netted twice as Bayern Munich retained the German Super Cup with a 3-1 win at
Borussia Dortmund on Tuesday in a high-tempo encounter.
Lewandowski put Bayern ahead with a bullet header at Signal
Iduna Park before Thomas Mueller doubled the visitors’ lead to make it 2-0 just
after the break.
Dortmund captain Marco Reus pulled a goal back when he
curled a superb shot inside the post before Lewandowski settled the match.
The 32-year-old has now scored 24 goals in as many games
against Dortmund, where he spent four years from 2010-2014.
“This means a lot to me. We’ve won our next title and
for the spectators it must have been a really cool game to watch,”
Lewandowski told Sky.
“It’s something really great for the team which we can
Bayern have now won all of their last six matches against
It was a welcome victory for Bayern, who were winless in
four pre-season friendlies before drawing last Friday’s opening game of the new
Bundesliga season 1-1 at Borussia Moenchengladbach.
New coach Julian Nagelsmann has earned a trophy, which
Bayern also won last year against Dortmund in Munich, with his first win in
“We were better than in Gladbach and this is an
important win for the lads,” said Nagelsmann, who hailed Lewandowski’s
It was a frustrating game for Erling Braut Haaland and
16-year-old Dortmund striker Youssoufa Moukoko, who each had goals ruled
Both teams wore black armbands out of respect for legendary
Bayern striker Gerd Mueller, who died Sunday aged 75.
During the warm-up, the Bayern squad wore shirts with
Mueller’s name and number 9 on the back.
Steady rain did little to dampen the electric atmosphere as
tempers quickly became frayed, with three yellow cards dished out in the first
Dortmund had the best early chance when England midfielder
Jude Bellingham threaded a pass through the defence to Reus on 20 minutes, but
Bayern goalkeeper Manuel Neuer blocked the shot with his foot.
Moukoko then had the ball in the net on 36 minutes from a
Haaland pass, only to be denied by an offside flag.
Lewandowski put Bayern ahead four minutes before the break,
perfectly timing his run into the box to head home a pin-point Serge Gnabry
Bayern extended their advantage four minutes into the second
half when Lewandowski failed to connect with an Alphonso Davies cross and
Mueller swept in the loose ball.
Haaland beat Neuer three minutes later, but his effort was
also chalked off.
However, Dortmund pulled a goal back when Bellingham spotted
Reus in space and he unleashed an excellent strike into the corner with 26
minutes to go.
However, Lewandowski ended the tie as a contest, after
Bayern capitalised on a rare mistake in the Dortmund defence.
Centre-back Manuel Akanji played a lazy pass which was
snapped up and worked to Lewandowski, who slotted home, taking the wind out of
Dortmund in the 74th minute.