Bayern Munich’s Polish ahead Robert Lewandowski celebrates scoring through the German first division Bundesliga soccer match FC Bayern Munich v SC Paderborn in Munich, southern Germany, on February 21, 2020.
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Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich squeezed previous backside aspect Paderborn Three-2 on Friday as Robert Lewandowski netted twice to spare goalkeeper Manuel Neuer’s blushes of their last sport earlier than going through Chelsea within the Champions League.
Lewandowski now has a league-leading tally of 25 objectives within the prime flight, illustrating his significance to the staff forward of Tuesday’s final 16, first-leg tie in London.
Bayern twice surrendered the lead in Munich earlier than securing the win which leaves them 4 factors clear.
With Bayern main 1-Zero due to Serge Gnabry’s early objective, Neuer mistimed a clearance outdoors his space, permitting Paderborn midfielder Dennis Srbeny to fireside into an empty web simply earlier than half-time.
“I was worried about knocking into him, because that would have been a red card,” Neuer defined.
“I had the feeling he would get to the ball before me. That’s why it looks that way. It’s part of my game and it happens.”
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Nonetheless, Lewandowski then struck within the 70th minute to make it 2-1, just for Paderborn to attract degree once more after poor defending allowed Sven Michel a easy faucet in 15 minutes from time.
Nonetheless, there was nonetheless time for Lewandowski to fireside dwelling the winner, due to Gnabry’s very good cross.
Within the build-up, Bayern coach Hansi Flick warned his staff needed to concentrate on strugglers Paderborn, however the Bavarian giants appeared to have one eye on Chelsea.
“Paderborn absolutely challenged us to the very last,” admitted Flick.
Paderborn had the ball in Bayern’s web after 4 minutes when their striker Streli Mamba slid the ball below Neuer, however the effort was flagged offside.
As anticipated, Bayern took an early on the Allianz Enviornment when Gnabry celebrated his 100th Bundesliga look by turning and hitting into the underside nook on 26 minutes.
Paderborn drew degree after Neuer mistimed a clearance outdoors the field.
The Germany captain had twice beforehand cleared the hazard by coping with long-distance possibilities supposed for Paderborn’s forwards.
Nonetheless, the tactic backfired a 3rd time when he didn’t clear a ball over the defence meant for Srbeny, who stored his cool and slotted into the empty Bayern web on 44 minutes.
With the scores locked at 1-1 and time ticking down, Lewandowski restored the hosts’ lead when Gnabry set him up for a deadly shot on 70 minutes.
Paderborn, nonetheless, got here again once more and Michel gave them a second equaliser by tapping dwelling a rebound after Neuer had saved a shot by alternative left-back Dennis Jastrzembski.
Nonetheless, it was Gnabry once more who offered the help with an inch-perfect cross which Lewandowski swept dwelling two minutes from time to settle the matter.