Berlin (AFP) – Robert Lewandowski netted twice on his 100th Bundesliga appearance for Bayern Munich who brushed off their internal strife with a 4-0 hammering of Mainz on Saturday.
Lewandowski has now netted 82 goals for Munich amidst reports he wants to join Real Madrid next season, but Bayern chairman Uli Hoeness laughed off the claim by Spanish newspaper AS.
“It’s not April 1,” the Bayern boss told broadcaster Sport1.
The rout left Bayern second in Germany’s top flight, a point behind Hanover 96, who claimed the lead after four games with a 2-0 win over Hamburg on Friday.
This was a much improved performance from Bayern compared to last Saturday’s 2-0 defeat at Hoffenheim and Tuesday’s lacklustre 3-0 win at home to 10-man Anderlecht in the Champions League.
Arjen Robben had slammed Bayern’s performance against the Belgians, while Lewandowski had added to the unrest by criticising the club’s spending policy.
That came after Thomas Mueller had complained about being benched for the 2-0 win at Werder Bremen.
However, all three scored against Mainz at Munich’s Allianz Arena on Saturday.
Mueller opened the scoring after just 11 minutes when he drilled home Robben’s pass on Bayern’s first attack.
The flying Dutch winger added a second on 23 minutes when Joshua Kimmich’s pass put him in behind the defence and he drilled his shot home.
Lewandowski then doubled the damage with two superb goals.
Kimmich released Mueller on the right wing, who put in a superb cross for the Poland striker to convert on 50 minutes.
Lewandowski grabbed his second and Bayern’s fourth goal when he headed across Mainz’s former Germany goalkeeper Rene Adler.
Franck Ribery started on Bayern’s bench having thrown his shirt away in disgust after being substituted late against Anderlecht.
Borussia Dortmund can go top of the table on Sunday if they beat Cologne at home on Sunday, while RB Leipzig host Borussia Moenchengladbach on Saturday.
Germany midfielder Leon Goretzka scored the second-half winner as Schalke went third with a 2-1 win at Werder Bremen.
The hosts took an early lead as Lamine Sane slammed home off his left foot on 20 minutes, but Bremen’s former Tottenham Hotspur defender Milos Veljkovic then netted an own goal.
Goretzka hit the winner seven minutes from time when he drilled home with his left foot.
VfB Stuttgart captain Christian Genter had to be stretchered off following a collision with Wolfsburg’s goalkeeper Koen Casteels late in his team’s 1-0 home victory after Chadrac Akolo scored the winner.