Bayern Munich celebrated their record-extending ninth consecutive Bundesliga title on Saturday with a 6-0 demolition of Borussia Moenchengladbach and a hat-trick from Robert Lewandowski, who edged closer to a 49-year-old scoring record.
The champions had sealed the title before kick-off following RB Leipzig’s 3-2 defeat at Borussia Dortmund earlier on Saturday.
Lewandowski, who now has 39 goals, one shy of Gerd Muller’s imposing 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 halftime.
Lewandowski sent keeper Yann Sommer the wrong way to convert a 66th-minute penalty for his hat-trick and a clear shot at Muller’s record with two games left.