Bayern win with luck and Lewandowski – RB Leipzig remains the first pursuer

Bayern win with luck and Lewandowski – RB Leipzig remains the first pursuer

Robert Lewandowski has scored an unbelievable 22 goals after 17 games in the Bundesliga – not even striker legend Ger Müller achieved that in his best times

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Troubled victories: FC Bayern Munich and pursuers RB Leipzig have done their duty. Both teams are still separated by four points. In the basement of the table, 1. FC Köln distanced the bottom of the table, FC Schalke 04, thanks to a last-minute goal.

Front-runner FC Bayern Munich and pursuers RB Leipzig ended the first half of the Bundesliga with difficult successes. The champions won 1-0 (1-0) at FC Augsburg on Wednesday, Leipzig also defeated 1. FC Union Berlin 1-0 (0-0). This means that Bayern are four points ahead of Leipzig. However, RB took back second place, which Bayer Leverkusen had climbed the day before with a 2-1 win in the chase duel against Borussia Dortmund.

In the relegation battle, 1. FC Köln achieved an important 2-1 (1-0) victory against FC Schalke 04. The Domstadt team are still on the relegation place with 15 points, increasing their lead over 1. FSV Mainz 05 and bottom Schalke but on eight counters. One place ahead of Cologne is Arminia Bielefeld, who achieved a 3-0 (1-0) win against the tenth VfB Stuttgart. SC Freiburg and Eintracht Frankfurt are placed directly in front of the Swabians, the duel between the table neighbors ended 2: 2 (1: 1).

Augsburg awards a penalty

In the 300th Bundesliga match by Bayern central defender Jérôme Boateng, Robert Lewandowski, who had to leave the field in the second half, converted a penalty to make it 1-0 (13th). The FCA became bolder after the break, but Alfred Finnbogason missed another hand penalty. Persecutor Leipzig also had a hard time against Union. Emil Forsberg only broke the spell in the 70th minute. The club from the capital suffered its first defeat against a team from the front third.

Due to a calf injury, the hopeful Klaas-Jan Huntelaar, who was signed on Tuesday, was missing from Schalke. The Dutchman watched from the bench as Rafael Czichos put an end to the goal doldrums after 516 minutes (31st). Three minutes after Ozan Kabak steered the ball against the post of Schalke’s own goal, Matthew Hoppe equalized with his fifth goal in the past three games (57th). The home side failed to get the game on their side and so Jan Thielmann made Cologne faces relieved in the third minute of stoppage time.

Freiburg turns the game

Bielefeld withstood the pressure from Cologne, who had presented in the early game. Fabian Klos (27.) opened against the sloppy VfB. Two minutes after the restart, Marc-Oliver Kempf hit his own goal (47th), the final score was scored by Ritsu Doan (86th). Freiburg fell behind with a goal from Amin Younes (6th), but was able to turn the game around with goals from Roland Sallai (32nd) and Nils Petersen (63rd). Only because of an own goal by Keven Schlotterbeck, Eintracht got a point (75th).

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