Lewandowski Set To Break 40-Goal A Season Milestone In Bundesliga 

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Robert Lewandowski can reach another milestone Saturday in his quest to better Gerd Mueller’s all-time record of 40 goals in a Bundesliga season.

The Bayern Munich striker bagged a hat-trick in last weekend’s 4-2 win over Dortmund in Germany’s ‘Klassiker’ to leave him on 31 league goals this campaign.

The result keeps the champions two points clear at the top of the Bundesliga.

With 10 league games left, Lewandowski is nine goals short of Mueller’s stunning record set in 1971/72, which many assumed would never be bettered.

At Werder Bremen on Saturday, Lewandowski needs just one more to equal Klaus Fischer’s tally of 268 Bundesliga goals.

Only Bayern legend Mueller scored more in Germany’s top-flight with 365 in 427 league games.

File photo: Bayern Munich’s Polish forward Robert Lewandowski celebrates scoring during the German first division Bundesliga football match FC Bayern Munich vs Hertha Berlin on October 4, 2020 in Munich, southern Germany. (Photo by CHRISTOF STACHE / AFP)


Fischer, who played for 1860 Munich, Schalke, Cologne, and Bochum between 1968 and 1988, backs Lewandowski to better Mueller’s record.

“He (Lewandowski) has a huge chance,” Fischer told magazine Kicker.

“He needs nine goals in the last 10 games.

“The way the season has gone until now, you’d have to assume it’s realistic.”

Bayern have banged in 13 goals in their last three games since last month’s shock defeat at Eintracht Frankfurt.

During his career, Lewandowski has scored 20 goals in as many games against Bremen – his highest tally against a Bundesliga club.

Bayern centre-back Jerome Boateng could return from a knee injury, but David Alaba is suffering from a leg knock.

Mid-table Bremen are unbeaten in three games, but their last win over Bayern was nearly 13 years ago.

Former Bayern defender Marco Friedl misses facing his ex-club after picking up a fifth yellow card this season in Bremen’s 2-0 win at Bielefeld on Wednesday.

Striker Niclas Fullkrug has an Achilles tendon injury, but US forward Joshua Sargent has scored in each of his last three games.

On Sunday, second-placed RB Leipzig face a tough test at home to Eintracht Frankfurt, who earned a shock 2-1 win over Bayern last month.

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After being knocked out of the Champions League in the last 16 by Liverpool on Wednesday, Leipzig coach Julian Nagelsmann wants his side to work out their “anger or disappointment” before tackling Eintracht.

Under their Japanese captain Makoto Hasebe, Frankfurt are up to fourth after winning six of their last nine league games.

Frankfurt striker Andre Silva has banged in 19 league goals, while Leipzig are without their goal-scoring left-back Angelino who is sidelined by injury.


Lewandowski Rescues Bayern At Union, Dortmund Suffer ‘Disaster’

Lewandowski Rescues Bayern At Union, Dortmund Suffer 'Disaster'
Bayern Munich’s Polish forward Robert Lewandowski (L) in action during Saturday’s game against Union Berlin. AFP



Robert Lewandowski marked his 200th Bundesliga appearance for Bayern Munich with a second-half equaliser in Saturday’s 1-1 draw at Union Berlin which keeps the defending champions top on goal difference.

After Grischa Proemel put Union ahead with four minutes gone, Lewandowski, the Bundesliga’s top-scorer, slotted his 13th goal in his 10th league game to rescue a point on 67 minutes.

Bayern have drawn their last two league games and Bayer Leverkusen can go top with a home win against Hoffenheim on Sunday.

The game in eastern Berlin was played behind closed doors, but Union fans fired a barrage of fireworks when the Bayern team bus arrived at the Alten Foersterei stadium.

Bayern goalkeeper Manuel Neuer pulled off a superb save after 52 seconds to deny Union’s Liverpool loanee Taiwo Awoniyi.

Proemel beat Neuer soon after when his deft header flew inside the far post.

Union kept up the pressure when Awoniyi fired just wide after wrong-footing both David Alaba and Jerome Boateng.

Moments later the VAR denied Bayern a penalty appeal when Lewandowski went down after a nudge in the area as it stayed 1-0 at half-time.

Bayern drew level when Kingsley Coman dribbled past two defenders and squared the ball for Lewandowski who slotted home.

Munich had a few late chances, but Union defended doggedly.

The result keeps Bayern top, level on 24 points with RB Leipzig, who briefly led the table after their 2-0 win over Werder Bremen earlier.

