Lewandowski, Mueller doubles send Bayern second with 'crazy' Bielefeld win
Robert Lewandowski and Thomas Mueller both scored two goals when Bayern Munich banned their blues in the preseason on Saturday after a "crazy" first half with a 4-1 win over Bundesliga penalty Arminia Bielefeld.
Three-time winners Bayern started midfield after a shock defeat against Hoffenheim last month, but the win in Bielefeld was enough to get them back to second place.
The champions stormed out of the blocks and rejected an early penalty before Müller scored the first goal after eight minutes.
Lewandowski doubled the lead shortly afterwards and hit the ball from the edge of the field after a sharp cross from Leon Goretzka.
The Polish striker tied himself 3-0 with Müller just before the break and returned the favor with a precise cross after the break to score Mueller's second goal.
"The first 45 minutes were crazy, we played really well. We knew that the first game after the international break would be really important," Lewandowski told Sky.
Japanese winger Ritsu Doan retired for Bielefeld during the break. The loaner from PSV Eindhoven scored his first Bundesliga goal since moving to Germany in the summer.
Despite a late red card for Corentin Tolisso, Bayern were not worried in the final stages and can now turn their attention to the Champions League opener against Atletico Madrid on Wednesday.
Hansi Flick's team is now level on points with third-placed Borussia Dortmund, who scored a late 1-0 victory in Hoffenheim on Saturday.
- 'Hectic Schedule' -
Dortmund, which like Bayern had already lost a game this season, seemed to lose more points before Erling Haaland and Marco Reus came off the bench in the second half to breathe new life into a blunt performance.
The 20-year-old Haaland stormed forward during the break to line up Reus with a tap-in and get Dortmund's first away win against Hoffenheim in eight years.
"They have always made it difficult for us here in recent years. We didn't have many good chances in the first half and we knew we had to do more in the second half," the goalscorer told Sky.
Haaland was initially rested after playing for Norway three times in the past two weeks, which led to criticism of the full international schedule.
"In Dortmund we are used to playing a lot of games during the week at this stage of the season. The schedule is a bit hectic this year, so we have to take care of ourselves," said Reus after Haaland's square pass into the season had stuck open net to score his first goal since February.
Dortmund and Bayern are now one point behind leaders RB Leipzig, who stayed in the lead with a 2-0 win against the surprising high-flyers Augsburg.
Angelino headed Leipzig to the top at halftime and scored his second goal in two games before Yussuf Poulsen doubled the lead with a lush volley in 66 minutes.
"These are the games you have to win to get into the top four," Leipzig coach Julian Nagelsmann told Sky.
Lucas Alario's header in the first half sealed a 1-0 win for Bayer Leverkusen and extended Mainz's miserable run to four defeats in four games.
The promoted Stuttgart continued their good start to the season when Marc-Oliver Kempf and Gonzalo Castro celebrated a 2-0 away win against Hertha Berlin, while Werder Bremen held Freiburg 1-1 in the southwest.
Freiburg took the lead early from Philipp Lienhart and had ruled out a second offside goal before Bremen's Niclas Fuellkrug equalized from the penalty spot.
In Saturday's late game, Wolfsburg scored a fourth straight draw against Borussia Mönchengladbach when Wout Weghorst scored late to cancel Jonas Hofmann's penalty in the second half.
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