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Robert Lewandowski tops the scoring charts as Bayern Munich thrash Wolfsburg on final day

Robert Lewandowski claimed his third successive Bundesliga top scorer's prize as champions Bayern Munich thrashed Wolfsburg, who were made to settle for a place in the UEFA Europa League qualifying rounds.

Wolfsburg 0-4 Bayern Munich
Goals: 0-1 Coman (4'), 0-2 Cuisance (37'), 0-3 Lewandowski (pen. 72'), 0-4 Müller (79')
Red card: Guilavogui (71')

Even with the title wrapped up and midfield general Joshua Kimmich among the substitutes, Bayern attacked with some serious pizzazz in the first half. The opening goal fell inside four minutes as Thomas Müller released Kingsley Coman, who made no mistake with his finish across the advancing Koen Casteels. Wolfsburg responded through Wout Weghorst and Josip Brekalo, but Manuel Neuer was equal to both efforts. Casteels was forced into evasive action following another break-neck Bayern foray, with Serge Gnabry's cross-shot almost catching out the Belgium international at his near post. Coman missed a veritable sitter after more good work from Gnabry, before Michael Cuisance swept in a stunning postage-stamp effort from fully 20 yards to give Hansi Flick's men a 2-0 lead. The Wolves did put the ball in the net late in the half via Alvaro Odriozola, but the goal was ruled out for Daniel Ginczek's meaty aerial challenge on the unwitting Real Madrid loanee.

Bayern turned the screw after the restart as Casteels thwarted Coman, with Gnabry driving wide on the follow-up. Müller sent Gnabry through on goal soon after, but again Wolfsburg's last line of defence stood up to the task, saving with his toe. Lewandowski was next to meet the Wolfsburg custodian's resistance, before having a goal ruled out for a fractional offside. He was not to be denied his 34th league goal of the season, though. After Joshua Guilavogui received his second caution for upending Cuisance in the box, Lewandowski made no mistake with the ensuing penalty kick. Müller added a fourth when Wolfsburg substitute Robin Knoche failed to deal fully with Alphonso Davies' left-wing cross as Bayern posted their 16th competitive win in a row ahead of next weekend's DFB Cup final with Bayer Leverkusen. Wolfsburg, sixth at the start of play, end the campaign in seventh following Hoffenheim's 4-0 win at Borussia Dortmund, and enter the Europa League at the second qualifying round.

Match stats

  • Bayern scored 100 league goals in 2019/20. Only once has any team - Bayern themselves - scored more (101 in 1971/72).
  • Müller, who has hit 10 goals in his 20 appearances against the Wolves, brought up the century. Uli Hoeneß was the man to do it all those years ago.
  • Lewandowski claimed his fifth top scorer's prize. He is the first player since Gerd Müller to win three in a row.
  • Philippe Coutinho made his first appearance for Bayern since 8 March.
  • Wolfsburg have won just five of 53 competitive meetings with Bayern.
  • Knoche made the last of his 226 appearances for Wolfsburg, ahead of his summer departure.

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Line-ups

Wolfsburg: Casteels - Mbabu, Pongracic, Brooks (Knoche 74'), Roussillon (Horn 84') - Steffen (Marmoush 61'), Guilavogui (c), Arnold, Brekalo (Victor 61') - Ginczek (Gerhardt 74'), Weghorst
Unused subs: Pervan, Klaus, Gerhardt, Llanez, Justvan
Out: Camacho (ankle), Mehmedi (Achilles tendon), Otavio (ankle), Schlager (knock), Tisserand (knock), William (knee)
Coach: Oliver Glasner 

Bayern: Neuer (c) - Odriozola (Pavard 62'), Boateng, Alaba (Hernandez 80'), Davies - Goretzka (Kimmich 80'), Cuisance - Gnabry (Coutinho 62'), Müller, Coman (Perisic 62') - Lewandowski
Unused subs: Ulreich, Singh, Batista Meier, Zirkzee
Out: Arp (knee), Mai (ankle),Süle (match fitness), Thiago (groin), Tolisso (ankle)
Coach: Hansi Flick

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