BAYERN Munich all but secured its unprecedented sixth consecutive Bundesliga title after routing Borussia Dortmund 6-0 on Saturday. Bayern can wrap up the title and extend its league titles record with a win at Bavarian rival Augsburg next Saturday.
Robert Lewandowski opened the scoring and began his hat trick against his former side in the fifth minute, after Thomas Mueller was left in plenty of space to play him through. Though the Poland striker looked offside, there was no intervention from the video referee.
Franck Ribery’s goal four minutes later was ruled out through VAR, after James Rodriguez got a touch to the ball. Again, it was a marginal call. But Bayern was tearing Dortmund apart and James scored their second in the 14th, again with a suspicion of offside.
Dortmund midfielder Gonzalo Castro then lost the ball to James, who surged forward and floated in a perfect cross for Thomas Mueller to score. Peter Stoeger took off the unfortunate Castro for Julian Weigl shortly afterward but Bayern’s dominance continued regardless.
Lewandowski’s boot-tip provided the fourth after good work from Ribery, who followed up two minutes later with Bayern’s fifth before the break, again set up by James.
The halftime scoreline was in no way flattering to Bayern. Manuel Akanji provided the only highlight for Dortmund with a last-ditch tackle on the otherwise-free Lewandowski, while Andre Schuerrle epitomized the visitors’ game when his attempted pass went straight out of play.
Mario Goetze struck the post with Dortmund’s first real chance midway through the second half, but by then Bayern was already thinking of Tuesday’s Champions League quarterfinal first leg at Sevilla.
Jupp Heynckes took off the excellent James and Ribery to ovations with over 20 minutes remaining.
Joshua Kimmich, who went on for David Alaba at the break, crossed for Lewandowski to complete his hat trick late, improving his league-leading tally to 26.
In a whirlwind first-half performance top scorer Lewandowski scored twice and James Rodriguez, Thomas Mueller and Franck Ribery were also on target for the Bavarians, who face Sevilla in the Champions League last eight next week.
The Poland forward confirmed his fine form with his third goal of the afternoon in the 88th minute to end a one-sided game.
Bayern moved to 69 points, 17 ahead of second-placed Schalke 04 with six matches remaining. Dortmund who lost for the first time in the league under coach Peter Stoeger, remained third on 48.
Earlier on Saturday, Schalke beat 10-man Freiburg 2-0 to delay Bayern’s title celebrations.
RB Leipzig worked their way back into Champions League contention with a nervous 3-2 victory at Hanover 96 that lifted them to 46 points and fourth place, a point ahead of Bayer Leverkusen, who managed only a goalless draw against Augsburg.
The top four teams qualify automatically for the Champions League group stage next season.