Robert Lewandowski equalled Gerd Mueller’s 49-year-old scoring report because the Bayern Munich striker netted his 40th Bundesliga objective of the season in a 2-2 draw at Freiburg on Saturday. Lewandowski equalled Mueller’s tally, scored over 34 video games in 1971/72, in simply 28 league fixtures this time period. “It’s a huge honour for me and for the modern history of the Bundesliga,” Lewandowski informed Sky. Lewandowski transformed a penalty for the champions after 26 minutes to match Mueller’s milestone.
As a part of his penalty celebrations, the Poland striker lifted his match shirt to disclose an image of Gerd Mueller over the textual content “4ever Gerd”.
“I would never have thought that this would happen. What Gerd Mueller did is incredible. Sharing the record with him makes me very, very proud,” Lewandowski added.
The fixture was briefly halted after Lewandowski scored as his Bayern team-mates fashioned a guard-of-honour on the facet of the pitch which the smiling 32-year-old ran by.
Freiburg drew degree nearly instantly when Manuel Gulde headed in on the close to put up from a nook on 29 minutes after slipping his marker.
Bayern, who had been topped German champions final weekend for the ninth season in a row, upped the tempo after the break.
Serge Gnabry had a objective disallowed six minutes into the second-half after the VAR noticed he was offside in tapping house a Leroy Sane cross.
However, the Bavarians stored up the stress and when David Alaba’s long-range go discovered Thomas Mueller within the space simply moments later, he squared for Sane who hit house on 53 minutes.
Freiburg had their possibilities to equalise as second-half replacements Lucas Hoeler and Janik Haberer each went shut earlier than Christian Guenter introduced the edges degree 9 minutes from time.
Lewandowski can nonetheless break Mueller’s report as Bayern have one match left of the marketing campaign at house to Augsburg subsequent Saturday.
He squandered a late probability to attain “at least one more goal. You don’t break records like that so quickly,” added Lewandowski.
The former Borussia Dortmund ahead, who has scored 47 objectives in 39 video games in all competitions this season, can also be set to be topped the Bundesliga’s top-scorer for the sixth time in eight years.
“Robert Lewandowski has broken Gerd Mueller’s historic mark, but you don’t score goals alone,” mentioned Bayern coach Hansi Flick.
“You need players who serve him passes. That’s why I have to give the team a huge compliment.”
Lewandowski tally this season consists of 4 hat-tricks in addition to a four-goal haul in Bayern’s nervy 4-Three house win in opposition to Hertha Berlin final October.
“It’s crazy. It’s normal for Lewandowski to score, but this is something else,” mentioned Bayern ahead Thomas Mueller.
“But he’s only human, you saw that when it came to the 41st goal,” Mueller joked after Lewandowski’s late miss.
Elsewhere, backside facet Schalke, who’re already relegated, pulled off a shocking 4-Three house win over Eintracht Frankfurt, who stay exterior the Champions League locations in fifth.
US striker Matthew Hoppe, 20, scored what proved to be the decisive objective to seal the win for Schalke which may have profound implications within the prime 4.
Both Borussia Dortmund, who’re fourth earlier than their away match at Mainz, and third-placed Wolfsburg, who journey to RB Leipzig, can safe Champions League qualification with away wins on Sunday.
At the foot of the desk, Werder Bremen’s 2-Zero defeat at Augsburg pushed them into the underside three, simply above second-from-bottom Cologne who had been held to a goalless draw at Hertha Berlin.
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