Bundesliga prime scorer Robert Lewandowski bagged one other two targets as Bayern Munich routed Cologne 5-1 to finish its two-game winless streak and consolidate its league lead on Saturday.
Lewandowski took his season tally to twenty-eight as Bayern stayed two factors away from Leipzig, which beat Borussia Mönchengladbach 3-2 with an injury-time winner within the late recreation.
Bayern midfielder Leon Goretzka, making his first league begin since recovering from the coronavirus, lifted a cross for Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting to open the scoring within the 18th minute, then brilliantly arrange Lewandowski within the thirty fourth.
Goretzka acquired the ball from Lewandowski, turned and performed the ball by Cologne defender Rafael Czichos’ legs, and despatched it to the proper for Lewandowski to complete.
Defensive errors from David Alaba and Jérôme Boateng allowed Ellyes Skhiri to drag one again after the break as Cologne loved an encouraging part.
Bayern coach Hansi Glick despatched on Thomas Müller and Serge Gnabry within the sixty fourth. The former was making his comeback from the coronavirus and he wanted lower than a minute to arrange Lewandowski’s second objective.
Bayern goalkeeper Manuel Neuer virtually gifted Cologne a manner again when he misplaced the ball to Dominick Drexler, however the midfielder’s effort from a tough angle went again off the publish.
Gnabry sealed the end result within the 82nd and wrapped up the scoring within the 86th.
Alexander Sörloth scored in harm time to maintain Leipzig on Bayern’s heels. There have been complaints from Gladbach that the Norwegian ahead pushed Valentin Lazaro earlier than reaching Christopher Nkunku’s cross, however the objective was awarded after a VAR verify.
Dayot Upamecano, who’s becoming a member of Bayern subsequent season, had a recreation to recollect for Leipzig. The French defender conceded a penalty for a careless problem on Breel Embolo within the fifth minute, however helped arrange Yussuf Poulsen for 2-2 within the 66th.
Jonas Hofmann transformed the penalty and Marcus Thuram headed Gladbach into an early 2-0 lead.
But the guests provided little thereafter. Sörloth had a objective dominated out for handball earlier than he arrange Nkunku for Leipzig’s first within the 57th. Poulsen’s equalizer was deserved and Sörloth’s winner rewarded the house crew’s perseverance.
It was Leipzig’s fifth win in succession, whereas Gladbach slumped to its third defeat in three video games because it was introduced coach Marco Rose will take over Dortmund subsequent season.
Schalke sporting director Jochen Schneider needed to deny studies of mutiny inside the squad earlier than the struggling crew misplaced in Stuttgart 5-1. Kicker and different media shops reported a number of gamers requested for Christian Gross, already Schalke’s fourth coach of the season, to get replaced.
The crew’s efficiency appeared to substantiate the studies.
Japan midfielder Wataru Endo was left fully free to attain his first two targets within the league, earlier than extra lackluster defending allowed Saša Kalajdžic to attain within the thirty fourth.
Sead Kolašinac answered for Schalke within the fortieth, however substitute Nabil Bentaleb noticed his weak penalty saved and Endo arrange Philipp Klement for Stuttgart’s fourth within the 88th. Daniel Didavi accomplished the rout in harm time.
“A very bitter defeat,” stated Gross, whose crew stays final, 9 factors from security with 11 rounds remaining. “I’m not giving up.”
Borussia Dortmund beat Arminia Bielefeld 3-0, and Hertha Berlin’s winless streak stretched to 9 video games after dropping at Wolfsburg 2-0.
Dortmund lower the hole on fourth-placed Eintracht Frankfurt to 3 factors. The prime 4 qualify for the Champions League.
Bielefeld’s defeat was excellent news for Hertha, which misplaced regardless of a great efficiency in Wolfsburg. Only objective distinction is preserving Hertha above Bielefeld within the relegation zone.