Bay­ern Mu­nich win again, pro­moted Leipzig keep pace

Malta Independent - - SPORT -

Robert Le­wandowski and Ar­jen Robben led Bay­ern Mu­nich to an­other win while pro­moted Leipzig kept pace by ex­tend­ing its record Bun­desliga start yes­ter­day.

Le­wandowski net­ted two goals set up by Robben and re­turned the favour for the Dutch winger to also score as Bay­ern de­feated Augsburg 3-1 again, this time away. Bay­ern also de­feated its Bavar­ian ri­val by the same score in the Ger­man Cup in Mu­nich on Wed­nes­day.

Mean­while, Leipzig sub­sti­tute Mar­cel Sab­itzer scored twice for a 2-0 win at Darm­stadt, ex­tend­ing the record un­beaten start for a Bun­desliga new­comer to nine games. Leipzig con­sol­i­dated sec­ond place, two points be­hind Bay­ern on 23.


Bay­ern, which vis­its PSV Eind­hoven in the Cham­pi­ons League on Tuesday, looked to be head­ing for a rout as it com­pletely dom­i­nated the first half in Augsburg.

Le­wandowski needed two touches to break the dead­lock in the 19th minute, the first to take Robben's ball be­tween two de­fend­ers and the next to send it be­yond Augs­berg goal­keeper Mar­win Hitz to the right cor­ner for his sixth goal of the sea­son.

The Poland for­ward re­turned the favour al­most im­me­di­ately, pulling the ball back from Paul Ver­haegh's at­tempted clear­ance for Robben to score.

Javi Martinez went off with an ap­par­ent thigh in­jury be­fore half an hour was played, Mats Hum­mels com­ing on in the Spa­niard's place.

It was no sur­prise when Le­wandowski grabbed his sec­ond soon after the break, again with two touches and again set up by Robben. Le­wandowski eluded Hitz and a de­fender with his first touch be­fore slot­ting into the un­guarded net with his next.

Koo Ja-cheol took ad­van­tage of some way­ward Bay­ern de­fend­ing to equalise from close range with more than 20 min­utes re­main­ing but it was as good as it got for the home side.


Leipzig’s re­mark­able start con­tin­ues thanks to an­other gritty per­for­mance in Darm­stadt

Sab­itzer was set up by Timo Werner to break the dead­lock with a sim­ple fin­ish be­fore the hour­mark, while an­other sub­sti­tute, Scot­land winger Oliver Burke, set him up late to seal the re­sult for the vis­i­tors.


Wolfs­burg is now eight league games without a win after a late collapse against Lev­erkusen.

Max­i­m­il­ian Arnold broke the dead­lock for Wolfs­burg min­utes be­fore the break, sweep­ing the ball home from Daniel Caligiuri's cross.

But Lev­erkusen re­sponded with a late spell of un­re­lent­ing pres­sure. Ad­mir Mehmedi equalised with a well-worked team ef­fort with just over 10 min­utes re­main­ing and Tin Jed­vaj scored shortly later.

The win of­fers some respite for Lev­erkusen coach Roger Sch­midt, banned from the pitch for shout­ing an in­sult at Hof­fen­heim coun­ter­part Ju­lian Nagels­mann dur­ing their sides' game last week­end. It was Lev­erkusen's first win in five games across all com­pe­ti­tions.


Freiburg grabbed its first away win of the sea­son at Werder Bre­men, win­ning 3-1, while Mainz re­cov­ered from its re­cent slump with a 2-0 win at home over In­gol­stadt.

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