Bayern Munich’s Thomas Mueller celebrated his 400th Bundesliga appearance with a goal and an assist as the champions beat Wolfsburg 4-0 on Friday to enter the winter break with a nine-point lead at the top of the table.
Top scorer Robert Lewandowski also broke the record for most league goals in a calendar year with three minutes left, with a volley in his 43rd for 2021 to improve Gerd Mueller’s 42-goal streak since 1972. .
Mueller opened the scoring, taking advantage of the rebound in the seventh minute after goalkeeper Koen Casteels had thrown a Serge Gnabry shot into his trajectory.
He then served Dayot Upamecano with a clever touch to head the second goal in the 57th minute, before Leroy Sane landed a superb cross-goal shot two minutes later to silence the game.
Lewandowski was desperate to end the year on a high note after losing the Ballon d’Or to Lionel Messi, but first fired over the crossbar in the 66th minute and was then denied point blank by Casteels with a superb shot on goal.
But he didn’t miss from close range in the 87th minute to deliver the toothless Wolfsburg’s fourth consecutive defeat in the league and seventh consecutive defeat in all competitions.
Bayern – chasing their tenth consecutive league title – are on 43 points, while Borussia Dortmund, in second place with 34 points, away to Hertha Berlin on Saturday.
The Bundesliga will stop for three weeks and will resume on 7 January.
Serie A – Inter thrash Salernitana
Inter Milan scored his sixth consecutive Serie A victory by beating the rear Salerno 5-0 to extend the lead at the top of the standings to four points.
Ivan Perisic scored in the first half with a header before Denzel Dumfries slipped in a second before half-time, scoring the first time in Inter history that they have achieved 100 Serie A goals in a single calendar year.
Alexis Sanchez scored a third goal before substitutes Lautaro Martinez and Roberto Gagliardini completed the rout leaving the hosts at the bottom of the table with eight points.
Inter are in the lead with 43 points, four ahead of Milan, second, who will face Napoli on Sunday evening.
Somewhere else, Lazio hit Genoa 3-1 with goals from Pedro, Francesco Acerbi and Mattia Zaccagni.
La Liga – Aspas returns to lead Celta to victory
Returning after missing two games, Iago Aspas scored and played a role in two more goals to lead Celtic vigor to a 3-1 win Spanish.
The veteran striker, who missed one match due to suspension and another due to injury, opened the scoring to Santi Mina three minutes after the kick-off.
Aspas doubled the lead two minutes after half-time when he deflected a shot around two defenders and goalkeeper Diego Lopez before the ball landed on the post. For Aspas it was the eighth goal of the season.
Substitute Denis Surez added a third in the 82nd minute after Aspas started a counterattack before throwing the ball wide for Hugo Mallo to assist Suarez.
Loren Moron launched Espanyol’s only goal with a daring shot from the center line in added time that caught goalkeeper Matias Dituro out of position.