Bayern Munich clings to Schalke 04 and moves away at the top of the Bundesliga
The Bavarian team raised its score to 42 points, 7 points behind runners-up Leipzig and 10 for Bayer Leverkusen and Wolfsburg.
Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski continued his favorite pastime and his quest to break the league’s goal record in one season registered in the name of former team striker Gerd Muller with 40 goals by scoring one of his team’s goals.
Lewandowski has six goals more than Mueller in the same period of the 1971-72 season, when the latter succeeded in achieving his feat.
Bottom-of-the-table Schalke entered the match as he sought revenge after his historic eight-straight loss to the Bavarian giants in the first stage, but he was aware of the great task ahead.
After Manuel Neuer saved the European champions’ goal from a sure goal by Mark Oth after 11 minutes, Bayern gained control and succeeded in opening the scoring through his veteran striker Thomas Muller, who used a pass by Joshua Kimmich to follow the ball with his head into the net in the 33rd minute of the match.
Lewandowski added the second goal when he received a long-through ball from Kimmic, and tampered with Turkish Schalke defender Ojan Kabak to shoot into the net in the 55th minute.
The goal is the Pole’s 23rd in the Bundesliga this season, nine ahead of Borussia Dortmund striker Erling Haaland.
Bayern Munich scored two goals at the end of the match, the first via Muller with a header and another decisive pass to Kimmic, raising his score to 9 goals this season, and the second by his Austrian defender David Alaba, who is likely to move at the end of the season to a new club at the end of his contract because he did not reach an agreement to renew it.
Schalke goalkeeper Ralph Wehrmann prevented Bayern Munich from scoring more goals because he made more than one attempt by the Bavarian team, especially in the second half.
On the other hand, Neuer succeeded in singling out the record in the number of matches in which he kept clean nets after he was sharing this number with Bayern Munich and Germany goalkeeper Oliver Kahn in 197 games.