'Just control the ball and shoot'


There were flashes, explosions and sparks flying over the Schwarzwald Stadion when the two teams came onto the pitch for the first competitive match of the year accompanied by a fireworks display. However, the final flash of brilliance on the night belonged to Robert Lewandowski...

"My first thought was to pass to a team-mate but that wasn't so easy," said the FCB striker in describing the scene on 91 minutes when a Ribéry cross sailed towards him in the box. "I just tried to control the ball and shoot." That "just" was actually a brilliant piece of artistry: Lewandowski controlled the ball with his chest, played it up with his right foot and volleyed it with his left – the ball flew into the far corner. "I didn't hit the ball cleanly but a goal is a goal and three points are three points," declared the happy Pole.

"Who can do that under pressure?"

Lewandowski's late strike secured to-one win for FC Bayern away to SC Freiburg. After going behind to an early strike from Janik Haberer on four minutes FCB pulled level on 36 minutes with the first strike from the Poland international. That was goals number 13 and 14 for the season and the 35th time he scored more than one bring is overall total in the Bundesliga to 135. That takes Lewy above Giovane Elber (133) and now he is the second highest overseas goalscorer of all time in Germany's top flight

“It was the last move of the game so you have to show your quality and try anything. Luckily I managed it," said the Pole who drew admiration from a passionate and battling SC Freiburg. "What can you say about the second goal?", said SC coach Christian Streich, "who can do that? Who can do that under pressure? That's why he's playing for Bayern. That's why they win so often."