Euro: Lewandowski hat-trick as Bayern crowned champions

Bayern Munich celebrated their record-extending ninth consecutive Bundesliga title on Saturday with a 6-0 demolition of Borussia Monchengladbach and a hat-trick from Robert Lewandowski, who edged closer to a 49-year-old scoring record.

Lewandowski, who now has 39 goals, one shy of Gerd Muller’s record of 40 league goals in one Bundesliga season dating back to 1971/72, needed only two minutes to open his account with a shot from a tight angle.

Thomas Muller, who along with David Alaba becomes the first player in Bundesliga history to win 10 league titles, stabbed in their second in the 23rd before a sensational flying Lewandowski volley 11 minutes later.

With Gladbach in the role of mere observers, Lewandowski then set up Kingsley Coman, who wrapped up a quick break with a powerful shot a minute from half-time.

Lewandowski sent ‘keeper Yann Sommer the wrong way to convert a 66th-minute penalty for his hat-trick and a clear shot at Mueller’s record with two games left.

Bayern Munich celebrate their ninth straight Bundesliga triumph
Bayern Munich celebrate their ninth straight Bundesliga triumph

Tanguy Nianzou was sent off in the 75th with a straight red card for a rustic challenge five minutes after coming on, but even with 10 men, Bayern scored again, with Leroy Sane slotting in four minutes from the end.

Bayern, who have now won 30 Bundesliga titles since the introduction of the top division in 1963, and 31 German league crowns in total.

Bayern may have enjoyed less success this season than their astonishing six-trophy run in 2019/20, but they have remained the most consistent team in the league led by Lewandowski.

Jadon Sancho celebrates scoring for Borussia Dortmund against RB Leipzig
Jadon Sancho celebrates scoring for Borussia Dortmund against RB Leipzig

It is also the second consecutive league crown for coach Hansi Flick, who is leaving Bayern at the end of the season and will be replaced by Julian Nagelsmann.

Earlier on Saturday, Jadon Sancho struck twice as Borussia Dortmund‘s 3-2 win over RB Leipzig sealed a ninth Bundesliga title in a row for Bayern Munich.

Leipzig realistically had to win at Dortmund to keep their hopes of catching Bayern alive but were always on the back foot after Marco Reus’ early strike for the hosts and Sancho’s double leaves them seven points adrift with two games remaining.

Dortmund’s win also moves them into fourth and the Champions League qualifying positions, although Eintracht Frankfurt are yet to play this weekend and are two points behind in fifth, ahead of their game with mid-table Mainz on Sunday.

A month out from the Euros, Sancho delivered a reminder to Gareth Southgate of why he can play a key role for England this summer.

The forward has been in impressive form in 2021 and cut in from the left flank before finishing into the far corner with his right foot to double Dortmund’s advantage on 51 minutes.

Jadon Sancho scores against RB Leipzig
Sancho scores against RB Leipzig

Lukas Klostermann’s header from a corner pulled one back for Leipzig on 63 minutes and they were level with 13 minutes to play when Hwang Hee-Chan cutback for Dani Olmo to slot in.

However, Sancho sealed it for his side on 87 minutes, back-heeling Raphael Guerreiro into the box before latching onto his cross at the back post.

Serie A: Inter celebrate title win in style

Inter Milan's Lautaro Martinez celebrates after he scored his side's fifth
Inter Milan’s Lautaro Martinez celebrates after he scored his side’s fifth

Two goals from Alexis Sanchez helped Inter Milan celebrate their Serie A title success in style with a 5-1 thrashing of Sampdoria at the San Siro on Sunday.

Atalanta’s failure to beat Sassuolo last Sunday ensured leaders Inter were crowned champions for the first time in 11 years, and in their first match since clinching the Scudetto, they showed no sign of letting up.

Roberto Gagliardini got the ball rolling in the fourth minute with the opening goal, before Sanchez netted his first of the game with a fine finish from the edge of the area after 26 minutes.

Keita Balde Diao got one back for Sampdoria in the 35th minute but, straight down the other end, Sanchez steered home a well-controlled volley to restore his side’s two-goal advantage.

After the break, Inter continued to hunt for goals, with young Andrea Pinamonti scoring his first for the club just after the hour mark, before Lautaro Martinez emphatically converted a 70th-minute penalty to put the seal on the victory.

