2020-21 German Bundesliga
  • Ritsu Doan (58')
  • Thomas Müller (8', 51')
  • Robert Lewandowski (25', 45'+1')
  • Corentin Tolisso (76')

Bayern cruise with Lewandowski, Muller doubles

Lewandowski & Muller shine for Bayern in win vs. Bielefeld (1:35)

Robert Lewandowski and Thomas Muller both score twice in a 4-1 win. Watch Bundesliga on ESPN+. (1:35)

Bayern Munich's Robert Lewandowski and Thomas Muller scored two goals each as the German champions crushed hosts Arminia Bielefeld 4-1 in the Bundesliga on Saturday to move within a point of top spot.

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Muller scored either side of Lewandowski's double, with the Polish striker taking his season's tally to seven league goals from four games, as Bayern moved to nine points, level with third-placed Borussia Dortmund and one behind leaders RB Leipzig, who won 2-0 at Augsburg.

"The first half was very near to what we see as perfect football," Bayern coach Hansi Flick said of his team's strong first half. "But at times we have to be more clever to save energy."

Bayern, who also twice hit the woodwork, have a busy schedule, having played in the German Cup and league this week and next facing Atletico Madrid in the Champions League on Wednesday.

"We are currently missing some training sessions [due to the shortened summer break]. Borussia Dortmund had six weeks to prepare, we had only a week of team training."

Muller grabbed an eighth minute lead with a bit of luck after his first effort was saved but the ball bounced back into his path, while Lewandowski was left with far too much space to score with a well-placed shot in the 26th.

"That first match after the international break is always very important. It's not easy to find the right gear. But those first 45 minutes today were incredible. We showed we wanted to win this from the first whistle on," Lewandowski said.

Arminia goalkeeper Stefan Ortega kept the scoreline respectable in the first half with several spectacular stops, including a sensational one-handed save from Lewandowski's close-range header.

But the home keeper was beaten again with the last kick of the first half, a deflected shot from Lewandowski after good work from Muller.

"Watching Thomas Muller play is a sight for sore eyes. He knows his football. And we'd need a few more lessons on the training pitch to stop Robert Lewandowski," said Bielefeld coach Uwe Neuhaus.

Bayern, who had to use changing rooms in a nearby school ahead of the game due to strict COVID-19 regulations, scored again six minutes after the restart when Lewandowski crossed and Mueller volleyed in from close range.

Arminia's Japan international Ritsu Doan was rewarded for a fine performance with a goal in the 58th before Bayern were left with 10 men following the dismissal of Corentin Tolisso for a last-man foul.

Lucas Hernandez once again played at left-back for Bayern over Canadian youngster Alphonso Davies, who came on as a second-half substitute.

"Alphonso Davies is a young player. He played many, many games last season. It's important for him to start rolling again. He needs to have a certain fitness and be mentally fresh for it<" Flick added.

German Bundesliga Standings

1 Bayern Munich 24 +37 55
2 RB Leipzig 24 +26 53
3 VfL Wolfsburg 24 +17 45
4 Eintracht Frankfurt 24 +14 43
5 Bayer Leverkusen 24 +16 40
6 Borussia Dortmund 24 +15 39
7 FC Union Berlin 24 +10 35
8 SC Freiburg 24 -1 34
9 VfB Stuttgart 24 +8 33
10 Borussia Monchengladbach 24 +3 33
11 TSG Hoffenheim 24 -2 30
12 Werder Bremen 23 -6 27
13 FC Augsburg 24 -13 26
14 FC Cologne 24 -20 22
15 Hertha Berlin 24 -15 21
16 Arminia Bielefeld 23 -23 19
17 Mainz 24 -21 18
18 Schalke 04 24 -45 10