Bayern Munich crowned Bundesliga champions

German Football
By German Football May 9, 2010 03:51

Bayern Munich crowned Bundesliga champions

Two goals from Arjen Robben were enough to crown Bayern the Bundesliga champions on the last day of the 09/10 season against Hertha Berlin.

Bayern finished with 70 points, five above closest rivals Schalke, who finished goalless at Mainz.

Croatia striker Ivica Olic put Munich ahead when he scored his 11th league goal of the season on 20 minutes, drilling a pass from Dutch winger Robben into the bottom-right corner of the net.

Berlin fought back when Adrian Ramos levelled on 59 minutes but Robben put the result beyond doubt. He took a pass from teammate Thomas Mueller and fired a shot in from outside the area with his left foot. He added a third when a deflected strike from Diego Contento rebounded off the bar with just three minutes left on the clock.

It was a second straight league win for Bayern coach Louis van Gaal, who won the Dutch league last year with AZ Alkmaar.

“We highly deserve to be champions,” said van Gaal, who was showered with beer by his players in celebration. “We have played the most attacking football in the Bundesliga.”

Bayern will now look ahead to the German Cup final against Werder Bremen in Berlin next week, followed by the Champions League final at the end of the month. They have a shot at winning the rare treble of a league, cup and Champions League title this season.

“We have to be careful. It is good that we won today to stay in the rhythm,” said van Gaal.

Schalke drew 0-0 against Mainz with a penalty save for goalkeeper Manuel Neuer, who is set to be Germany’s number one at next month’s World Cup. They finished second and get an automatic place in next season’s Champions League.

Bremen clinched third place, and get a chance to qualify for the Champions League by drawing 1-1 draw at home to Hamburg. Bayer Leverkusen claimed a Europa League place for next season with a 1-1 draw at Borussia Moenchgladbach that put them in fourth. Borussia Dortmund will also be part of that competition as they finished fifth despite losing 3-1 at Freiburg. Stuttgart finished sixth to claim the last European place with a 1-1 draw at Hoffenheim.

Hanover preserved their Bundesliga status with a 3-0 win at Bochum, who are relegated as a result. Nuremberg beat Cologne 1-0, but will still have to take part in a relegation play-off with the third-placed second division side.

Full standings of the Bundesliga here.

German Football
By German Football May 9, 2010 03:51
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