Bayern Munich ended their five winless streak on Sunday and clinched a record-extending fifth consecutive Bundesliga title after whitewashing their hosts Wolfsburg 6-0, with striker Robert Lewandowski getting a brace.
Although the 2016-17 Bundesliga season is three games from ending, Bayern Bundesliga closest contenders RB Leipzig again faltered for the second time in two weeks after failing to keep close eye on Bayern, picking two points in all available six.
Bayern are leading the pile with 10 points, with three games only guaranteeing nine points for Leipzig should they win their remaining three (and Bayern lose) to Hertha Berlin, Bayern Munich and Eintracht Franbkfurt respectively.
The Bundesliga is Bayern’s only title for the season after controversially sent out of the Champions League and had their DFB-Pokal semi-final clash against bitter rivals Borussia Dortmund end as a lost battle.
The Bavarians ran riot on their hosts with an emphatic performance as David Alaba’s strike, Robert Lewandowski’s brace and goals from Arjen Robben, Thomas Muller and Joshua Kimmich earned Carlo Ancelotti a league winners’ medal in his first spell after replacing Pep Guardiola as head coach.
The six goals conceded by Wolfsburg, who had Luiz Gustavo shown the exit door in the closing stages of the clash, completed their 12 goals in their last three games, making an average of four per game.
The visitors were handed the lead by Austrian-Nigerian defender Alaba in the 19th minute after a spectacular free-kick, and his effort was complemented by Lewandowski who strikes on the 36th and 45th minute increased his season’s league goal tally to 28.
After restart, it took Carlo Ancelotti’s men 21 minutes before leaving off from the hat trick of goals they sent into Wolves net before the half time.
And this time, Robben ensured he added to his league goal to make it 11 after a low effort, but again Muller stunning finish added to the shellacking before, Kimmich topped the rout to ensure Bayern snatch 11 goals from Wolves in their two-legged league meetings for the current campaign.
The elimination from the German Cup has cast doubt over the future of Ancelotti at the Allianz Arena, but the former Real Madrid and Chelsea boss dismissed the rumours as unfounded.
As expected, Bayern were in control of possession and shot on goal, and the entire proceedings were all consequences of the visitors’ dictation.
Meanwhile, Wolfsburg would and should have taken the lead had Mario Gomez taken advantage of goalkeeper Sven Ulreich’s.
Ulreich has been in goal since first choice Manuel Neuer ended his season after picking up an injury in the second leg of Bayern’s Champions League quarter-final clash with Real Madrid.
Kingsley Coman, who made his permanent switch to Bayern Munich from Juventus, led the break to play in Muller on the left of the area and he provided an assist for Lewandowski, who took a touch to get it out of his
Coman again provided the second assist for the Polish international hitman after turning away from Wolves midfielder Daniel Didavi and cut back to allow Lewandowski drill home his second of the evening.
Lewandowski scored his 28th goal after 31 Bundesliga games, a new record for the striker, breaking Dieter Müller’s 1976/77 record who scored 30 goals in 31 matchdays.
Robben — who has now scored his 88th Bundesliga goal (in 166 games, and only six players have scored more Bundesliga goals for Bayern Munich) — produced the fourth after cutting in from the right and hit a 25-yard scorcher into the bottom-right corner, leaving Casteels helpless between the sticks.
Andries Jonker had his worst misery as Wolves manager since he took over late February as he saw ex-Bayern striker Gustavo sent off after a second yellow card for kicking the ball away.
And that was Wolsve undoing as Bayern quickly added the seal when Kimmich drilled past Casteels to make nacelotti become the first manager to win the top flight domestic title in four of the big five leagues in Europe
And the 6-0 result was Wolfsburg worst defeat since gaining promotion to and participating in the Bundesliga for 20 years now.
Elsewhere, Schalke humiliated Bayer Leverkusen 4-1 at the BayArena with Allesandro Schopf scoring one and providing two assists. Borussia Dortmund failed to build on their DFB-Pokal win over Bayern Munich as they were held to a goalless draw by visiting Koln.
Mainz who held Bayern by the jugular last week had a day to forget as they were thrashed 2-1 at home by Borussia Monchengladbach, while Werder Bremen built on the 4-2 away win in the last outing as they thumped Hertha Berlin 2-0.
Augsburg plunged relegation-threatened Hamburg to another misery in as they thrashed them 4-0 while Hoffenheim under 29-year-old Julian Nagelsmann ensured they kept their Champions League hope alive by beating Eintracht Frankfurt 1-0 at the WIRSOL Rhein-Neckar-Arena.
Red Bull Leipzig played out a goalless draw with relegation-doomed Ingolstadt while Darmstadt whitewashed Freiburg 3-0.