Robert Lewandowski scored the 31st Bundesliga goal of his season as Bayern Munich secured his eighth consecutive Bundesliga title and 29th overall victory away from relegation-threatened Werder Bremen, despite being sent off by Alphonso Davies.
Label rivals of yesteryear, Bremen, and Bayern in the pre-Matchday 32 standings went into the poles of the contest apart.
Bremen knew that a good result would lift them out of the automatic drop zone into the relegation play-off spot while Bayern needed another year’s victory to hold the title in Munich. Werder fired off the first note shot when Maximilian Eggestein fizzed a wide-ranging effort before Jerome Boateng chanced his arm with a fierce strike that Jiri Pavlenka did well under sopping conditions to hold onto to.
Late in a close first half, Boateng turned the provider into Lewandowski ‘s box with an intuitive chipped pass. After a short VAR analysis, the Poland striker managed his chest and fired past Pavlenka on the stretch as Bayern went in 1-0 to the good at the break.
Nerves settled, as a second threatened by Thomas Müller and Leon Goretzka within moments of restarting Bayern got up a gear.
Bremen’s backline did well to guard against the risk, but in the 55th minute when Lewandowski turned in Joshua Kimmich ‘s cross, the Green-Whites were indebted to the linesman’s offside flag, just for the reason to be omitted from the build-up for an offside decision against Müller.
Werder sailed too close to the wind for comfort, as Lewandowski did not get into touch with Müller’s come-and-get-me ball in the six-yard box, but was given a lifeline when a second yellow card was sent off for Davis.
The hosts threw all in the closing stages at Bayern — including Josh Sargent and Claudio Pizarro — and may have had something out of the game but for Manuel Neuer ‘s flying save denying Yuya Osako’s flicked header.
The result leaves Bremen second on goal difference from the bottom, whereas Bayern champions have an insurmountable 10-point lead at the top with two games to spare.