In Bayern Munich’s 2-1 win over SC Freiburg on Sunday, Robert Lewandowski and Thomas Muller scored the goals to secure the vital three points, creating a four point gap over second-placed RB Leipzig at the top of the Bundesliga table.
With Lewandowski’s goal in the 7th minute, which was assisted by Muller, the Polish ace became the first player to score 21 goals in the Hinrunde of any single Bundesliga season, surpassing Gerd Müller’s record of 20 Hinrunde goals. Müller scored Bayern’s winner in the 74th minute to add to his assist to Lewandowski and per a report from kicker, Lewandowski and Müller are now the most prolific duo in the Bundesliga.
For Bayern’s first goal against Freiburg, it was the 37th that Müller assisted Lewandowski for a goal, which is the highest mark achieved by a duo since that statistic started being recorded in the 1988/89 season. This is also that’s significantly higher than Franck Ribery’s 22 assists to Arjen Robben back during the “Robbery” era at FC Bayern. “Robbery’s” total is just one greater than Uwe Bein, who assisted Anthony Yeboah 21 times at Eintracht Frankfurt.
For Müller, his goal and assist against Freiburg also saw him overtake Lewandowski for number of Bundesliga game where he’s recorded a goal and assist. Ironically enough, Müller has now done this 44 times, surpassing Lewandowski’s mark of 43. Of course, Lewandowski has far more multiple-goal matches, but this goals/assists mark speaks volumes to Müller’s effectiveness in the final third.
For either player, the number could’ve been even better, too. In the 37th minute, Lewandowski almost got his head on a curling cross from Müller that would’ve certainly resulted in a chance on target. Meanwhile, in the buildup to Müller’s winning goal, Lewandowski was only a few yards away from Leroy Sane, who lofted down Kingsley Coman’s cross into Müller’s path. Had Lewandowski, gotten a touch, his record of matches with a goal and an assist in a match would be level with Müller at 44.
For Lewandowski, he’ll have a really good chance at extending his Hinrunde scoring record in Bayern’s midweek match against FC Augsburg. Against the fellow Bavarian club, Lewandowski has scored against them 19 times from 15 appearances, so the odds are in his favor and it would also push his pace of breaking Gerd Müller’s single season goals record of 40.