Bayern Munich won the Bundesliga for the tenth time in a row on Saturday, defeating second-placed Borussia Dortmund 3-1 at home.
First-half goals by Serge Gnabry and Robert Lewandowski placed Bayern in command at the Allianz Arena, before Dortmund’s Emre Can scored a penalty after the interval.
However, a late goal by Jamal Musiala sparked early jubilation among the home fans.
It is the first time a club has won ten consecutive championships in one of Europe’s top five divisions.
“The year was not without its challenges. That’s why I’m overjoyed that we were able to crown it with the championship victory “Bayern Munich coach Julian Nagelsmann was showered in beer by his players.
The Bavarian giants’ seventh consecutive victory against Dortmund gives Bayern an unassailable 12-point lead with three games remaining.
The triumph concluded an up-and-down season for Bayern, who were knocked out of the Champions League in the quarter-finals earlier this month by Villarreal.
“It was critical that we finished things off after being knocked out by Villarreal,” Bayern captain Manuel Neuer remarked.
“Everyone wants it; that’s what makes our team unique.”
Thomas Mueller, who won a record-breaking 11th Bundesliga title, said: “We managed to get a few things off our chests. It’s now fantastic.”
Bayern controlled the first half, and Gnabry gave them a 15th-minute lead with a superb volley into the top corner from the outside of the box.
Gnabry’s second attempt was rejected before Lewandowski extended the lead 11 minutes before halftime.
It was the Pole’s 27th goal in 26 games versus Dortmund, whom he departed for Bayern Munich in 2014.
But his future is uncertain, with Lewandowski’s contract expiring next year and Barcelona apparently interested in signing him.
“Something is going to happen shortly. The only thing I know is that a meeting (with Bayern) will take place “, he said to Sky.
Can scored a penalty after Marco Reus was taken down in the area early in the second half to give Dortmund a 1-0 lead.
With 30 minutes remaining, Lucas Hernandez pulled down Jude Bellingham in the area, and the visitors’ demands for another spot-kick were denied.
Erling Haaland, who has been linked with a big-money transfer to Manchester City, failed to score despite pushing Bayern goalkeeper Manuel Neuer into two late saves, as Lewandowski won the battle of the Bundesliga’s premier attackers.
Musiala put the game out of reach seconds after his original attempt was stopped by Dortmund goalkeeper Marwin Hitz.