Bayern Munich 5-1 Cologne
Bundesliga Matchday 23
Thomas Muller returned to action having missed the last four games after submitting a positive covid test and with only his second touch set up Lewandowski to score.
Serge Gnabry also made a winning return from injury scoring his first goals for the club since January.
Former Stoke City player Eric Choupo-Moting opened Bayern’s account on 18’.
It was the Cameroonian’s first goal for Bayern since moving to Munich in October last year.
Lewandowski put Bayern two-up on 34’ after a brilliant one-two with Leon Goretzka.
Goretzka was pivotal – another player Bayern have sorely missed due to covid – providing three assists in the match.
Muller and Gnabry were subbed on with half an hour to play and with his second touch Bayern’s no.25 threaded the ball through to Lewandowski for the Pole to score his second of the game and 28th goal in the league.
Lewan now needs thirteen goals from the remaining eleven games to beat Gerd Muller’s record of scoring 40 league goals in a single season.
Gnabry made it 4-1 and then 5-1 turning in crosses by Lucas Hernandez and Goretzka – the German forward’s first goals since January.
Jamal Musiala kept his place in the team after his record breaking strike in the 4-1 win over Lazio midweek.
Musiala became Bayern’s youngest ever scorer in the Champions League at 17 and 363 days with his 20 yard strike that put Bayern 2-0 up in the Eternal City.
The game didn’t go all Bayern’s way.
Cologne – in a relegation fight having not scored in eight of their last eleven matches – found the net through an excellent dinked finish by Turkish midfielder Ellyes Skhiri.
Bayern have conceded the second highest amount of goals in the top half of the league (32) – their worst defensive record at this juncture for 29 years.
The Billy Goats also hit the post on 74’.
The win was Bayern’s first since returning from the Club World Championships.
The 8IAR champions have been off colour in the league of late having dropped five of the last six points with a draw against Aminia and a loss to Frankfurt.
The win builds on Bayern’s lead in Bundesliga.
The Reds are now five points ahead of RB Leipzig who kick off against Monchengladbach at 17:30GMT.
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Borussia Dortmund 3-0 Arminia Bielefeld
Dortmund beat Arminia Bielefeld three-nil with goals from Mahmoud Dahoud, Jadon Sancho and Real Madrid loanee Renier’s first ever goal for the club.
The match against Bielefeld was a great opportunity for BVB to make up some ground on teams in the Champions League spots after Frankfurt lost their first game in twelve in a 2-1 defeat to Bremen last night.
Leverkusen don’t play until Sunday so Dortmund leapfrog the Werkself into fifth and go three points behind Frankfurt in fourth.
Sancho kept up good form being directly involved in twelve goals since the turn of the year. Today Sancho set-up Dahoud and scored from the penalty spot.
Dortmund play Gladbach in the German Cup quarter-finals on Tuesday – the first time the BlackYellows play the Foals since manager Marco Rose announced he was leaving for Signal Aduna Park at the end of the season. Then it’s the Klassiker next Saturday!