic) clash which went down at the Allianz Arena in Munich.
With a boisterous and vociferous home crowd urging their beloved team on, it was the Bavarians who went ahead through German international Serge Gnabry. A corner kick from Joshua Kimmich was headed on by Leon Goretzka into the path of Gnabry, who in turn rifled a volley into the back of the net. Gnabry soon had a goal ruled out for offside by the Video Assistant Referee (VAR).
A second soon followed – as talismanic frontman Robert Lewandowski slotted home off an assist from Thomas Muller to hand the hosts the advantage going into the break at half-time.
The second half saw Borussia Dortmund pull one back through Emre Can. The German converted a 52nd minute penalty, after skipper Marco Reus was fouled in the area.
But the tie was effectively put to rest when the duo of Marcel Sabitzer and Jamal Musiala – both a pair of substitutes, combined to extend Bayern’s lead to 3-1 in the 83rd minute and ultimately earn new manager Julian Nagelsmann his first Bundesliga title.
The 2021/2022 Bundesliga title will act as a form of consolation for Bayern Munich, after they crashed out unexpectedly to Villarreal in the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals.
Also, the Bavarians are the first team in Europe’s Top Five Leagues to win ten consecutive top-flight crowns, beating the record held by Italian Serie A giants Juventus (9 successive titles).