FC Bayern München secured a historic fourth consecutive Bundesliga title on Saturday after recording a 2-1 victory over Bavarian rivals FC Ingolstadt 04 at Audi Sportpark.
- Ingolstadt 1 Bayern München 2
- Lewandowski brace puts Bayern in control
- Hartmann penalty reduces the deficit
- Bayern claim fourth straight league title
- Ingolstadt now winless in their last four games
In what proved to be an action-packed encounter, Bayern’s bright start made the difference on the day as Ingolstadt failed to force an equaliser in the second half.
Robert Lewandowski opened the scoring from the penalty spot in the 15th minute, and then added a second just after the half-hour mark.
Ingolstadt managed to reduce the deficit through Moritz Hartmann three minutes before the break, but neither side could find the breakthrough in the second half as the scoreline remained unchanged.
The first half produced plenty in the way of goalmouth action, with both sides creating a whole host of chances.
The visitors started the brighter of the two sides, going close through David Alaba’s driven free-kick in the ninth minute, before Marvin Matip’s clumsy challenge brought down Franck Ribéry in the penalty area. Lewandowski made no mistake from the resulting spot-kick, firing into the bottom-right corner to hand Bayern the lead in the 15th minute.
Bayern continued to cause their Bavarian neighbours all sorts of problems and twice went close to doubling their advantage as Thomas Müller fired wide of the left-hand post, before seeing his goal-bound shot kept out by Ramazan Ozcan two minutes later.
Ingolstadt eventually managed to impose themselves on proceedings as the half wore on. Mathew Leckie was denied by Bayern keeper Manuel Neuer in the 26th minute, before Hartmann and Pascal Groß fired wide of the mark for the hosts.
The hosts were made to rue those missed chances as Bayern went on to double their advantage in the 32nd minute, Lewandowski latching onto a through ball from Xabi Alonso and firing an angled shot into the bottom-left corner from the right-hand side of the box.
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The goal sparked a massive reaction from Ingolstadt, who redoubled their efforts in the remaining 15 minutes.
Groß missed another chance in the 34th minute, Leckie was again denied by Neuer moments later, while Darío Lezcano twice failed to hit the target with headed efforts from the centre of the danger area.
The sustained period of pressure finally took its toll on the visitors as Alonso brought down Hartmann in the penalty area, prompting the ref to point straight to the spot. Hartmann dusted himself down before slotting home the resulting penalty to give the hosts a way back into the contest.
In fact, they very nearly drew level in the dying moments of the first half as Hartmann forced Neuer into action with a low shot, before Groß shot just inches wide of the left-hand post on the stroke of half-time.
Bayern came flying out of the traps after the half-time interval, dominating for the opening 25 minutes.
Joshua Kimmich, Alaba, Ribéry and Douglas Costa all went close as the visitors piled on the pressure.
They eventually managed to get a couple of efforts on target after the hour mark, with Müller and Kimmich seeing their respective efforts kept out by Ozcan in the Ingolstadt goal.
But after managing to withstand the Bayern onslaught, Ingolstadt grew in confidence as the half wore on.
Hartmann fired just inches wide of the left-hand post in the 71st minute, before Markus Suttner fired over the crossbar following a well worked corner.
Their best chance of the second half fell to Benjamin Hübner in the 78th minute, but the defender saw his headed effort snapped up by Neuer.
That was the last chance of note as Bayern saw out the remaining minutes to secure a hard-fought victory and the Bundesliga crown for a record fourth consecutive time.
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