Bundesliga: Robert Lewandowski Strikes Again As Bayern Munich Sweep Aside Leipzig

Robert Lewandowski scored his sixth goal in just four Bundesliga games as Bayern Munich beat RB Leipzig 4-1 on Saturday to move to second place on the table behind early leaders Wolfsburg. Lewandowski scored a penalty in the first half before 18-year-old Jamal Musiala and Leroy Sane scored early just after the break in front of 34,000 fans at Leipzig’s Red Bull Arena. Erik Maxim Chopo-Moting in place of Lewandowski gave the hosts a surprise goal when midfielder Konrad Laimer hit the top corner before Bayern moved to fourth.

Bayern head coach Julian Nagelsmann, who left Leipzig after two years to take charge at Munich this season, said the result cheered his side, who will face Barcelona in the Champions League on Tuesday.

“I’ve always felt good here, even today,” Nagelsmann told Sky with a smile.

“Basically it was good, but we can definitely play better.”

Leipzig’s American coach Jesse Marsh said he should make a quick comeback ahead of their away Champions League match at Manchester City.

“Group gave their all, it is always tough to play against Bayern. We have to learn and quickly come up with Man City on Wednesday,” Marsh said.

Leipzig have lost three of their first four league matches.

“We didn’t get the start we wanted, we have to keep calm and stick together,” Marsh said.

“The daily work with the group is really strong, but we need the results to validate it and we have to fight.”

The Bavarians were ahead after just 12 minutes when Lewandowski slammed home a penalty after hitting Leipzig midfielder Kevin Kampel’s upper arm with the ball.

Bayern were dealt a blow straight after half-time when Musiala broke Alfonso Davies’ pass for Serge Gnabry, and swung his shot inside the away post on 47 minutes.

Andre Silva had disallowed a goal, just before Musiala had hit a cross, which was swung home by Germany’s teammate Sane on 54 minutes.

Leimer’s thunderbolt long-range shot gave Leipzig some hope to grab Bayern’s fourth goal just before the final whistle for Chupo-Motting on just 58 minutes.

Marcel Sabitzer, who started the season as Leipzig captain before transfer to Munich last week, was almost deaf when he arrived for Bayern debut and went to the bar late.

Seven-goal thriller at Leverkusen

Lewandowski is the league’s top scorer on six goals, one more than Erling Braut Haaland, who previously scored a brace to seal a thrilling 4-3 win for Borussia Dortmund at Bayer Leverkusen.

Dortmund came from behind three times and took a lead only 13 minutes from the final whistle, when Haaland converted a penalty that leaves his club third on the table on goal difference.

“You can’t defend against everything and Dortmund have a world-class striker,” admitted Leverkusen coach Gerardo Cione.

Haaland’s brace at Leverkusen means the Norway striker has now scored eight goals in his last five appearances for club and country.

Haaland has scored 13 goals this season – five for Norway and eight for Dortmund.

Teenage Germany international Florian Wirtz put Leverkusen forward, then teammate Patrick Schick set up for his side’s second-place finish 2–1 at the break after Haaland led Dortmund level first.

Haaland then beat Julian Brandt at the start of the second half with 35 minutes to spare for Leverkusen’s French winger Moussa Diaby to beat the hosts 3-2.

Dortmund leveled for the third time through Rafael Guerreiro, before Haaland calmed the winning penalty in the bottom corner 13 minutes from time after Leverkusen defender Odilon Kosounou fouled Marco Reus.

The win was a welcome 45th birthday celebration for Dortmund head coach Marco Rose ahead of his opening Champions League group game at Besiktas on Wednesday.

Wolfsburg finished on top with a 2–0 win over newly-appointed Grüther Fuerth.

Wout Weghort and Lukas Nmecha scored to leave them as the only team in Germany’s top flight with a 100 percent record – the first time Wolfsburg have started a Bundesliga season with four straight victories.

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