Bayern Munich eased past hosts Greuther Furth 3-1 on Friday, despite playing almost the entire second half with 10 men, to open up a three point lead at the top of the Bundesliga.
But Bayern top scorer Robert Lewandowski saw his scoring streak come to an end as he failed to equal Gerd Mueller’s all-time record of scoring in 16 consecutive league games.
It was always going to be a one-sided encounter against the promoted club, bottom in the Bundesliga and without a win this season, and Bayern took a quick lead after 10 minutes with Thomas Muller slotting in from an Alphonso Davies cutback.
Joshua Kimmich was devastatingly accurate with a low drive on the half hour to score his third league goal, after netting twice last week, and Lewandowski hit the woodwork just before the break.
A reckless challenge by Benjamin Pavard three minutes after the restart left the champions with 10 men but it hardly changed the dynamic of the game.
A 68th minute own goal by Sebastian Griesbeck, under pressure from Lewandowski, killed off any slim hopes of a comeback that Furth may have been harbouring.
The home fans did get a moment to savour when Cedric Itten headed in a cross in the 87th minute to cut the deficit.
Bayern, who take on Dynamo Kyiv in the Champions League next week, move up to 16 points from six matches, with VfL Wolfsburg, on 13 in second place, travelling to Hoffenheim on Saturday.
Third-placed Borussia Dortmund, on 12, take on Borussia Monchengladbach.
Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski was presented with the 2021 European Golden Shoe on Tuesday, marking his achievement as the continent’s top goalscorer for the 2020/21 season.
With 41 goals in 29 Bundesliga appearances, Lewandowski comfortably outscored second-placed Lionel Messi (30) and Cristiano Ronaldo (29).
The reigning UEFA and FIFA Best Player averaged 1.50 goals per 90 minutes as Bayern picked up their ninth successive Bundesliga title.
Lewandowski failed to find the back of the net in just four of those 29 games.
“I have to honestly say that I am immensely proud,” the Poland striker said. “I’m very satisfied.
“In the season when I scored that historic number of goals – 41 goals – there was a moment when for the first time I didn’t think I could do it – because of the time when I was injured.
“But then I just thought about it for a moment, that I am so near to that record! However many matches I have I got when I get back, I have to be positively and believe that I can score 41 goals, and in that way match Gerd Mueller, who is someone I admire very much. That is a great history.”
Bayern Munich president Herbert Hainer said: “This is a great accolade for Robert Lewandowski. Not just for his many, many goals but for the exemplary professionalism with which he gives everything for success every day.
“He’s deserved to become the second FC Bayern player after the unforgettable Gerd Muller to be honoured with the Golden Shoe.”
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp, who managed Lewandowski while at Borussia Dortmund, said: “I’m delighted [for your achievement]. And I hope your score lots more goals. That’s okay, as long as I’m not in charge of the team you score against.
“And I’ve said it before – and I’ll say it again – I’m a bit proud of you.”
Przemyslaw Frankowski earned Lens their first victory over Lille for 15 years in a derby marred by crowd trouble, while Bayern Munich and Inter both racked up big wins.
Frankowski’s strike ended a 12-game winless streak for Lens against the French champions, who had beaten them 4-0 and 3-0 last season.
The result put the “Sang et Or” (Blood and Gold) on 12 points from six games, three behind Paris Saint-Germain, who will play their match in hand at home against Olympique Lyonnais on Sunday. Lille, who have only one win this season, are 13th on five points.
The second half started late following a 30-minute suspension after some Lens supporters ran onto the pitch towards Lille’s corner, where a brawl erupted. Riot police and stewards intervened before the game resumed under police supervision.
Lens, who rejoined Ligue 1 last season after five years in Ligue 2, had dominated the first half with Gael Kakuta and Florian Sotoca testing Ivo Grbic twice in a tense contest in which Lille threatened on the break.
Lens keeper Jean-Louis Leca then pulled off three saves in quick succession to deny Jonathan Ikone, Yilmaz and Jonathan David in the 67th minute.
In the 74th minute, Kakuta found Frankowski with a slick pass, and the Poland winger beat Grbic in clinical fashion with an angled shot.
