Newly crowned Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich celebrated their title in style with a 6-0 win over Borussia Monchengladbach. A Robert Lewandowski hattrick supplemented by goals from Thomas Muller, Leroy Sane and Kingsley Coman gave the Hansi Flick’s men the three points.
Game. Set. Party time 🎉
— FC Bayern English (@FCBayernEN) May 8, 2021
The floodgates opened in the second minute and before half time four goals had flown into the away side’s net. A red card in the second half to Bayern’s Tanguy Nianzou did not slow the German giants down and two more goals were added in the second half to complete the scoring. Here are our four key takeaways from the match –
CHAMPIONS BEFORE KICKOFF
Bayern did not have to kick a ball today to become champions of Germany following Leipzig’s loss to Dortmund which handed the title mathematically to the Bavarians. It is the ninth year in a row that Bayern have lifted the Bundesliga shield and although, closer than other instances, it was still well-deserved.
After a stuttering start to the season, Flick’s men got into gear in winter and have not looked back since. Their performance today typified their season. It is a testament to the high standards at the club that just a league title is considered a poor season but celebrations will nonetheless be wild around Munich today.
Lewandowski must have felt hard done by in 2020 when the Ballon d’Or was cancelled with him being the easy favourite to win it last year. The Polish striker has apparently taken the injustice to heart and has come back with a vengeance this year. His hattrick meant that he is also now just one goal off of Gerd Muller’s all-time record of 40 goals in a single Bundesliga season.
He opened the scoring in just the second minute with a well-taken volley from a David Alaba cross which gave Yann Sommer in the Monchengladbach goal no chance. However, he scored arguably the goal of the Bundesliga season in the 34th minute when he acrobatically executed a scissor kick from a cross from the right wing which settled in the bottom corner.
He rounded off his hattrick with a calmly taken penalty in the second half after a handball from a corner. You certainly would not bet against Lewa to break Der Bomber’s record given the form he is in.
Kingsley Coman had an exceptional outing for Bayern out on the right wing. To say he had Ramy Bensebaini’s number would be an understatement. He repeatedly was able to find his way down the touchline and clipped in dangerous crosses. It was his cutback which Jamaal Musiala laid off to Thomas Muller for Bayern’s second goal.
He got his own goal just before the half time break with a well-taken finish following a fast break. He was taken off at the hour mark to give some respite to Bensebaini as he simply had to face, erm, Leroy Sane after that.
AN UNSATISFYING FAREWELL
For Monhcnegladbach, the result meant that they cannot qualify for Europe. It is a disappointing farewell to manager Marco Rose who will join Borussia Dortmund in the summer. Their season has gone downhill since that move was announced and both club and manager will be wishing that they had waited till the end of the season.
Although the Foals showed some bright spots in the first half, their overall performance was not disciplined or energetic enough. The thumping victory showed just how good Bayern are and just how poor Glaadbach have been.