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Bayern Munich set the record for the earliest Bundesliga title win on Saturday when they were confirmed as German champions for the 23rd time with a 1-0 win at Eintracht Frankfurt. Germany star Bastian Schweinsteiger scored the decisive goal to give Bayern their 24th win from 28 league games this season and seal the first major silverware the Bavarian giants have won since May 2010.
Bayern Munich Lift Their 23rd Bundesliga Title

Bayern Munich set the record for the earliest Bundesliga title win on Saturday when they were confirmed as German champions for the 23rd time with a 1-0 win at Eintracht Frankfurt.

Germany star Bastian Schweinsteiger scored the decisive goal to give Bayern their 24th win from 28 league games this season and seal the first major silverware the Bavarian giants have won since May 2010.

With Bayern facing Juventus on Wednesday in the Champions League quarter-final leading 2-0 from the first leg, the win came despite coach Jupp Heynckes resting several key players.

Second-placed Borussia Dortmund --champions in each of the last two seasons - won 4-2 at home to Augsburg, but could not prevent Bayern from setting a Bundesliga record for the earliest confirmed title win.

With six games left, they have an unsurmountable 20-point lead and have won their 22nd Bundesliga title.

It is their 23rd national title overall, with the Munich club also winning the old-style German championship in 1932.

Following a frantic start, Bayern defender David Alaba missed a 26th-minute penalty when he fired wide after Thomas Mueller was brought down in the area, but Schweinsteiger's second-half back-heel flick gave them three more points.

With Bayern pushing forward, captain Philipp Lahm fired in a pass for his deputy to delicately flick a shot past Frankfurt goalkeeper Oka Nikolov with his heel on 52 minutes for the decisive goal.

Victory at Eintracht Frankfurt on Saturday gave Munich their 23rd German league title after 28 matches and saw Bayern better their own record from 1972-73 and 2002-03, when they won the title with 30 out of 34 matches played.

A Record Breaking Season

This season they have already set the record for the most consecutive wins at the start of the season -- after winning their first eight matches -- and the fewest goals conceded after 21 matches.

More records have either been broken or are set to follow, with Bayern having won the Bundesliga for the 22nd time since the modern national league started in 1963.

Having accrued 75 points with six games left, they are on course to smash Dortmund's record of 81 points in a Bundesliga season, set just a year ago.

Undefeated away from home in the league this season, they are set to equal their own record from the 1986-87 season, when they went through an entire Bundesliga campaign without losing on the road.

With 13 wins on their travels, they have claimed the record for the most away wins and, having conceded just 13 goals all season, 'keeper Manuel Neuer is set to break Oliver Kahn's record of letting in just 21 goals in the 2007-08 season.

Having secured their 24th win of the season at Frankfurt, Bayern are also just one short of the record tally, held by both Borussia Dortmund in 2011-12 and Bayern in 1972-73, of 25 wins in a season.

Helped by their 9-2 hammering of Hamburg at home last Saturday, they boast a goal difference of 66, two better than the 64 set by Gerd Mueller's Bayern in the 1972-73 season.

With 79 goals to their credit, they are still some way short of the 101 goals scored by Mueller's Bayern in 1971-72.

But the biggest record of all is the one Bayern covet most: to become the first German team to win the treble of Champions League, domestic league and cup.

They head to Turin on Wednesday for the Champions League quarter-final, second leg against Juventus, with a 2-0 goal lead after Tuesday's first leg in Munich.

Factfile on Bayern Munich after they were confirmed Bundesliga champions for the 2012-13 season on Saturday:

Full-name: Fussball-Club Bayern Muenchen eV

Founded: February 27 1900

Ground: Allianz Arena (capacity 71,137)

Nicknames: Der FCB, Stern des Suedens (Star of the South), Die Bayern (The Bavarians)

President: Uli Hoeness

Chairman: Karl-Heinz Rummenigge

Coach: Jupp Heynckes


Goalkeepers: Manuel Neuer, Tom Starke, Maximilian Riedmueller, Lukas Raeder

Defenders: Dante (BRA), Daniel van Buyten (BEL), Rafinha (BRA), Jerome Boateng, Philipp Lahm, Diego Contento, David Alaba (AUT), Holger Badstuber, Luiz Gustavo

Midfielder: Franck Ribery (FRA), Javi Martinez (ESP), Arjen Robben (NED), Xherdan Shaqiri (SUI), Bastian Schweinsteiger, Emre Can, Toni Kroos, Anatoliy Tymoshchuk (UKR)

