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Robert Lewandowski scores first Bayern Munich goal

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Bayern's new number nine is aiming for a season full of silverware.  (©GettyImages)
Bayern's new number nine is aiming for a season full of silverware. (©GettyImages).

Robert Lewandowski was on target in his first Bayern Munich match as he netted on the hour mark against German third tier side, MSV Duisberg. 

The Poland International latched on to a cross from the right hand side supplied by Rafinha, bringing the ball down before calmly dispatching the finish, firing the ball to the keeper's left.

GOAL!!

Their opponents found the equaliser not long after as Bayern drew the second match of their pre-season schedule. This result followed their 3-0 victory against Red Baroons Dietmannsried e.V, where Holger Badstuber made his return. 

The casual looking Pep Guardiola played another experimental team due to the absence of the Germany World Cup winning stars, who are currently on their break, and this meant second consecutive starts for the defensive trio of Rafinha, Badstuber and David Alaba. 

Lewandowski's Dortmund record: 

In January, Robert Lewandowski agreed to leave Jurgen Klopp's Borussia Dortmund side following four years at Signal Iduna Park. He came to the club from Lech Poznan and in his Bundesliga career he has scored 74 goals to-date.

On top of this, he has scored 17 times in the Champions League, where he caught many suitors eyes in particular with his dazzling performance against Real Madrid in the Champions League in April 2013, as he scored all four goals in their crushing first leg semi-final win. 

After joining Dortmund for just £4 million, the talented Pole left the club for a five-year deal at the Allianz Arena, believed to be worth €11million a year. 

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Bayern Munich's striking options

Last season Guardiola's side went goal crazy, scoring 94 goals in the Bundesliga, which included a 7-0 win over Werder Bremen, 6-1 over VfL Wolfsburg and 5-0 over Eintracht Frankfurt.

Already this summer, Bayern have lost two attacking options as Mario Mandzukic has sealed a move to La Liga champions Atletico Madrid, whilst Toni Kroos recently completed a move to Real Madrid for a fee of £24 million.

This means Lewandowski is likely to take a prominent role, with Thomas Muller likely to be his support. Obviously Bayern have plenty of strength on the wings with Frank Ribery and Arjen Robben linking-up with the Pole, plus Guardiola can look to World Cup winner, Mario Gotze, but there is a lot of pressure on Bayern's only notable and traditional 'number nine'. 

Expectation

Following another solid season in yellow firing home 20 goals in the league, Lewandowski will be expected to match that, if not top that, this time around.

In terms of supply, the striker is spoilt for choice with an array of midfield talent who can play the killer ball and the help of confident wingers who can do the work before laying him up. But since the move has been known for a several months now, the pressure on Lewandowski to perform is growing as the season draws closer.

With Dortmund recruiting a number of striking replacements including Serie A top scorer, Ciro Immobile and Hertha Berlin's, Adrian Ramos, the former BVB man will need to play up to his price tag. 

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Bundesliga
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