Mattheus Goal Wins Title for Bayern
- By Adrian Warner
- May. 11 1994 00:00
HAMBURG, Germany -- A magical goal from World Cup star Lothar Matth?us steered Bayern Munich toward a record 13th German league title with a 2-0 victory over lowly Schalke on the last day of the season.Meanwhile in England, Everton came back from 2-0 down to beat Wimbledon 3-2 and escape relegation as Sheffield United was sunk by a 90th-minute winner at Chelsea on a dramatic final day of the premier league.Matth?us, 33, curled in a free kick from outside the area in the 50th minute to take the tension out of a tight Saturday game in Munich.Ten minutes later Brazilian Jorginho fired in another blistering shot from the edge of the area to put Bayern one point clear of second-placed Kaiserslautern, which kept up the pressure until the end with a 3-1 win at Hamburg.Both Bayern and Kaiserslautern, the 1991 champion, had a chance to clinch the title on Saturday, the fourth consecutive year the Bundesliga has gone to the last games of the season.But Bayern sealed its first title since 1990 and gave Franz Beckenbauer his first Bundesliga triumph as a coach.Germany's 1990 World Cup trainer won the title five times as a player -- with Bayern in 1969, 1972, 1973 and 1974, and with Hamburg in 1982.Bayern kept its nerve in a tense match, as it has throughout the run-in during which it has had to play its last three games in eight days.The Bavarians were forced to replay a game against Nuremberg last Tuesday after their original 2-1 victory was canceled in a controversial decision by the German soccer federation.The federation ordered the replay after television pictures showed Bayern's first goal did not go over the line. But Beckenbauer's team bounced back with a 5-0 victory.In England, Merseyside giant Everton, league champion nine times and facing the drop after 40 years in the top flight, was saved by Graham Stuart's 81st-minute winner after it had given away a penalty and an own goal in the opening 14 minutes.Sheffield United, which led twice at Chelsea and was 2-2 until the final minute, ended up 3-2 loser and on 42 points.That left the Yorkshire club one point adrift of Ipswich, which avoided the drop with a 0-0 draw at second-placed Blackburn Rovers, and Southampton, held 3-3 at West Ham.Oldham's 1-1 draw at Norwich condemned it to relegation along with Swindon, already doomed to first division football next season after a disastrous year in the top flight.Manchester United, which had already clinched their second successive league title when Blackburn lost at Coventry on Monday, drew 0-0 at home to Coventry on Sunday.