LEVERKUSEN, Germany (AP) — Robert Lewandowski and Serge Gnabry scored twice apiece as Bayern Munich demolished Bayer Leverkusen 5-1 on Sunday to return to the top of the Bundesliga table.
Four goals in seven minutes left Leverkusen in tatters before half-time as Bayern made a statement win to underline why it’s chasing a 10th consecutive title and proved it’s bounced back from a rare defeat to Eintracht Frankfurt last time out.
Bayern needed less than four minutes to take the lead with a touch of style from Lewandowski. Dayot Upamecano picked up an overhit free kick on the touchline and crossed it low for Lewandowski to score with a backheel. Lewandowski lost no time ending a blip of two games without a goal. The Poland striker’s relentless scoring form means that was his worst Bundesliga run since 2019.
Alphonso Davies danced through the Leverkusen penalty area to set up the second before laying the ball off for Lewandowski to apply the finish in the 30th. Then Leverkusen collapsed.
However, Davies exited the match in the 40th minute after feeling "slight pain in his thigh," according to coach Julian Nagelsmann.
@AlphonsoDavies wurde bei #B04FCB in der 40. Minute angeschlagen ausgewechselt.
@J__Nagelsmann: "Wir hoffen, dass er Glück hat. Er hat einen leichten Schmerz im Oberschenkel gespürt. Wir müssen bis Mittwoch schauen, ob es reicht."
— FC Bayern München (@FCBayern) October 17, 2021
This was Davies' fifth start for club and country in October. He logged 90 minutes in each of Canada's first two Concacaf World Cup qualifiers before going 81 minutes in the win over Panama on Wednesday.
Thomas Müller claimed the third goal in the 34th when Niklas Süle’s shot deflected off his thigh and into the net. The fourth came seconds after the restart, Gnabry scoring off a Müller cross as Leverkusen’s offside trap misfired. Then came a fifth in the 37th, Gnabry again after combining with Leon Goretzka, as a once-close game turned swiftly into a humiliation.