Lewandowski breaks Mueller’s 49-year scoring record

Lewandowski breaks Mueller’s 49-year scoring record

Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski said it felt
like being in a “science fiction film” after scoring his 41st
Bundesliga goal of the season on Saturday to break Gerd
Mueller’s 49-year-old German league record for a single
campaign.
Lewandowski hit the net in the 90th minute of Bayern’s 5-2
home win over Augsburg having equalled Mueller’s record of
40, which was set in 1971/72, last weekend.
Lewandowski broke Mueller’s mark with a classic poacher’s
effort, rounding the Augsburg goalkeeper to fire home having
snapped up the rebound after Leroy Sane’s shot was parried
just before the whistle.
“You wait for 90 minutes and then it comes in the last few
seconds,” Lewandowski told after the final round of games.
“It was like being in a science fiction film. I’ve lost my voice.
“I saw Leroy shoot for goal, I had to keep believing and luckily it
came off.”
Lewandowski claimed the record having had his six previous
shots all saved as Bayern lifted the Bundesliga trophy after the
final whistle for the ninth straight season
They finished the season 13 points clear in the table.
“I was a little bit disappointed to have not scored sooner, but
sometimes such records have to be fought for,” added
Lewandowski.
“I was patient and believed until the end. I thank my team,
who share the record with me.
“This is something very special, a historic moment in my
career.”
It was the last game for Bayern head coach Hansi Flick, who
will be replaced by Leipzig boss Julian Nagelsmann next
season having won seven titles over the last 18 months.
“I will miss the team,” said Flick, who is tipped to replace
Joachim Loew as coach of Germany after the Euro 2020 finals.
“For me it was an honour to have been part of this club.
“I am totally happy and proud of what we have achieved. It’s
the absolute benchmark for the future,” added Flick, who won
seven titles in 18 months.
Jerome Boateng and Javi Martinez, both 32, as well as David
Alaba, who will reportedly join Real Madrid next season, all
played their final games for Bayern with their contracts
expiring.
Alaba and Bayern forward Thomas Mueller share the record of
ten Bundesliga titles.
Borussia Dortmund caretaker coach Edin Terzic signed off in
style with a seventh straight win as Erling Braut Haaland
scored twice in a 3-1 win over Bayer Leverkusen.
Terzic, 38, is set to be assistant coach to Moenchengladbach
boss Marco Rose, who takes charge of Dortmund next season.
Players from both clubs made their last appearance before
retiring.
Dortmund right-back Lukasz Piszczek, 35, bowed out while
Leverkusen defender Lars Bender, 32, netted a late penalty
before being substituted by twin brother Sven, before the
siblings both hang up their boots.

“We had a lot of emotional moments, especially at the end
with Lukasz, Lars and Sven all ending their careers,” said
Dortmund goal-scorer Marco Reus.
Union Berlin qualified for the play-offs of the new Europa
Conference League, finishing seventh in the table with a
shock 2-1 win over second-placed RB Leipzig.
At the bottom of the table, Werder Bremen were relegated
after 40 years in Germany’s top flight.
Cologne’s 1-0 home win over bottom side Schalke meant
automatic relegation for Bremen, who were thumped 4-2 at
home to Moenchengladbach.
This is Bremen’s first relegation since 1979/80 before coming
back up the following season.
“It’s a sad day for the whole city, the club and the fans,” said
Bremen captain Niklas Moisander.
“I am so sorry we have been relegated, it’s hard to find the
right words.”
Cologne’s victory means they finish 16th to go into a two-
legged play-off next week against the club which finishes
third in the second division, which will be decided Sunday.

 

Source: Football – Fairplay News

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