Muller’s brace leads Bayern Munich over Darmstadt
Today in the Bundesliga, German giants Bayern Munich were able to use a great second half to cruise by SV Darmstadt 3-1 at their home Allianz Arena.
Bayern, who are first in the league with 59 points in 22 games, were actually trailing heading into the halftime break.
Darmstadt’s Sandro Wagner scored a header in the 26th minute to give the newly promoted side a 1-0 lead. Wagner was a former youth player for Bayern before moving. Sandro Sirigu was credited with the assist on the goal.
In the 49th minute, Thomas Muller scored to make it 1-1 after his right-footed shot found the bottom right corner. Muller got on the end of Rafinha‘s cross for his 16th goal of the season.
Bayern took a 2-1 lead in the 71st minute after Muller doubled his tally on the day. The German international scored a brilliant bicycle kick after Arturo Vidal chipped it into the box.
Robert Lewandowski scored to make it 3-1 in the 84th minute to put the game to rest. The Polish international tapped in very easily a Franck Ribery cross.
At the final whistle, Bayern had themselves a 3-1 win at home. They had 81% of the possession and 36 total shots in the match. Darmstadt had 19% of the possession and had six total shots.
Manuel Neuer had five saves for Bayern, while Christian Mathenia had ten saves for Darmstadt.
Muller now has 17 goals on the season in 22 league appearances. Lewandowski has 22 goals in 21 league appearances.
According to BBC Sport, Bayern’s 36 total shots on Saturday were the most by any team in the Bundesliga this season.
Darmstadt now sit in 13th place with 24 points after the defeat. They currently sit four points from the relegation zone.
Bayern Munich manager Pep Guardiola was able to enjoy the second half after his team was able to come from behind to win. However, Munich’s next test will be a lot more difficult when they travel to Turin on Tuesday for their first leg match-up against Juventus in the UEFA Champions League Round of 16.
For now at least, Guardiola and his team can savor their victory on Saturday before getting back to training ahead of their huge clash on Tuesday.