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RB Leipzig stay top, Bayern crush Arminia, Dortmund edge past Hoffenheim

Robert Lewandowski and Thomas Muller scored two each to help Bayern Munich move to nine points, level with third-placed Dortmund and one behind leaders RB Leipzig, who won 2-0 at Augsburg.

By: Reuters | Updated: October 18, 2020 10:33:16 am
RB Leipzig's Angelino celebrates scoring their first goal with teammates. (Source: Reuters)

RB Leipzig muscled past Augsburg 2-0 on Saturday to stay top of the Bundesliga after four matches while fellow title contenders Borussia Dortmund needed a second-half goal by substitute Marco Reus to beat hosts Hoffenheim 1-0.

Leipzig, who have now gone a club record nine away games without defeat, struggled throughout the first half but scored on the stroke of halftime when Angelino drilled in a header at the far post from a perfectly-floated Dani Olmo cross.

“Dani Olmo knew that I often go to the far post. We had discussed it during the week,” Angelino said.

“That is how we set up the goal. I am happy it worked.”

An unstoppable left-foot volley from Yussuf Poulsen from yet another Olmo assist — this time a well-timed lob — in the 66th gave Leipzig a two-goal cushion.

They then eased off with their Champions League debut against Basaksehir looming on Tuesday. Leipzig moved up to 10 points with Dortmund on nine.

The Ruhr valley club, with Reus and top scorer Erling Haaland starting on the bench, were nowhere near their best and had to wait until late in the first half for their first opportunities.

Giovanni Reyna’s effort was saved on the line Thomas Meunier’s header bounced off the crossbar.

Reus and Haaland were brought on in the 64th and instantly breathed life into their team’s attack.

They combined perfectly for the Dortmund captain to tap in the winner 14 minutes from time, completing a successful dress rehearsal for Tuesday’s Champions League match against Lazio in Rome.

Bayer Leverkusen managed their first win of the season thanks to Lucas Alario’s 30th-minute winner against Mainz 04, who have now lost the first four games for the first time since the 2005-06 campaign under then coach Juergen Klopp.

Lewandowski, Mueller shine in Bayern win

Bayern’s scorers Robert Lewandowski and Thomas Mueller. (Source: AP)

Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski and Thomas Mueller scored two goals each as the German champions crushed hosts Arminia Bielefeld 4-1 in the Bundesliga on Saturday to move within a point of top spot.

Mueller scored either side of Lewandowski’s double, with the Polish striker taking his season’s tally to seven league goals from four games, as Bayern moved to nine points, level with third-placed Borussia Dortmund and one behind leaders RB Leipzig, who won 2-0 at Augsburg.

Bayern, who also twice hit the woodwork, have a busy schedule, having played in the German Cup and league this week and next facing Atletico Madrid in the Champions League on Wednesday.

Mueller grabbed an eighth minute lead with a bit of luck after his first effort was saved but the ball bounced back into his path, while Lewandowski was left with far too much space to score with a well-placed shot in the 26th.

Arminia goalkeeper Stefan Ortega kept the scoreline respectable in the first half with several spectacular stops, including a sensational one-handed save from Lewandowski’s close-range header.

But the home keeper was beaten again with the last kick of the first half, a deflected shot from Lewandowski after good work from Mueller.

Bayern, who had to use changing rooms in a nearby school ahead of the game due to strict COVID-19 regulations, scored again six minutes after the restart when Lewandowski crossed and Mueller volleyed in from close range.

Arminia’s Japan international Ritsu Doan was rewarded for a fine performance with a goal in the 58th before Bayern were left with 10 men following the dismissal of Corentin Tolisso for a last-man foul.

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