13 Sep Bundesliga on Starsat – Match Day 2 report
FC Bayern München left it late to make it two wins out of two with late efforts from Robert Lewandowski and Joshua Kimmich enough to see off a dogged FC Schalke 04 side with a score 2-0.
Goals: Robert Lewandowski (81′), Joshua Kimmich (90+2′)
Bayern had their now customary three quarters of the possession for much of the opening 15 minutes before the hosts settled and enjoyed a good spell which included the first shot of the game from Leon Goretzka. The first clear sight of goal came at the other end, though, with Lewandowski side-footing Thomas Müller’s cross just wide of the far post. Schalke squandered an even better opportunity shortly before the interval when Klaas-Jan Huntelaar failed to make the most of a loose ball at the near post after excellent work from Rahman Baba and Yevhen Konoplyanka down the left.
Huntelaar rattled the crossbar with the first shot of the second half, Manuel Neuer getting a crucial fingertip to the Dutchman’s strike from distance. Both coaches cheap valtrex online made changes to try to instigate a reaction – Breel Embolo and Max Meyer both entering for the hosts and Douglas Costa and Arturo Vidal seeing action for Bayern – but it was Lewandowski who made the difference, lifting his shot into the roof of the net just five minutes after missing an easier opportunity, before teeing up Kimmich for his first goal for Bayern to wrap up victory.
“It’s my job to score regularly,” Lewy said after his Matchday 1 hat-trick in the 6-0 win against SV Werder Bremen. He backed up those words against Schalke, proving his class, focus and unshakeable determination in a game of few scoring opportunities and one or two spurned chances.
Earning his reward at the end of a difficult encounter proved that the striker is still in top goalscoring form. “We knew we would have to be patient and so I’m happy that we won,” Lewandowski offered dryly after the match, leaving the witty ripostes to his team-mate, Neuer.