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Bayern league champs

Thursday, March 27, 2014

BERLIN - Bayern Munich have been confirmed as German league champions with a 3-1 win at Hertha Berlin, securing the title with a record seven games to spare.

In his debut season, coach Pep Guardiola has now won three titles in nine months after August's UEFA Super Cup triumph and December's Club World Cup success.

Bayern's 19th consecutive Bundesliga win secured their 24th German league title, and the victory at Berlin's Olympic Stadium was never in doubt after they raced into a 2-0 lead with just 15 minutes gone.

Bayern have taken one game off their own record, set last season, for the earliest confirmed league win.

Midfielder Toni Kroos slammed home an early strike before Mario Goetze headed their second to set the Bavarian giants on their way to collecting all three points.

Hertha's Colombia striker Adrian Ramos netted a penalty before France winger Franck Ribery came off the bench to net a superb third.

With seven games left, Bayern have an unassailable 25-point lead from second-placed Borussia Dortmund, although in truth the title race has been over for weeks already.

Kroos, whose recent contract extension negotiations have stalled, opened the scoring in the sixth minute when he fired home from a Mueller cross.

Goetze doubled the lead when he headed home from a Bastian Schweinsteiger delivery eight minutes later and Bayern enjoyed a remarkable 83 per cent of the possession in the opening half.

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