Goals in 74 games in a row; FCB set new European record
It was absolutely a successful Sunday afternoon at the Allianz Arena. For the first time in almost 18 months, spectators were allowed at a FC Bayern home match. The 20,000 fans created a great atmosphere during the 3-2 victory over 1. FC Köln. In addition, the German record champions set a new European record.
Lewandowski with the record-equalling goal
Bayern have now scored in 74 competitive games in a row across all competitions. A run this long has never been achieved before by a team in Europe's top 5 leagues. The previous record set by Real Madrid, who netted in 73 games in a row in 2016/2017, was cracked by Robert Lewandowski with his goal for 1-0 in the 50th minute. "Of course, it's nice that we always score, especially for the fans," said a delighted captain Manuel Neuer.
214 goals in 74 games
The last time they failed to score was 9 February 2020 in a 0-0 draw against RB Leipzig (then under coach Julian Nagelsmann). This new record is the ultimate proof of the offensive power Bayern have shown off for some time - and not just to their own fans. "The first goal was amazing. It's just annoying it was against us," acknowledged Köln coach Steffen Baumgart.
The figures behind the record are even more impressive. FCB have scored 214 goals in 74 matches - that's almost 2.9 goals/game. Of course, Lewandowski has scored an enormous proportion of them. The global superstar has scored a total of 72 times. "He is one of the reasons for this record," praised Serge Gnabry. "It's a great feeling to be part of this record. Hopefully we can keep it up for a few more games," continued the brace scorer from the Köln game . On Wednesday, he and his teammates have the chance to extend the record even further when they play against Bremer SV in the DFB Cup.
Before the game, the club commemorated the life of Gerd Müller: