Bayern Munich may have a seemingly untouchable stranglehold on the Bundesliga, but Schalke away usually proves one of the trickier fixtures for the Bavarians.
Despite this however, Carlo Ancelotti’s men left the Veltins-Arena with all three points in a crucial 2-0 win. It wasn’t without issue though as Die Knappen put on a firm fight throughout.
The away side’s frustration was exemplified by an extremely uncharacteristic miss from Robert Lewandowski. It proves an incident the Pole won’t be too keen to look back on.
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Although Bayern ultimately looked the better side throughout, the home side gave it their all and ensured the champions were suitably stalled. There were even suggestions that a shock could have been on the cards.
Such suspicions were even more prevalent upon Klaas-Jan Huntelaar coming close for the hosts. The Dutchman’s 20-yard strike beat Manuel Neuer in the Bayern goal, but could only rattle the crossbar.
It proved a wake-up call for Ancelotti’s men who eventually delivered the killer blows in the final ten minutes.
First Lewandowski found the net with a sweet floated finish over the onrushing Schalke goalkeeper before Joshua Kimmich sealed the result in stoppage time. 2-0 undoubtedly does the home side an injustice however.
One of the biggest talking points of the game proved Lewandowski’s shocking open-goal miss at 0-0 though.
Despite being one of the sharpest finishers in world football, the 28-year-old ballooned the ball over with the goal at his mercy. With the game proving a tight affair at the time, it could have proven costly.
The out of sorts blunder can be seen below:
Ultimately though, Lewandowski atoned for his error with a more typical finish later in the game. Nevertheless, he made Bayern’s task considerably harder and nerve shredding in fluffing his lines.
Given his outrageous goal scoring record, it’s unlikely this miss will cause too much damage to the Pole’s reputation but it’s a blot on his copybook nonetheless.
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