Robert Lewandowski, the Bayern Munich goal
poacher, scored his 43rd Bundesliga goal in 2021 to break Gerd Muller’s
49-year-old record of most goals scored in a calendar year in the German premier
league football.

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The Polish forward scored the fourth goal
in Bayern Munich’s 4-0 win over Wolfsburg on Friday, surpassing Muller with
just three minutes remaining in Bayern’s last Bundesliga match of the year.

Legendary German striker Muller, widely
regarded as one of the game’s best finishers, had held the record of 42 goals
since 1972. In August, Muller passed away at the age of 75. The great scored a
remarkable 566 goals in 607 competitive appearances for Bayern Munich.

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This year, Lewandowski was thought to be
the frontrunner for the annual Ballon d’Or award but lost out to Paris
Saint-Germain forward Lionel Messi back in November.

Thomas Muller played his 400th Bundesliga

It was also an evening to remember for
Bayern’s Thomas Muller, who celebrated his 400th Bundesliga appearance by
scoring the opening goal against Wolfsburg.

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Two goals in two minutes in the second half
from Dayot Upamecano and Leroy Sane put Bayern on top of the proceedings before
Lewandowski put the icing on the cake later on.

The win moves Bayern nine points clear of
Borussia Dortmund at the top of the table, with the team now heading into the
winter break until January 7.

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“We defended well, pressed them hard,
won pretty much every ball in our own half and we deserved to win by that margin,”
said coach Julian Nagelsmann.

The Bayern boss also praised Lewandowski’s
latest record. “He really deserves it, especially as he scored with his
weaker foot”.

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Bayern’s lead at the top of the Bundesliga
table can be trimmed on Saturday by second-placed Borussia Dortmund, who are
away to Hertha Berlin.

Meanwhile, this was Wolfsburg’s seventh straight loss,
piling the pressure on new head coach Florian Kohfeldt who only took charge at
the end of October after the sacking of predecessor Mark van Bommel.

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“That hurts – we defended badly,
especially for the fourth goal, that wasn’t on,” fumed Kohfeldt who now
has the two-week break to drill his team.