Though the two strikers are generations apart, they are fast becoming rivals in the German Bundesliga in terms of the league’s goalscorers chart.
In Saturday’s encounter, Erling Haaland started the show as a house on fire as he led Borussia Dortmund to an early lead. He scored his first goal of the match in the 2nd minute of the first half. Within seven minutes, the 20-year-old Norwegian striker made it two for Dortmund.
Dortmund’s lead in the game was contested in the 26th minute when Robert Lewandowski scored Bayern’s first goal of the match to make it 1-2. Bayern that hosted Dortmund at the Allianz Arena brought themselves fully back into the game in the 44th minute, thanks to Lewandowski’s spot-kick.
The first half of the match ended 2-2 and the second half started in a caging format. The two teams secured their defense line tightly until late in the game when Leon Goretzka broke the deadlock in the 88th minute.
When both sides thought the match would end 3-2, the 32-year-old Polish striker came to the party again to score his third goal of the match in the 90th minute to end the game 4-2 in favor of Bayern Munich.
It is worthy to note that Robert Lewandowski was able to outshine Erling Haaland in the match because the Norwegian didn’t play as many minutes as the Polish striker played in the game. Haaland was forced out of the game in the 60th minute after he clashed with Bayern’s Jerome Boateng.
It was first reported that he has sustained a foot injury after he clashed with Boateng but it was later confirmed that the injury is not as serious as earlier assumed and he would be fit to play before Dortmund meets Sevilla in the second leg of the UEFA Champions League round of 16 on March 9.
At the end of Saturday’s Der Klassiker, Lewandowski’s league goals tally for Bayern increased to 31 goals in 23 games. While that of Haaland increased to 19 goals in 19 matches which means that Lewandowski is still the highest goalscorer in the Bundesliga this season.
So far this season, the 32-year-old Polish striker has scored a total number of 37 goals and provided a total number of 8 assists in 33 games in all competitions. While the 20-year-old Norwegian striker has scored a total number of 29 goals and provided 8 assists in 28 games in all competitions.
Meanwhile, the 4-2 win over Borussia Dortmund on Saturday has kept Bayern Munich rooted on the first spot of the Bundesliga table with 55 points in 24 games, two points away from second-placed RB Leipzig. While the defeat at the hands of Bayern Munich has taken Dortmund down to the 6th spot on the league table with 39 points in 24 games, 4 points away from 4th placed Eintracht Frankfurt.