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Bayern Munich held to goalless draw by 10-man Leverkusen

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Bayern Munich were delayed in their runaway victory to the Bundesliga trophy after being held to a goalless draw by 10-man Bayer Leverkusen.

Bayern’s lead at the top of the Bundesliga table were trimmed to eight as the Bavarians were denied by some resolute home defending.

Just before the hour mark, Thomas Muller forced a rash challenge from Tin Jedvaj as the last line of outfield defence, and the Croatian was quickly given a second yellow and his marching orders.

But despite dominating throughout the game, Bayern could not find a way past the Leverkusen defense as both Douglas Costa and Arturo Vidal were denied clear cut chances.

Muller created a magnificent chance for Philipp Lahm with a through ball into the six-yard box, but the substitute steered his shot wide of the left post when it appeared harder to miss.

The result allowed RB Leipzig to tighten their grip on second place with a 4-0 drubbing over Freiburg at the Red Bull Arena.

Their win also meant that Leipzig is now guaranteed a top-four finish, winning, at minimum, a place in Champions League qualifying. They are also eight points and two places ahead of giants Borussia Dortmund.

Freiburg was completely dominated by Leipzig for the entirety of the game, and unlike Bayern the Bundesliga newcomers were able to convert possession into goals, with Yussuf Poulsen, Naby Keita, Timo Werener and Diego Demme scoring one goal apiece.

Rare Thomas Muller goal extends Bayern’s Bundesliga lead

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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.

Germany breezes past Norway with Muller brace

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Thomas Muller was on point for Germany as the World Champions commenced their World Cup qualifying campaign with an easy 3-0 victory over Norway.

The Bayern Munich star scored a brace and supplied an assist to round-off an impressive performance by Die Mannschaft, after a slightly disappointing show in France during Euro 2016.

Led by newly appointed captain Manuel Neuer in a visit to Oslo, the Germans led just after 15 minutes.

But it was the hosts who threatened to begin the scoring. Josh King, catching Mats Hummels off guard, stole the ball from the defender on the touchline but failed to convert his chance.

Mesut Ozil then finds Muller in their opponent’s penalty box. Despite taking a tumble and having defenders quickly closing in on him, he still managed a prod that slips past Norway goalkeeper Rune Jarstein into the back of the net.

With the goal advantage, Germany gradually presses Norway back into their own half. The hosts register little offensive efforts from that point forward, and were limited to wayward attempts from King and his striker partner Alex Tettey.

As half-time approaches, Muller finds Bayern teammate Joshua Kimmich on the right, who hammers it in emphatically for Germany’s second.

Muller then met Sami Kedira’s cross with a placed header to top off an almost routine three points for the team.

Atletico withstands Bayern to enter Champions League final

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Atletico withstands Bayern to enter Champions League final

Xabi Alonso rues as Atletico players celebrate entering the Champions League final.

As Jan Oblak makes one last save, the final whistle blows, and every Atletico Madrid player celebrate with fervor their entry into the UEFA Champions League final.

Their opponents Bayern Munich trailed 1-0 after their first leg, which Bayern levelled early as Xabi Alonso drove in a deflected free kick. They were able to rattle the airtight Atletico defense further after being awarded a penalty; unfortunately, Thomas Muller was unable to convert it.

But the Spanish Giants were able to settle down, withstand Bayern’s high intensity play and advance. This was thanks to the away goal that was coldly slotted in by Antoine Greizmann past Manuel Neuer in a one-on-one encounter, as the French forward was found free by Fernando Torres less than 10 minutes after the break.

It was a further sign of how clinical Atletico Madrid had been. The team did not even manage to land a single touch in the Bayern penalty area up until Griezmann scored from the edge of the box.

Robert Lewandowski made it 2-2 on aggregate with a header at 74 minutes. Still, there were no signs of letting up from Atletico, who had been awarded a penalty this time. Luckily for Bayern, Torres was unable to convert it.

Both teams than entered a scrap for the next goal, but the game ended with neither adding to their tally. And with that, Atletico advances thanks to the away-goal rule, which Griezmann provided with such perfect timing.

“The missed penalty gave us life,” said Atletico coach Simeone, who was close to tears after Griezmann’s goal. Indeed, up until then, Atletico’s unrivalled defense had begun to look rather rattled

Thomas Muller rues what could have been Bayern’s salvation as Kingsley Coman consoles the German.

Thomas Muller rues what could have been Bayern’s salvation as Kingsley Coman consoles the German.

Pep Guardiola would also rue his amply-filled trophy cabinet for missing the elusive Champions league trophy. Since leading Bayern, he had lost against Spanish clubs in the semi-finals in each of the past two seasons – to Real Madrid in 2014 and his former club Barcelona last year.

“I’ve done the best I can do,” the Catalan said post-match. “I don’t have any regrets. I’ve done my best and, I don’t know … that’s what I would like to say.”

But even with their elimination from the European top-flight tournament, Bayern can still look forward to securing a double by winning the Bundesliga and the German cup.

Meanwhile, Atletico Madrid would look forward to their third European Cup final and what could potentially be their first major European trophy, after losing to Bayern in the 1974 European Cup and against Real Madrid two years ago.

They may also get payback against their neighbours and eternal rivals Real Madrid welcome Manchester City at the Bernabeu. Of course, it would be even more sweet for Atletico if City is able to eliminate Real, as unlikely as it may be.