Football: Lewandowski and Zieliński with braces, Piątek scores again

Attack-minded players from the Polish national football team displayed some encouraging form over the weekend, as Robert Lewandowski and Piotr Zieliński each scored twice, whilst Krzysztof Piątek netted for his side Hertha Berlin.

Football: Lewandowski concludes 2020 with a brace

Robert Lewandowski, the striker of FC Bayern Munich and the captain of the Polish national team scored twice against Bayer 04 Leverkusen.

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Another day at the office: Lewandowski with a new record

FC Bayern Munich faced FSV Mainz 05 on Sunday. The champions of Germany began their first match after the winter break in sluggish fashion, 0:2 af half-time. But after the interval, the Bavarians showed the quality that has made them such an irresistible force over the past 12 months.

Mainz hitting the post in the 51st minute, which would have given them a three goal lead, seemed to jerk Bayern into life, as they sprung a counter-attack. Robert Lewandowski set up Joshua Kimmich to half the arrears.

Bayern stepped up a gear and took the lead through goals from Leroy Sane and Nicklas Suele. Then, in the 76th minute, Lewandowski slotted home a penalty following a foul on Gnabry. In the 83rd minute, Thomas Müller received a ball on the right wing and centred for Lewandowski who scored his second with a volley.

Two goals against Mainz were the Pole’s 56th brace in the German league. He broke the record of the legendary Gerd Müller, becoming the first player to score 19 goals in 14 games in the German Bundesliga.

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Zieliński in superb form

The Napoli midfielder Piotr Zieliński, also put in an outstanding performance at the weekend, his team blew Cagliari away.

Zieliński hit a sweet left footed drive from just outside the box to open the scoring.

The Polish players first had been impressive but his second in the 61th minute was majestic. He received a ball in the penalty area from Giovanni di Lorenzo, took out three defenders with the deftest of touches before finishing from close range. Napoli scored two more goals, completing a 1:4 victory, giving Cagliari’s Polish defender Sebastian Walukiewicz an afternoon he would rather forget.

Piątek – the best “joker” of Bundesliga

Hertha Berlin striker Krzysztof Piątek was brought on the pitch in the 76th minute of the game against Schalke 04. Three minutes later he netted, extending his team’s lead to 3:0.

Piątek had the ball in the net for the second time in the 89th minute, but after a VAR check, the goal was disallowed.

The Polish striker is the best substitute goalscorer in the German league, since the resumption after the COVID-19 break in May. He scored six goals from nine attempts from the bench. Recently, Piątek was linked with return to Genoa, the club where he found immense success in 2018, after a transfer from Polish outfit KS Cracovia.