A rare goal from Thomas Muller won a hard-earned victory against Borussia Monchengladbach to further Bayern Munich’s lead above the Bundesliga table.
Carlo Ancelotti’s side made hard work of it despite dominating possession, with Arjen Robben hitting the post in an unproductive first half.
Muller then drove in from Thiago Alcantara’s chip midway through the second half for the only goal in the game.
The goal, only Muller’s second in the Bundesliga this season, kept Bayern on course for a fifth successive league title with 13 points against second-placed RB Leipzig.
Bayern were not at their best, with top scorer Robert Lewandowski heading over from Muller’s cross early on, and skewing a shot wide when well placed after half-time.
The team even eased off after taking the lead, and might have paid for that, as Javi Martinez almost turned Thorgan Hazard’s cross into his own net, and was needed for a vital block to deny Josip Drmic.
Bayern’s relaxed attitude could very well have come from RB Leipzig’s devastating defeat by Werder Bremen.
It was a shock loss for Bayern’s closest contenders, as their loss came from a club who struggled to make an impact this season.
Bremen took the lead with their first shot of the game, as Zlatko Junuzovic struck the sweetest of volleys with the outside of his right boot, curling the ball unstoppably into the top left-hand corner.
While Leipzig was able to cause trouble on the other end, Florian Grillitsch firmly put the game in Werder’s favour by thumping into the top left-hand corner. Florian Kainz then topped off the victory by tapping in his first goal of the season.
Werder, now unbeaten in five games, move three points clear of the relegation play-off spot.