No fool­ing around

Hoe­ness dis­misses Le­wandowski ru­mours as Bay­ern get back on track

Sport360 - - Football Bundesliga - By Ry­land James @ry­land­james ed­i­to­rial@sport360.com

Robert Le­wandowski net­ted twice on his 100th Bun­desliga ap­pear­ance for Bay­ern Mu­nich who brushed off their in­ter­nal strife with a 4-0 ham­mer­ing of Mainz yes­ter­day.

Le­wandowski has now net­ted 82 goals for Mu­nich amid re­ports he wants to join Real Madrid next sea­son, but Bay­ern chair­man Uli Hoe­ness laughed off the claims.

“It’s not April 1,” the Bay­ern boss told broad­caster Sport1.

The rout left Bay­ern sec­ond in Ger­many’s top flight, a point be­hind Hanover, who claimed the lead af­ter four games with a 2-0 win over Ham­burg on Fri­day.

This was a much-im­proved per­for­mance from Bay­ern com­pared to last Satur­day’s 2-0 de­feat at Hof­fen­heim and Tues­day’s lack­lus­tre 3-0 win at home to 10-man An­der­lecht in the Cham­pi­ons League.

“I’m happy. We had good com­bi­na­tions and cre­ated good chances. We did well,” said Bay­ern coach Carlo Ancelotti.

Ar­jen Robben had slammed Bay­ern’s per­for­mance against the Bel­gians, while Le­wandowski had added to the un­rest by crit­i­cis­ing the club’s spend­ing pol­icy.

That came af­ter Thomas Muller had com­plained about be­ing benched for the 2-0 win at Werder Bre­men.

How­ever, all three scored against Mainz at Mu­nich’s Al­lianz Arena.

Muller opened the scor­ing af­ter just 11 min­utes when he drilled home Robben’s pass. The fly­ing Dutch winger added a secHoops’ ond on 23 min­utes when he took on Joshua Kim­mich’s pass.

Le­wandowski then dou­bled the dam­age with two su­perb goals.

Kim­mich re­leased Muller on the right wing, who put in a su­perb cross for the Poland striker to con­vert on 50 min­utes, and he grabbed Bay­ern’s fourth when he headed past Rene Adler.

Franck Ribery started on Bay­ern’s bench hav­ing thrown his shirt away in dis­gust af­ter be­ing sub­sti­tuted late against An­der­lecht.

Liver­pool-bound Naby Keita, mean­while, was sent off as fifthElse­where, placed RB Leipzig twice threw away the lead in their 2-2 draw with Borus­sia Moenchenglad­bach.

Ger­many striker Timo Werner scored his fifth goal for Leipzig this sea­son be­fore Thor­gan Haz­ard net­ted a penalty for Glad­bach.

Jean-Kevin Au­gustin re­stored Leipzig’s lead when his quick turn put him clear of the de­fence to fire home, but Lars Stindl equalised.

Keita was sent off on 84 min­utes for kick­ing Christoph Kramer in the face, which left the Ger­many mid­fielder with a cut on his face.

Ger­many mid­fielder Leon Goret­zka scored the sec­ond-half win­ner as Schalke went third with a 2-1 win at Werder Bre­men, while Brazil mid­fielder Caiuby’s su­perb long-range strike in Augs­burg’s 2-1 win at Ein­tra­cht Frank­furt moved his team up to fifth.

A hun­dred rea­sons to smile: Robert Le­wandowski (r) scored twice on his 100th league ap­pear­ance for Bay­ern.

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