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Bayern Munich 4-0 Wolfsburg: Robert Lewandowski breaks Gerd Muller Bundesliga goals record for calendar year

Robert Lewandowski
Lewandowski has scored 69 goals in 59 games for Bayern Munich and Poland this year

Robert Lewandowski scored his 43rd Bayern Munich goal of 2021 to break Gerd Muller’s record for the most Bundesliga goals in a calendar year.

The Poland striker, 33, volleyed home three minutes from time as Bayern thrashed Wolfsburg 4-0 at Allianz Arena.

Muller’s achievement of 42 Bundesliga goals in a year had stood since 1972.

The win moves Bayern nine points clear of Borussia Dortmund at the top of the table.

Lewandowski had already broken one of former Bayern Munich striker Muller’s 49-year-old league records in May after he scored in the last minute of the season to claim his 41st goal of the 2020-21 campaign.

Midfielder Thomas Muller, who was celebrating his 400th German top-flight appearance, opened the scoring on seven minutes before setting up Dayot Upamecano with a header in the second half to double Bayern’s lead.

Leroy Sane added to the scoreline two minutes later with a curled shot into the top corner to put the game beyond 12th-placed Wolfsburg.

On 87 minutes Lewandowski, who missed out on the Ballon d’Or to Paris St-Germain forward Lionel Messi in November, wrote his name in the history books yet again by firing in from close range past goalkeeper Koen Casteels.

Line-ups

Bayern Munich

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Neuer
  • 5PavardSubstituted forTillmanat 85′minutes
  • 2Upamecano
  • 21HernándezSubstituted forNianzouat 80′minutes
  • 19DaviesSubstituted forRichardsat 80′minutes
  • 22RocaSubstituted forSabitzerat 75′minutes
  • 42Musiala
  • 7GnabrySubstituted forSarrat 80′minutes
  • 25Müller
  • 10Sané
  • 9Lewandowski

Substitutes

  • 3Richards
  • 17Cuisance
  • 18Sabitzer
  • 20Sarr
  • 23Nianzou
  • 26Ulreich
  • 36Früchtl
  • 40Tillman

Wolfsburg

Formation 3-4-2-1

  • 1Casteels
  • 4Lacroix
  • 3Bornauw
  • 25Brooks
  • 20Baku
  • 8VranckxSubstituted forMbabuat 87′minutes
  • 27Arnold
  • 31Gerhardt
  • 7WaldschmidtSubstituted forGuilavoguiat 72′minutes
  • 11SteffenSubstituted forNmechaat 58′minutes
  • 9Weghorst

Substitutes

  • 5van de Ven
  • 12Pervan
  • 19Mbabu
  • 21Bialek
  • 22Nmecha
  • 23Guilavogui
  • 33Ginczek

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