Robert Lewandowski made yet more history on Saturday by netting in Bayern Munich’s 2-1 home win against Union Berlin, which sent the defending champions back to the top of the Bundesliga table by a point.
The Poland striker showed clinical finishing to tuck away an Alphonso Davies second-half pass at the Allianz Arena and claim his 13th league goal and set a new record for scoring in the first nine Bundesliga games of the season.
Lewandowski, on the mark in each of his last 13 games for Bayern, overtook the previous league record set by current Arsenal forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang who scored in each of the first eight games of the 2015/16 season for Borussia Dortmund.
“I’ll try to keep playing like this, there are still a lot of games to come,” said Lewandowski, currently on course to break Gerd Mueller’s record of 40 league goals.
“You have to be in shape all season. I don’t think about how many goals I’ve scored, I’m just trying to get us the three points.”
Lewandowski had also scored twice in Bayern’s 3-2 midweek win at Olympiakos in the Champions League and he now has 19 goals in just 14 appearances in all competitions during what is turning into the best season of his career.
He is already the top-scoring foreigner in Bundesliga history with 215 league goals for Bayern and former club Dortmund.
Defender Benjamin Pavard gave the hosts the lead before Lewandowski’s second just after the break.
Bayern captain Manuel Neuer saved a Sebastian Anderson penalty on 59 minutes and not to be outdone, Union’s Poland goalkeeper Ralf Gikiewicz denied Bayern winger Serge Gnabry from close range.
Lewandowski looked to have claimed a second, but his effort six minutes from time was ruled out.
Union grabbed a late consolation goal when replacement striker Sebastian Polter netted from the penalty spot having been brought down by Pavard.
Munich can lose top spot Sunday to previous leaders Borussia Moenchengladbach, who host Eintracht Frankfurt, and Wolfsburg who can leap-frog Niko Kovac’s Bayern by beating Augsburg at home.