Freiburg (AP) - Striker ace Robert Lewandowski has equalized Gerd Müller's ancient scoring record, but has not yet surpassed it despite other good chances.
The Polish striker scored in the 2-2 (1: 1) of FC Bayern Munich at SC Freiburg on Saturday in the 26th minute with a penalty kick and equalized the previous Bundesliga record for "Bomber" Müller with his 40th goal of the season.
This had also scored 40 goals for Bayern in the 1971/1972 season.
Lewandowski missed the best opportunities in the second round.
But next weekend against FC Augsburg he has another chance to even outdo the 1974 world champion.
In addition to Lewandowski, Leroy Sané (53.) met for champions Bavaria.
The Freiburg goals were scored by defenders Manuel Gulde (29th) and Christian Günter (81st).
The sports club, which would like to move to its new arena in the coming season and may have played its last home game against Bayern in the venerable Black Forest Stadium, has a small chance of qualifying for the new Conference League on the last day of the match to qualify.
From the start, all eyes were on Lewandowski. And the 32-year-old also had the first big chance, but shot over from 17 meters in the 20th minute. Six minutes later the time had come: After a foul by Freiburg's Lukas Kübler on Thomas Müller and a hint from his video assistant, referee Florian Badstübner decided on a penalty. Lewandowski confidently pushed in and presented a T-shirt with Müller's likeness and the inscription “4EVER GERD” under the jersey. Teammates and coaching staff from Bayern formed a trellis for the star striker in front of the substitution bench on the sidelines and applauded.
Only three minutes later, however, the otherwise quite harmless offensive Freiburg surprisingly struck back. After a corner, Gulde overcame Bayern substitute goalkeeper Alexander Nübel, who was allowed to play for Munich for the first time in the Bundesliga, with a head. Overall, the guests in the first round were the better team, but they were seldom as dangerous as when Sané (23rd) failed to counterattack.
It was different at the beginning of the second half.
Especially the lively Sané turned up in front of the eyes of national coach Joachim Löw in the stands.
First he prepared a goal for his national team colleague Serge Gnabry with a strong dribble, which was disallowed for offside (51st).
Then he met himself after a pass from Müller.
For this, the Frenchman Corentin Tolisso came in the 62nd minute and celebrated his comeback after a long injury break.
After the record champions withdrew a bit and goalkeeper Nübel had parried heavily against substitute Lucas Höler (71st) and Janik Haberer (73rd), Lewandowski should have scored his second historic goal that afternoon.
The striker failed within a few seconds but twice against SC keeper Mark Flekken (78th) - on the second attempt only from a few centimeters.
Instead, there was the not undeserved compensation by Günter on the other side, who shot into the lower right corner after a courageous start from the left.
Lewandowski then headed again to Flekken (84th).
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