Gelsenkirchen. A bitter for the FC Schalke 04 series was continued in the Bundesliga home game against Bayern Munich. Since December 4, 2010, the Royal Blues waiting for a victory against the series champion. In the clear 0: 3 standard situations decided a game that most observers would have forgotten quickly. If there had not been Robert Lewandowski with his hat-trick, if not two disputed handball games in the area of Bayern had rekindled the discussion about the VAR (Video Assistant Referee) again – and if not three stars had given their Bundesliga debut at Bayern.
The 31-year-old Bayern striker Lewandowski made the difference this evening. With a sovereign penalty and a free kick shortly after the break destroyed the loud Lothar Matthäus "probably the most complete center forward" Schalke's hopes for a point win. Surprisingly, the Bayern then left the Gelsenkirchner the field, which came to some opportunities due to some negligence in the Munich defensive. The fact that the game could not absorb more tension, the Bayern had mainly thanks to the referee and acting in the Cologne cellar Videoreferee. Two Handselfer were denied the furiously protesting Schalke. Even referee Marco Klein had to admit later that "he would probably decide differently now". That did not help the Schalke anymore. The Lewandowski-Show experienced their third and final act in the 75th minute. The Pole (207 league goals) is still worth gold for Bayern, this week his contract will be extended until 2023.
Coutinho: No magic yet
"Lewy" also stole the show with his gala Philippe Coutinho at his average premiere in a Bayern dress. For the loaned by FC Barcelona Brazilian Thomas Müller had to leave the pitch in less than an hour, the Munich veteran should spend more time on the bench in the future. The two other debutants, Lucas Hernández and Ivan Perišić, were not particularly noticeable in Gelsenkirchen. (Herbas)
("Die Presse", print edition, 26.08.2019)