Union stay sixth, two points behind Dortmund who crashed to a 5-1 defeat against VfB Stuttgart.

Dortmund ‘disaster’

Dortmund coach Lucien Favre admitted the home defeat, their worst since 2009, was a “disaster” for their title ambitions.

Congo winger Silas Wamangituka netted twice in the romp which piled the pressure on Favre with fifth-placed Dortmund now five points behind Bayern and Leipzig.

“Things went mercilessly wrong,” admitted Dortmund defender Mats Hummels.

“We shot ourselves in the foot every few minutes.”

Dortmund have taken just a point in their two league games since star striker Erling Braut Haaland was ruled out until January with a hip injury.

Stuttgart’s relentless pressing and sloppy Dortmund defending resulted in the visitors scoring four unanswered second-half goals.

“We are not a team that can defend well, that has to be said quite clearly,” fumed Dortmund captain Marco Reus.

Wamangituka converted a first-half penalty after Dortmund’s Emre Can brought down Mateo Klimowicz.

Dortmund equalised when a superb Raphael Guerreiro long ball picked out Giovanni Reyna, who deftly chipped home.

It was 1-1 at the break, but the floodgates opened in the second period as nearly every Dortmund mistake was punished with a Stuttgart goal.

Wamangituka claimed his second goal eight minutes after the break, then Philip Foerster scored with a perfectly timed run into the area with an hour played.

A stray Dortmund pass was snapped up by Wamangituka and moved to striker Tanguy Coulibaly, who fired home on 63 minutes.

Reyna had a second goal ruled out by the VAR before Nicolas Gonzalez claim Stuttgart’s fifth goal in added time.

The debacle is Dortmund’s heaviest home defeat since being humbled 5-1 at home to Bayern Munich in 2009.

Leipzig down Bremen

Fresh from knocking Manchester United out of the Champions League in midweek, RB Leipzig beat Bremen 2-0.

Leipzig captain Marcel Sabitzer converted a penalty and Dani Olmo grabbed a first-half goal for the hosts.

The home win capped a good week for Leipzig whose 3-2 defeat of United on Tuesday helped them into the last 16 in Europe.

Arsenal loanee Matteo Guendouzi scored his first goal for Hertha Berlin in their 1-1 draw at Borussia Moenchengladbach, who equalised through Breel Embolo.

Freiburg ended their nine-match winless run with a 2-0 win over Arminia Bielefeld.

Cologne stay just above the relegation places after their 1-0 win at second-from-bottom Mainz.


Lewandowski Named UEFA Men’s Player Of The Year


Robert Lewandowski was named UEFA Men’s Player of the Year on Thursday following a superb season in which he won the treble with Bayern Munich.

Lewandowski was at UEFA headquarters in Nyon in Switzerland to receive the award at the draw for the Champions League group stage, just weeks after Bayern won the 2019/20 edition of the competition.

The Poland striker scored 55 goals in 47 games as Bayern also won the Bundesliga and German Cup. He was the top scorer in the Champions League with 15 goals.

Bayern Munich Star Lewandowski Wins Footballer Of The Year In Germany

Lewandowski’s 55 goals were instrumental in the Bavarians treble-winning 2019/2020 campaign. [email protected]


Bayern Munich striker, Robert Lewandowski has won the Footballer of the Year in Germany, just one week after completing a treble with the Bavarians.

The 32-year-old Polish frontman scored 276 votes in the poll conducted by sports magazine, Kicker, to beat teammates Thomas Müller (54) and Joshua Kimmich (49) to the prize.

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Lewandowski, who was in sensational form during the 2019/2020 campaign, netted 55 goals to help Bayern win the Bundesliga, DFB Cup and Champions League.

In what many pundits have described as a near-perfect run, the Pole finished as the top scorer in all three competitions, becoming the first non-German after Belgian star Kevin De Bruyne (2015) to win the award.

He scored 34 goals in the just-concluded Bundesliga season, earning him the top scorer prize for the fifth time and also bagged 15 goals in the Champions League and six in the DFB Cup.


File photo: Bayern Munich’s German goalkeeper Manuel Neuer raises the European Champion Clubs’ Cup during the trophy ceremony after winning at the end of the UEFA Champions League final football match between Paris Saint-Germain and Bayern Munich at the Luz stadium in Lisbon on August 23, 2020. MATTHEW CHILDS / POOL / AFP


‘I Have Worked Hard’

Following his spectacular feat, the Polish captain noted that he is proud of his achievements, saying “I have worked hard” for them.

