Bayern Munich edge closer to Bundesliga title with Cologne win

Reuters , Saturday 19 Mar 2016

Bayern Munich
Bayern's Sebastian Rode, Xabi Alonso and Robert Lewandowski walk on the pitch after the German Bundesliga soccer match between VfL Wolfsburg and FC Bayern Munich in Wolfsburg, Germany, Saturday, Feb. 27, 2016. Munich defeated Wolfsburg by 2-0 (Photo: AP)

Bundesliga leading scorer Robert Lewandowski grabbed an early goal to give leaders Bayern Munich a 1-0 victory at Cologne that sent them eight points clear at the top of the table with seven matches left in the season.

Bayern, on track for a treble of titles after advancing to the Champions League quarter-finals this week, are on 69 points, with second-placed Borussia Dortmund in action against Augsburg on Sunday.

Poland forward Lewandowski notched his 25th goal of the campaign with a well-placed shot in the 10th minute and Bayern were rarely threatened by the hosts in a one-sided game in which the visitors had more than 70 percent possession.

Hertha Berlin edged past Ingolstadt 2-1 to remain on course for a sensational third-place finish, opening up a four-point gap over Schalke, who are fourth.

Andre Schuerrle's last-gasp goal rescued a 1-1 draw for VfL Wolfsburg, who also reached the Champions League last eight, against Darmstadt 98 and they remained in eighth place.

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