Bayern goes 50 matches without lossBayern Munich completed their 50th Bundesliga match without defeat when they beat Bayer Leverkusen 2-1 on Saturday to extend their lead to an almost embarrassing 23 points.
The imperious Bavarians, who have won their last 17 league games, need two more wins to wrap up the title and could even clinch it next week, with eight matches left, if they beat Mainz 05.
Second-placed Borussia Dortmund gave Bayern a helping hand when they were beaten 2-1 at home by 10-man Borussia Moenchengladbach.
At the other end, Huub Stevens was denied a winning start as VfB Stuttgart’s third coach of the season when his relegation-threatened side missed a penalty and conceded a late goal in a 1-1 draw at Werder Bremen.
Stuttgart, who rushed in Stevens after firing Thomas Schneider last Sunday, extended their winless run to 10 matches, including eight defeats, as they remained perilously close to the drop zone.
Hoffenheim, who have the league’s third-best attack and worst defence, provided their usual dose of drama by missing a penalty, going 2-0 ahead and then leaking three goals in an eight-minute second-half spell on their way to a 4-2 home defeat by Mainz 05.
After scoring 19 goals in their previous four Bundesliga games, Bayern found Leverkusen a tougher nut to crack and could have even gone behind when Stefan Kiessling set Son Heung-min free only for the South Korean to shoot wide.
Although they lacked spark, Bayern broke through one minute before halftime when Bundesliga top scorer Mario Mandzukic out-jumped his marker to head in Bastian Schweinsteiger’s cross for his 17th goal of the season. Schweinsteiger floated in a 30-meter (98-foot) free kick in the 52nd minute for the second and Stefan Kiessling scored a late consolation for Leverkusen, the last team in the league to beat Bayern when they won 2-1 in October 2012. Bayern have 71 points from 25 games while Dortmund are on 48 and Schalke 47 with nine games each to play.