The hosts thought they had a second five minutes later, but Wesley Said’s strike was cancelled following a VAR review in which Kakuta was judged to be offside.
Nevertheless, Lens held firm until the final whistle, which prompted wild celebrations in the stands.
Bundesliga: Bayern in seventh heaven against Bochum
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Highlights of the Bundesliga match between Bayern Munich and VfL Bochum.
There were 13 goals across six Saturday afternoon games in the Bundesliga – and Bayern Munich scored seven of them, in routing promoted Bochum.
Robert Lewandowski stretched his scoring run to 19 consecutive games across all competitions, with his second-half goal also ensuring he became the first Bundesliga player to score in 13 consecutive home games in the 7-0 win.
The visitors made a solid start until Leroy Sane opened the scoring with a brilliant free-kick in the 17th minute.
Sane set up Joshua Kimmich 10 minutes later to double the lead, and Serge Gnabry picked out the far corner for Bayern’s third soon after.
An own goal from Vasilios Lampropoulos completed a first half to forget, but Lewandowski has his own history to write. The Poland striker made it 5-0 on the hour mark to extend his club-record scoring run. He has scored in every game since February 15.
Kimmich got his second goal four minutes later and substitute Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting made it 7-0 in the 79th.
It could have been worse for Bochum. Thomas Muller thought he made it 8-0 but his goal was ruled out through VAR for offside.
Elsewhere, Florian Niederlechner’s late goal gave Augsburg a 1-0 victory over Borussia Monchengladbach – the home team’s first league win of the season.
RB Leipzig’s poor start to the season continued with a 1-1 draw against Cologne to extend their winless league run to three matches, a late Maximilian Bauer goal gave Hertha Berlin a 2-1 win over bottom side Furth, while both Arminia vs Hoffenheim and Mainz vs Freiburg ended goalless.
Serie A: Inter thrash Bologna to return to top
Champions Inter thrashed Bologna 6-1 at the San Siro to return to the top of Serie A in style.
Lautaro Martinez wasted no time in edging Inter in front, latching onto a pinpoint Denzel Dumfries cross to score for the third successive league match in the sixth minute.
The home side remained well on top and were soon in total control, with a Milan Skriniar header and Nicolo Barella’s first of the season putting Inter three up before halftime.
The goalscoring was not over as Inter refused to let up. Matias Vecino tapped home at the far post to make it 4-0 in the 54th minute, before a brilliant dummy from Martinez set up strike partner Edin Dzeko for a fifth goal nine minutes later.
Substitute Alexis Sanchez then created the opening for Dzeko to add a sixth with 22 minutes still left to play, but Simone Inzaghi’s side relented after that, with Arthur Theate adding a late consolation for the visitors.
Elsewhere, Fiorentina racked up a third league win in a row with a 2-1 victory at Genoa. Second-half goals from Riccardo Saponara and Giacomo Bonaventura put the visitors ahead before Domenico Criscito’s consolation from the penalty spot in added time.
Atalanta denied Salernitana their first Serie A point of the season, as Duvan Zapata’s strike ensured the visitors collected their 13th victory from their last 16 encounters against newly-promoted sides.
La Liga: Atletico draw another blank
Ten-man Atletico Madrid were held to a second straight goalless draw at home with a talented frontline again stymied by Athletic Bilbao.
Atletico were also held to 0-0 by Porto at home in their Champions League opener on Wednesday, and have not scored more than two goals in any of their six games across all competitions this season.
Midfielder Marcos Llorente went closest when his 75th-minute shot from outside the area hit the post.
Three minutes later, Atletico were left a man down when Joao Felix was given a second yellow card. The referee first booked him for swatting away a defender who was clinging to his jersey from behind. Felix, who was not looking at the player when his hand hit his face, got a quick second booking when he vehemently protested.
Bilbao almost took advantage of the numerical superiority, but substitute Asier Villalibre wasted a fine opportunity to grab an injury-time winner when he fired over with only goalkeeper Jan Olbak to beat from close range.
