Arminia Bielefeld 0-3 Bayern Munich: Serge Gnabry and Jamal Musiala help German giants cruise to victory and go within ONE win of a 10th straight Bundesliga title… and it’s fierce rivals Borussia Dortmund up next!
- Bayern Munich bounced back from shock Champions League exit midweek
- After a cagey first-half they eventually saw off struggling Arminia Bielefeld 3-0
- An own goal gave Bayern a perfect start after just 10 minutes for league leaders
- Hosts had chances to draw level before Serge Gnabry doubled lead on half-time
- Jamal Musiala came off the bench to seal all three points with five minutes left
- Bayern can now win a 10th straight league title if they beat Borussia Dortmund
Bayern Munich won 3-0 at struggling Arminia Bielefeld on Sunday to take another step toward a record-extending 32nd German league title, moving nine points ahead of second-place Borussia Dortmund with four games left.
The Bundesliga race could be decided when the sides meet in Munich next Saturday.
It was an expected but welcome win for Bayern after a surprise elimination by Spanish side Villarreal in the Champions League quarter-finals this week.
Thomas Muller celebrates after Bayern Munich edged in front against Arminia Bielefeld
Arminia’s Jacob Barrett Laursen scores an own goal by diverting in a ball played across goal
Serge Gnabry (second right) doubled Bayern’s lead with the final kick of the first half
Bayern led after 11 minutes when Danish defender Jacob Barrett Laursen scored an own-goal under pressure from league top scorer Robert Lewandowski.
The goal was awarded following a video replay which confirmed Lewandowski was not offside when he went to meet Joshua Kimmich’s pass.
Serge Gnabry scored the second goal – also awarded following a VAR review – in the eighth minute of first-half stoppage time from another pass by Kimmich.
With five minutes to play, Jamal Musiala came off the bench to make the points safe for Bayern
Musiala celebrates his goal as he is congratulated by team-mate Alphonso Davies
The first half was delayed near the end when Arminia’s Fabian Kunze was taken off injured on a stretcher after taking an elbow during an aerial challenge.
Coach Julian Nagelsmann’s Bayern was rarely troubled by a side which has scored only 23 goals, nine less than Lewandowski has managed himself.
Lewandowksi, who has netted nearly 350 goals for the club overall, is in talks over a new contract with his current deal expiring at the end of next season.
He set up Jamal Musiala for the third goal in the 85th minute.
Arminia’s Fabian Kunze had to be carried off the pitch after suffering a head injury
Robert Lewandowski failed to score but did provide an assist for Musiala at Bielefeld
Bayern Munich could now win the title in their next game against Borussia Dortmund
Third-place Bayer Leverkusen hosted fourth-place Leipzig later Sunday to complete the 30th round.
Also, Union Berlin hoped to build on its derby win over Hertha when it faced Eintracht Frankfurt, and last-place Greuther Furth visited Hoffenheim.
On Saturday, striker Erling Haaland scored twice as Dortmund routed Wolfsburg 6-1 to maintain its very thin chances of catching Bayern.
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