Robert Lewandowski said it was an ‘amazing feeling’ and a relief to break Gerd Muller’s single-season Bundesliga goalscoring record with his last-minute strike in Bayern Munich’s 5-2 victory over Augsburg, the club’s final match of the campaign. Augsburg’s afternoon got off to the worst possible start as Jeffrey Gouweleeuw directed the ball into his own net before Serge Gnabry, Joshua Kimmich and Kinglsey Coman all scored to give the hosts a four-goal advantage at the halfway stage. All eyes were on Lewandowski after his penalty in Bayern’s previous clash with Freiburg put him level with Muller’s record tally of 40 goals but Augsburg goalkeeper Rafal Gikiewicz kept his fellow Pole at bay with a series of smart saves at the Allianz Arena. And while goals from Andre Hahn and Florian Niederlechner reduced the deficit and gave the visitors a glimmer of hope in the second half, Lewandowski had the last laugh as Leroy Sane’s driven effort was parried by Gikiewicz and fell kindly to his feet in the dying moments.
The lethal striker kept his composure to round Gikiewicz before firing home from close range to take his total to the season to 41 for the top-flight campaign, breaking the record which had been standing for 49 years. ‘I have no words. You can try for 90 minutes and nothing works, even though you try everything,’ Lewandowski told Sky Germany shortly after the drama. ‘It was an amazing feeling, tension until the last second. ‘Fortunately, I did it. I’m very happy. But I also have to pay a big compliment to my team-mates. ‘They did everything they could to make me score this goal today.’
Bayern had already clinched the Bundesliga title, their ninth in as many seasons, with their 3-2 victory over RB Leipzig earlier this month. No team previously – including Bayern – had won more than three titles on the bounce prior to the club’s latest run. Lewandowski managed to break Muller’s record despite being sidelined for three weeks with a muscle injury in the latter half of the season. The 32-year-old has notched up 53 goals in 46 games for club and country ahead of this summer’s European Championships.