World News – CA – Lewandowski and Mueller overtake Bayern with Bielefeld win


Robert Lewandowski and Thomas Mueller both scored twice as Bayern Munich banished their early season blues with a 4-1 win over Bundesliga minnows Arminia Bielefeld on Saturday

Treble-winning Bayern started the day in the middle of the table after a shock loss to Hoffenheim last month, but the victory at Bielefeld was enough to propel them to second place

The champions erupted out of the blocks and had a penalty appeal denied before Mueller found himself in the opener at eight minutes

Lewandowski doubled the lead soon after, crushing the ball from the edge of the box after a sharp cross from Leon Goretzka

The Polish forward teamed up with Mueller to make it 3-0 just before half-time, and returned the favor after the break with a precise cross to prepare for Mueller’s second

Japanese winger Ritsu Doan pulled one off for Bielefeld at the break, with loaned PSV Eindhoven scoring his first Bundesliga goal since arriving in Germany this summer

Yet despite a late red card for Corentin Tolisso, Bayern were not troubled in the finals and can now look to Wednesday’s Champions League opener against Atletico Madrid

Hansi Flick’s side are now tied on points with third-placed Borussia Dortmund, who claimed a late 1-0 victory at Hoffenheim earlier on Saturday

Dortmund, who like Bayern had already lost a game this season, looked set to drop more points before Erling Haaland and Marco Reus left the bench in the second half to breathe new life into a brutal performance

Haaland, 20, took a leap forward to set up Reus with a tap-in and snatch Dortmund’s first away win over Hoffenheim in eight years

« They’ve always made it difficult for us in recent years. We didn’t have a lot of good chances in the first half and we knew we had to create more in the second half, » the scorer told Sky.

Haaland was initially rested after playing three times for Norway in the previous two weeks, prompting criticism of the busy international schedule

« In Dortmund we are used to having a lot of midweek games at this point in the season The schedule is a bit busier this year so we have to take care of ourselves, » Reus said , after scoring Haaland’s square pass into the open net to score his first goal since February

Dortmund and Bayern are now one point behind league leaders RB Leipzig, who retained first place with a 2-0 victory over surprise top robbers from Augsburg

Angelino steered Leipzig into the lead at the stroke of half-time to score his second goal in two games, before Yussuf Poulsen doubled the lead with a sumptuous end in the 66 minutes

« These are the games you need to win if you want to land in the top four, » Leipzig coach Julian Nagelsmann told Sky

Elsewhere, first-half lead Lucas Alario sealed a 1-0 victory for Bayer Leverkusen and extended Mainz’s miserable run, second from bottom, four losses in four games

The promoted Stuttgart side continued their strong start to the season, with Marc-Oliver Kempf and Gonzalo Castro sacking them for a 2-0 away win over Hertha Berlin, while Werder Bremen held Freiburg to a 1-1 draw in the Southwest

Freiburg took the lead from the start thanks to Philipp Lienhart and had a second goal ruled out for offside before Niclas Fuellkrug of Bremen equalized from the penalty spot

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World news – CA – Lewandowski and Mueller overtake Bayern in second with victory for Bielefeld


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