'Incredible' Lewandowski equals Muller's 49-year-old record

Agence France-Presse . Berlin | Published: 17:05, May 16,2021

 
 

Bayern Munich forward Robert Lewandowski scores his team’s opening goal from the penalty spot during their Bundesliga match against Freiburg in Freiburg on Saturday. — AFP photo

Robert Lewandowski equalled Gerd Muller's 49-year-old scoring record as the Bayern Munich striker netted his 40th Bundesliga goal of the season in a 2-2 draw at Freiburg on Saturday.

Lewandowski equalled Muller's tally, scored over 34 games in 1971-72, in just 28 league fixtures this term.

‘It's a huge honour for me and for the modern history of the Bundesliga,’ Lewandowski told Sky.

Lewandowski converted a penalty for the champions after 26 minutes to match Muller's milestone.

As part of his penalty celebrations, the Poland striker lifted his match shirt to reveal a picture of Gerd Muller over the text ‘4ever Gerd’.

‘I would never have thought that this would happen. What Gerd Muller 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 formed a guard-of-honour on the side of the pitch which the smiling 32-year-old ran through.

Freiburg drew level almost immediately when Manuel Gulde headed in at the near post from a corner on 29 minutes after slipping his marker.

Bayern, who were crowned German champions last weekend for the ninth season in a row, upped the tempo after the break.

Serge Gnabry had a goal disallowed six minutes into the second-half after the VAR spotted he was offside in tapping home a Leroy Sane cross.

However, the Bavarians kept up the pressure and when David Alaba's long-range pass found Thomas Muller in the area just moments later, he squared for Sane who hit home on 53 minutes.

Freiburg had their chances to equalise as second-half replacements Lucas Hoeler and Janik Haberer both went close before Christian Guenter brought the sides level nine minutes from time.

Lewandowski can still break Muller's record as Bayern have one match left of the campaign at home to Augsburg next Saturday.

He squandered a late chance to score ‘at least one more goal. You don't break records like that so quickly,’ added Lewandowski.

The former Borussia Dortmund forward, who has scored 47 goals in 39 games in all competitions this season, is also set to be crowned the Bundesliga's top-scorer for the sixth time in eight years.

‘Robert Lewandowski has broken Gerd Müller's historic mark, but you don't score goals alone,’ said 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 includes four hat-tricks as well as a four-goal haul in Bayern's nervy 4-3 home win against Hertha Berlin last October.

‘It's crazy. It's normal for Lewandowski to score, but this is something else,’ said Bayern forward Thomas Muller.

‘But he's only human, you saw that when it came to the 41st goal,’ Muller joked after Lewandowski's late miss.

 

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