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Soccer PIX: Bayern snap winless run; Marseille go top

October 01, 2022 11:37 IST
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IMAGES from the soccer matches played across European leagues on Friday.

Bayern Munich's Jamal Musiala scores their second goal against Bayer Leverkusen during their Bundesliga match at  Allianz Arena, Munich, Germany

IMAGE: Bayern Munich's Jamal Musiala scores their second goal against Bayer Leverkusen during their Bundesliga match at Allianz Arena, Munich, Germany. Photograph: Andreas Gebert/Reuters

Jamal Musiala scored once and set up two more goals as champions Bayern Munich cruised past Bayer Leverkusen 4-0 on Friday to snap a four-game winless run in the Bundesliga and climb into second place.

 

The Germany international delivered a superb performance for a confidence-boosting win ahead of Tuesday's Champions League group game against Viktoria Plzen and the Bundesliga big match against Borussia Dortmund next weekend.

"I think it is still too early. We have to play more games like that so we can't just say now we are back," Musiala said.

"Everyone in the team wanted to win today. There was pressure on each and everyone of us. We all want to be number one and we showed it today. Pressure is always there at Bayern."

In a frenzied start, Musiala set up Leroy Sane for their first goal in the third minute to settle nerves in the Allianz Arena as the Bavarians were desperate to bounce back following their recent dip in form and their longest run without a win in 20 years.

The 19-year-old attacking midfielder terrorised the Leverkusen defence throughout the game and turned scorer in the 17th minute after a one-two with Thomas Mueller and a slightly deflected shot.

He then helped Sadio Mane end his five-game goal drought, picking out the Senegalese in the box who sent another deflected effort past goalkeeper Lukas Hradecky for his first goal in front of a home crowd.

Musiala has now scored five times in the league and set up three goals.

The icing on Bayern's cake came in the 84th minute when Hradecky slipped in the box to send the ball directly into Mueller's path for their fourth goal.

The win lifted Bayern into second place in the Bundesliga on 15 points, two behind leaders Union Berlin, who travel to Eintracht Frankfurt on Saturday.

Fellow Champions League club, Bayer Leverkusen, who travel to Porto on Tuesday, slumped deeper into trouble, dropping to 16th in the league.

Coach Gerardo Seoane's team have won just one of their eight Bundesliga matches so far after finishing in third place last season.

Clauss a cut above as OM take Ligue 1 lead

Olympique de Marseille's Luis Suarez celebrates scoring their second goal with Matteo Guendouzi during their Ligue 1 match at Stade Raymond Kopa, Angers, France

IMAGE: Olympique de Marseille's Luis Suarez celebrates scoring their second goal with Matteo Guendouzi during their Ligue 1 match at Stade Raymond Kopa, Angers, France. Photograph: Stephane Mahe/Reuters

Jonathan Clauss shone as Olympique de Marseille started a marathon run of games with a convincing 3-0 win at Angers to move top of the Ligue 1 standings on Friday.

Playing the first of 11 matches in 55 days, OM benefited from French international wing back Clauss's neat performance to gear up for a potentially decisive Champions League game against Sporting on Tuesday.

Clauss score one and set up Luis Suarez and Gerson for the others to put Marseille on 23 points from nine games, one ahead of Paris St Germain who host Nice on Saturday.

Angers, who hit the woodwork through Nabil Bentaleb early on, are left in 14th place on eight points.

Clauss, who started on the left wing instead of the right flank for a change, put the visitors in front 10 minutes before halftime with a powerful left-footed angled effort after slaloming into the area.

Suarez came close to doubling the advantage four minutes later with a header that went just wide as OM piled on the pressure.

Clauss was at it again five minutes into the second half, perfectly setting up Suarez for the Uruguayan to fire past Yahia Fofana from close range.

Just before the hour mark, Clauss combined with Samuel Gigot before delivering the ball to Gerson, who controlled coolly and beat Fofana.

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