The first half hour wasn't inspiring a lot of confidence in goals, but it's tough to deny Bayern Munich for too long. Hamburg learned the hard way, and Robert Lewandowski opened up the scoring for Bayern with a thunderous penalty.
Lewandowski was fouled while chesting the ball down, but Philipp Lahm immediately played the ball over the top to Thomas Müller. The referee signaled for advantage and let Bayern continue the play.
Müller latched onto the pass, beating Rene Adler to the ball. Before the Hamburg goalkeeper could make a challenge, Müller lofted a shot just off the target. However, Adler clipped Müller who was just inside the penalty area, and the referee immediately whistled for the foul. Adler was shown a yellow card, and Lewandowski stepped up to take the spot kick.
The Poland international left Adler with no chance at stopping the penalty, and the shot smashed into the back of the net. The goal is Lewandowski's 16 of the Bundesliga campaign, putting him only one behind his total in all of last season.
Robert Lewandowski scores first Bundesliga goal of 2016, converting a PK to give Bayern the 1-0 lead in Hamburg. https://t.co/gvHcpn8rvr— FOX Soccer (@FOXSoccer) January 22, 2016