Robert Lewandowski scored a brace as Bayern Munich closed in on their eighth straight Bundesliga title on Saturday, as they beat Fortuna Dusseldorf 5-0 at the Allianz Arena. Hansi Flick’s side are now ten points clear at the top of the Bundesliga and the high standard of performance that they delivered this evening demonstrated why they are Germany’s dominant side.
An own goal from Mathias Jorgensen, a goal from Benjamin Pavard, a brace from Robert Lewandowski, and a goal from Alphonso Davies completed the routing, and it was well and truly one way traffic for the majority of proceedings.
Borussia Dortmund will be eager to reduce the gap at the top back to seven points when they face Paderborn away on Sunday, but all the signs now suggest that Bayern will prevail in the title race.
Here are the three things we learned as Bayern Munich beat Fortuna Dusseldorf 5-0 at the Allianz Arena.
3. Bayern back to pre-pandemic form
Hansi Flick had just taken over and got Bayern to play some of the most beautiful football before the season was interrupted due to the coronavirus pandemic. Tight passing, quick movement, high pressing, and beautiful link-up play were on display last evening as Bayern finally looked like the team they were pre-pandemic.
The shaky Dusseldorf defense saw Bayern put them away for a 5-0 win, registering 21 shots and creating 17 chances. The home side pinned the opposition down with nearly 70 percent possession and a whopping 603 successful passes.
2. Sloppy Dusseldorf pay the price
For the first fifteen minutes the away side managed to clear dangerous balls, stop darting runs, and rush their own box with numbers to win the ball back and catch Bayern off-guard on the counter. But all it took was 15 minutes for Bayern to breach their defense.
Having just over 30 percent possession of the ball and not managing to trouble Neuer with the two chances they had, the Dusseldorf side never posed any serious threat and failed to stop the Bayern attacks before the lead became insurmountable.
1. Lewandowski ends drought to propel Bayern
Lewandowski ended a personal jinx and finally snapped his goal drought versus 16th-placed Fortuna when he scored for the first time against them to give Bayern a 3-0 lead in the first half. He made it 4-0 shortly after the break with another predator’s finish.
Last evening’s efforts moved him onto 29 league goals, and 43 overall in all competitions (equally his most prolific Bayern campaign), meaning he’s five ahead of RB Leipzig centre-forward Timo Werner in the race to be crowned Bundesliga top scorer.
The result left leaders Bayern, who are chasing an eighth successive league title, top of the standings on 67 points from 29 games, 10 ahead of closest rivals Borussia Dortmund who visit bottom team Paderborn on Sunday.