Bayern Munich: Lewandowski and Gnabry register goals in WC qualifiers

Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski was once again on scoresheet for Poland on Sunday. (Photo by Jonathan Moscrop/Getty Images)
Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski was once again on scoresheet for Poland on Sunday. (Photo by Jonathan Moscrop/Getty Images) /

Bayern Munich players continue to be impactful for their respective national teams during the September international break. Among those who had standout performances were Robert Lewandowski and Serge Gnabry. The two attacking players both registered braces for Poland and Germany during the UEFA World Cup qualifying fixtures. Here’s how all the Bayern players fared this weekend.

Lewandowski propels Poland to another three points

For the fourth consecutive World Cup qualifying match, Lewandowski found the back of the net for Poland. His two-goal performance against San Marino was part of Poland’s impressive 7-1 victory on Sunday. In addition to his two goals, Lewandowski also recorded an assist on Karol Linnety’s goal. Just a few days prior to his brace on Sunday, the striker scored against Albania in another win for Poland.

With six goals in four appearances, Lewandowski is tied for the second-most goals scored so far in UEFA World Cup qualifying. Only Serbia’s Aleksandar Mitrovic has scored more goals with seven recorded. In total, Lewandowski has accounted for a third of Poland’s 18 goals scored in qualifying through five matches played.

Lewandowski and Poland will now face their biggest test of the qualifying stage as they play England on Wednesday. England won the first meeting between the two sides in March by a final score of 2-1. Another defeat for Poland would likely mean their battle in the group would solely be to hold onto second place.

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Gnabry and Germany cruise to victory

It was a brilliant performance from Gnabry in Germany’s 6-0 win over Armenia. The winger registered both of his goals just 15 minutes into the match. This was his first multi-goal performance for Germany since November of 2019 when he scored a hat-trick against Northern Ireland. He has had a total of four multi-goal performances for Germany at the senior team level.

Leon Goretzka produced a terrific performance as he registered two assists in the victory. He set up Gnabry’s first tally of the match and then assisted on Timo Werner’s goal in the 44th minute. Goretzka now has three assists in his last two appearances for Germany.

Joshua Kimmich was in the starting 11 and played 61 minutes. The midfielder recorded three key passes and completed 95% of his passes. Leroy Sane and Niklas Sule were also among the Bayern players in Hansi Flick’s starting 11. Sane finished with one key pass, one shot on target, and three successful dribble attempts. Sule recorded one interception, one blocked shot, and one tackle.

Jamal Musiala made an appearance as a second-half substitute. He replaced Sane in the 60th minute and recorded one shot on target. Germany is now top of their qualifying group and has a chance to extend their advantage when they face Iceland on Wednesday. A 3-0 win was the result of the first meeting between the two nations in March.  (Stats courtesy: Sofascore)

Alphonso Davies records assist for Canada

Davies recorded an assist for Canada in their 1-1 draw with the United States in CONCACAF World Cup qualifying. The 20-year-old played 77 minutes and registered two key passes and two tackles in addition to his assist. Canada enters their Matchday Three fixture of the qualifying campaign against El Salvador in third place which is an automatic qualifying place.

Coman starts for France, Choupo-Moting features for Cameroon

Kingsley Coman was in the starting 11 for France’s match against Ukraine. The winger played 64 minutes and registered four key passes in the 1-1 draw. Elsewhere, Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting was in the starting 11 and played 65 minutes for Cameroon in their 2-0 win over Malawi.

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France remains top of their qualifying group despite failing to win their last two fixtures. They have a big match against second-place Finland on Tuesday. Cameroon is top of their group after just the first matchday of the African Confederation qualifying. Ivory Coast awaits Cameroon on Monday for the Matchday Two fixture.