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Bayern win 22nd Bundesliga title in record time

April 06, 2013 22:38 IST

Bayern Munich won their 22nd Bundesliga title in record time on Saturday by beating Eintracht Frankfurt 1-0 to open up an unassailable 20-point lead with six games left in the season.

The Bavarians ended the two-year reign of Borussia Dortmund by clinching the title faster than any club in the Bundesliga's 50-year history. It was also Bayern's 23rd German league title in all.

Bayern Munich's players throw coach Jupp Heynckes in the air after winning their German Bundesliga match against Eintracht Frankfurt and the league in Frankfurt on SaturdayBastian Schweinsteiger beautifully flicked the ball into the net with a backheel in the 52nd minute to lift Bayern to 75 points, 20 ahead of second-placed Dortmund, who beat Augsburg 4-2.

Bayern are chasing an unprecedented treble for a German club, with the Champions League and German Cup also up for grabs.

Fresh from their 2-0 Champions League quarter-final first leg victory over Juventus, Bayern should have scored much earlier, with Xherdan Shaqiri rattling the post with a low shot in the 10th minute.

David Alaba sent his penalty to the exact same spot 15 minutes later as Bayern showed some nerves.

Schweinsteiger made sure of their 11th straight league win this year with his seventh goal of the campaign, flicking in a superb Philipp Lahm cross to ease the tension.

Keeper Manuel Neuer needed to come to the rescue late in the game as Frankfurt, battling for a Champions League spot, poured forward.

Dortmund rested seven key players ahead of their own Champions League quarter-final second leg against Malaga next week, but had little trouble easing past Augsburg despite briefly trailing 2-1.

Bundesliga top scorer Robert Lewandowski sealed their victory with his 21st goal of the campaign after a Julian Schieber double.

Fourth-placed Schalke 04 kept their own Champions League hopes alive after beating Werder Bremen 2-0 with goals from Julian Draxler and Ciprian Marica to move up to 45 points, four behind Bayer Leverkusen, who drew 1-1 against VfL Wolfsburg.

Photograph: Kai Pfaffenbach/Reuters

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