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Lewandowski scores twice in Bayern romp
Sep 17, 2017-
Robert Lewandowski netted twice on his 100th Bundesliga appearance for Bayern Munich who brushed off their internal strife with a 4-0 hammering of Mainz on Saturday.Lewandowski has now netted 82 goals for Munich amidst reports he wants to join Real Madrid next season, but Bayern chairman Uli Hoeness laughed off the claim by Spanish newspaper AS. The rout left Bayern second in Germany’s top flight, a point behind Hanover 96, who claimed the lead after four games with a 2-0 win over Hamburg on Friday.
This was a much improved performance from Bayern compared to last Saturday’s 2-0 defeat at Hoffenheim. Arjen Robben had slammed Bayern’s performance against the Belgians, while Lewandowski had added to the unrest by criticising the club’s spending policy.
However, all three scored against Mainz at Munich’s Allianz Arena on Saturday. Mueller opened the scoring after just 11 minutes when he drilled home Robben’s pass on Bayern’s first attack.
The flying Dutch winger added a second on 23 minutes when Joshua Kimmich’s
pass put him in behind the defence and he drilled his
shot home. Lewandowski
then doubled the damage
with two superb goals. Kimmich released Mueller
on the right wing, who put
in a superb cross for the Poland striker to convert on 50 minutes.
Lewandowski grabbed his second and Bayern’s fourth goal when he headed across Mainz’s former Germany goalkeeper Rene Adler. Franck Ribery started on Bayern’s bench having thrown his shirt away in disgust after being substituted late against Anderlecht.
Germany midfielder Leon Goretzka scored the second-half winner as Schalke went third with a 2-1 win at Werder Bremen.
Published: 17-09-2017 07:38