Schalke 0-3 Bayern Munich

first_imgRobert Lewandowski scored a hat-trick to take his goal tally to five in two games as he fired Bayern Munich to their first Bundesliga victory of the season in a 3-0 defeat of Schalke.After finishing with his lowest goal return for four years in 2018-19, plundering 22 league goals, the Poland international has started the new campaign in electric form and Schalke failed to contain him.Any hopes Schalke boss David Wagner had of taking points from his first home game in charge were cast into doubt when Lewandowski converted a first-half penalty. Article continues below Editors’ Picks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream The 31-year-old saved his best for the second half, when he curled a spectacular free-kick into the top corner and then added a third to wrap up a comfortable victory.Bayern coach Niko Kovac took the opportunity to hand a debut to loanee forward Philippe Coutinho in the last 35 minutes, and after a frustrating start to the season the champions are starting to look more like themselves.Get used to it #S04FCB 0-3 pic.twitter.com/t3PtYbe8Ts— FC Bayern English (@FCBayernEN) August 24, 2019Schalke goalkeeper Alexander Nubel, heavily linked with a move to Bayern during the close season, made a good reaction save to keep a powerful Lewandowski header out after 15 minutes.When Schalke’s loanee full-back Jonjoe Kenny made a clumsy sliding challenge on Kingsley Coman four minutes later the referee had no option but to award a penalty that Lewandowski calmly stroked into net.The second half was just four minutes old when Corentin Tolisso won a free-kick 25 yards from goal, prompting Lewandowski to unleash a scintillating strike that swerved away from Nubel and into the top-left corner.With 15 minutes left, Coman burst down the right and crossed to the edge of the box where Lewandowski had time to take a touch before rattling a low shot into the bottom-right corner of the net to add gloss to the result. What does it mean? Normal service resumedAfter defeat to Borussia Dortmund in the DFL-Supercup and a draw with Hertha Berlin in their season opener, Bayern put paid to suggestions that they are on the wane with a calm, confident victory.Lewandowski like a fine wineBayern’s dependence on Lewandowski for firepower is often viewed as a weakness in their squad, but when he is in this kind of form that argument falls flat.Toffee unstuckEverton loanee Kenny enjoyed a clean sheet on his Schalke debut in a goalless draw with Borussia Monchengladbach, but his sloppy challenge on Coman ended any chance of another.Key Opta Facts – With Benjamin Pavard, Lucas Hernandez, Corentin Tolisso, and Kingsley Coman Bayern had four French players in their starting lineup – this was the first time in Bundesliga history that a team started a match with four players from France.- Robert Lewandowski is the first player to score the first five goals of a Bundesliga season for Bayern – only Jonathan Akpoborie in 1996-97 for Hansa Rostock had a longer such starting run (first six goals of the season).- Only Gerd Muller scored more goals on the opening two matchdays of a Bundesliga season than Lewandowski (six in 1977-78, also for Bayern).- Lewandowski scored in his eighth consecutive Bundesliga appearance against Schalke – only Klaus Fischer netted in more consecutive games against one opponent in Bundesliga history (nine, against Stuttgart).What’s next?Struggling Mainz travel to Munich for a clash with the champions on Saturday, while Schalke entertain Hertha. read morelast_img read more

Van Dijk unworthy of UEFA prize ahead of Ronaldo & Messi – Ferdinand

first_imgRio Ferdinand believes that Liverpool star Virgil van Dijk should not have been awarded UEFA’s Men’s Player of the Season award, as Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo remain the best talents on the planet. Van Dijk marshalled the Reds backline throughout a stunning 2018-19 season which saw the club fall just short of a memorable double. The Merseysiders won their first Champions League title since 2005 with victory over Tottenham in the final, while they were pipped to the Premier League crown by just one point by Manchester City in a two-horse race that went down to the wire.  Article continues below Editors’ Picks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream The Netherlands international’s contribution to that success earned him Thursday’s individual award ahead of the pair who have dominated world football over the last decade, and he will surely be a hot candidate too for the Ballon d’Or later in the year. But according to former centre-back Ferdinand, recognition of Van Dijk is still somewhat undeserved. “There is no doubt in my mind that Virgil van Dijk is the best defender on the planet today,” the ex-Manchester United and England man told BT Sport. “But when a man scores 50 goals in a season like Messi did, or Cristiano won three trophies this season, the effect he’s had on a new championship and at national level as well, you can’t look beyond that. “People say, ‘ah it’s a bit boring that those two are still winning’ but they’re putting up numbers that have never been seen before, for 12, 15 years. “I’m a centre half and I’m delighted that he’s won it, I think he’s a worthy winner, but when you’ve got a man scoring 50 you can’t do that.” Ferdinand added that while defending was a crucial part of football, it is not what fans want to see when they file through the turnstiles at the weekend. “I would not spend my hard-earned cash to come watch a defender,” he stated. “Entertain me! I want to be taken off my seat, to scream and go, ‘Oh my God, what a performance, what a goal’. The hardest thing to do in the game is to score a goal.”Van Dijk and Liverpool will begin their defence of the Champions League in Group E, where they were drawn alongside Napoli, Salzburg and Genk on Thursday in Monaco.But they are also looking to preserve their status as the only team to start the Premier League with a 100 per cent record after three games, with the next test away to Burnley on Saturday. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more