BERLIN (AP) – Bayern Munich took a big step towards its ninth consecutive Bundesliga title on Saturday by beating guard Leipzig 1-0.
Leon Goretzka’s goal in the 38th minute was enough for Bayern to take a seven-point lead over Leipzig with seven games remaining in the season. Bayern have lost points in just seven of the 27 games played, and the players celebrated the final whistle as if the title was already theirs.
Leipzig sought an equalizer, but Bayern goalkeeper Manuel Neuer had to push himself just once, when Marcel Sabitzer’s violent shot was deflected over the crossbar.
With André Silva’s goal nearing the end, Eintracht Frankfurt beat Borussia Dortmund 2-1 and consolidated their qualifying position for the Champions League at the expense of the home team.
Frankfurt retained fourth place, the last to qualify for the top European team competition, with a seven-point lead over Dortmund with seven rounds remaining in the tournament.
Portugal’s Silva scored the winning goal, his 22nd of the season, in the 87th minute after receiving a pass from Filip Kostic.
At 11 minutes, Dortmund’s Nico Schultz beat his own door while trying to deflect a cross from Kostic for Silva.
Mats Hummels achieved the temporary tie seconds before the end of the first half.
With goals from Argentine Lucas Alario in the 26th minute and Patrick Schick in the 72nd minute, Bayer Leverkusen beat Schalke 2-1. The Dutch Klaas Jan Huntelaar narrowed differences.
Schalke remains in last position and it will be difficult to avoid relegation.
In other results, Wolfsburg beat Cologne 2-0, Arminia Bielefeld drew 1-1 with Mainz and Augsburg defeated Hoffenheim 2-1.