A third successive league win moves Inter on to 85 points, 15 clear of second-placed Atalanta, with three games still to play. Sampdoria stay ninth.

Ligue 1: Lyon keep title hopes alive

Houssem Aouar was on target for Lyon against Lorient
Houssem Aouar was on target for Lyon against Lorient

Lyon kept their Champions League hopes alive with a 4-1 home thrashing of relegation-battling Lorient in Ligue 1 on Saturday.

Second-half goals from Houssem Aouar, Lucas Paqueta and two from Bruno Guimaraes lifted OL up to third in the table on 73 points with two games remaining.

Monaco, who slip to fourth on 71, travel to mid-table Stade de Reims on Sunday for their game in hand. The top three in Ligue 1 qualify for the following season’s Champions League.

Lorient, who scored a consolation goal through Thomas Monconduit, sit in 17th place on 38 points, one above Nantes, who occupy the relegation playoff spot.

Against a sturdy Lorient side, Aouar broke the deadlock on 52 minutes when he fired home from close range from Ryan Cherki’s delightful chipped cross. Paqueta doubled the advantage 12 minutes later by heading home from Karl Toko-Ekambis cross.

Guimaraes put the result beyond doubt on 71 minutes when he converted a penalty after being fouled in the area by Fabien Lemoine.

The Brazilian midfielder added another from point-blank range before Monconduit found the back of the net with a crossed shot seven minutes from time.

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Nagelsmann to join Bayern in record deal

Bayern Munich have confirmed Julian Nagelsmann will become their new head coach next season.

The 33-year-old will join on July 1 with RB Leipzig getting up to a world-record €25m for a manager, including bonuses, as compensation, according to Sky Germany.

The contract length is also a new record for Bayern Munich as Nagelsmann joins the Bundesliga champions on a five-year deal

Nagelsmann took RB Leipzig to last season’s Champions League semi-finals and they are on course to finish second behind Bayern in the Bundesliga this campaign.

Nicknamed ‘Baby Mourinho’, Nagelsmann has developed a reputation as one of the best young coaches in Europe and had also been linked with the vacant managerial post at Tottenham.

Nagelsmann will succeed Hansi Flick, who last week asked Bayern to terminate his contract at the end of the season after several disagreements with sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic.

The club also confirmed an agreement had now been reached for the early termination of Flick’s contract which was originally set to run until 2023.

Flick has been linked to the German national team after it was announced current boss Joachim Low would leave his position as manager at the end of this summer’s European Championship.

On the appointment, Bayern president Herbert Hainer said: “Julian Nagelsmann stands for a new generation of trainers.

“Despite his young age, he has had an impressive career. We are convinced that with Julian Nagelsmann we will build on the great successes of the past few years.

“I would like to expressly thank Hansi Flick on behalf of FC Bayern. He took over our team in a difficult phase in 2019 and then won six titles, the seventh will hopefully follow soon.

“It will always have a place in the history books of FC Bayern. We wish him all the best for his future.”

Hansi Flick guided Bayern Munich to the German domestic treble last season
Hansi Flick guided Bayern Munich to the German domestic treble last season

Flick had an incredible 18 months in charge at the Allianz Arena, winning a league, cup and Champions League treble last season and again putting Bayern on course for a ninth successive league title this season as well.

On his Bayern departure, Flick said: “The past two years will be unforgettable for me. I really enjoyed the emotions, the victories, the titles, but also the daily work on the pitch – it was an outstanding time.

“Success can only be achieved together! A coach is nothing without his team and I was lucky enough to meet fantastic players here in Munich and a staff and a team of coaches that did incredible things. Thank you guys!”

RB Leipzig head coach Julian Nagelsmann (AP image)


Former Premier League goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer says Julian Nagelsmann was always destined to manage Bayern Munich next in his career

Nagelsmann also wrote on RB’s Leipzig’s website, saying it was with a “heavy heart” he was leaving: “I’ve been able to coach a special team here at a club with huge opportunities and the best possible conditions to work in.

“Everybody here, including the staff who work alongside the team, have ensured that we’ve written plenty of stories for the club’s history books and are continuing to do so now. I’m really proud of that.

“Our run to the Champions League semi-finals was definitely the highlight of our time together. It was a moment that I’ll never forget.

