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Why Alphonso Davies wasn’t able to celebrate Lewandowski’s goal with the team

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Robert Lewandowski scored the record-tying 40th goal of the season, but Davies was not with the team to celebrate. Why not?

Sport-Club Freiburg v FC Bayern Muenchen - Bundesliga Photo by Matthias Hangst/Getty Images

After scoring the historic goal — tying the Bayern Munich and Germany legend Gerd Müller with 40 goals in one Bundesliga season — Robert Lewandowski received what looked to be an impromptu guard of honor from his teammates and coaching staff. However, if you go back and pay closer attention to the celebration, you will notice that one of his teammates is missing: Alphonso Davies. The reason why Davies was missing makes it seem as though everything was planned out.

Sport-Club Freiburg v FC Bayern Muenchen - Bundesliga
Robert Lewandowski honors Gerd Müller after scoring his 40th goal of the season, matching Müller’s 49-year old record.
Photo by S. Mellar/Getty Images for FC Bayern

As noted by Az, Bayern’s bench and the place of celebration was on Bayern’s half of the field. Everyone, including goalkeeper Alexander Nübel, were celebrating with Lewandowski. If Davies would have stepped across the midfield line, the ref could have signaled for play to resume, and Freiburg would have had a free run at a wide-open goal — something that surely would have been on Not Top 10 highlight reels for years to come.

Whether Davies realized this in the moment or if it was all orchestrated, it was probably a smart move. Davies was the first one to hug Lewandowski after he showed off his tribute to Gerd Müller, before Lewy and the rest of the team ran towards Bayern’s technical area. Davies will also have plenty of time to celebrate with Lewandowski next week, when Bayern will celebrate another Meisterschale and perhaps a new single season scoring record.