Lewandowski double fires Bayern top

Afp, Berlin

21 December, 2020 12:00 AM printer

Newly-crowned FIFA world player of the year Robert Lewandowski scored a double, including a dramatic injury-time winner, as Bayern Munich beat Bayer Leverkusen 2-1 on Saturday to usurp their opponents at the top of the Bundesliga.

Lewandowski, who beat Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi to the individual award on Thursday, scored in the 93rd minute to put the reigning champions two points clear heading into the winter break.

Lewandowski has 20 goals in 18 games this season in all competitions, having also headed Bayern level just before the break after Patrik Schick gave Leverkusen an early lead.

Second-placed Leverkusen are level on 28 points with RB Leipzig, who sit third after a goalless draw at home with Cologne.

Bayern are the first Bundesliga team to beat Leverkusen this term, having also ended Wolfsburg's unbeaten league run this season in midweek.

For the seventh Bundesliga game in a row, Bayern conceded the opening goal when Leverkusen exposed the European champions' trend of weak defending at set-pieces.

Schick smashed his shot past Bayern goalkeeper Manuel Neuer, voted goalkeeper of the year on Thursday, from a corner to give the hosts a 14th-minute lead.

Schick had the ball in the Bayern net again on 28 minutes, but the goal was ruled out for offside.

Bayern equalised with their first clear chance in the 43rd minute after Leverkusen defender Edmond Tapsoba lost possession.

The ball was worked to Thomas Mueller, whose cross flew over the defence to Lewandowksi who headed home unmarked at the far post.

Bayern's England Under-21 midfielder Jamal Musiala hit the post midway through the second half before Lewandowski struck.