Bayern bags 5th straight Bundesliga crown

Bayern bags 5th straight Bundesliga crown

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Bayern's Arturo Vidal wears a mock trophy as he and his teammates celebrate winning the German soccer title after the Bundesliga match against VfL Wolfsburg in Wolfsburg Saturday. — AP
Bayern's Arturo Vidal wears a mock trophy as he and his teammates celebrate winning the German soccer title after the Bundesliga match against VfL Wolfsburg in Wolfsburg Saturday. — AP

BERLIN — Bayern Munich secured a record-extending fifth consecutive Bundesliga title Saturday after beating VfL Wolfsburg 6-0 to open up an unassailable 10-point lead with three matches remaining.

The Bavarians, who have now won 27 German championships, are on 73 points with RB Leipzig in second place on 63 after it was held to a goalless draw by Ingolstadt earlier in the day.

Bundesliga leading scorer Robert Lewandowski netted twice to take his league goal tally to 28 and David Alaba, Thomas Mueller, Arjen Robben and Joshua Kimmich were also on target as Bayern rode roughshod over the host.

No side had won more than three titles in a row before Bayern made it four last year. This fifth title will help Carlo Ancelotti’s side get over its recent Champions League and German Cup exits to Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund, respectively.

Sunderland relegated

Sunderland’s 10-year stay in the Premier League ended Saturday when it lost 1-0 at home to Bournemouth, leaving it 13 points adrift with four games remaining after Hull City held on for a goalless draw at Southampton.

Sunderland’s fate looked set when Bournemouth’s Josh King side-footed in the winner at the Stadium of Light in the 88th minute after a swift counter-attack.

A Hull defeat would have given Sunderland a stay of execution and when Southampton were awarded a penalty at St. Mary’s in the final minute there was a glimmer of hope for David Moyes’s team.

But Hull keeper Eldin Jakupovic dived low to save Dusan Tadic’s penalty in the final minute and earn the 17th-placed Tigers a vital point in their own battle against the drop.

“My feeling at the start of the season was it was going to be a hard graft,” Moyes told BBC Radio.

Middlesbrough, which plays Sunday at home to Manchester City, is in 19th place on 27 points while Swansea, which is at Manchester United Sunday, is on 31 points and Hull on 34.

The only other goal on a low-key Saturday, with none of the top seven teams playing, came at the Hawthorns where Jamie Vardy struck the winner for Leicester against West Brom in the 43rd minute.

Vardy finished with confidence after Shinji Okazaki latched on to a poor back pass from Salomon Rondon.

Stoke City was held to a goalless draw at home to West Ham while Crystal Palace was hosting Burnley later Saturday.

On Sunday, leader Chelsea is away to Everton while second-placed Tottenham is at home to North London rival Arsenal.

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