A clear matter in East Westphalia: The record champions are not naked with the newcomers from Bielefeld and win confidently. Even a dismissal does not upset the Munich team.
Series champion Bayern Munich is clearly back on track in the Bundesliga. On the fourth match day, the Munich presented themselves as a merciless goal machine and won 4: 1 (3: 0) against promoted Arminia Bielefeld. As a result, FC Bayern took second place at least temporarily and have almost corrected the 1: 4 slip in Hoffenheim. “We showed a good face and a great game,” said captain Manuel Neuer. “We scored four goals, that speaks for our strong offensive.”
The outstanding double packers Thomas Müller (8./51.) And Robert Lewandowski (26./45.+1) secured Bayern’s 26th victory in the last 27 competitive games with a goal from Ritsu Doan (58th). However, Corentin Tolisso saw the red card (76th) because of an emergency brake. “The first half was close to how we imagine football to be,” said coach Hansi Flick, who criticized Corentin Tolisso’s late red card because of an emergency brake (76th) as “stupid”.
Europe’s Footballer of the Year Lewandowski completed his personal statistics. He has now scored against all 18 top division clubs including Bayern. The Pole, who moved to Germany in 2010, had never played against Arminia, who last played in the Bundesliga in 2009. With seven goals this season after four games, he overtook Andrej Kramaric (six) from Hoffenheim, who is currently missing due to a corona infection, at the top of the top scorer list. And with a total of 17 goals, Bayern also set Borussia Mönchengladbach’s 53-year-old four-game start record. However, Munich have already conceded eight goals, currently the fourth most in the league.
Bayern with nine changes in the starting line-up
The start of the season for Arminia, who was unbeaten at home for over a year, is still decent with four points from four games. The sensation on Saturday was at no time tangible with a long time fearful performance against inviolable Bayern. For years Bayern have had little pity for promoted players, who two days after beating 1. FC Düren 3-0 in the DFB Cup with nine changes in the starting line-up again with the A-Elf; it was the 41st victory in the last 44 duels.
When Bayern last played in Bielefeld, Jürgen Klinsmann was still their coach and Luca Toni scored the winning goal to make it 1-0. Ostwestfalen had to wait eleven and a half years for the record champions to play – and then no spectators were allowed in on Saturday. “That really hurts,” said Arminia coach Uwe Neuhaus, who met the Munich team for the first time as head coach.
The Champions League winner, who started without his father-to-be Joshua Kimmich, approached the game seriously and was highly dominant from the first minute. The reward followed quickly, and that from Müller of all people, besides Niklas Süle the only one who had been on the pitch 46 hours earlier at the kick-off against Düren. The 2014 world champion used a sensational heel rack from Lewandowski in the second attempt.
Bielefeld goalkeeper Ortega prevented even greater defeat
As a result, Bielefeld goalkeeper Stefan Ortega saved several times against Müller (15th), Lewandowski (28th) or Corentino Tolisso (33rd). Lewandowski, who scored at least twice in a Bundesliga game for the 63rd time, decided the game before the break and could have scored significantly more often. So with a header (34th) and a crossbar after an error by Ortega (49th).
Bielefeld’s only chance in the first half was missed by captain Fabian Klos, who was still waiting for the first division goal, but failed to Manuel Neuer (31st). The very lively Doan later managed at least the honorary goal – and Klos with the presentation of the first Bundesliga scorer point.