Bayern rebounded from cup humiliation by hitting five in Berlin
Robert Lewandowski was netted twice when Bayern Munich responded to their disaster in the German Cup midweek with a 5-2 win over Union Berlin on Saturday to stay at the top of the Bundesliga.
Three days after beating Moenchengladbach 5-0 in the second round of the cup, Bayern recovered with two quick goals when Lewandowski converted an early penalty, then drilled home a free-kick.
“It’s annoying that we received two goals, but we were happy to show a response,” Bayern captain Manuel Neuer said.
The Bavarian giants finished the Union run in 21 league games unbeaten at home while Leroy Sane, Kingsley Coman and Thomas Mueller also pulled down goals, while Julian Ryerson and Niko Giesselmann scored for the Union.
Lewandowski has netted 12 goals in 10 games in the Bundesliga this season scoring a record 41 times in 2020/21.
The allegedly leaked copy of the Ballon d’Or rankings, in which Lewandowski was in first place with Lionel Messi second and Karim Benzema third, was dismissed as fake by France Football organizers.
However, the Poland striker remains one of the favorites, with the win to be announced on November 29.
Lewandowski led Bayern from the penalty spot following a Union handball, then curled up with a free-kick to establish Bayern’s dominance.
Mueller, who had a gala afternoon with a goal and three assists, guided Coman’s cross out of reach of Union goalkeeper Andreas Luthe for Sane to tap into the end post.
The last league loss to the Union was in September 2020 and the hosts struggled to maintain their record.
Japan midfielder Genki Haraguchi pinged a pass into the six-yard box where Giesselmann fired at Neuer to reclaim a goal.
Sheraldo Becker’s goal was ruled offside as it remained 3-1 at half-time.
Union resisted the pressure, but Bayern scored against the run of play when Coman fired home from a tight angle.
The hosts refused to back down.
Substitute Kevin Behrens flew down the right wing and put a pass back inside for fellow substitute Ryerson to smash home, making it 4-2 in 65 minutes.
Mueller scored Bayern’s fifth after a pass on the defensive split from Dayot Upamecano, who made changes after a poor display at Gladbach.
Bayern’s win could have paid off, as Lucas Hernandez has been sidelined with a leg injury.
Dortmund, whose star striker Erling Braut Haaland remains sidelined due to a hip injury, remain second and one point behind Bayern after their 2-0 home win in Cologne.
Thorgan Hazard and Haaland’s replacement Steffen Tigges scored as Dortmund warmed up for Wednesday’s Champions League clash at home to Ajax.
Third-placed Freiburg, who play Bayern in Munich next weekend, remained the only undefeated team in Germany’s top flight this season with a 3-1 win over Greuther Fuerth.
Wolfsburg’s new head coach Florian Kohfeldt made a winning start, ending the visitors ’four-game losing streak with a 2-0 win over Bayer Leverkusen thanks to goals from Maximilian Arnold and Lukas Nmecha.
Wolfsburg finished with ten men after defender Maxence Lacroix was sent off for a second yellow card in the 96th minute while Leverkusen striker Lucas Alario had a penalty saved in stoppage time.
RB Leipzig later missed a chance to go into fourth and denied Eintracht Frankfurt’s first win when Brazilian defender Tuta headed in a last gasp equalizer to cancel Yussuf Poulsen’s goal in the first half as the host sealed a 1-1 draw.