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Bayern win 11th straight Bundesliga title as Dortmund slip up

BAYERN Munich claimed their 11th consecutive Bundesliga title today after a dramatic collapse of Borussia Dortmund on the final day of the campaign.

All Borussia Dortmund needed to end Bayern Munich’s 10-year stranglehold on the German top flight was to beat Mainz at home today, but they drew 2-2 after going two goals behind.

On their part, Bayern Munich scored a late winner to earn a 2-1 victory at Cologne.

Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund both finished on 72 points, with the perennial champions retaining their title on goal difference (54 to 39).

At the RheinEnergie Stadion, Bayern took an early lead in the eighth minute through Kingsley Coman but the hosts pulled level with Dejan Ljubicic’s penalty nine minutes from time.

As it stood then, Bayern were losing the title and needed another goal, which Jamal Musiala scored in the 89th minute to spark celebrations in Munich.

At a parked Signal Iduna Park, tens of thousands of anticipatory Borussia Dortmund fans were stunned as visiting Mainz, who had nothing to play for, took a 2-0 lead before half-time.

Andreas Hanche-Olsen gave Mainz the lead in the 15th minute and Sebastian Haller missed a golden opportunity for a quick equaliser when he failed to convert a Dortmund penalty four minutes later.

Karim Onisiwo, the Austria international with Nigerian heritage, doubled Mainz’s lead in the 24th minute as they went into the break two goals up.

Dortmund fought back with two goals from Raphael Guerreiro in the 69th minute and Niklas Sule in the sixth minute of stoppage time, but they could not find the third goal that would have made them champions.

In other final day Bundesliga fixtures, third-placed RB Leipzig defeated Schalke 4-2, while Union Berlin beat Werder Bremen 1-0 to seal the fourth UEFA Champions League spot.

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