Striker Robert Lewandowski was the highlight of Bayern Munich’s 1-1 draw against Union Berlin in round 11 of the German Championship (Bundesliga) on the morning of December 13.
Underestimated, but host Union Berlin surprised again when the goal opened in the 4th minute by Grischa Promel. The defeat forced Bayern Munich to push the squad to equalize.
The visitors were looking for a goal in every possible way, from long range, close shot, short ball combination, long pass. Or even a “killer” like Lewandowski still has to try to ask for a penalty even though he himself … falls.
That was the situation in the 24th minute. From Goretzka’s precise pass, the Polish striker escaped and entered the Union Berlin penalty area. Faced with goalkeeper Andreas Luthe, Lewandowski did not hesitate to launch a shot. But before he could touch the ball, he fell and immediately raised his hand for a penalty.
The referee initially pointed at the 11-meter spot because from a distance it appeared that Marvin Friedrich had collided with Lewandowski. But then when he consulted the VAR, he canceled this decision. Slow shot showed that Friedrich did lightly touch Lewandowski, but the impact was not enough. Besides, Lewandowski himself somewhat fell after kicking … missed the ball.
On social networks, many fans wondered whether Lewandowski was true or deliberately fell to earn a penalty. Account Galdalf Noot commented: “Probably not on purpose, because it is clear that scoring in this ball is easier than a penalty.” Another user commented: “Someone explain why Lewandowski fell for me?”.
Fortunately, although there was no penalty, the Polish striker still found an equalizer for Bayern in the second half with a subtle finish. But “Gray Lobster” was unable to have a comeback and accepted a 1-1 draw against Union Berlin.
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