42 goals in 2021: Lewandowski equals Gerd Müller's record

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Robert Lewandowski's incredible hunt for records this year continues! In his last away game of 2021, at VfB Stuttgart, (5-0 to FCB), the Pole scored Bundesliga goals number 41 and 42 for 2021 - a number previously only achieved in a calendar year by one other player in the history of German top flight football: legend Gerd Müller, who also scored 42 goals in 1972. The reigning FIFA the Best Men's Player has now equalled this all-time record.

The first: In the 69th minute Lewandowski outfoxed VfB keeper Florian Müller with a deft chip.

Shots on goal record in Stuttgart

Just how hard Lewandowski fought to break that record in Stuttgart could be seen with a glance at the stats from the match. The 33-year-old had eight shots on goal - as many as hat-trick scorer Serge Gnabry - equalling this season's Bundesliga record. His persistence was rewarded and Lewandowski scored more than once in a game for the fifth time this season: and with 18 goals now, the striker is well clear of his rivals in the Bundesliga top scorer race.

The second: Lewandowski stabbed home Serge Gnabry's cross to make it 4-0 just three minutes after his first goal of the game.

Chance to write history against Wolfsburg

After bagging a brace, there was actually only one slight cause for disappointment from the attacker's point of view after the game in Stuttgart. In the 83rd minute, he was millimetres from scoring, hitting the post from a promising position. For the time being, a new record remains elusive - but Lewandowski still has one game left this year to break it: next Friday, Bayern host VfL Wolfsburg at the Allianz Arena. Time to make history!

The match report from the match in Stuttgart:

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