“We’re currently enjoying the best Bundesliga campaign in the club’s history too. We want to make sure it ends up our best finish and then also lift a major trophy for the first time as well.

“It’s too early to say my goodbyes and speak about my memories because I’m not done here yet in Leipzig.

“My mission may end here in the summer, but I will give my absolute all until then. We’ve grown into a real tight-knit bunch that finally wants to win a title.”


Bayern agree terms with Nagelsmann; Leipzig want record fee

Julian Nagelsmann has agreed personal terms with Bayern Munich but RB Leipzig are demanding a world-record fee for their manager, according to Sky in Germany.

Bayern made contact with title rivals Leipzig on Sunday and agreed terms with the 33-year-old.

The clubs must now agree a fee, with Leipzig demanding €25m.

Nagelsmann had been linked with the vacant managerial post at Tottenham but his preference is to remain in the Bundesliga. He was born in Landsberg am Lech, which is less than an hour west of Munich, and recently built a house near the city.

Nagelsmann has been named ‘Baby Mourinho’ and has developed a reputation as one of the best young coaches in Europe.

He took RB Leipzig to last season’s Champions League semi-finals and they are on course to finish second behind Bayern in the Bundesliga this campaign.

Nagelsmann will succeed Hansi Flick, who last week asked Bayern to terminate his contract at the end of the season after several disagreements with sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic.

Joachim Low will leave his position as manager of the Germany national team at the end of this summer’s European Championship and Flick has been one of the names linked with becoming his successor.


Euro: Bayern slump to Mainz loss | Haaland inspires Dortmund win

Bayern Munich squandered their first chance to seal the Bundesliga title when they lost 2-1 at Mainz 05 on Saturday and will now have to wait for RB Leipzig’s game on Sunday to see whether they have clinched their 31st German league crown.

Jonathan Burkardt stunned the visitors after three minutes, turning at the edge of the box to score as Mainz enjoyed a powerful start, twice hitting the woodwork in the first 18 minutes with the Bavarian defence in complete disarray.

The in-form hosts, unbeaten now in their last seven league games, got a deserved second goal in the 37th when Quaison drilled in a header from a free-kick.

The Bavarians took control of the game after the break but created far too few chances until top striker Robert Lewandowski scored his 36th goal of the campaign, after returning from four weeks out with injury, with the final kick of the game.

Bayern, who have three games left, are on 71 points, 10 clear of Leipzig, who play Stuttgart on Sunday. The Bavarians will be champions if Leipzig lose.

Meanwhile, Erling Haaland scored twice to give Borussia Dortmund a crucial 2-0 victory at third-placed Wolfsburg on Saturday, boosting his side’s chances of a top-four finish with three games left in the season.

Haaland, who has now scored 38 goals in his first 41 Bundesliga matches, a run matched only by Uwe Seeler back in the 1950s, pounced on a defensive error in the 12th minute to put the visitors ahead.

Erling Haaland scored twice in Borussia Dortmund's victory
Erling Haaland scored twice in Borussia Dortmund’s victory

Playing with 10 men from the 59th minute following the second booking of Jude Bellingham, Dortmund struck again with Haaland.

Mo Dahoud picked up the ball in his own half and sent the forward on a quick break in the 68th with the 20-year-old beating ‘keeper Coen Kasteels to take his season tally to 25 league goals.

The Norway international, the first player in the club’s history to score twice in 10 league games in one season, is seen as likely to leave if Dortmund fail to qualify for the Champions League.

“Three or four weeks ago we were 11 points behind Wolfsburg and now it is just two points,” Dortmund defender Manuel Akanji said. “We are not giving up and we want to win every game left. Then I think it will be enough [to make the Champions League].”

The Ruhr valley club move up to 55 points in fifth place, one behind Eintracht Frankfurt, in action later at Bayer Leverkusen, and two off Wolfsburg, in third.

Elsewhere, Finland striker Joel Pohjanpalo celebrated his first start since March with a hat-trick for Union Berlin to beat Werder Bremen 3-1 and stretch the visitors’ losing run to seven games.

Union also boosted their chances of Europa League football by cutting the gap on sixth-placed Leverkusen to just one point. Freiburg drew 1-1 with Hoffenheim.