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26’. 11 Meters. Lewandowski approaches and Lewandowski puts it into the back of the net. There it is, 40 goals. FC Bayern Munich legend to FC Bayern Munich legend. Nothing I can say will match the absurdity of this record, so I’m going to let the tweets do the job.
Bayern Munich's players and coaching staff paid tribute to Lewandowski after his record-matching goal.— ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) May 15, 2021
Lewa's face when he realised pic.twitter.com/F6Heo5EXiO
4⃣0⃣— MEISTER (@FCBayern) May 15, 2021
#Lewy40 #4EverGerd pic.twitter.com/8xg4VvH5Iy
History for Robert Lewandowski! He matches Gerd Muller’s Bundesliga single-season goal record with his 40th of 20-21–and pays tribute to the legend— Planet Fútbol (@si_soccer) May 15, 2021
SC Freiburg’s fast and furious
Yeah, the Meisterschale is done and secure so essentially Bayern has nothing to play for except pride. But, for SC Freiburg that doesn't matter. Given the critique of the penalty given was soft (I’m inclined to agree), Freiburg equalized shortly there after and looked every bit the part of a squad that has improved as the season has gone on. Grifo, especially, has been nothing short of a powerhouse for Freiburg by dictating the play from his advanced position.
During the 81st minute, Freiburg equalized it at 2-2 shortly after Lewandowski missed two legitimate sitters. It was a heck of a game, and Freiburg came to play.
Oh, special shout out to Freiburg’s keeper Mark Flekken. He did everything in his power to prevent Lewandowski from scoring two. He is Freiburg’s MOTM in my eyes.
All aboard the practice train
I swear, sometimes these games are the most fun yet equally infuriating. It was clear from the onset of the second half that this is nothing more than a glorified practice match. Bayern were essentially toying with SC Freiburg and doing everything within their power to get Robert Lewandowski his record-breaking 41st goal. It did create an amusing 3 minute period where Sané shot on goal to simply miss, only to have Gnabry slide in to score. To only have that shortly taken off due to an offside. Immediately thereafter, Müller whips a ball into the box to have Sané slide in at almost the exact same spot to actually score sans the offsides.
It did also mean a lot of substitutions and spot appearances, with the most important of them being the reintroduction of CoCo Tolisso after an extended injury.
So, um. Bob. What happened in the 76’ minute? Did Gerd Müller just imbue a spell that means you’re now going to miss wide open nets so you don't actually break his record?
How?— CHAMPIONS (@FCBayernEN) May 15, 2021
This could have been the moment Lewandowski broke Gerd Muller's Bundesliga record.— ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) May 15, 2021
How did he miss?! pic.twitter.com/xTZT0pWABt