Lewandowski breaks record as Bayern lead nine points in Germany

BERLIN, Germany, December 18 Bayern Munich opened a nine-point lead at the top of the Bundesliga table on Friday with a 4-0 home win over Wolfsburg as scorers Robert Lewandowski, Thomas Mueller and Dayot Upamecano all celebrated milestones.

Mueller marked his 400th Bundesliga appearance by opening the scoring with his 222nd league goal before defender Upamecano, signed from Leipzig for this season, scored his first goal in Bayern’s famous red jersey.

Leroy Sane then planted a shot in the left corner on the hour mark.

Lewandowski, who on Tuesday equaled Gerd Mueller’s record of 42 German league goals in a calendar year from 1972, capped a gala night with Bayern’s fourth to claim the new record.

It was Bayern’s last game before the Bundesliga winter break and head coach Julian Nagelsmann was pleased with the performance.

“We defended well, we pressed them hard, we won just about every ball in our half of the field and we deserved to win by that margin,” said Nagelsmann.

The Bayern boss also praised Lewandowski’s latest record, “he really deserves it, especially since he scored with his weaker foot”.

Bayern’s lead at the top of the Bundesliga table may be curtailed on Saturday by second-placed Borussia Dortmund, who will be at Hertha Berlin.

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It was Wolfsburg’s seventh consecutive defeat, putting pressure on new head coach Florian Kohfeldt, who only took control at the end of October following the sacking of his predecessor Mark van Bommel.

“It hurts – we defended poorly, especially for the fourth goal, we didn’t,” fumed Kohfeldt who now has a two week break to drill his team.

However, it was Bayern’s seventh consecutive victory in all competitions.

Bayern were in the lead after just seven minutes behind closed doors at the Allianz Arena when Serge Gnabry’s thunderbolt from a distance was parried in the way of Mueller, who tapped at home.

He remained 1-0 at the break, but Mueller’s skillful chip gave him a 15th Bundesliga assist this season as Upamecano steered his header into the net.

Just three minutes later, Sane grabbed Bayern’s third goal when he landed a superb shot that left Wolfsburg goalkeeper Koen Casteels no chance.

Lewandowski eventually managed to break another Gerd Mueller record with a lethal finish.

Ahead of kick-off, Bayern sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic ruled out any further signing in the upcoming January transfer window.

“We are really well endowed, that’s a fact,” he said, “we will continue as it is this season.”

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