Bayern all but wraps up title with win over Gladbach

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Nobody is going to catch them now.

Bayern Munich went 13 points clear at the top of the Bundesliga table as Thomas Muller’s goal gave them a 1-0 win over struggling Borussia Monchengladbach. With RB Leipzig losing on Saturday, the win moved them even further clear at the top, with only a collapse of epic proportions needed now to rob them of a fifth straight Bundesliga crown.

The game was scoreless until the 63rd minute when a Thiago Alcantara burst down the left, cut inside, and chipped a brilliant ball over the top for Muller who had slipped past the defense, and the German front man controlled and poked home past Yann Sommer.

The goal was significant to give Bayern the three points, but also individually for the man who scored it. Muller’s goal is just his second of the league season, in a year where the assists have flowed, but he has struggled in front of net, leading some to question his place in the team.

The win was coming, as Bayern pummeled Gladbach all match, and likely should have finished with more to show for it. They attempted 18 shots, hitting the target six times, and held nearly 70%. Robert Lewandowski seemed the most likely to score, but he bottled a number of chances.

In Sunday’s other Bundesliga match, Schalke downed Mainz 1-0 thanks to a goal five minutes after halftime from Sead Kolsinac, who expertly controlled a hard cross from Guido Burgstaller on the left wing and hammered it past Jonas Lossl. The win is big for Schalke, who jumped past both Bayer Leverkusen and Gladbach in the table, moving into 9th position.