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2018/19 German Bundesliga
  • Niklas Süle (75')
  • Milos Veljkovic (58')

Niklas Sule winner keeps Bayern on track for Bundesliga title

Champions Bayern Munich claimed a narrow 1-0 victory over visiting Werder Bremen on Saturday to stay on course for a seventh successive Bundesliga title.

Niklas Sule drilled in a 75th-minute winner to lift the Bavarians to 70 points, four clear of Borussia Dortmund, who are in action against Freiburg on Sunday, with four matches left in the season.

It was the first loss for Werder in 2019 and the first game in all competitions this season when they failed to score.

Bayern had the upper hand throughout and fired more than a dozen shots before beating keeper Jiri Pavlenka, who had previously made a string of superb saves.

Serge Gnabry had the hosts' best chance in the first half when he turned to latch onto a Thiago Alcantara chip but his volley was saved by Pavlenka.

The Germany winger then had a double chance six minutes after the restart but again Pavlenka came to the rescue, tipping his shot onto the post.

The keeper also repeatedly denied Bundesliga leading scorer Robert Lewandowski before his team were reduced to 10 men in the 58th minute when Milos Veljkovic was sent off for a second booking.

Bayern finally broke the deadlock when defender Suele shot from the edge of the box, the ball taking a slight deflection to beat Pavlenka.

German Bundesliga Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Bayern Munich 34 +56 78
2 Borussia Dortmund 34 +37 76
3 RB Leipzig 34 +34 66
4 Bayer Leverkusen 34 +17 58
5 Borussia Monchengladbach 34 +13 55
6 VfL Wolfsburg 34 +12 55
7 Eintracht Frankfurt 34 +12 54
8 Werder Bremen 34 +9 53
9 TSG Hoffenheim 34 +18 51
10 Fortuna Düsseldorf 34 -16 44
11 Hertha Berlin 34 -8 43
12 Mainz 34 -11 43
13 SC Freiburg 34 -15 36
14 Schalke 04 34 -18 33
15 FC Augsburg 34 -20 32
16 VfB Stuttgart 34 -38 28
17 Hannover 96 34 -40 21
18 Nurnberg 34 -42 19