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‘Couldn’t be better’

Jubilant Bayern revel in return to top spot

By the end of Sunday’s match, the Bayern Munich world had finally been set to rights. “110 years of Bayern” and the Bavarian mantra “Mia san Mia” were spelled out in fireworks on the pitch, as the crowd set about a party to remember. The 1-0 win over Hamburg saw FCB overtake Leverkusen, who were held 0-0 by Köln and go top of the Bundesliga for the first time in 57 Matchdays, or precisely 652 days.

Karl-Heinz Rummenigge declared himself “extremely pleased” afterwards. “A birthday and top of the league all at the same time – it doesn’t get better than this,” said the chairman, “it’s the perfect weekend. Leverkusen have handed us a nice present and we’ve accepted it today.” FCB are determined not to return the gift any time soon. “We’ve not been in the place where the sun shines brightest for 57 matches. Now we’re out in the sun, and I don’t think we’ll let ourselves be pushed back into the shadows,” said Rummenigge, “we’ll be difficult to dislodge from first place now.”