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Lewandowski revels in ´historic´ Bundesliga goals record

SoccerNews in Bundesliga 22 May 2021

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Robert Lewandowski was almost left lost for words after breaking Gerd Muller’s long-standing Bundesliga record for goals in a single season and says it is too soon to judge where the achievement ranks in his lengthy list of accomplishments.

Prolific Pole Lewandowski had equalled Muller’s previous benchmark of 40 set back in the 1971-72 season with a penalty in a 2-2 draw against Freiburg last week.

In Saturday’s season finale against Augsburg, it looked as though Lewandowski was going to fall frustratingly short of outright history having been thwarted on several occasions by visiting goalkeeper Rafal Gikiewicz.

However, there was one last dramatic twist when Gikiewicz failed to hold a Leroy Sane strike, and Lewandowski pounced to round the keeper and slot home his 41st league goal of the campaign to seal a 5-2 win for the champions.

In scenes of pure jubilation, Lewandowski whipped off his shirt and then had a warm embrace with departing head coach Hansi Flick.

“I have no words. I tried to score for 90 minutes, I tried everything – and it fell in the 90th minute. I am very, very happy,” Lewandowski told Sky Germany.

“I saw that Leroy had shot, then I just speculated. I wanted to score earlier, of course, but I knew that the situation would come at some point. I also thank my team-mates for trying everything.”

Asked if the record and surpassing a legend like Muller was the greatest achievement in his career, Lewandowski replied: “It was a special moment, it was historic. 

“But I can’t even classify it so soon after the game.”

In total, Lewandowski had 10 shots, six of which were on target, but it was the crucial moment with the last kick of the game that proved crucial.

“I wasn’t angry, but I was disappointed. I asked myself why the goal didn’t work out today,” he said.

“Thanks again to my team, they are also on my record.”

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