Saturday, 03 April 2021 21:05

Staff Reporter.

Leon Goretzka's first-half goal was enough to give Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich a crucial 1-0 victory at second-placed RB Leipzig on Saturday, as they opened up a seven-point lead at the top and edged closer to a ninth-straight league crown.

Midfielder Leon Goretzka scored the winner, drilling a Thomas Muller cutback into the top right corner.

Marcel Sabitzer came closest for Leipzig, forcing Manuel Neuer to tip over from distance.

Bayern continue their Champions League defence in the quarter-finals against Paris St-Germain on Wednesday.

Leipzig are all but guaranteed to qualify for the Champions League for a third successive season, as they hold a 14-point lead over fifth-placed Borussia Dortmund, who lost against Eintracht Franfurt earlier on Saturday.

Bayern, who are without star striker Robert Lewandowski for up to a month with a knee injury, host Union Berlin next Saturday (14:30 BST), while Leipzig travel to Werder Bremen at the same time.

Bayern, facing Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League quarterfinals on Wednesday, are on 64 points, with Leipzig second on 57. VfL Wolfsburg, 1-0 winners against Cologne, are third on 54.