It may not have been pretty, but Bayern Munich were able to clinch yet another Bundesliga title on Tuesday night, as the Bavarians beat Werder Bremen 1-0 at the Weserstadion. It’s Munich’s 8th straight championship, and their 30th in total, highlighting their dominance of the league.
The better side throughout, Bayern were finally able to break the deadlock on the stroke of halftime, as Robert Lewandowski found the back of the net to grab his 31st goal of the Bundesliga campaign.
Bremen did have some chances of their own late on after Alphonso Davies was sent off for the visitors, but the Bavarians held on to secure the result.
For the Green-Whites, it’s far from a bad result, as they usually lose by a lot more in this fixture. There is good news for Bremen, as this scoreline means that if Fortuna Dusseldorf loses by two goals or more against RB Leipzig on Wednesday, then Bremen will actually jump up to 16th place in the standings.
Story of the match
It would only take a few minutes for the game to follow the pattern many expected it to. Munich got on the ball, and Bremen dropped back deep as a result. The Bavarians had much more of the possession early on, but didn’t do much with it, as they failed to create chances to start.
It would actually be the home side who came closest in the opening moments, as Maximilian Eggestein found space on the edge of the area before getting a quick shot off. He hit it with plenty of power, but his effort went just wide of the post.
Munich would not be phased, and they kept pushing forward. They were especially dangerous out wide, getting the ball down the byline and then cutting it back across the area. Thomas Muller even hit the crossbar at one point, but he was called offside, so the goal wouldn’t have counted if he had buried the chance.
The deadlock would eventually be broken with minutes to go in the first half. Following a corner, the ball fell to Jerome Boateng, who chipped a delightful pass in behind the Bremen defense. He picked out Robert Lewandowski, who chested the ball down before volleying past an onrushing Jiri Pavlenka.
To no one’s surprise, the second half started the same way the first half did. Bayern thought they had doubled their advantage after 10 minutes when Lewandowski poked home a cross from Muller, but the flag went up for offside.
Munich would go down a man late on, as Alphonso Davies was shown a second yellow card after blocking off a run from Milos Veljkovic.
That moment gave Bremen hope, as the home side started sending everyone forward. They whipped in cross after cross, and came close when Josh Sargent had a shot blocked by Boateng from only a few yards out.
The Green-Whites thought they had snatched a late equalizer with minutes to go, as Yuya Osako’s header seemed destined for the bottom corner. However, Manuel Neuer stepped up when called upon, and stretched all the way out to make the remarkable save.
That would be their last chance of the night, as Munich held on to the result that clinched their 8th straight Bundesliga championship.
Still a solid result for Bremen
All things considered, Werder Bremen will be content with how things went on the night.
Sure, losing is never a good thing, but it would’ve taken a miracle for them to get any sort of result against Munich. They usually get blown out in this matchup, so falling to a single goal will be seen as a positive.
It also saves the Green-Whites goal differential. They now sit at -30 GD, which is only two worse than their relegation rivals Fortuna Dusseldorf, with more goals scored. That could be crucial, as Dusseldorf takes on RB Leipzig on Wednesday. If they lose by two goals or more, then Bremen would actually jump above them and into the relegation playoff spot.
Time will tell if that is what happens, but this one goal loss could coincidentally be the result that ultimately keeps Bremen in the Bundesliga.
Man of the match: Robert Lewandowski
It was always going to be Robert Lewandowski, wasn’t it?
His goal made all the difference on the night, as the forward brilliantly chested down a long pass from Boateng before turning and hitting a volley past the keeper to give Munich the lead. That strike brought his Bundesliga tally up to 31 on the season, which is six more than 2nd place Timo Werner in the race for the Golden Boot.
The Polish international has been consistently excellent for years now, and it’s no surprise to see him leading Munich to yet another title.
Lewandowski might not have enough time left to catch Gerd Muller’s record of 40 Bundesliga goals in a season, but he’ll surely grab a few more before the campaign is done.