July 29, 2014
Bayern Munich clinch Bundesliga in record time
Bayern Munich clinched the Bundesliga title in record time after easing past Hertha Berlin 3-1 thanks to goals from Toni Kroos, Mario Goetze and Franck Ribery with seven games left in the campaign.
Last season's treble winners secured their 23rd Bundesliga crown since its 1963 creation with a record 10th straight away victory, stretching their winning streak to a staggering 19 consecutive games and their unbeaten run to 52 league matches.
Bayern are an unassailable 25 points ahead of second-placed Borussia Dortmund, who were runners-up last season, with 21 points to play for in the 2013/14 season.
It did not take long for Bayern to show they meant business in front of a sold-out 76,000 Olympic stadium crowd with Kroos slotting in a deflected clearance in the sixth minute and Goetze heading home Bastian Schweinsteiger's cross in the 14th.
Adrian Ramos pulled one back for the hosts with a well-taken penalty in the 66th minute to inject some life into the second half as Bayern took their foot off the gas.
But Frenchman Ribery completed a dazzling move after a silky run and pass from Goetze when he chipped the ball over goalkeeper Thomas Kraft to seal the title in Spanish coach Pep Guardiola's first season in charge.