Despite accolades from fans and pundits alike following a spectacular term, the former Borrusia Dortmund forward has set his sights on trying “to surpass them every year.”

Since teaming up with the German side in 2011, Lewandowski has won the best player in his country eight times, earning him the record holder tag for the prize.

Although Bayern Head coach Hansi Flick, does not believe in singling out individual players, the gaffer who was also named as the Coach of the Year, told the club’s website that Lewandowski is “an incredibly important player for us, as are so many others.”

Bundesliga: Bayern Munich Held To Surprise 2-2 Draw By Hertha Berlin



A brace for Robert Lewandowski was not enough to save Bayern Munich from making a spluttering start to the new Bundesliga season as the reigning German champions were held to a 2-2 draw at home to Hertha Berlin on Friday.

Hertha, who finished 11th last season, frustrated Bayern and took a shock lead in the first half after Lewandowski’s opener. The Polish striker then saved a point with his second-half penalty.

Despite winning the domestic double last season, Bayern opened the season under pressure after a 2-0 defeat to Borussia Dortmund in the German Supercup two weeks earlier.

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Questions over Kovac’s tactics and relentless criticism of the club’s transfer policy had also unsettled Bayern in the build-up, but they looked sharp early on as Joshua Kimmich and Serge Gnabry probed and prodded on the right wing.

The duo finally broke Hertha on 24 minutes, as Kimmich set up Gnabry’s to send a fizzing cross towards Lewandowski, who prodded home at full stretch from close range.

With Bayern completely in control, Hertha struck twice in quick succession to turn the game on its head.

The equaliser arrived with a dollop of good fortune on 36 minutes, as a hopeful long-range effort from Dodi Lukebakio deflected off Vedad Ibisevic and wrongfooted Manuel Neuer.

Three minutes later, Hertha took the lead in curious fashion after Marko Grujic clashed heads with new Bayern signing Benjamin Pavard.

While Pavard pulled up holding his head, Grujic managed to chase down the loose ball and round Neuer before himself collapsing to the turf.

Both players were quickly back on their feet, and Grujic was in the spotlight again when he pulled down Robert Lewandowski off the ball on the hour mark.

The resulting penalty, given by VAR, was coolly converted by the Polish striker to bring Bayern back on level terms.

Lewandowski, Gnabry and Corentin Tolisso all came close as Bayern pushed for the winner late on, but Hertha held on to take a well-earned point back to the capital city.

Lewandowski Double Leaves Bayern On Verge Of Last 16

Bayern Munich’s Polish forward Robert Lewandowski vies for the ball during the UEFA Champions League Group E football match Bayern Munich v AEK Athens FC in Munich, southern Germany, on November 7, 2018. Sven Hoppe / dpa / AFP


Robert Lewandowski scored twice on his 100th European appearance to leave Bayern Munich on the verge of the last 16 after a 2-0 win over AEK on Wednesday.

Lewandowski converted a first-half penalty then volleyed home with an athletic leap after the break to leave him on 56 goals in Europe.

The victory saw Bayern claim top spot in Group E with 10 points.

Benfica’s 1-1 draw at Ajax virtually assures Bayern of a place in the last 16 and a point against Benfica in three weeks will guarantee their place in the knock-out phase.

“We took a good step forwards and had the game under control in the decisive moments,” said Lewandowski.

“We know that we can do better, but the win was very important for our self-confidence.”

The win at the Allianz Arena will ease the pressure on head coach Niko Kovac with the defending Bundesliga champions only third in the table before Saturday’s showdown at leaders Borussia Dortmund.

“We deserved the win and managed to keep them scoreless,” said Kovac.

“In the second half, we should have rewarded our hard work with two or three goals.

“There were no fireworks out there and neither were any expected.”

Kovac abandoned his experiment of playing Joshua Kimmich in the central midfield role vacated by injury to Thiago Alcantara.

The initiative had only resulted in a performance Kimmich described as his “worst in three years at Bayern” in Saturday’s lackluster league draw with Freiburg.

Instead, Javi Martinez controlled the midfield against Greek side AEK and it was across from Kimmich, who reverted to right-back, which led to the second goal.

 Lewandowski hauled down 

Bayern had a scare after five minutes when AEK defender Vasilis Lampropoulos slipped his marker, Mats Hummels, and glanced his header just wide of the post from a corner.

