Bayern win record fourth straight Bundesliga title

Sat May 7, 2016 1:34pm EDT
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By Karolos Grohmann

BERLIN (Reuters) - Bayern Munich secured a record fourth consecutive Bundesliga title, with a game to spare, on Saturday after a 2-1 victory at Ingolstadt 04 eased the disappointment of their midweek Champions League exit.

The Bavarians clinched a 26th German league crown, and their first silverware of the season, thanks to two goals from top scorer Robert Lewandowski in the first half.

Four days after their away-goals defeat by Atletico Madrid ensured a third consecutive Champions League semi-final exit, Bayern went eight points clear of second-placed Borussia Dortmund who lost 1-0 at struggling Eintracht Frankfurt.

"A big compliment to everyone in the team. I am happy to have lived these experiences here," said Bayern coach Pep Guardiola who will join Manchester City at the end of the season.

"I want to share this title with (predecessor) Jupp Heynckes. We achieved something very special, four league titles in a row."

Heynckes started the run during the 2012-13 treble-winning season before Spaniard Guardiola took over.

Bayern can secure the double when they meet Dortmund in the German Cup final on May 21 in Berlin.

The final whistle sparked a party at the 15,000-seater Audi Sportpark, with forward Thomas Mueller grabbing a loudhailer to lead singing with the fans.   Continued...

Football Soccer - FC Ingolstadt 04 v Bayern Munich - German Bundesliga - Audi Sportpark, Ingolstadt, Germany 07/05/16  Bayern Munich's Robert Lewandowski scores a penalty.   REUTERS/Michaela Rehle.