Bayern Munich were set to host Fortuna Dusseldorf in a battle between 1st and 16th place. For more context on how this matchup is undeniably lopsided, Bayern are currently 37 points ahead of Dusseldorf in the Bundesliga table. There is one major statistic that Bayern, and more specifically Robert Lewandowski, will be chasing throughout this match. The Polish striker has found the back of the net against every single Bundesliga team, except one: Fortuna Dusseldorf. Lewandowski has played against the relegation-battling squad five times throughout his entire Bundesliga career and is yet to score.
From kickoff, Bayern rarely allowed Fortuna to even cross the halfway line. At the 15th minute mark, Bayern held 79% of the game’s possession. This possession and pressure would catch up to Fortuna in a hurry as an own goal from Mathias Jorgensen would mark the beginning of a very long day on the job for Dusseldorf.
Bayern’s French defender, Benjamin Pavard, had himself a moment of glory in the 29th minute with a sensational headed goal to double Bayern’s lead and bring his season goal tally to four goals. It was Pavard’s shot that deflected in for an own goal in the 14th minute, so for this goal to count towards his name was sure to lift up his spirits.
The 33rd minute saw a rarity; Dusseldorf created their first genuine opportunity to score and get back into the game, but Bayern proved that their defense wasn’t asleep and is still the most formidable back line in Germany.
Just before the halftime whistle, it was Robert Lewandowski who finally scored his first ever goal against Fortuna Dusseldorf with a scintillating display of passing between Joshua Kimmich, Thomas Muller, and Lewandowski who started the attacking play. This goal puts Lewandowski on 42 goals scored this season in all competitions, while his personal record is 43 goals in one season. Thomas Muller, who assisted Lewandowski’s goal, now has 18 assists in the Bundesliga as he inches closer and closer to the 21 assist record set back in the 2014/2015 season.
Once the second half was underway, Bayern’s more relaxed approach to the game was evident. With the result secured, Bayern’s primary focus would be to see the game out and maintain their players health by utilizing the five substitutions.
But a relaxed Bayern side playing football against a relegation-battling side is still a recipe for disaster.
Robert Lewandowski added to his goal tally just five minutes into the second half with one of the most sensational finishes you’ll ever see in a “competitive” game. The Polish striker tied his personal record of 43 goals in all competitions with this finish and has Serge Gnabry to thank for fining him amongst the Dusseldorf defense.
The 52nd minute saw North America’s best player (yes, I’m making that claim already) score a fifth goal for Bayern. Alphonso Davies bullied his way through Fortuna’s defense with his strength and agility to finish a lovely goal and put the cherry on top for a match that still had 38 minutes to be played.
Luckily for Fortuna, the bleeding came to a halt. Bayern saw out the rest of the match with missed chances, ample possession, and a congesting defense that nulled any attacking opportunity for Fortuna. Bayern now move 10 points ahead of second place Borussia Dortmund with their next match taking place away from home against Bayer Leverkusen on June 6th. Fortuna Dusseldorf remain in the shadows of the Bundesliga in 16th place with their next fixture at home against Hoffenheim on the same day.
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