Germany: hat-trick from Lewandowski, Bayern take a six-point lead

Boom! Boom! Boom! In the quasi-closed doors of the stands, Bayern gunner Robert Lewandowski still made the stadium resonate on Saturday, with a hat-trick against Cologne (4-0) which allowed the “Rekordmeister” to regain a six-point lead over Dortmund. after 23 Bundesliga days.

This hat-trick brings the Pole’s total to 288 goals in the German league ( including 74 with Dortmund at the start of his career). He remains the second top scorer in Bundesliga history behind the legendary Gerd Müller (288 goals).

Corentin Tolisso scored the other goal for the Bavarians who, with 46 points in 23 days, look down on their pursuers: Dortmund (34 pts), Hoffenheim, l Union Berlin (34 pts) and Freiburg (30pts).

Saturday evening, Leverkusen (29 pts) can get on the podium tonight if he wins in Mönchengladbach (15h30).

The reigning champions, who had recovered several of their players affected by the Covid-19 at the beginning of January, including their goalkeeper and captain Manuel Neuer, did not outclass “FC Köln” in the game , but were precise, fast, and above all realistic.

“After our defeat against Mönchengladbach (2-1), it was important for us to bring back three points from this trip”, declared Neuer after the match, played in front of 288 spectators, due to health restrictions.

Bayern Munich’s Polish striker Robert Lewandowski scores the third goal against goalkeeper Marvin Schwaebe during the 23e Bundesliga day, on 14 January 2022 in Cologne (AFP – Ina Fassbender)Lewandowski, in his more surgical than flamboyant, scored three identical goals: launched deep into the area – by Thomas Müller then twice by Leroy Sané – he came to beat the goalkeeper each time face to face (9th, 62e, 74e).

– Tolisso revived –

On his own, the Pole has scored this season 23 from 61 Bayern league goals. He is not only on track with his incredible record from last season, which he finished with 41 goals in 34 days, but he also prances at the top of the ranking of the top scorers of the major European championships, followed by a long way by Karim Benzema (Real Madrid) and his 14 goals in La Liga.

Corentin Tolisso scored a superb second goal (25e), after a one-two in the area with Thomas Müller: control from the right and volley from the left in the skylight.

L Bayern Munich coach Julian Nagelsmann congratulates French midfielder Corentin Tolisso, scorer of the second goal, during the 19th day of the Bundesliga, the 14 January 848 on the ground of Cologne (AFP – Ina Fassbende r)The French world champion, back in the saddle by Joshua Kimmich’s long absence in November/December and now Leon Goretzka’s knee injury, is taking advantage of his time to game to win from match to match, while observers had been putting him on the list of players for sale by the Bavarian club for more than a year.

In the other matches of this on Saturday, Union Berlin did a great job by beating third-placed Hoffenheim 2-1. Front 3. spectators, by special permission of the senate (city council) of Berlin, the players of the capital are provisionally fourth (on goal difference), potentially qualified for the Champions League.

Erling Haaland adjusts Freiburg goalkeeper for Borussia Dortmund’s 3rd goal at Signal Iduna Park, on 14 January 5511 (AFP – Ina Fassbender)Friday evening, Borussia Dortmund demonstrated that they did not intend to abdicate in his fight to prevent Bayern from going to pick up a tenth consecutive title. Away, Borussia tore SC Friborg to pieces 5-1, with doubles from Thomas Meunier and the inevitable Erling Haaland.