BERLIN (AP) – Robert Lewandowski celebrated his choice as the best footballer of the year by scoring a last-minute goal that put Bayern Munich back at the top of the Bundesliga on Saturday after a 2-1 win over Bayer Leverkusen.
Two days after winning the FIFA award, the Pole made the difference against Leverkusen, with a goal that equalized the score and with another that defined the match in the last seconds of the discounts.
None of his goals will appear in the video galleries of the best of the year. In all mediated defensive failures.
But the result allowed Bayern to pass Leverkusen, who was undefeated and the surprise leader of the season.
The victory was testament to Bayern’s ability to come out of difficult situations. For the seventh consecutive game in the Bundesliga, the current monarch ended up scoring points after receiving the first goal.
Now, they have a two-point advantage over Leverkusen and Leipzig.
Patrick Schick opened the scoring for Leverkusen in style, on a corner kick. From the edge of the area, he volleyed a center by Nadiem Amiri. The unstoppable beam entered from a higher angle.
Before halftime, goalkeeper Lukas Hradecky collided with defender Jonathan Tah. Both watched helplessly as a Thomas Müller cross reached the head of an unmarked Lewandowski who scored in the empty goal.
In the decisive goal, the star’s shot was deflected at Edmond Tapsoba, rendering Hradecky’s throw futile.
Borussia Mönchengladbach forward Marcus Thuram was sent off for spitting in the face of an opponent, and his team lost 2-1 to Hoffenheim.
The forward threw the spit in the face of Stefan Posch, a Hoffenheim defender, in the 77th minute after an altercation between the two. Referee Frank Willenborg received the suggestion to check the video and ended up showing the red card to the French player.
At that time, the score was 1-1.
“It’s a shame for the team and for him,” said Valentino Lazaro, Thuram’s teammate. “This is not something usual in his character, at all.”
Gladbach’s midfielder Christoph Kramer was less sympathetic.
“The fumes rose. Of course this should never happen to you. There are no excuses, “he said.
Gladbach coach Marco Rose apologized “on behalf of the whole club.
“This just shouldn’t happen on a soccer field,” he acknowledged. “He exceeded the limits.”
Posch received the yellow card for his involvement in the altercation. He was eventually replaced by Kevin Akpoguma, who provided the assist for Ryan Sessegnon to score the winning goal for Hoffenheim with a short shot in the 86th minute.
Lars Sindl converted a penalty to give Gladbach the lead at 34, but Andrej Kramaric leveled at 75. Sessegnon’s goal extended Gladbach’s winless streak to six games in the various competitions.
THE REST OF THE DAY
In another encounter, Cologne goalkeeper Tomo Horn helped his team preserve a goalless draw in Leipzig, which missed a chance to climb to the top.
Leverkusen, the only club to remain undefeated, has a one-point lead over the defending champion.
Even the managerial change didn’t help Schalke put their long winless streak behind them. Fabian Klos scored in the second half for Arminia Bielefeld, another team involved in the fight not to be relegated, beat 1-0 against those led by interim Huub Stevens.
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