Lewandowski, Mueller Score a Brace Each as Bayern Munich Crush Arminia

Paola Ditto
Ottobre 18, 2020

Bayern Munich's Robert Lewandowski and Thomas Mueller scored two goals each as the German champion crushed host Arminia Bielefeld 4-1 in the Bundesliga on Saturday to move within a point of top spot.

The Bavarians pressed relentlessly and doubled their lead with 25 minutes gone when Leon Goretzka's build-up work allowed Lewandowski to slot home from the edge of the box.

"The first 45 minutes were insane, we played really well. After a long break the first game back is always important".

Japan winger Ritsu Doan then pulled one back for Bielefeld on the break, the PSV Eindhoven loanee netting his first Bundesliga goal since moving to Germany in the summer.

The reigning champions, who suffered a heavy defeat by Hoffenheim in their last league game, climbed to second in the table and next face Atletico Madrid in their opening Champions League group game on Wednesday.

It was down to second-half substitutes Erling Haaland and Marco Reus to produce the creativity the game had been lacking. "We didn't have many good chances in the first half and we knew we needed to create more in the second half", the goalscorer told Sky.

Haaland was initially rested after he played three times for Norway in the previous two weeks, prompting criticism of the busy worldwide schedule. "We knew before the game too that we could lose by a lot of goals. The schedule is a bit more hectic this year, so we have to look after ourselves", said Reus, after slotting Haaland's square pass into the open net to score his first goal since February.

Lewandowski scored four times in Bayern's 4-3 win over Hertha Berlin in their last match before the global break and struck twice for Poland in a victory over Bosnia-Herzegovina in midweek.

The win meant Bayern moved to nine points, level with third-placed Borussia Dortmund and one behind leaders RB Leipzig, who won 2-0 at Augsburg.

In Saturday's late game, Wolfsburg chalked up a fourth successive draw away to Borussia Moenchengladbach, as Wout Weghorst struck late to cancel out Jonas Hofmann's second-half penalty.

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