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Seven-in-a-row for Bayern Munich

Still scoring: Franck Ribery skipped through the Frankfurt defence to slot Munich’s fourth.  

Departing veterans Franck Ribery and Arjen Robben both scored in their final game at the Allianz Arena on Saturday as Bayern Munich beat Eintracht Frankfurt 5-1 to wrap up a seventh successive Bundesliga title.

The fairytale farewell for club icons Robben and Ribery saw Bayern end an unusually tight title race two points ahead of rival Borussia Dortmund, which beat Borussia Monchengladbach 2-0.

Nine points behind Dortmund in December, Bayern lost just one game between January and May as it bounced back to be crowned German champions for the 29th time in their history.

Leading scorers Bundesliga
  • 22: Lewandowski (Bayern).
  • 18: Alcacer (Dortmund).
  • 17: Havertz (Leverkusen), Jovic (Frankfurt), Kramaric (Hoffenheim), Reus (Dortmund), Weghorst (Wolfsburg).

Robben and Ribery, who will both leave the club at the end of the season, came off the bench against Frankfurt to score Bayern’s fourth and fifth goals and end Dortmund’s hopes of pulling off a final day miracle.

End of an era

Their departure marks the end of a glistening decade of success for Bayern, which is now set for a major squad overhaul ahead of next season, having already signed World Cup winners Benjamin Pavard and Lucas Hernandez.

Kingsley Coman gave Bayern a dream start, slotting home a Thomas Muller through ball after just four minutes.

There was brief hope for Dortmund as both it and Frankfurt scored either side of half-time.

After Gladbach dominated the first half, Jadon Sancho smashed in the opener for Dortmund, and Reus doubled the lead after the break.

In Munich, Sebastien Haller bundled in a shock equaliser at a corner just after the break, but Bayern responded furiously, and David Alaba restored the lead in a matter of minutes.

Bundesliga table
  • Champions League places (top four): 1. Bayern, 2. Dortmund, 3. RB Leipzig, 4. Bayer Leverkusen.
  • Europa League places: 5. Borussia Monchengladbach, 6. Wolfsburg, 7. Eintracht Frankfurt.
  • Relegated: 17. Hanover, 18. Nuremberg.

Dortmund’s hopes lay in tatters when Renato Sanches blasted the ball in from close range to score his first Bundesliga goal and put Bayern 3-1 up.

Ribery and Robben each came off the bench to standing ovations in the second half, and Ribery danced through the Frankfurt ranks to seal the title on 72 minutes, before Robben completed a fairytale afternoon with an 85th minute tap-in.

The defeats for Gladbach and Frankfurt saw Bayer Leverkusen sneak into the fourth Champions League spot behind RB Leipzig, as they won 5-1 away to Hertha Berlin.

Antoine Griezmann was jeered during his last game for Atletico Madrid and Rodrigo might have scored his final goal for the club as it came from behind to draw 2-2 against Levante in La Liga on Saturday.

Griezmann whistled at

Griezmann received whistles at the City of Valencia Stadium from the visiting fans, who were also heard chanting “out, out, out” before goals from Sergio Camello and Rodrigo ensured Atletico at least ended the season with a draw.

Diego Simeone has dismissed fears of a mass exodus, despite both Diego Godin and Griezmann already announcing their departures, with the likes of Rodrigo, Juanfran and Filipe Luis all expected to follow.

The results: Bundesliga: Bayern Munich 5 (Coman 4, Alaba 53, Sanches 58, Ribery 72, Robben 78) bt Eintracht Frankfurt 1 (Haller 50); Schalke 0 drew with VfB Stuttgart 0; Borussia Monchengladbach 0 lost to Borussia Dortmund 2 (Sancho 45, Reus 54); Hertha Berlin 1 (Lazaro 34) lost to Bayer Leverkusen 5 (Havertz 28, Alario 38, 72, 88, Brandt 54); Werder Bremen 2 (Rashica 35-pen, Pizarro 88) bt RB Leipzig 1 (Mukiele 86); SC Freiburg 5 (Terrazzino 7, Waldschmidt 34, Petersen 54, 56, Grifo 61) bt Nuremberg 1 (Lowen 69); Mainz 4 (Brosinski 66-pen, Boetius 83, 90, Mateta 90+3) bt Hoffenheim 2 (Belfodil 12, Kramaric 34); VfL Wolfsburg 8 (Weghorst 21, 37, 55, Knoche 41, Ginczek 57, Rexhbecaj 60, Brekalo 85, Danso 89-og) bt Augsburg 1 (Schieber 81); Fortuna Dusseldorf 2 (Hennings 56, Karaman 60) bt Hanover 1 (Muller 78).

La Liga: Levante 2 (Cabaco 6, Roger 36) drew with Atletico Madrid 2 (Rodrigo 68, Camello 79).

Serie A: Udinese 3 (Samir 5, Okaka 31, 35) bt SPAL 2 (Petagna 53, Valoti 59).


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