With 59 goals in 22 rounds of Bundesliga fixtures, Bayern Munich are on course to smash their own record for the most prolific season in German league history.
Having followed up the 8-0 demolition of Hamburg with a 6-0 win away at newly promoted Paderborn, Pep Guardiola’s goal-happy side have given themselves a shot at a place in the record books.
The current highest haul of 101 goals dates back to the 1971-72 campaign, in which Bayern had also scored 59 times at this stage of the season.
The trouncing of Paderborn was also the Bavarians’ third biggest victory in 846 Bundesliga games on the road, after the 8-1 shellacking of St. Pauli at the Millerntor-Stadion on 7th May 2011 and the 7-0 hammering of Werder Bremen at the Weserstadion on 7th December 2013.
Polish striker Robert Lewandowski got the goal-fest underway with a brace, registering in the 24th and 37th minutes. Arjen Robben also scored twice, bagging his 15th and 16th goals of the season – the first of which was a penalty – either side of efforts from Franck Ribéry (72 mins) and Mitchell Weiser (78 mins).
Robben’s double moved him out on his own as the Bundesliga’s leading scorer and he had his teammates to thank. As the Dutchman revealed, “Before the match, Basti [Bastian Schweinsteiger] told me, ‘You’re up at the top of the scoring charts, so if we get a penalty, you have to take it’. I reminded Thomas [Müller] about that and he let me have it”.