Robert Lewandowski said his case for the Ballon d’Or by scoring his tenth Bundesliga aim in 9 video games this season for leaders Bayern Munich in a 4-0 romp at residence to Hoffenheim on Saturday. Having claimed a document 41 Bundesliga objectives final season, Lewandowski has picked up the place he left off. The Poland striker is among the many favourites to win the Ballon d’Or on November 29 having been named FIFA’s finest male participant of 2020. Lewandowski confirmed his class with a shocking strike after Serge Gnabry gave the hosts a first-half lead in entrance of 60,000 followers on the Allianz Arena, the most important residence crowd because the pandemic hit Germany in March 2020.
Replacements Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting and Kingsley Coman grabbed late objectives to seal the win which retains Bayern some extent clear on the high of the desk forward of Borussia Dortmund, who gained 3-1 at Arminia Bielefeld.
Bayern dominated despite the fact that head coach Julian Nagelsmann is quarantining at residence after testing optimistic for Covid-19.
“It was a deserved victory. The workforce performed very sturdy soccer for half-hour,” mentioned Nagelsmann’s assistant coach Dino Toppmoeller.
“After going 2-0 up, there was an absence of sharpness in defence. In the tip, we stepped up a gear.”
“We’ll all be glad if Julian comes again as quickly as attainable.”
Gnabry’s opening aim got here after he had already had one disallowed. Lewandowski had additionally chipped Hoffenheim goalkeeper Oliver Baumann solely to observe the ball fly agonisingly extensive of the publish.
Bayern lastly made their domination depend on 16 minutes when Jamal Musiala performed the ball in to Gnabry, who fired between Baumann’s legs for his sixth league aim this season.
Lewandowski made it 2-0 with an outstanding end from the sting of the realm.
The floodgates opened with eight minutes left as Choupo-Moting after which Coman fired residence to finish the rout.
DORTMUND RESPOND TO AJAX ROUT
Borussia Dortmund bounced again from their midweek Champions League drubbing at Ajax towards Arminia Bielefeld.
Emre Can and Mats Hummels claimed first-half objectives earlier than England midfielder Jude Bellingham dribbled previous defenders, then chipped the ball in from a decent angle.
“We needed to present a solution right here to the sport on Tuesday, which was sadly, a step backwards,” admitted Hummels.
With common penalty-taker Erling Braut Haaland sidelined with a hip damage, Can stepped as much as convert an early spot-kick.
Hummels produced a spectacular volley from the sting of the realm to make it 2-0 at half-time earlier than Bellingham grabbed the third 18 minutes from time. Striker Fabian Klos transformed a late Bielefeld penalty.
Freiburg stay the one unbeaten workforce in Germany’s high flight and rose to 3rd with a 2-0 win at Wolfsburg, due to objectives by Philipp Lienhart and Lucas Hoeler.
Wolfsburg gained their first 4 league video games underneath Mark van Bommel to steer the desk in mid-September, however 4 straight defeats depart them eighth.
Second-half objectives by Emil Forsberg, Yussuf Poulsen, Dominik Szoboszlai, who arrange the fourth for 18-year-old Hugo Novoa Ramos on his league debut, noticed RB Leipzig combat again to assert a 4-1 residence win over backside aspect Greuther Fuerth.
The win eases stress on American head coach Jesse Marsch after Leipzig misplaced their first three Champions League video games, together with Tuesday’s 3-2 defeat at Paris Saint-Germain.
Later Hertha Berlin constructed on final weekend’s win at Eintracht Frankfurt with a 1-0 victory at residence to Borussia Moenchengladbach due to Marco Richter’s first-half winner.