The hosts eventually took the lead, at the sold-out Allianz Arena in front of 70,000, when Lewandowski was pulled down by his shirt in the area.

The Poland striker sent AEK goalkeeper Vassilis Barkas the wrong way as he converted the spot-kick with half an hour gone.

However, after the disappointing draw with Freiburg, this was another unimpressive display from Bayern.

The hosts were too often content to defend deep rather than go on the attack, as they tend to do on European nights at home.

They made a brighter start to the second half when Kimmich fired in a cross which Leon Goretzka volleyed straight at Barkas just before the hour mark.

The Germans then began to turn the screw.

Lewandowski had a shot saved and AEK’s discipline waned as midfielder Andre Simoes and Lampropoulos both picked up yellow cards.

The hosts finally scored their second when Kimmich whipped in a corner, which was flicked on to Lewandowski, who volleyed home at the far post on 71 minutes.

There was plenty of relief at the three points won when the final whistle went, but Bayern will need to improve significantly if they are to be challenging for the title.


Lewandowski Equals Bundesliga Home Scoring Record

Robert Lewandowski                                                                File photo: PATRIK STOLLARZ / AFP


Bayern Munich star Robert Lewandowski scored in his 11th consecutive home league match in Saturday’s 2-1 win over Schalke to equal the Bundesliga record.

The Poland striker, who now has 26 in all competitions, has netted in all of Bayern’s league games this season at the Allianz Arena.

He equalled the record of Jupp Heynckes, Bayern’s head coach, who missed Saturday’s game with flu.

Heynckes also scored in 11 consecutive home games for Borussia Moenchengladbach in 1972/73.

Despite Lewandowski’s feat, Bayern captain Thomas Mueller scored the goal of the day in Germany to seal the win which restored Munich’s 18-point lead as Schalke drop to sixth.

With barely five minutes gone, Schalke goalkeeper Ralf Faehrmann blocked Mueller’s fierce shot, but Lewandowski was on hand to tap in his 19th league goal of the season to equal the record.

Schalke drew level when Germany midfielder Leon Goretzka, who will join Bayern next season, mistimed a bicycle kick from a cross, but Franco di Santo fired home on 29 minutes.

However, Mueller then scored one of his finest goals in the famour red shirt on 36 minutes.

He sprinted onto a Arjen Robben pass in the area, but instead of passing inside as the defence expected, fired home from the tightest of angles past the despairing Faehrmann.

“It was bitter to concede the goals, especially the second,” admitted Faehrmann.

“I thought it was going to be pulled back inside, but you can’t assume things like that against Mueller.”

Mueller said it was a lucky strike.

“Arjen played it deep, I didn’t really have time to see where to put it, I just hit it and had a bit of luck that it went in,” said the Germany star.

Bayern have now won 21 of their last 22 games in all competitions.

– Batshuayi nets again –
Earlier, Belgium striker Michy Batshuayi, on loan from Chelsea, scored his third Bundesliga goal in two games in Borussia Dortmund’s 2-0 home win over Hamburg.

Dortmund signed the 24-year-old on loan for the rest of the season after selling top-scorer Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to Arsenal last month.

Batshuayi is supplying the goals after marking his debut by netting twice in a 3-2 win at bottom side Cologne a week ago.

“I’m very happy, the most important thing is we won and remain high in the table,” said Batshuayi with Dortmund third.

As promised, the Belgian celebrated with a somersault after scoring on his home debut.

US winger Christian Pulisic threaded a pass through the Hamburg defence, which Batshuayi met at the far post for a tap in on 49 minutes.

A dull match was lit up by Dortmund’s second in the dying stages when Germany’s World Cup winner Mario Goetze netted after coming off the bench.

Dortmund’s injury-prone Germany winger Marco Reus returned after 259 days sidelined by a torn knee ligament.

The win left Dortmund third, a point behind second-placed RB Leipzig, who won 2-0 at home to Augsburg on Friday with Liverpool-bound Naby Keita hammering home a free-kick.

Frankfurt go fourth

Eintracht Frankfurt stormed up to fourth with a 4-2 thrashing of bottom side Cologne.

Ante Rebic gave Frankfurt an early lead, but Cologne striker Simon Terrode equalised with a second-half penalty.

Frankfurt defender Marco Russ headed the hosts back into the lead for his first goal since overcoming cancer in 2016.

French defender Simon Falette and midfielder Marius Wolf scored in quick succession to stretch Frankfurt’s lead to 4-1 before Terrode grabbed Cologne’s second with a header.

