A clear case in East Westphalia: the record champions are not naked with the newcomers from Bielefeld and win confidently. Even a layoff does not disturb the Munich team.
Series champion Bayern Munich is clearly back on track in the Bundesliga. On the fourth matchday, Munich presented itself as a ruthless goals machine and won 4: 1 (3: 0) against the newly promoted Arminia Bielefeld. As a result, FC Bayern took at least temporarily second place and almost corrected the 1: 4 slip in Hoffenheim. “We showed a good face and a great game,” said captain Manuel Neuer. “We have scored four goals, that speaks for our strong offensive.”
Excellent doubles packers Thomas Müller (8th / 51st) and Robert Lewandowski (26th / 45th + 1st) took Bayern’s 26th victory in the last 27 competitive games with a goal from Ritsu Doan (58th). However, Corentin Tolisso saw the red card (76th) due to an emergency brake. “The first half was almost how we envision football,” said coach Hansi Flick, who considered Corentin Tolisso’s late red card due to an emergency brake (76th) “stupid”.
Europe’s Footballer of the Year Lewandowski completed his personal statistics. He has now scored against all 18 top division clubs, including Bayern. The Pole, who moved to Germany in 2010, had never played against Arminia, who last played in the Bundesliga in 2009. With seven goals this season after four games, he overtook Andrej Kramaric (six) from Hoffenheim, who is currently missing due to a corona infection, at the top of the top scorers list. And with a total of 17 goals, Bayern also set the 53-year starting record for Borussia Mönchengladbach. However, Munich has already conceded eight goals, currently fourth in the competition.
FC Bayern with nine changes in the starting line-up
The start of the season for Arminia, who was unbeaten at home for over a year, is still reasonable with four points from four games. The sensation on Saturday was not felt at any point with a lengthy frightening performance against inviolable Bayern. For years, Bayern had little pity for the promoted players, who played with the A-Eleven two days after beating 1. FC Düren in the DFB Cup with nine changes in the starting line-up; it was the 41st victory in the last 44 duels.
When Bayern last played in Bielefeld, Jürgen Klinsmann was still their coach and Luca Toni scored the winning goal to make it 1-0. Ostwestfalen had to wait eleven and a half years for the record champion to play – and then no spectators were allowed in on Saturday. “That really hurts,” said Arminia coach Uwe Neuhaus, who first met the Munich side as head coach.
The Champions League winner, who started without his father-to-be Joshua Kimmich, took a serious approach to the game and was very dominant from the first minute. The reward followed quickly, and Müller’s first, next to Niklas Süle the only one who was on the field 46 hours earlier at the kick-off against Düren. The 2014 World Champion used a sensational Lewandowski heel stretch on the second attempt.
Bielefeld goalkeeper Ortega prevented an even bigger defeat
As a result, Bielefeld goalkeeper Stefan Ortega saved several times against Müller (15th), Lewandowski (28th) or Corentino Tolisso (33rd). Lewandowski, who scored at least twice in a Bundesliga game for the 63rd time, decided the game before half time and could have scored considerably more times. So with a header (34th) and a crossbar after an error by Ortega (49th).
Bielefeld’s only chance in the first half was missed by captain Fabian Klos, who was still waiting for the goal of the first division, but Manuel Neuer (31st) missed. The very lively Doan later managed to at least score the honorary goal – and Klos with the presentation of the first Bundesliga goal.