Red-hot Robert Lewandowski breaks Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s goal-scoring record by scoring in his THIRTEENTH straight match to help Bayern see off Union Berlin
Bayern Munich reclaimed top spot in the Bundesliga with a 2-1 win over lowly Union Berlin, as Robert Lewandowski broke a Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang goal-scoring record with his 13th of the domestic season.
Niko Kovac’s side were looking to bounce back from a disappointing away draw to Augsburg last week and got off to a flyer when French defender Benjamin Pavard struck from long range after just 13 minutes.
Robert Lewandowski made it 2-0 after 53 minutes. He has now scored in his ninth straight league game, breaking Aubameyang’s previous record of eight.
Robert Lewandowski celebrates after doubling Bayern Munich’s lead on Saturday
Bayern Munich’s Benjamin Pavard celebrates scoring his side’s first goal with Ivan Perisic
Bayern Munich’s French defender Benjamin Pavard celebrates his goal at the Allianz arena
That’s the Polish striker’s 13th goal domestically this season.
The 31-year-old has scored in every competitive game in the league, Champions League and German Cup this season, making a total of 19 goals.
BAYERN MUNICH: (4-1-4-1) Neuer, Kimmich, Pavard, Boateng, Davies, Thiago, Coman (Gnabry, 65), Muller, Coutinho (Goretzka, 87) Perisic (Tolisso, 76), Lewandowski
Subs not used: Cuisance, Ulreich, Alaba, Lukas Mai
Goalscorers: Pavard 13, Lewandowski 53
Manager: Niko Kovac
UNION BERLIN: (4-2-3-1) Gickiewicz, Lenz, Subotic, Friedrich, Trimmel, Kroos (Becker, 60), Andrich, Bulter, Gentner, Ingvartsen (Ujah, 66), Andersson (Polter, 67)
Subs not used: Ryerson, Mees, Schmiedebach, Parensen, Schlotterbeck, Nicolas
Goalscorers: Polter 86
Booked: Andrich 17
Manager: Urs Fischer
Referee : Marco Fritz
He is way out ahead of the league’s second top scorer Timo Werner – who has notched six times for RB Leipzig.
Sebastian Andersson missed the opportunity to pull one back for Union after his penalty was saved by Manuel Neuer just shy of the hour mark.
His 67th-minute replacement Sebastian Polter made no such mistake when Perisic gave away a second penalty.
The striker sent the German national keeper the wrong way on 86 minutes to set up a nervy finish to the game.
The two penalties were either side of another Lewandowski goal on the 84th minute mark that was ruled out by VAR.
Before the game at the Allianz Arena the Bavarians sat third in the Bundesliga after a draw and a loss in their last two games.
They sit one point ahead of second-placed Freiberg, who won against Leipzig by the same margin.
Dortmund are now third, with 16 points.
Union, tipped by many for relegation, remain perilously above the drop zone, just one point ahead of Augsburg.
Bayern face Bochum in the second round of the DFB Cup on Tuesday before travelling to Frankfurt to face Eintracht on match-day 10 of the Bundesliga season.
Sebastian Polter smashes a penalty past Manuel Neuer to set up a nervy end to the game
Niko Kovac’s side were looking to bounce back from a disappointing draw at Augsburg
Referee Marco Fritz consults VAR before awarding a penalty to FC Union Berlin