Lewandowski fires Bayern Munich 10 points clear in Bundesliga

AFP , Saturday 30 Jan 2021

The Poland striker scored his 24th goal of the season

Bayern Munich's Polish forward Robert Lewandowski (L) scores the 3-1 goal during the German first division Bundesliga football match FC Bayern Munich v TSG 1899 Hoffenheim in Munich, southern Germany on January 30, 2021. (Photo: AFP)

Bayern Munich moved 10 points clear at the top of the Bundesliga on Saturday with a 4-1 victory over Hoffenheim as Robert Lewandowski continued his incredible scoring run with his 24th league goal this season.

Lewandowski scored for the ninth straight Bundesliga game, while Jerome Boateng, Thomas Mueller and Serge Gnabry also hit the net at the Allianz Arena.

Bayern extended their lead over second-placed RB Leipzig, who host Bayer Leverkusen later on Saturday.

The European champions exacted perfect revenge for their only defeat of 2020 after losing by the same 4-1 scoreline at Hoffenheim last September.

Bayern were all business in Munich as Boateng headed the hosts into an early lead. Mueller then added a second having earlier struck the post.

It was 2-1 at the break as Hoffenheim striker Andrej Kramaric, who netted twice in the reverse meeting with Bayern, volleyed home a cross for his fifth goal in three games.

However, Bayern moved up a gear in the second half.

Lewandowski tapped home having typically been in the right place at the right time after a Kingsley Coman shot was parried.

It became a rout when Coman won the ball back and chipped over the defence for Gnabry to fire between the legs of Hoffenheim goalkeeper Oliver Baumann with an hour gone.

A fifth Bayern goal was disallowed following a VAR review with Leroy Sane offside in the build-up before Benjamin Pavard turned home.

Eintracht Frankfurt climbed to third as Portugal striker Andre Silva scored twice, taking his tally this season to 16 goals, in a 3-1 home win over Hertha Berlin.

After three matches without a win, Borussia Dortmund climbed to fifth with a 3-1 home victory over Augsburg as England winger Jadon Sancho notched his third goal of the new year.

Dreadful Dortmund defending saw Andre Hahn given too much time and space in the area to fire Augsburg into an early lead.

Erling Braut Haaland blasted a penalty attempt against the crossbar on 21 minutes, the third spot-kick missed by Dortmund this season.

However, Thomas Delaney calmed their nerves with a headed goal from a corner before Sancho put Dortmund ahead.

Augsburg defender Felix Uduokhai then scored an own goal as Dortmund bounced back from consecutive defeats.

Borussia Moenchengladbach became the latest big name to struggle at Union Berlin after being held to a 1-1 draw.

Leverkusen and Dortmund have already lost in eastern Berlin this season and Gladbach needed an Alassane Plea equaliser to get the point which leaves them seventh.

Schalke remained rooted to the bottom, now nine points from escaping the relegation places, after a 1-1 draw at Werder Bremen.

(For more sports news and updates, follow Ahram Online Sports on Twitter at @AO_Sports and on Facebook at AhramOnlineSports.)
Short link: