BAYERN (Dispatches) - Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski has brokeen Gerd Mueller’s 49-year-old Bundesliga goal-scoring record for a single season when he netted for the 41st-time in the last minute of their last match, a 5-2 win over Augsburg.
The Poland striker is already second on the all-time scorers list in the Bundesliga with 277 goals, behind only Mueller’s 365. Mueller set the previous record of40 goals in the 1971/72 season, which Lewandowski equalled last week.
Lewandowski missed more than half a dozen clear scoring chances in the game and looked set to miss out on the record, with Augsburg determined not to let him add to his tally and snatch the record away from Mueller, who was idolized by Augsburg coach Markus Weinzierl in his youth.
But the Pole was not to be denied and in the final minute, when keeper Rafal Gikiewicz spilled a Leroy Sane shot, the forward rounded the keeper to score.
With coach Hansi Flick and several of the old guard - Javi Martinez, David Alaba and Jerome Boateng - bidding farewell to the club, it was an emotional afternoon for Bayern and the 250 invited fans in the 75,000-seat arena.