Leroy Sane’s second-half goal gave Bayern Munich a 1-0 victory over visiting Arminia Bielefeld on Saturday to keep the Bundesliga champions ahead, one point ahead of Borussia Dortmund.
Sane broke the deadlock in the 71st minute with a powerful practice after the Bavarians wasted plenty of chances, to take his side to 31 points in 13 games, with opponents Dortmund next week out of 30 after beating VfL Wolfsburg 3-1 nL1N2SI09V away. “For me it’s always about staying in there,” said Bayern’s Thomas Mueller, whose 396th Bundesliga appearance for the club saw him equalize Bayern great Franz Beckenbauer.
“In a game like this a lot may not work out, but we have a lot of players who are good at their finish. So it’s about trying and trying and at some point you will score,” he said. he declared. After a few hectic days for Bayern, with last week’s Bundesliga loss to Augsburg and a string of positive COVID-19 cases among their players, the team were desperate to reclaim the top spot from Dortmund, who had won more. early Saturday.
The Bavarians also had to endure a tumultuous AGM on Thursday with some club members strongly opposing the ongoing sponsorship deal with Qatar Airways due to the country’s human rights record. The hosts were frustrated throughout a dominant first half by Arminia goalkeeper Stefan Ortega, whose series of superb saves kept the visitors in the game.
After the break, the Bavarians picked up where they left off and had two golden chances thanks to Sane and Thomas Mueller. Sane had another good chance in the 57th with a volley that sailed close and Corentin Tolisso’s header also missed the mark a little later.
Germany international Sane, however, was not lacking in the 71st, coming in from outside the box on a pass from Mueller. Substitute Serge Gnabry shook the bar a few minutes later, but it was Sane’s goal that set Bayern a league record with 102 Bundesliga goals in a calendar year, beating the mark of Cologne from 1977.
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