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Lewandowski’s 60th puts Bayern four clear

Robert Lewandowski scored his 60th goal this calendar year, for club and country, as champions Bayern Munich claimed a 2-1 home win over Freiburg in the Bundesliga on Saturday to end the visiting side’s unbeaten start to the season.

Bayern increased their league lead to four points over Borussia Dortmund who lost 2-1 at last season’s runners-up RB Leipzig.

The defending champions took a deserved lead in the 30th minute through Leon Goretzka, who was unselfishly played in by Thomas Mueller after Freiburg lost possession on the edge of the box.

The visitors sat deep after the break and soaked up the pressure but Lewandowski netted a second in the 75th minute with a finish from close range after some smart work down the left from Alphonso Davies.

Janik Haberer grabbed a goal for Freiburg in the third minute of stoppage time, but Bayern held on for the win.

The nine-time reigning champions now scored 100 league goals in 2021, just one behind Cologne’s record 101 in 1977.

Some Bayern fans protested against their club leaders doing business with Qatar.

“We whitewash everything for money,” read a banner which also showed chairman Oliver Kahn and president Herbert Hainer next to a washing machine cleaning blood-stained clothes. Kahn held a suitcase with money in his hand with the writing “You can rely on us.”

Bayern fans have for years protested against the club’s dealings with the 2022 World Cup hosts who have been criticised by human rights organizations over the treatment of migrant workers. There have been improvements but the groups say more must be done.

Coach Julian Nagelsmann said he saw the banner and added the club was aiming to talk about the issues that have been criticised “in a dialogue.”

Dortmund had hoped to keep the pressure on Munich but lost for the first time in four years against Leipzig who rose into fifth.

Christopher Nkunku put the dominant hosts ahead in the 29th from a tight left angle and, shortly after hitting the post, set up Yussuf Poulsen for the 68th-minute winner at the far right post. Captain Marco Reus got a temporary equalizer for Dortmund.

Wolfsburg beat Augsburg 1-0 from striker Lukas Nmecha, who has been nominated into the German national team for the first time; and Arminia Bielefeld claimed a first season win 1-0 at VfB Stuttgart thanks to Masaya Okugawa.

Bochum beat Hoffenheim 2-0 from Soma Novothny and Milos Pantovic’s stoppage-time shot into the empty net from his own half. Bochum goalkeeper Manuel Riemann earlier hit a penalty over the bar, the spot-kick awarded after Florian Grillitsch pushed down Pantovic off the ball while it was still in play.

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