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Lahm marks milestone with rare goal

Saturday’s victory away to Nürnberg was a special event for Philipp Lahm, as the 30-year-old made his 250th Bundesliga appearance for Bayern. The Germany and FCB captain crowned his special day with his club’s second goal - his first strike in the top flight for almost three years. Lahm made his 300th Bundesliga appearance overall when Bayern defeated Mönchengladbach in the post-winter break restart fixture. The defensive utility man made 53 top-flight appearances for VfB Stuttgart.

Triumphant Bayern stretch records

The Nürnberg success saw FCB extend a number of their ongoing league records. Bayern scored for the 57th Bundesliga match in a row, and have now netted at least once in all of their last 29 away games. The Reds levelled Hamburg’s record of scoring in 27 consecutive away matches from 1981 to 1983 in the match away to Mönchengladbach.

Robben and Martínez return

Arjen Robben and Javi Martínez both had reasons to be satisfied with Saturday’s trip to Franconia. The Dutchman returned to the starting line-up, while the Spanish midfielder made his first appearance since the 2-0 victory over Braunschweig in the 14th round of matches. Robben, who also made his last league start against Braunschweig, played the first 81 minutes in Nuremberg with Martínez coming on as a 72nd minute substitute.

Mandzukic suspended against Freiburg

Mario Mandzukic scored his 12th goal of the season to set FCB on their way to victory against FCN, but the striker will miss next Saturday’s Bundesliga meeting with SC Freiburg. The Croat saw his fifth yellow card of the season after 64 minutes of the clash in Nuremberg and now serves a one-match suspension.

Arsenal crash and lose top spot

Bayern’s Champions League Round of 16 opponents Arsenal crashed to a heavy 5–1 defeat in Liverpool on Saturday lunchtime and are no longer top of the English Premier League. Martin Skrtel and Raheem Sterling both scored twice for the Reds with Daniel Sturridge also chipping in a goal. Mikel Arteta scored Arsenal’s consolation from the spot. Elsewhere, Chelsea beat Newcastle 3–0 to go top of the table on 56 points. Arsenal are second on 55, with Manchester City a further point back following a goalless draw away to Norwich.