Forwards: Mario Mandzukic (CRO), Claudio Pizarro (PER), Patrick Weihrauch, Thomas Mueller, Mario Gomez

Trophies won:

German league champions 23 times (record): 1931-32, 1968-69, 1971-72, 1972-73, 1973-74, 1979-80, 1980-81, 1984-85, 1985-86, 1986-87, 1988-89, 1989-90, 1993-94, 1996-97, 1998-99, 1999-2000, 2000-01, 2002-03, 2004-05, 2005-06, 2007-08, 2009-10, 2012-2013

German Cup winners 15 times (record): 1957, 1966, 1967, 1969, 1971, 1982, 1984, 1986, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2010

European Cup/Champions League winners four times: 1974, 1975, 1976, 2001

European Cup Winners' Cup winners: 1967

Europa League/UEFA Cup winners: 1996

German League Cup winners six times (record): 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2004, 2007

German Super Cup winners five times (record): 1982, 1987, 1990, 2010, 2012

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M'Baye Niang put the nightmare of the Paris terror attacks firmly behind him with two goals and an assist as AC Milan crushed a sorry Sampdoria 4-1 at the San Siro on Saturday.

Niang admitted last week the events of the past fortnight had left him worried for the safety of family and friends in and around the French capital.

But the 20-year-old from the Paris suburbs produced a confident performance for the Rossoneri, first delivering for Giacomo Bonaventura's opener on 16 minutes and then beating Emiliano Viviano from the spot after the Milan winger had been hauled down in the area seven minutes before the interval.

Niang secured Milan's seventh win of the campaign when he fired under Viviano four minutes after the restart after the 'keeper's fluffed clearance.

When he was replaced by Luiz Adriano 15 minutes from the whistle it took the Brazilian just four minutes to find the net after volleying Alessio Cerci's intelligent cross past Viviano.

The only blot on Milan's copybook was Gianluigi Donnarumma's failure to stop Luis Muriel from the spot after Andrea Pioli had tugged on Eder in the area in the closing minutes.

Milan moved up to fifth place at seven points behind leaders Inter ahead of the remainder of the weekend matches, with Sampdoria's second successive defeat under new coach Vincenzo Montella leaving them 14 points adrift.

"It was an almost perfect performance," said Milan coach Sinisa Mihajlovic, who gave a special mention to Niang.

"He's a big player for us, he was doing really well in pre-season then he got injured. Now he's back in form and he's doing well, but he already showed at Genoa (loan) what he was made of."

For the fifth consecutive match Mihajlovic opted for teenage goalkeeper Donnarumma over the more experienced Diego Lopez but the 16-year-old had to dive low to parry after his messy clearance fell to Roberto 

Soriano 30 yards out in the opening minute.

From then on, it was all Milan with Niang the main protagonist before making way for Adriano on 74 minutes.

Having spent the last half of last season on loan at Genoa, the striker said he in enjoying playing in a pure 

striker's role under Mihajlovic.

"I'm really happy because I've been waiting for this for a longtime, the hard work's paying off and I hope it continues like this," said Niang.

"I played as a centre-forward, the position I prefer and I think that along with our win over Lazio this was our best display this season."

Milan broke the deadlock on 16 minutes with Alessio Cerci, whose eighth minute goal was ruled offside, involved before Niang burst down the right to fire in a weighted delivery that Bonaventura slid in to meet at the back post.

Milan built on their momentum and Niang almost doubled the lead when he collected Juraj Kucka's short delivery on the right to drag his angled shot inches wide of Viviano's far post.

Sampdoria were struggling to find any rhythm and Milan's movement in the final third of the pitch was causing huge problems for the visitors.

Niang left Edgar Barreto behind to burst down the right and fire across the bows, but Bonaventura's first-timer from the six-yard line blasted over.

Samp's only real chance came when Luis Muriel dribbled his way into the area but despite turning Milan's defence his promising strike was blocked by Alessio Romagnoli.

Niang came close twice with flicks that inched wide of Viviano's post just after the restart.

But when the 'keeper fluffed a clearance, Niang collected and strode confidently into the area to fire under his body and secure the second brace of his Serie A career, after hitting a double for Genoa against Verona last season.

A tiring Niang soon made way for Adriano and only four minutes later Cerci was given time and space to the right of the area to pick out the Brazilian with a pinpoint pass which he controlled before firing past a helpless Viviano.

Earlier, Torino moved up to seventh place with a 2-0 home win over Bologna thanks to second-half goals from Andrea Belotti and Giuseppe Vives.