Newly-crowned FIFA international participant of the yr Robert Lewandowski scored a double, together with a dramatic injury-time winner, as Bayern Munich beat Bayer Leverkusen 2-1 on Saturday to usurp their warring parties on the most sensible of the Bundesliga.
Lewandowski, who beat Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi to the person award on Thursday, scored within the 93rd minute to place the reigning champions two issues transparent heading into the iciness spoil. “What a year we have had, I hope we will continue to play like this in the New Year,” Lewandowski advised Sky.
“It’s at all times great to attain a purpose in the previous few seconds, particularly to get a very powerful victory.
“This shows that we always want to win games like these.”
Lewandowski has 20 objectives in 18 video games this season in all competitions, having additionally headed Bayern stage simply ahead of the spoil after Patrik Schick gave Leverkusen an early lead.
Second-placed Leverkusen are stage on 28 issues with RB Leipzig, who take a seat 3rd after a goalless draw at house with Cologne.
Bayern are the primary Bundesliga staff to overcome Leverkusen this time period, having additionally ended Wolfsburg’s unbeaten league run this season in midweek.
For the 7th Bundesliga sport in a row, Bayern conceded the hole purpose when Leverkusen uncovered the European champions’ development of vulnerable protecting at set-pieces.
Schick smashed his shot previous Bayern goalkeeper Manuel Neuer, voted goalkeeper of the yr on Thursday, from a nook to provide the hosts a 14th-minute lead.
Schick had the ball within the Bayern internet once more on 28 mins, however the purpose was once dominated out for offside.
Bayern equalized with their first transparent likelihood within the forty third minute after Leverkusen defender Edmond Tapsoba misplaced ownership.
The ball was once labored to Thomas Mueller, whose pass flew over the defence to Lewandowksi who headed house unmarked on the a ways publish.
Bayern’s England Under-21 midfielder Jamal Musiala hit the publish halfway thru the second one half of ahead of Lewandowski struck.
A ball flicked on by way of Joshua Kimmich, making his first look after a knee harm, put Lewandowski in in the back of to fireside house.
Thuram despatched off for spitting
Borussia Moenchengladbach ahead Marcus Thuram apologised after being despatched off for spitting in an opponent’s face right through a 2-1 house defeat by way of Hoffenheim.
The France ahead was once proven a directly purple card with 11 mins left after VAR noticed Thuram spitting at Hoffenheim defender Stefan Posch.
The incident came about simply after Andrej Kramaric had equalised for the away facet at Borussia Park.
“Something took place today that is out of my character and must never happen again,” Thuram later wrote on Twitter.
“I apologise to everyone — my opponents, teammates and family. Of course, I accept all the consequences of my actions.”
Nine mins after Thuram’s dismissal, Tottenham loanee Ryan Sessegnon put Hoffenheim forward when he tapped in a pass unmarked on the a ways publish.
Gladbach, who face Manchester City within the remaining 16 of the Champions League in February, had long gone in entrance when captain Lars Stindl transformed a first-half penalty.
Having made his France debut in November, this was once the primary time Thuram — the son of 1998 World Cup winner Lilian Thuram — were despatched off for Gladbach in his two seasons in Germany.
Despite bringing in Dutch veteran Huub Stevens on Friday as their 3rd trainer this season, Schalke are actually 29 Bundesliga video games and not using a win after their 1-0 defeat at house by way of Arminia Bielefeld.
Elsewhere, Werder Bremen’s 19-year-old striker Eren Dinkci loved a fairytale Bundesliga debut, scoring their Ninetieth-minute winner with a excellent header to seal a 1-0 victory at Mainz.