8 facts on a winning end to 2021
That's how you say goodbye to 2021 and hello to the festive break! In the last match of the year, FC Bayern celebrated a dominant4-0 (1-0) win over VfL Wolfsburg at the Allianz Arena on Friday evening, ending a successful year on a high. Here are the top facts from the final match of the first half of the season:
1. Win #29 in 2021
The win against the Wolves was Bayern's 29th Bundesliga success in 2021. In the history of the German top flight, only FC Bayern themselves have won more often in one calendar year: in 2013, they picked up 30 wins.
2. Nagelsmann on Pep's heels
With 43 points, Julian Nagelsmann's team have had their best first half of the season since 2015/16, when they picked up 46 points under Pep Guardiola. Never before has a team with at least 43 points after Matchday 17 not ended up as league champions.
3. Bayern hunt their own goal record
The record champions managed to score for what is now the 64th Bundesliga match in a row, this time against Wolfsburg. This means Bayern could equal their own goal record when they play their first game of 2022. They scored in a total of 65 consecutive Bundesliga games from 2012 to 2014.
4. It clicks against Wolfsburg
FCB remained unbeaten in their 25th Bundesliga home game against Wolfsburg on Friday evening (23 wins, two draws) - no other team in Bundesliga history has hosted a single opponent so often without losing. Since a 0-0 draw in May 2008, Bayern have scored in each of their 27 Bundesliga games against VfL Wolfsburg (75 goals in total) - only against MSV Duisburg have FC Bayern had an equally long scoring streak, in 27 games from 1973 to 1997.
5. Sané already better than last season
After his goal to make it 3-0, Leroy Sané has already been directly involved in 21 goals in 26 games this season (11 goals, 10 assists). The 25-year-old has thus already been more successful so far this season than in the entirety of last season, when he was involved in 20 goals in 44 games.
6. Successful Müller milestone
In his 400th Bundesliga game, Thomas Müller once again proved that he can be relied on: the Bavarian scored and provided an assist in the 4-0 win. For the 32-year-old, it was his 11th Bundesliga goal against the Wolves, he has not scored more often against any other team (he's also scored 11 against Schalke). Müller's 13th assist of the season extended his assist record for the first half of the season. It's the most anyone's ever picked up since detailed data collection began.
7. Ton up for Pavard
Defender Benjamin Pavard also celebrated a milestone against Wolfsburg, playing his 100th competitive game for Bayern.
8. Lewandowski sets new all-time record
Robert Lewandowski scored his 43rd league goal of 2021; a new all-time German top flight record.
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