Gelsenkirchen (dpa) - Two games, five goals: With his three-goal gala at FC Schalke 04, Bayern Munich's top scorer Robert Lewandowski has stolen the show from the new Bundesliga attraction Philippe Coutinho.
With his goals (20th minute, penalty kick / 50th / 75th) caused Lewandowski for the 3-0 (1-0) and decided the top match on Matchday 2 of the Bundesliga single-handedly. The 31-year-old Pole had hit twice already in the disappointing 2: 2 at the opening against Hertha BSC eight days ago. Thus, the four-time Bundesliga top scorer shot so far all the goals of the record champions in the young season.
Thanks to the Lewandowski Gala in front of 62,271 spectators in the sold-out Veltins Arena Bayern remain undefeated in Gelsenkirchen for almost nine years and turned the false start into the season. Schalke, however, has only one point after the first two matchdays under new coach David Wagner.
Bayern coach Niko Kovac joined the eagerly awaited newcomer Coutinho after just under an hour of playing time. As was the game after Lewandowski's two standard goals by a penalty and directly transformed free kick in principle but already decided.
The Brazilian Coutinho, loaned out by FC Barcelona, whom the champions will be able to sign for € 120m this coming summer, appeared in the 57th minute along with Ivan Perisic, who was also only signed by Inter Milan in recent days. "He's only been in training for two and a half weeks and we'll take that into account," Kovac had previously announced. The 27-year-old Coutinho was then in some situations already recognize his playful class.
In the Schalke was mainly captain Alexander Nübel in focus. The 22-year-old goalkeeper has been associated with the record champions for some time and played for the first time against Bayern. In the first tough situation Nübel still bravely saved against Lewandowski's header (17.). Three minutes later he was just as powerless in the qualifying penalty kick as the second goal of Poland shortly after the break and the decision fifteen minutes before the end.
To the speculation around Nübel had expressed before the game Schalke sports director Jochen Schneider and showed no sympathy for a possible change of goalkeeping talent, as also national goalkeeper Manuel Neuer still has a contract until 2021 in Munich. "I would not quite grasp the meaning." In life, I can not imagine that either of them can make friends with job-sharing, "said Schneider on pay-TV channel Sky. Nübels contract with the Schalke expires this summer.
The problem of the Schalke should not stand for Bayern at Lewandowski. The 31-year-old forward could also extend his contract soon. According to information of the "image" Lewandowski is to extend until the end of next week its until 2021 valid contract for two more years.
The individual class of Poland was missing the hosts clearly. In the first home game for the new Schalke coach Wagner whose desired play style was indeed recognizable. With early attacking and the attempt of a quick Umschaltspiels the Schalke presented the master but only at the beginning of problems. Only after the 0: 2, the Royal Blues were offensively dangerous. Lewandowski choked off the upswing with his third goal.
DFL info about the game