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Champions Bayern set points record

STRUGGLERS:Four-time champions Werder Bremen lost 1-0 to extend their winless streak to 10 matches and they are now only two points above the relegation zone


Bayern Munich’s Xherdan Shaqiri shoots against SC Freiburg in their Bundesliga match at the Allianz Arena in Munich, Germany, on Saturday.

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Bayern Munich, already crowned champions, followed up their memorable midweek thrashing of Barcelona by setting a Bundesliga points record with a 1-0 win over SC Freiburg on Saturday, while Bayern’s probable UEFA Champions League final opponents Borussia Dortmund beat Fortuna Duesseldorf 2-1 with the help of a stunning Nuri Sahin goal.

Werder Bremen were sucked closer to the danger zone after losing 1-0 to a controversial penalty at third-placed Bayer 04 Leverkusen, leaving them only two points clear of the relegation playoff place after Augsburg beat VfB Stuttgart 3-0.

Augsburg’s win meant bottom club SpVgg Greuther Furth, making their Bundesliga debut this season, were relegated. Fuerth lost 3-2 at home to Hannover 96 on Friday.

Xherdan Shaqiri’s first-half free-kick put treble-chasing Bayern on 84 points, three more than the previous record set by Dortmund last season, with three games still to play.

The Bavarians made 10 changes from the team that started last week’s 4-0 Champions League semi-final first-leg win over Barcelona and clocked up their 27th victory in 31 league games, improving their goal-difference to 76.

Swiss winger Shaqiri continued his impressive debut season at Bayern by curling in a free-kick for the only goal against fifth-placed Freiburg, the surprise package of the campaign.

It was Bayern’s 14th successive league win, although the single goal was something of a letdown for a team that had blasted 20 in their previous four matches in all competitions.

“What [coach] Christian Streich has achieved in Freiburg is sensational,” Bayern coach Jupp Heynckes said. “A lot of things have come together there over a period of years. It was a hard job of work today, but credit to the lads. We were very smart and very professional.”

Second-placed Dortmund, who thumped Real Madrid 4-1 last week, also made 10 changes and went ahead when Sahin scored with a curving, dipping left-foot shot from long range after 20 minutes.

Sahin also laid on the second goal for Jakub Blaszczykowski in the 70th minute, before Dortmund, 20 points behind Bayern, had to survive a late fightback by Fortuna, with Adam Bodzek heading home two minutes from time.

Fortuna are fourth from bottom on 30 points, ahead of Augsburg only on goal-difference.

Sascha Moelders, Marcel de Jong and South Korea’s Ji Dong-won scored in the last half hour for third-bottom Augsburg.

Second-bottom TSG 1899 Hoffenheim beat Nuremberg 2-1 to stay three points behind Augsburg.

Tobias Weis and Sejad Salihovic scored in the first 19 minutes for Hoffenheim, while Timmy Simons replied with a second-half penalty.

VfL Wolfsburg defeated Borussia Moenchengladbach 3-1 after 18-year-old Maximilian Arnold opened the scoring with his third goal in five appearances.

The real surprise is the presence of four-time champions Werder Bremen, who extended their sequence without a win to 10 games, among the strugglers.

They lost in controversial circumstances when goalkeeper Sebastian Mielitz was judged to have fouled Sidney Sam in the 35th minute.

Sam was sent clean through and flicked his shot wide, but the onrushing Mielitz clattered into him after the ball had gone. The goalkeeper appeared to spread himself deliberately and raised his foot, and the referee pointed to the spot after consulting his assistant.

Stefan Kiessling, repeatedly overlooked by Germany coach Joachim Loew, despite his consistent scoring, converted the penalty for his 22nd Bundesliga goal this season, although Mielitz got a hand to it.

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