Wolfsburg 0 Bayern Munich 6: Ancelotti's men clinch title in style

Wolfsburg 0 Bayern Munich 6: Ancelotti's men clinch title in style

Bayern Munich clinched a record-extending fifth
consecutive Bundesliga title thanks to a 6-0
battering of Wolfsburg.
RB Leipzig's goalless draw with Ingolstadt earlier
on Saturday meant Bayern headed into the contest
at the Volkswagen Arena knowing three points
would be enough to retain their domestic crown
with three games to spare.
And the Bavarians produced an emphatic
performance as David Alaba's strike, Robert
Lewandowski's brace and goals from Arjen
Robben, Thomas Muller and Joshua Kimmich
earned Carlo Ancelotti a league winners' medal in
his first season since replacing Pep Guardiola as
head coach.
Wolfsburg - who had Luiz Gustavo sent off late on
- had conceded 12 goals in their past three league
meetings with Bayern and the champagne was on
ice when Alaba opened the scoring with a stunning
19th-minute free-kick.
Lewandowski extended his brilliant record against
Wolfsburg as his first-half double made it 10 goals
in his past four matches against them.
Robben's low effort and Muller's predatory finish
added to the rout after the break, before Joshua
Kimmich ensured Bayern bettered the 5-0 win from
December's reverse fixture.

For Bayern, the title win will go some way to
making up for a hugely disappointing April that has
seen them exit the Champions League at the
quarter-final stage while they crashed out of the
DFB-Pokal at the hands of Borussia Dortmund in
midweek.
The Dortmund setback led to rumours that
Ancelotti's long-term future at the Allianz Arena
may be in doubt, but the Italian refuted those
reports and he can now start planning for another
assault on domestic and European glory next
season.
Bayern dominated the ball in the early stages, but
were fortunate former striker Mario Gomez was
unable to capitalise on rounding Sven Ulreich in
the eighth minute.
It was a moment of genius that put the visitors
ahead, though. Muller was felled by Daniel Didavi
25 yards from goal and Alaba curled a sumptuous
free-kick into the top right-hand corner.

Buoyed by the goal, Bayern pushed on and Koen
Casteels made a strong one-handed save from
Lewandowski's edge-of-the box drive before the
goalkeeper showed immense reflexes to also keep
out Muller's follow up.
Casteels was helpless to prevent Bayern's second,
though.
Kingsley Coman led the break to play in Muller on
the left of the area and he squared for
Lewandowski, who took a touch to get it out of his
feet and hammered his shot emphatically past
Casteels.
It was game over before the break when Coman -
who this week agreed to join Bayern on a
permanent deal from Juventus for next season -
turned away from Didavi and cut back for
Lewandowski to drill home a third.
There was little change to the script after half-time
and Alaba crashed an effort against the left-hand
post shortly after the restart.
A fourth goal arrived in the 67th minute with a
trademark goal from Robben, who cut in from the
right and hit a 25-yard daisycutter into the bottom-
right corner.
Wolfsburg's misery worsened when ex-Bayern man
Gustavo man was shown a second yellow card for
kicking the ball away, and the visitors continued to
run riot with Muller shooting into an unguarded
goal after Lewandowski's effort had hit the post.
Bayern were not quite done, though, and Wolfsburg
were hit for six when Robben's cross from the left
was collected at the far post by Kimmich and he
drilled past Casteels.

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