Bayern Munich snatched the leadership of the Bundesliga from Bayer Leverkusen by beating them 2-1 as a visitor, this Saturday in the star duel of the 13th day, which Robert Lewandowski decided with a ‘double’, including a last goal in the final discount .
With 30 points, Bayern was the great beneficiary of this Saturday. He arrived as second in the table and is now first, with two points ahead of Bayer Leverkusen, which the defeat leaves in second position, equaled 28 points with RB Leipzig, who disappointed shortly before by drawing 0-0 in home to a team from the lower zone, the Colonia.
Bayern also managed to extend their lead over Borussia Dortmund (4th) to eight points, which on Friday lost 2-1 at Unión Berlin (5th).
In the match between the top two, Bayer Leverkusen took the lead in the 14th minute through Patrik Shick, with a left-handed volley that came through the squad.
Shick himself was later disallowed somewhat after the video review.
Bayern leveled at 43 thanks to Lewandowski, heading after a cross from Thomas Müller.
Jamal Musiala sent in 79 to the post for Bayern, but it was finally Lewandowski the hero of his team, when in 90 + 1 he took advantage of a ball poorly controlled by Jonathan Tah to hit a heads up and establish the final 2 to 1 for visitors at the BayArena.
Lewandowski, voted best player of the year at the FIFA ‘The Best’ awards on Thursday, has already scored 17 goals in this Bundesliga, escaping even further as the leader of the top scorers table. He is now seven more than the Norwegian Erling Haaland (Borussia Dortmund), who is currently injured.
Bayer Leverkusen snapped a five-game winning streak, taking all competitions into account, and suffered their first league defeat of this season.
In the first shift on Saturday, Leipzig had failed to put pressure on the top two of the table and crashed time and again (0-0) against a very solid Cologne (15th) defensively.
This tie cuts off Leipzig’s three-game winning streak, taking all competitions into account.
Cologne, for their part, significantly improved their image after the 4-0 defeat of Bayer Leverkusen on Wednesday.
– Major sanction for Thuram? –
In the other games this Saturday in the German championship, Borussia Mönchengladbach (8th) stood out, losing 2 to 1 at home against Hoffenheim (11th).
Lars Stindl put ‘Gladbach’ ahead of the penalty spot in the 34th minute, but Hoffenheim came back in the last quarter of an hour with goals from Croatian Andrej Kramaric (minute 75) and England’s Ryan Sessegnon (86).
In 79, the Frenchman Marcus Thuram (Borussia Mönchengladbach) was expelled, who could be exposed to a major penalty for spitting in the face of an opponent, Stefan Posch, as the referee found after reviewing the video images.
For their part, Eintracht Frankfurt (9th) and Werder Bremen (12th) won as visitors, in their trips to Augsburg (10th) by 2-0 and Mainz (17th) by 1-0, respectively.
In the lower zone, bottom side Schalke 04 continues in free fall and lost again, this time at home 1-0 to Arminia Bielefeld (16th).
The dismissal of coach Manuel Baum did not serve as a shock for the Gelsenkirchen team, which has just 4 points this season and, taking into account last season, has not won 29 games in a row in the German league.
It is just two short of equaling the dishonorable record of Tasmania Berlin, a formation that is currently in the fifth category and that in the 1965-1966 season chained 31 consecutive games without victory.
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