Bayern Munich secured a 1-0 home victory over Werder Bremen to stay on course for a seventh consecutive Bundesliga title. Niklas SÃ¼le drilled in a 75th-minute winner to lift the Bavarians to 70 points with four games to play, four points clear of Borussia Dortmund, who are in action against Freiburg on Sunday.
It was the first loss for Werder in 2019 and the first game in all competitions this season where they failed to score. Bayern had the upper hand throughout and had more than a dozen shots before beating the visiting goalkeeper, Jiri Pavlenka, who had previously made a string of superb saves.
Serge Gnabry had the hostsâ best chance in the first half when he turned to latch on to a Thiago AlcÃ¢ntara chip but his volley was saved by Pavlenka. The Germany winger then had a double chance six minutes after the restart but again Pavlenka came to the rescue, tipping Gnabryâs shot on to the post.
Pavlenka also repeatedly denied the Bundesligaâs leading scorer, Robert Lewandowski, before Werder were reduced to 10 men in the 58th minute when Milos Veljkovic was sent off for a second booking. Bayern finally broke the deadlock when the defender SÃ¼le shot from the edge of the box, the ball taking a slight deflection before going in.
In La Liga, AtlÃ©tico Madridâs record signing, Thomas Lemar, came off the bench to score late on and snatch a 1-0 win at Eibar, provisionally taking AtlÃ©tico six points behind the leaders, Barcelona. The France winger raced towards the far post to meet a pass from Koke and slam the ball into the net from close range in the 85th minute.
AtlÃ©tico had the better chances in an open and end-to-end game and Ãngel Correa missed their clearest opportunity to score, firing straight into the body of the Eibar goalkeeper, Marko Dmitrovic, within the opening 10 minutes.
Lemarâs winner means Diego Simeoneâs side have 68 points after 33 games. BarÃ§a have the chance to restore their nine-point advantage at the top when they host Real Sociedad later in Saturdayâs late game.
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