FC Bayern Munich won a crazy match against Hertha BSC 4-3. It went back and forth in the Allianz Arena, but in the end FC Bayern had the better end on their side – thanks to match winner Lewandowski.
Successful Sunday for FC Bayern Munich: Four-time goalscorer Robert Lewandowski have put the German record champions back on track in the Bundesliga, and the club apparently made the much-needed breakthrough in the transfer market shortly before the end of the transition period on Monday. First of all, sports director Hasan Salihamidzic announced that Spaniard Marc Roca had changed. The five-time winner then won a crazy match 4: 3 (1: 0) against Hertha BSC thanks to Europe’s Footballer of the Year and moved up to third place at the table.
Flick: “A few percent is missing”
The strong Lewandowski (40th, 51st, 85th and 90th + 3 / penalty kick) rewarded the clearly superior Munich team with his season two, three, four and five goals for their tenacity against an uncomfortable Berlin team, the European Footballer of the Year and demanded everything from his highly decorated teammates before the international break. In the second half, the brave guests via Jhon Cordoba (59th), the strong Matheus Cunha (71st) and Jessic Ngankam (88th) took advantage of the carelessness in the Munich back before Lewandowski secured the well-deserved victory in the final sprint.
“At the moment a few percent are missing. And 90 or 95 percent is not enough against a team like Hertha BSC”, coach Hansi Flick complained after the game. “But what makes me happy, and we are 100 percent, is the mentality, the will to win, that’s there. We have shown that over the past ten months.”
Shortly before the match, FC Bayern had confirmed the commitment of Marc Roca. The 23-year-old Spaniard, who will replace Thiago, who has migrated to Liverpool in the long term, will receive a contract until 2025. The defensive midfielder comes from first-class relegated Espanyol Barcelona and costs nine million euros.
Richards with debut eleven
In addition, the Munich are apparently about to sign Eric-Maxim Choupo-Moting, who would come from Paris St. Germain for free. Bouna Sarr of Olympique Marseille has reportedly cost nine million euros. Sarr is appointed as a deputy to World Champion Benjamin Pavard for the position of right-back.
On Sunday, Chris Richards made his Bundesliga debut eleven – the young American played solid until he was substituted (65th). After the 3-2 draw against Borussia Dortmund in the Supercup, Flick also turned David Alaba, Jerome Boateng, Leon Goretzka and Serge Gnabry into the team – trained striker Alphonso Davies replaced injured Leroy Sane and Kingsley Coman on the left wing.
Davies was rarely able to stand up to poisonous and initially well-stocked Berliners, and he and his teammates rarely found a hole in the guests’ defense. Ultimately, Lewandowski knocked out good Alexander Schwolow, who had saved a shot from Poland a few seconds earlier, with his head. It was the third goal of the game, but the first that mattered: the goals of Cordoba (15th) and Thomas Müller (36th) were rejected due to offside, but only video assistant Frank Willenborg saw this at Müller.
Bayern only got a few good chances, but controlled the game for a long time. Only after Lewandowski’s second goal did the concentration slow down a bit, but in a crazy final phase, the Pole secured the deserved victory after the equalizer.
The coach also acknowledged that: “We all know that Robert is an absolute scorer and wants to score goals in every game. It is important to me that he takes the other elements in team sport that are important: hanging up, working against the ball. He does it, so I’m completely happy with him, ”said Hansi Flick.