Goal Analysis: Robert Lewandowski – Bayern Munich 2-2 Hertha Berlin 16/8/2019

Goal Analysis: Robert Lewandowski – Bayern Munich 2-2 Hertha Berlin 16/8/2019

Robert Lewandowski opened the scoring in Bayern Munich’s 2-2- draw with Hertha Berlin, making the space to score for himself.

Lewandowski dropped deep to pick up a throw-in from David Alaba, drawing Niklas Stark up the pitch following him.

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Lewandowski drops back to receive a throw-in. Stark follows him up the pitch.

With Stark pressuring him, he can’t turn, but he does lay the ball off to Thomas Muller who knocks it wide to Joshua Kimmich.

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Lewandowski lays off the ball to Muller, who passes wide to Kimmich

As Hertha Berlin are playing a 3-4-1-2 formation, it was easy for Bayern to progress the ball forward in the wide areas. Kimmich pushes forward into the Hertha half under little pressure and eventually prods it to Serge Gnabry ahead of him.

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Kimmich strides forward with the ball. Stark jogs back into position just ahead of Lewandowski.

Lewandowski is jogging forward with Stark retreating just in front of him, however as Bayern enter the final third, the Pole picks up his speed, sprinting into the gap Stark has left in the centre of the defence.

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Lewandowski sprints into the gap. Stark realises too late and can’t recover

At no point does Stark check his shoulder to check where Lewandowski is, shifting his gaze between the Bayern players on the ball out wide and the gap he’s left in defence. He’s jogging back to plug the hole and by the time he notices Lewandowski has made a run into the gap, either because Vladimir Darida has shouted to him or because he’s seen him pop up there as he glances, it’s already too late: Gnabry crosses the ball for Lewandowski to finish.

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Gnabry crosses for Lewandowski to finish

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