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Lewandowski, Kimmich score late to rescue Bayern against Schalke

FC Bayern Muenchen v FC Internazionale -  Friendly

SHANGHAI, CHINA - JULY 21: Robert Lewandowski of FC Bayern Muenchen in action during the international friendly match between FC Bayern Muenchen and Inter Milan of the Audi Football Summit 2015 at Shanghai Stadium on July 21, 2015 in Shanghai, China. (Photo by Lintao Zhang/Getty Images)

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While the Bundesliga is widely regarded as one of the world’s top leagues, Bayern Munich is expected to cruise past its competition in most matches.

That wasn’t the case on Friday, though.

Carlo Ancelotti’s group were close to being held at home against Schalke, before Robert Lewandowski scored and assisted in the late stages of the match to hand Bayern a 2-0 victory over Schalke.

Joshua Kimmich finished off Schalke in second-half stoppage time after smashing home Lewandowski’s pass following a strong counterattack from Bayern.

Despite an overwhelming amount of possession and shots, Bayern was held to just two chances on target throughout the match, which unfortunately proved to be Schalke’s undoing.

Lewandowski was the danger man for the home side for most of the afternoon, nearly giving Bayern the advantage seven minutes prior to his goal. Following a David Alaba cross from the left wing, the Polish striker missed a golden opportunity in front of an open net that shanked off his leg and over the crossbar.

In the final moments, Douglas Costa nearly sprung Lewandowski yet again after the Brazilian played a brilliant through ball into the penalty area. However, the 28-year-old pulled his shot just wide, keeping the game at 1-0.

The victory keeps Bayern at the top of the table, following last week’s dominating 6-0 performance against Werder Bremen.