Bayern did not convince, but still won 2:1 away at Ingolstadt and secured their fourth consecutive Bundesliga title.
First half: sloppy and careless
Bayern had a tame start to the match and looked rather lost against a determined high pressing Ingolstadt. As a result, the Bavarians got their first chance from a free-kick (9’), but David Alaba’s shot went sailing well over the goal.
The Reds got their break as Douglas Costa broke out on the right near midfield and set up Frank Ribéry on a quick counter run (13’). The Frenchman tried to go past the defender, but went down as they knocked shins and the penalty was awarded. Robert Lewandowski stepped up to the spot and sent the keeper to the left as the ball creeped in next to the right post (15′).
The ball spent most of the time in midfield, changing sides as the two teams clashed and made errors.
Costa came close to widening the gap (22’), but his solo run set up by Lewandowski ended with a poor attempt on goal. A huge chance wasted by the Brazilian as his shot went wide of an open goal after he easily dribbled keep Ramadan Özcan.
Ingolstadt refused to go down quietly and almost equalized after a well worked attack by Moritz Hartmann and Darío Lezcano (28’), before Hartmann’s short range shot hit the side-netting in a one-on-one with Neuer.
Lewandowski made it 2:0 with a well positioned shot to the far post that left the keeper dead on the spot (32’), following a perfect Alonso low pass that cut through the whole Ingolstadt defence.
A sloppy performance from both defences on the day, but Bayern were the ones to take advantage of the loose defending and Lewandowski almost got his hat-trick (36’). The Pole broke away, dribbled the keeper, but closed his angle allowing the defender to deflect the ball from near the line.
Another error made by the defence, as Alonso took Hartmann down in the box (40’). The same number 9 easily took the penalty with a great shot that ended up in the left corner of the net and brought Ingolstadt back in the game.
The half ended at 1:2 for the Reds with everything to play for, as, what appeared to be an easy title victory, turned into a well balanced duel.
Second hall: champs again
The second half picked up where the teams left off and play did not seem to change much from the midfield concentrated battle of the first half.
The Bavarians first chance (51’) came from a long range effort from Alaba. The Austrian’s powerful diagonal shot went just wide with the diving keeper unable to do much more. Costa was next to try the diagonal, but his one touch shot from the left curled to the outside of the post (58’).
The game opened up a bit and Bayern looked more active in the final third. Thomas Müller got his first good chance (62’) as he went into the box and fired off a short range effort from an angle, but Özcan managed to get an outstretched foot on the ball and deflect it out of danger.
Die Schanzer managed to keep up their offensive play, but were unable to get a clear goalscoring chance. Despite their good play upfront, the defence looked rather shaky.
Hartmann was Ingolstadt’s main man again as his shot from near Rafinha went just inches wide of the post after having beaten Neuer on its way (71’).
The match ended with a great chance from Ingolstadt to equalize but the shot went wide and Bayern clinched the title.
1:0 Lewandowski (15’)
2:0 Lewandowski (32’)
2:1 Hartmann (42’)
Bench: Ulreich, Bernat, Rode, Götze, Coman
Yellow cards: Benatia (46’), Müller (75’), Lewandowski (80’)
Bench: Nyland, Levels, Brégerie, Christiansen
Yellow cards: Lex (83’), Leckie (89’)[/pl_accordioncontent]
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Shots on target
Location: Audi Sportpark, in Ingolstadt
Final score: Ingolstadt 1:2 Bayern
Referee: Florian Meyer
[su_label] Post editor: Nathalia[/su_label]