Bayern Munich’s Thomas Muller celebrated his 400th appearance in the Bundesliga with a goal and assist as he crushed champions Wolfsburg 4-0 on Friday to spend the winter holiday nine points clear at the top of the standings.
Top scorer Robert Lewandowski also broke the record for most league goals in a calendar year three minutes from the end, scoring 43rd for 2021 with Gerd Muller’s 42nd since 1972.
Muller opened the scoring after scoring the rebound in the seventh minute, after goalkeeper Quinn Castells blocked Serge Gnabry’s shot on his way.
Dayot Upamecano then created a clever chip to score his second goal in the 57th minute, before Leroy Sane’s superb shot into the upper far corner two minutes later put the game into place.
Lewandowski was desperate to end the year at a high level after losing the Ballon d’Or to Lionel Messi, but he first hit the crossbar in the 66th minute and was then blocked from close range by Castells with a fine piece of goalkeeper.
But he made no mistake from close range in the 87th minute to give Wolfsburg its fourth consecutive loss in the league and its seventh consecutive loss in all competitions.
Bayern, who are chasing their 10th consecutive league title, have 43 points while Borussia Dortmund are second with 34 and travel to Hertha Berlin on Saturday.
The Bundesliga will be suspended for three weeks and then resumed on January 7.
Serie A – Inter Thrash Salernitana
intermilan It achieved its sixth consecutive victory in the Italian Serie A by defeating the bottom of the standings Salerno 5-0 to extend their lead at the top of the standings to four points.
Ivan Perisic headed in the opener before Denzel Dumfries fired one second before the break, the first time in Inter’s history that they had reached 100 Serie A goals in a single calendar year.
Alexis Sanchez hit the net in the third goal, before substitutes Lautaro Martinez and Roberto Galliardini completed the defeat, leaving the hosts at the bottom of the standings with eight points.
Inter leads with 43 points, four points behind Milan in second place, who will play with Napoli on Sunday evening.
Elsewere, Lazio get over Genoa 3-1 with goals by Pedro, Francesco Acerbi and Mattia Zaccani.
La Liga – Aspas returns to lead Celta to victory
Once again after missing two games, Iago Aspas scored and played a role in two more goals to lead Celtic Vigo to win 3-1 Spanish.
The veteran striker, who missed one game due to suspension and another due to injury, set up Santi Mina to open the scoring three minutes into the match.
Aspas doubled the difference two minutes after the end of the first half when he curled a ball around two defenders and goalkeeper Diego Lopez before the ball flew off the post. It was Aspas’ eighth goal this season.
Substitute Denis Suarez added the third goal in the 82nd minute after Aspas started a counterattack before playing the ball wide for Hugo Mallo to help Suarez.
Lauren Moron scored Espanyol’s only goal with a daring shot from near the midfield in stoppage time that knocked goalkeeper Matias Detoro off his position.