Watch: Bayern Munich lift 11th successive Bundesliga title
FCB beat FC Koln to win their 11 titles in a row
The championship games did not let down, as the German top division reserved all the fireworks for the last Matchday. Borussia Dortmund, who had the Meisterschale in hand, gave up twice to Mainz in the first half, which opened up the race once more. Bayern Munich, who pounced with an early goal on Köln, appeared to be headed for their eleventh consecutive title.
But as each game went on, the tension increased. Leroy Sané’s inch-perfect strike that bounced against the post for Bayern Munich was their second goal, but it was disallowed due to a handball in the buildup.
Thomas Tuchel could only watch as his team continued to play with an achingly familiar rhythm: holding a 1-0 lead but losing more and more of the game’s initiative.
In place of Eric In the second half, Maxim Choupo-Moting had a golden opportunity to score the game-winning goal, but his effort arced wide as an open Leroy Sané sat in front of the goal and raised his fists in frustration.
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Bayern Munich faded away, just as they have so frequently this season. Another handball on a corner for Köln. After a VAR review of this incident, Serge Gnabry, who made an elbow encountering the ball, was determined to have acted appropriately on the line. Another penalty, another time early, and Bayern looked like a ship in trouble—there it was again.
But the substitute Jamal Musiala changed the outcome, as he took the game to his head and gave Bayern what was so called a disastrous season some solace as he scored a winner goal to deliver Bayern Munich their 11th successive title.
It wasn’t supposed to be, though. Dortmund ran out of time, and chaos broke out. The eventual outcome seemed inevitable for both teams. Can anything restrain these obstinate Bavarians? Will Dortmund ever stop being the underdog?
Drama, explosives, and unexpected turns. The most exciting conclusion to any of the top five leagues in Europe, and the most remarkable Bundesliga race in recent memory. FC Bayern eventually won the game.