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Musiala stars, Bayern closes in on 9th straight league title

Bayern Munich teenager Jamal Musiala starred for the Bavarian powerhouse to go seven points clear in the Bundesliga with a 3-2 win at third-place Wolfsburg on Saturday.

Musiala scored two goals and was involved in the other as Bayern profited from Leipzig’s scoreless draw with Hoffenheim the night before to close in on a record-extending ninth consecutive title with just five rounds of the season remaining.

The 18-year-old Musiala opened the scoring in the 15th minute when he eluded three Wolfsburg defenders before squeezing his shot under goalkeeper Koen Casteels.

Bayern's Jamal Musiala, right, celebrates after scoring his side's opening goal during the German Bundesliga soccer match between VfL Wolfsburg and FC Bayern Munich in Wolfsburg, Germany, Saturday, April 17, 2021. (AP PhotoMichael Sohn)

Musiala was again involved for Bayern’s second in the 24th, playing in David Alaba. Casteels cut out the Austrian defender’s cross but dropped the ball right at the feet of Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting, who gratefully tapped it in.

Wout Weghorst pulled one back against the run of play in the 35th, but Thomas Müller crossed for Musiala to head in his second goal two minutes later. All Wolfsburg coach Oliver Glasner could do was shake his head.

But his team regrouped after the break. Bayern left too much room for Paulo Otavio to cross from the left for Maximilian Philipp to score in the 54th. Jérôme Roussillon missed another good chance for Wolfsburg as Bayern held on for the win.

Bayern's Lucas Hernandez, center, walk off the pitch after an injury during the German Bundesliga soccer match between VfL Wolfsburg and FC Bayern Munich in Wolfsburg, Germany, Saturday, April 17, 2021. (AP PhotoMichael Sohn)

It was Wolfsburg's first defeat at home this season. It hadn't conceded in any of its previous five home games.

Borussia Mönchengladbach beat Eintracht Frankfurt 4-0 in the first game since it was announced that Frankfurt coach Adi Hütter will be taking over from Gladbach coach Marco Rose next season. Rose is leaving to take over Borussia Dortmund, which has a chance Sunday to close the gap on Frankfurt in the last place for Champions League qualification by beating Werder Bremen.

Also, Union Berlin enjoyed a 2-1 win over Stuttgart.

Bayern's Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting, right, and Wolfsburg's Maxence Lacroix challenge for the ball during the German Bundesliga soccer match between VfL Wolfsburg and FC Bayern Munich in Wolfsburg, Germany, Saturday, April 17, 2021. (AP PhotoMichael Sohn)

Freiburg routed last-place Schalke 4-0, and Augsburg and Arminia Bielefeld drew 0-0. It was enough for Bielefeld to leave the relegation zone and leave Hertha Berlin in its place. Hertha’s next three games were called off due to an outbreak of COVID-19 at the club.

Cologne’s bid to escape the drop begins with new coach Friedhelm Funkel in the Rhine derby at Bayer Leverkusen later Saturday.

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Bayern's head coach Hans-Dieter Flick looks on during the German Bundesliga soccer match between VfL Wolfsburg and FC Bayern Munich in Wolfsburg, Germany, Saturday, April 17, 2021. (AP PhotoMichael Sohn)

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Bayern's Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting, right, and Wolfsburg's Maxence Lacroix challenge for the ball during the German Bundesliga soccer match between VfL Wolfsburg and FC Bayern Munich in Wolfsburg, Germany, Saturday, April 17, 2021. (AP PhotoMichael Sohn)

Schalke's Klaas-Jan Huntelaar, left, and Freiburg's Dominique Heintz challenge for the ball during the German soccer Bundesliga match between SC Freiburg and FC Schalke 04 in Freiburg, Germany, Saturday, April 17, 2021. (Tom Wellerdpa via AP)

Gladbach's Jonas Hofmann, left, and scorer Matthias Ginter celebrate after scoring during the German soccer Bundesliga match between Borussia Moenchengladbach and Eintracht Frankfurt in Moenchengladbach, Germany, Saturday, April 17, 2021 (Marius Beckerdpa via AP)

Gladbach's Marcus Thuram, left, and Frankfurt's Evan Ndicka challenge for the ball during the German soccer Bundesliga match between Borussia Moenchengladbach and Eintracht Frankfurt in Moenchengladbach, Germany, Saturday, April 17, 2021 (Marius Beckerdpa via AP)