Lewandowski on target again as Bayern goes back on top

The Bavarians are top on 18 points, one ahead of Freiburg, who beat RB Leipzig 2-1.

Lewandowski netted his 13th league goal eight minutes after the restart for his new Bundesliga record.   -  REUTERS

Robert Lewandowski scored for a league-record ninth consecutive Bundesliga match as Bayern Munich scraped past promoted Union Berlin 2-1 on Saturday to reclaim top spot in the league.

Lewandowski, who has scored in every competitive game in the league, Champions League and German Cup this season for a total of 19 goals, netted his 13th league goal eight minutes after the restart for his new Bundesliga record.

Benjamin Pavard had volleyed in from 17 metres to put the host ahead in the 13th minute but the rest of the half was far less entertaining with Bayern again struggling for ideas and the visitor putting up a fight.

Bayern keeper Manuel Neuer did well to save a penalty three minutes later but he was beaten by Sebastian Polter in a second spot kick in the 85th minute.

The Bavarians are top on 18 points, one ahead of Freiburg, who beat RB Leipzig 2-1.

 

What does it mean? Bayern top of the pile... for now

It is hugely congested at the top of the Bundesliga but, with this win, Niko Kovac's side nosed themselves ahead of the pack.

However, Borussia Monchengladbach and Wolfsburg could both leapfrog the champions should they win their respective matches on Sunday.

Remarkable Robert at it again

It has been an incredible start to the season for Lewandowski and the Poland international has now capped that off by planting himself into the league's record books.

The 31-year-old has 18 goals from 13 appearances in all club competitions so far this season and, with the Bundesliga so tight at the top as it stands, his form could well be what separates Bayern from the rest.

Andersson fluffs his lines

Union's Swedish forward does have three Bundesliga goals to his name this term, though the last one came on September 14 and he displayed a severe lack of confidence when he stepped up to take a spot-kick, ultimately squandering Union's chance to tee up a grandstand finish.

What's next?

Bayern visits Bochum in the DFB-Pokal in midweek, while Union travels to high-fliers Freiburg in the same competition. Eintracht Frankfurt is next up for Bayern in the Bundesliga.

(With inputs from OPTA)

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