Bayern Munich's Robert Lewandowski breaks Gerd Muller's record with 41st goal of season

Poland striker scores in 90th-minute of his team's 5-2 win over Augsburg

Bayern Munich great Robert Lewandowski broke Gerd Muller's 49-year-old German league record by scoring his 41st Bundesliga goal of the season on Saturday.

Lewandowski scored in the 90th-minute of Bayern's 5-2 victory over Augsburg to better Muller's record of 40 that was set in the 1971-72 season.

The Poland striker is second on the all-time scorers' list in the Bundesliga, with 277 goals, and is behind only Muller's tally of 365.

Lewandowski missed many scoring opportunities and looked set to miss out on the record. But he capitalised in the final minute, when keeper Rafal Gikiewicz spilled a Leroy Sane shot and the forward scored.

“I’d have preferred to have scored earlier,” the striker said.

Meanwhile, Borussia Dortmund striker Erling Haaland scored twice as his team beat Bayer Leverkusen 3-1 to finish the season in third position.

The Norwegian put the hosts in front five minutes into the match, and scored his 27th league goal six minutes from time.

After the early goal, Leverkusen managed to come back but six minutes after the restart Dortmund captain Marc Reus scored with a free-kick.

Lars Bender scored with an 89th-minute penalty for Leverkusen in the former Germany international's final game before retiring.

It was also a happy note to end the season for interim Dortmund manager Edin Terzic, who took over midway through the season and helped them secure a Champions League spot. Terzic, 38, makes way for Marco Rose next season, but there is no dearth of suitors for him.

Also, Werder Bremen were relegated to the second division while Union Berlin qualified for Europe for the first time.

Bremen lost 4-2 at home to Rose's Borussia Monchengladbach and got relegated after Sebastiaan Bornauw scored a late winner for Cologne to beat Schalke 1-0.

Max Kruse scored for Union to beat Leipzig 2-1 and clinch seventh place and qualify for Uefa’s new Europa Conference League next season.

Updated: May 22, 2021 09:23 PM


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