Former Atletico star Radamel Falcao enjoyed a perfect debut for Rayo Vallecano, scoring 10 minutes after coming on as a late substitute to round off a 3-0 win over Getafe in a derby between the Spanish capital’s two more modest clubs.
The veteran striker went on as a 71st-minute substitute with Rayo 1-0 ahead. Midfielder Pathe Ciss doubled the lead shortly before he set up Falcao with a pass for the Colombian to score from a tight angle.
Oscar Trejo had put Rayo ahead early on, with a penalty after nine minutes. Levante drew 1-1 at Elche.
Meanwhile, in the Netherlands…
8 – Ajax have had eight different goal scorers against SC Cambuur tonight; this is the second time in Eredivisie history that eight different players have scored for a specific side, after 30 August 1981 (also 8 Ajax 9-1 De Graafschap). Luxury. #AJACAM pic.twitter.com/d3ag335jRY
— OptaJohan (@OptaJohan) September 18, 2021
Ajax went on top of the Eredivisie table with a one-point advantage over PSV Eindhoven, who have a game in hand, after humiliating SC Cambuur 9-0 at home on Saturday.
David Neres scored twice with the seven other goals coming from Jurrien Timber, Steven Berghuis, Noussair Mazraoui, Dusan Tadic, Mohammed Daramy, Sebastien Haller and Danilo.
Bayern Munich forward Kingsley Coman has undergone heart surgery.
The France international has had a minor operation following the discovery of an irregularity and will now spend 10 days to two weeks recuperating.
Coman – previously been a target for Manchester United – came on as a late substitute in the 3-0 Champions League win over Barcelona on Tuesday night.
Head coach Julian Nagelsmann said: “He had a slightly irregular heartbeat, a minor heart irregularity. We did a long-term ECG and carried out this operation.
“He’s doing very well and he has little wound pain. Once the wound is healed then he will be able to start with rehab training and it won’t be more than 10 days to two weeks before he’s back in full training.”
The 25-year-old will miss Bayern’s next games against Bochum and Furth in the Bundesliga and potentially the next Champions League group game at home to Dynamo Kiev.
Coman has been on United’s list, and that of many other top clubs, as they have searched for new forwards, which led to the signings of Jadon Sancho and Cristiano Ronaldo in the summer.
Coman has made more than 200 appearances for Bayern since signing from Juventus in 2015, scoring 41 goals and making 50 more.
Leon Goretzka has committed his long-term future to Bayern Munich until 2026, after summer interest from Manchester United.
The Germany international had entered the final year of his contract at the Allianz Arena and was on a list of midfield targets for United during the last transfer window, along with Eduardo Camavinga, who signed for Real Madrid, and Chelsea recruit Saul Niguez.
Gortetzka arrived at the Bavaria club in 2018 from Schalke and played a key role in Bayern’s Champions League triumph last year under their former head coach Hansi Flick.
The 26-year-old has won three Bundesliga titles, the DFB-Pokal twice, the UEFA Super Cup, and the FIFA Club World Cup during his time at Bayern. He also featured in their 3-1 victory over Borussia Dortmund in August in the German Super Cup.
Goretzka said: “We’ve won everything there is to win over the past three years. But what would be even better than winning titles is confirming and repeating these successes. We want to build on this in the coming years.
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“The team, the club and the environment are not just highly professional, but also familiar. This mixture is one of the things that guarantees success at this club. I’m very happy to be extending my contract until 2026.”
Goretzka has played in each of Bayern’s four Bundesliga games so far this season, with Julian Nagelsmann’s side currently second in the German top flight behind Wolfsburg after three wins and a 1-1 draw with Borussia Monchengladbach.
Speaking before the start of the season, Nagelsmann said he expected Goretzka to renew his deal with the club.
“I stay out of these issues. Of course, I have talked to him about my plans for him”, the former RB Leipzig boss said.
“I’ve told him I’d be happy if he extended and I’m also confident. There are several topics involved when it comes to discussing a contract extension.
“I’ll continue to focus on the sports side of things and show him he can be one of the most dangerous midfielders in Europe. He has potential to get even better.”