Bavaria is “Christmas Champion” Thanks to Lewandowski’s Double Packer

After roughing up Bayern Munich for forty-three minutes, Bayer Leverkusen conceded the equalizer a few seconds before the break and then had to resolve to bow at the very end of the game. Thanks to a double from Robert Lewandowski, Hansi Flick’s men take back control of the Bundesliga.

Bayern Munich are “Christmas champions”, Bayer Leverkusen, on the other hand, did not successfully defend first place in the table. The soccer record champions won on matchday 13 at the remarkable Bundesliga summit in Leverkusen with a brace from Robert Lewandowski 2-1 (1-1).

As a result, the team of coach Hansi Flick wintered in first place. The Czech international Patrik Schick (14th) scored the lead for the Werkself with a wonderful volley. World footballer Robert Lewandowski (43.) equalized the comeback of Joshua Kimmich, who came on in the 68th minute. In stoppage time (90 + 3) Lewandowski forced the decision with goal number 17 of the season. Jamal Musiala (79th) had the Bayern winning goal on the foot, but only hit the post.

Both teams can say goodbye early for the short winter break, which ends on January 2nd. While the competition is challenged again in the second round of the DFB Cup on December 22nd and 23rd before the end of the year, the second round matches between the two European Cup participants have been postponed to mid-January.


The clear goal is to return to first place, Flick emphasized. A victory for him at the end of the wonderful triple year would be “the cherry on the cake”.

And the longed-for “little final”, as the newly crowned world goalkeeper Manuel Neuer called it, was one of those from the start. However, Bayern could not use an early failure by Nadiem Amiri after a few seconds in the build-up of the game. In general, both teams pressed very early and powerfully, chances did not jump out in an intense and fast-paced encounter at first.

Amiri’s first approach to goal (13th) was still harmless, then the Bayer offensive conjured up a great corner kick variant: After Leon Bailey had executed briefly, Amiri crossed an exemplary way to Schick, who was waiting at the edge of the box and volleyed the ball into the mesh thrashed.

This encouraged the hosts to be bolder. Neuer parried his long-range shot (19th), Diaby shot past from a good position (22nd). In Leverkusen’s game forward, Amiri and midfield partner Florian Wirtz stood out.

At first there was not much to see from world footballer Lewandowski. After a cross from Thomas Müller, Lewandowski only had a single, serious mistake in the vote by goalkeeper Lukas Hradecky and Jonathan Tah to head completely free. Lewandowski also missed the lead shortly before the break for the increasingly stronger Munich team.

FCB took the momentum from the final minutes of the first half with them. As a result, both teams played with their sights open. At Amiris Flatterball Neuer had to follow up (61.). Hradecky parried brilliantly against Serge Gnabry (66th).

For the final phase, Flick brought fresh strength to returnee Kimmich and exceptional talent Musiala – but the simultaneous substitution of Leroy Sane (68th), who only came on in the 32nd minute, was much more sensational.

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