Bayer Leverkusen dropped to fifth after a shock 2-0 defeat at home to Hertha Berlin as Valentino Lazaro and Ivory Coast veteran Salomon Kalou scored.

Hoffenheim earned their first win in six games with a 4-2 thrashing of Mainz as strikers Adam Szalai and Andrej Kramaric scored twice.

Freiburg lost for the first time in nine league games, crashing to a 2-1 defeat at Hanover 96, whose midfielder Felix Klaus scored the winner.


Bayern Munich Sign German Striker Sandro Wagner

Germany’s striker Sandro Wagner. Photo: Glyn KIRK / AFP

Bayern Munich said Thursday they had signed experienced German international striker Sandro Wagner from Hoffenheim as a backup for Robert Lewandowski.

German press reports said Bayern paid a fee of around 13 million euros ($15.4 million) for the 30-year-old.

“We are convinced that Wagner will improve the quality of our team with his class and his experience,” Bayern’s sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic said.

Wagner’s contract runs until June 30, 2020.

Polish international Lewandowski has complained about a lack of rest.


Lewandowski Backs Struggling Rival Aubameyang

Bayern Munich´s Polish striker Robert Lewandowski celebrates during the German First division Bundesliga football match Borussia Dortmund vs Bayern Munich in Dortmund. PATRIK STOLLARZ / AFP

Robert Lewandowski has eclipsed Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in the race to be this season’s top-scorer in Germany, but the Bayern Munich star is backing his Borussia Dortmund rival to break his goal drought soon.

Aubameyang narrowly beat Lewandowski to become the Bundesliga’s top-scorer last season by scoring 31 goals – one more than his Polish rival.

However, Gabon hot-shot Aubameyang has drawn a blank in his last five games have now gone 476 minutes without a goal for Dortmund in all competitions.

“Everybody goes through these phases and the scorer’s job is the hardest one on the pitch anyway,” Lewandowski told German daily Bild on Tuesday.

“When you are on a good run, you score everything, but woe betides when it doesn’t work and you hit the crossbar instead of the net.

“Then a lot of things go through your head.

“It’s important to clear your head quickly and regain the old looseness, then I’m sure he’ll be successful again.”

Dortmund’s Gabonese striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Up) and Bayern Munich´s defender Niklas Suele vie for the ball during the German First division Bundesliga football match Borussia Dortmund vs Bayern Munich in Dortmund. PATRIK STOLLARZ / AFP

Bayern’s Lewandowski scored his 11th goal in as many league matches, one more than Aubameyang, in Saturday’s 3-1 win at Dortmund.

Aubameyang again failed to hit the net and Dortmund have now dropped 11 points in their last four games to go third after surrendering top spot in the Bundesliga to Bayern.

Aubameyang has scored a total of 95 goals in 139 league games for Dortmund in his career and Lewandowski is backing him to break his drought soon.

In the space of four weeks, Bayern has gone from trailing Dortmund by five points to holding a six-point lead over Borussia.

Poland hot-shot Lewandowski, who has scored 88 goals in 107 league games for Bayern, says Dortmund are not out of the title race.

“Six points ahead in the Bundesliga mean nothing, I have not written Borussia off,” said Lewandowski, who played for Dortmund from 2010-14, scoring 74 goals in 131 league games.


Get A New Striker, Lewandowski Tells Bayern

Get A New Striker, Lewandowski Tells Bayern
Munich’s Polish forward Robert Lewandowski runs with the ball during the German football Cup DFB Pokal second round match between RB Leipzig and FC Bayern Munich in Leipzig eastern Germany, on October 25, 2017. ROBERT MICHAEL / AFP

Robert Lewandowski has urged Bayern Munich to find a new striker to replace him – when injured – with the Poland hot-shot sidelined for Tuesday’s Champions League match at Celtic.

Bayern face the Scottish champions at Glasgow’s Parkhead in a Champions League clash minus Lewandowski, who injured his thigh playing for the Bundesliga leaders at the weekend.

With Lewandowski out, there is no senior specialist striker in the matchday squad in Glasgow, where Bayern need a win to stay in touch with Group B leaders Paris Saint-Germain.

“At the moment, there is no backup for my position,” Lewandowski told German magazine Kicker.

“No-one can last 90 minutes over the whole season and play every three days.”

Bayern head coach Jupp Heynckes will have to innovate up front with his starting line-up against Celtic.

