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Bayern 2-0: Bavarians Reclaim Top Spot in the Bundesliga

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Bayern Munich have overtaken their arch-rivals, Borussia Dortmund at the top of the Bundesliga table thanks to a 2-0 win on Sunday evening.

Trouble and unsteadiness in the camp of the Bavarians have seen them produce unsatisfactory performances, losing their status as league leaders and dropping to second place. Still, a pair of goals on Sunday meant Thomas Tuchel’s men were reinstated at the top of the table.

The crucial win marked their first in five games, second in seven games, and third in nine games across the entire board. A 3-0 loss to Manchester City in the Champions League quarter-finals had previously ushered in a terrible wave of poor results.

Serge Gnabry almost put the Bavarians six minutes from half-time. The German rolled out a pass to Mazraoui, the right-back firing a shot at goal. The ball deflected, falling to Gnabry, who attempted a scissors kick but was kept out by Oliver Christensen’s dive.

The German would later fire Tuchel’s side into the lead nine minutes past the hour-mark via an acrobatic display that could not be denied this time around. Centred, Joshua Kimmich swung in a cross a little distance from the edge of the box. The cross sailed over the opposition defence, and Gnabry ran ahead to meet it, brilliantly burying the ball with a diving header.

Bayern pulled the trigger eight minutes later, forcing a save from Hertha’s keeper. Josip Stanisic squared back into Kingsley Coman, and the winger tried to bend a floating shot at Christensen’s goal, but the Danish shot-stopper reacted well, turning it behind for a corner-kick.

The double came in the 79th minute. Kimmich got his second assist of the game, delivering a beautifully lofted pass to Coman. The Frenchman simply got it and finished off the chance with a right-footed strike.

What's next?

Bayern’s win over Hertha BSC during the weekend sees them climb to 62 points and one ahead of Borussia Dortmund on 61. The Bundesliga race is picking up some steam as Die Schwarzgelben is looking to land their first-ever domestic league trophy since 2011/12 when they beat the Bavarians with an eight-point gap, 81-73, to the title.

Bayern have really been a ghost of themselves in recent times prior to the match against Hertha, with unimpressive attacking figures, and must keep up with their result at the Allianz Arena if they are going to end this season with any silverware. The jinx-breaking win marked the first time in seven games that the club had managed more than a goal across the entire ninety. The defending champions had scored five goals in the six games preceding Sunday’s outing.

With four games to go, Tuchel and his men have their destinies in their hands. Edin Terzic’s men are still breathing down their necks, and the Signal Iduna Park natives would not give up without a fight.

The Bavarians have relatively easy fixtures till season closure, playing on four consecutive Saturdays till the season ends. They visit Werder Bremen on May 6, host Schalke 04 and Leipzig on May 13 and May 20, respectively, before rounding off the season at Koln on May 27.

Bayern's remaining fixtures vs Dortmund's remaining fixtures


(A) vs Werder Bremen (May 6)
(H) vs Schalke 04 (May 13)
(H) vs RB Leipzig (May 20)
(A) vs Koln (May 27)

(H) vs Wolfsburg (May 6)
(H) vs Monchengladbach (May 13)
(A) vs Augsburg (May 21)
(H) vs Mainz 05 (May 27)

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