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Bayern Munich on verge of Bundesliga title

Bayern Munich 2-1 Borussia Monchengladbach: Bundesliga leaders on verge of title as Benjamin Pavard makes amends for own goal by setting up the late winner for Leon Goretzka.

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Bayern Munich one win from Bundesliga title are leaving it late to beat Borussia Monchengladbach.

Champions-elect Bayern Munich found a late winner to see off Borussia Monchengladbach and move to within one win of another Bundesliga title.

Bayern was far from their best but Leon Goretzka nipped in to poke home the winner four minutes from time.

Hansi Flick’s side will win the title for a record 30th time if they beat Werder Bremen on Tuesday.

Teenage striker Joshua Zirkzee had put Bayern ahead before Benjamin Pavard’s own goal leveled the match.

Gladbach stays in the final Champions League place despite the late loss – but they have now won just one of their last five.

Borussia Dortmund’s stoppage-time winner earlier on Saturday meant that the title could not be secured this weekend and that perhaps helped set the tone for a sluggish Bayern display.

The suspensions of Thomas Muller and Robert Lewandowski – who have a combined 60 goals and assists in the league this season – also looked likely to be crucial.

Gladbach was the better side early on and thought they were ahead when Jonas Hofmann ran in and scored but the video assistant referee called it back for offside.

Substitute Breel Embolo then somehow missed from a yard out for Monchengladbach before Yann Sommer’s error gifted Bayern the opener.

The Swiss keeper’s pass went straight to Zirkzee, and the Dutch stand-in confidently steered into an open goal from 20 yards.

Gladbach was level before the breakthrough another error, France defender Pavard sliding in to clear Patrick Herrmann’s low cross but only planting into his own net.

Manuel Neuer had to make several saves in the second half but more sleepy defending led to the late winner.

A crossfield ball should have been cut out but Pavard was able to reach it and cut back for Goretzka to finish from a few yards out.

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