BERLIN: Bayern Munich rumbled in direction of an eighth straight Bundesliga title on Saturday after their comfy win at Bayer Leverkusen, whereas gamers all through the league renewed help for the Black Lives Issues protests sparked by the dying of George Floyd.
AFP Sport appears to be like at 5 key issues from Saturday’s motion:
You need to return to earlier than Christmas to discover a match which Bayern misplaced, and their stroll at Leverkusen took Hansi Flick’s aspect to 11 straight wins in all competitions and stored them seven factors clear with simply 4 matches remaining.
A aim down after 10 minutes towards a group that beat them on the Allianz Area in November, Bayern responded with two fast objectives simply earlier than half-time to determine a stranglehold on the match after Kingsley Coman’s equaliser.
From that time Bayern had been calm and composed as they noticed out a ninth league win in a row that enables to place one hand on the Bundesliga trophy.
Nonetheless bookings for each Thomas Mueller and Robert Lewandowski — who scored his 30th league aim of the season — imply that they’ll miss subsequent week’s conflict with Champions League-chasing Borussia Moenchengladbach, the place a win will pretty much as good as seal the title.
Floyd tributes proceed
Borussia Dortmund and Hertha Berlin gamers had been the most recent to indicate their help for demonstrations throughout the USA and George Floyd, a black American who died in Minneapolis final month whereas being arrested by cops, by taking a collective knee across the Sign Iduna Park centre circle earlier than their match.
They’d been preceded by Mainz’s Cameroonian midfielder Pierre Kunde Malong, who sunk to 1 knee after scoring in Mainz’s 2-Zero win at Eintracht Frankfurt, emulating comparable gestures from final weekend.
Each Dortmund and Bayern Munich wore T-shirts displaying solidarity with the protests, with Bayern gamers warming up in tops bearing each the Black Lives Matter hashtag and the slogan of the membership’s official “Reds Against Racism” marketing campaign.
Werner reveals his price
Timo Werner confirmed why Chelsea are reportedly set to spend 50 million euros (£44.5 million) on bringing him to the Premier League, establishing Patrik Schick to take the lead and taking part in with the verve that has attracted the eye of Europe’s largest golf equipment.
The Germany ahead has scored 31 instances in all competitions for Leipzig this season and prestigious journal Kicker experiences that Chelsea can pay lower than the Werner’s 55 million-euro launch clause to carry the 24-year-old to the Premier League.
Leipzig sporting director Oliver Mintzlaff mentioned that no deal had but been carried out for Werner, though he made it clear that Werner could be leaving come the top of the season.
“We are sure that we will find a solution with his new club which allows us to end the Bundesliga season with Timo,” mentioned Mintzlaff.
‘Huge talent’ Wirtz breaks by way of
A brand new younger star made the headlines for Leverkusen within the absence of Kai Havertz, with Florian Wirtz changing into the youngest goalscorer in Bundesliga historical past.
Wirtz, who solely made his top-flight debut final month, supplanted former Dortmund midfielder Nuri Sahin when he bagged Leverkusen’s comfort aim within the closing seconds at 17 years and 34 days outdated.
“We already knew he was a huge talent, that’s why he has played before,” mentioned Leverkusen coach Peter Bosz.
Emre cans Sancho after rallying Dortmund
Emre Can stored Borussia Dortmund’s faint hopes of successful the title alive with the one aim in a 1-Zero win over dogged Hertha Berlin, and shortly tore a strip off younger gun Jadon Sancho following the England winger’s haircut controversy.
Can, who struck within the 58th minute to maintain Dortmund seven factors behind Bayern with 4 video games to play, mentioned Sancho wanted to be “more grown up” after being pictured having a haircut with neither the 20-year-old nor the hairdresser sporting any private protecting gear.
“We need to guide Jadon a bit. He can’t afford to make mistakes like that in the future, and we can always talk to him about that as a team,” mentioned Can.