Robert Lewandowski became Bayern Munich’s record foreign goalscorer as the league leaders came from behind to beat a dogged Werder Bremen 4-2 at the Allianz Arena.
Bayern Munich 4-2 Werder Bremen
Goals: 0-1 Gondorf (25'), 1-1 Müller (41'), 2-1 Lewandowski (63'), 2-2 Süle (og, 74'), 3-2 Lewandowski (76'), 4-2 Müller (84')
The league leaders, aiming for an unprecedented 15th consecutive top-flight victory over the Green-Whites, were fortunate not to fall behind on seven minutes when Max Kruse directed a firm header against the outside of Sven Ulreich’s left-hand post. Werder continued to take the game to Bayern, though, and took a deserved lead thanks to Jerome Gondorf’s composed finish, only for Thomas Müller to slot home the equaliser four minutes before the break.
The introductions of Kingsley Coman and Arturo Vidal just before the hour mark injected some much-needed urgency to Bayern’s attack, the latter stinging the palms of Jiri Pavlenka with a fierce drive not long after entering the fray. The home side were in front moments later, Lewandowski planting a bullet header into the net from James Rodriguez’s pin-point cross. A Niklas Süle own goal restored parity once more, but late strikes from Lewandowski and Müller - the Germany international’s 100th in the Bundesliga - sealed the victory for Jupp Heynckes’ side.
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Man of the match
Write off Lewandowski at your peril! The Pole was far from his best in Munich, but he left Pavlenka grasping at thin air with two superb headers to lift his league tally for the season to 17 goals.
- Lewandowski overtook Arjen Robben as Bayern's record foreign goalscorer, netting his 93rd and 94th league goals for the club.Müller's second goal was his 100th in the Bundesliga.Javi Martinez made his 100th Bundesliga appearance for the Bavarians.Gondorf’s goal was his first for the Green-Whites since joining the club from Darmstadt in May 2017.Bayern fell behind in a home match for the first time this season.The record champions have never lost when Müller has scored in the Bundesliga (74W, 4D).Bayern have now won their last 15 league matches against Bremen - a Bundesliga record.Twenty-year-old midfielder There Jacobsen was named on the Werder bench for the very first time.
Bayern: Ulreich - Kimmich, Boateng, Süle, Bernat - Martinez (Vidal 58') - Robben (Coman 58'), James, Müller (c), Ribery - Lewandowski (Wagner 77')
Unused subs: Starke, Rafinha, Rudy, Tolisso
Absentees: Neuer (foot), Früchtl (foot), Thiago (muscle tear), Hummels (cold), Alaba (ill)
Coach: Jupp Heynckes
Werder Bremen: Pavlenka - R. Bauer (Gebre Selassie 46'), Veljkovic, Moisander, Augustinsson - Bargfrede (Belfodil 80') - M. Eggestein, Delaney, Gondorf (Kainz 72') - Junuzovic (c) - Kruse
Unused subs: Drobny, Jóhannsson, Sané, Jacobsen
Absentees: Zetterer (hand), Bartels (Achilles)
Coach: Florian Kohfeldt
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