Teenage striker Manuel Wintzheimer has been called up from Bayern’s Under-18 team as reserve striker Kwasi Okyere Wriedt is not registered for the Champions League.

Heynckes has enough stars in his squad to find a solution against Celtic.

“You can play a 4-4-2 with Arjen Robben and Kingsley Coman up front or you can put both on the wing and use a midfielder as a false Nine,” he said at the pre-match press conference.

Bayern’s director of sports Hasan Salihamidzic has said they are “looking into” recruiting a new striker to sign during January’s transfer window.

That could be more difficult than it initially sounds.

A possible back-up for Lewandowski must be comfortable spending most of his time on Bayern’s bench – an unrealistic scenario for any top striker who would want to prove his form with the World Cup on the horizon.

Also, the Champions League rules for the knock-out phase are not in Bayern’s favour.

According to the regulations, a club can register up to three new players by midnight on February 1, but they must not have played for another club in the group phases in the same Champions League season.


Lewandowski Bags Brace In Bayern Munich Romp


Bayern Munich’s players celebrate after Polish striker Robert Lewandowski scored during the German First division Bundesliga football match FC Bayern Munich v Mainz 05 in Munich, southern Germany, on September 16, 2017. Guenter SCHIFFMANN / AFP

Robert Lewandowski netted twice on his 100th Bundesliga appearance for Bayern Munich who brushed off their internal strife with a 4-0 hammering of Mainz on Saturday.

Lewandowski has now netted 82 goals for Munich amidst reports he wants to join Real Madrid next season, but Bayern chairman Uli Hoeness laughed off the claim by Spanish newspaper AS.

“It’s not April 1,” the Bayern boss told broadcaster Sport1.

The rout left Bayern second in Germany’s top flight, a point behind Hanover 96, who claimed the lead after four games with a 2-0 win over Hamburg on Friday.

This was a much-improved performance from Bayern compared to last Saturday’s 2-0 defeat at Hoffenheim and Tuesday’s lacklustre 3-0 win at home to 10-man Anderlecht in the Champions League.

“I’m happy. We had good combinations and created good chances. We did well,” said Bayern coach Carlo Ancelotti.

Arjen Robben had slammed Bayern’s performance against the Belgians, while Lewandowski had added to the unrest by criticising the club’s spending policy.

That came after Thomas Mueller had complained about being benched for the 2-0 win at Werder Bremen.

However, all three scored against Mainz at Munich’s Allianz Arena on Saturday.

Mueller opened the scoring after just 11 minutes when he drilled home Robben’s pass on Bayern’s first attack.

The flying Dutch winger added a second on 23 minutes when Joshua Kimmich’s pass put him in behind the defence and he drilled his shot home.

Lewandowski then doubled the damage with two superb goals.

Kimmich released Mueller on the right wing, who put in a superb cross for the Poland striker to convert on 50 minutes.

Lewandowski grabbed his second and Bayern’s fourth goal when he headed across Mainz’s former Germany goalkeeper Rene Adler.

Franck Ribery started on Bayern’s bench having thrown his shirt away in disgust after being substituted late against Anderlecht.

Borussia Dortmund can go top of the table on Sunday if they beat Cologne at home on Sunday, while RB Leipzig host Borussia Moenchengladbach on Saturday.

Germany midfielder Leon Goretzka scored the second-half winner as Schalke went third with a 2-1 win at Werder Bremen.

The hosts took an early lead as Lamine Sane slammed home off his left foot on 20 minutes, but Bremen’s former Tottenham Hotspur defender Milos Veljkovic then netted an own goal.

Goretzka hit the winner seven minutes from time when he drilled home with his left foot.

VfB Stuttgart captain Christian Genter had to be stretchered off following a nasty collision with Wolfsburg goalkeeper Koen Casteels late in his team’s 1-0 home victory after Chadrac Akolo scored the winner.

Casteels’s knee caught Gentner in the face and Stuttgart’s team doctor reacted quickly on the pitch after the midfielder, whose face was covered in blood, had swallowed his tongue.

“He has definitely got a bad concussion, probably broken a few bones, but the doctor says he will make a full recovery,” said Stuttgart coach Hannes Wolf.

“That was a shock for us all, they were dramatic minutes. We’re all under a bit of shock and couldn’t enjoy the win, our thoughts are with our captain.”

Brazil midfielder Caiuby scored what proved to be a superb winner with a long-range strike in Augsburg’s 2-1 win at Eintracht Frankfurt which moved his team up to fifth.