Bayern Munich Robert Lewandowski played a key role in Bayern Munich’s 1-0 Club World Cup-winning victory over Tigres UANL, but not in his normal typical goal-scoring fashion.
Twice, Lewandowski found himself in a precarious position offensively that played a role in his team’s offensive output. In the first half, Lewandowski’s offside positioning screened Nahuel Guzmán, which was nullified by VAR in what would have been a picturesque goal from Joshua Kimmich.
In the second half, however, Lewandowski — who was originally ruled offside on Benjamin Pavard’s game-winning goal — was able to hold the line per VAR. For the 32-year-old, who scored the goal did not matter, just that it was someone from Bayern Munich.
“I think we just wanted to win today. We managed to get through the flank once and now have the six-pack,” Lewandowski said.
One player whose presence was noticeably missing was Lewandowski’s main man Thomas Müller. The Polish Hitman was happy that his squad was able to adapt and provide coverage for the Raumdeuter on short notice.
“Yes, it’s a shame he wasn’t there,” Lewandowski said. “I hope he’ll be back quickly. In football you have to adapt to something like that and show the best football.”
While Lewandowski was happy to reach this milestone achievement, he was quick to note that the squad’s party plans would be limited to the airplane ride home.
“We’re flying straight back to Munich,” Lewandowski said. “We can still enjoy the time on the plane. We made history, that’s something special.”