Football: Lewandowski not affected by pandemic, scores 40th goal of season

Robert Lewandowski, the Polish FC Bayern Munich striker, recorded a fifth season in a row in which he has scored at least 40 goals and joined Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo and Argentina’s Lionel Messi, as the only players to have achieved such a feat in the 21st century.

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German league – Bundesliga – is the first major football competition to return to action during the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic, albeit under a strict sanitary regime. Bayern’s opposition were Union Berlin, who had another Polish player, goalkeeper Łukasz Gikiewicz on the pitch.

In the 40th minute, Bayern won a penalty kick and Lewandowski was given the opportunity to open the scoring. The Polish striker rarely misses from eleven metres and he confidently stroked the ball into the net.

Bayern won the match 2:0, the second goal was scored by French defender Benjamin Pavard in the 81st minute of the game.

This was Lewandowski’s 26th league goal of the season 2019/2020. He has 11 goals in the UEFA Champions League and three in the German Cup.

Lewandowski recorded his most prolific season in 2016/2017, scoring 43 times (excluding his goals for the national team). As long as the Bundesliga remains uninterrupted it seems likely that he will surpass that figure, as there are still eight domestic games ahead of him, plus a possible (but still to be decided) return of the UEFA Champions League.

Only two other players in the 21st century have been so prolific with goalscoring, arguably the two greatest in the modern game, Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo and Argentina’s Lionel Messi.

The Polish football league – PKO BP Ekstraklasa – is due to return on May 29.

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