Tuesday’s Bundesliga fixture list saw reigning champions Bayern Munich host Deutsche Pokal winners and last season’s runners-up Wolfsburg in what ultimately proved to be a astonishing game. 27-year-old Polish forward Robert Lewandowski broke a whole host of records as the Bundesliga champions ended up comfortable 5-1 winners.
The Wolves took the lead in the 26th minute through Daniel Caligiuri’s exquisite half-volley. Dieter Hecking’s team managed to retain their deserved lead until half-time and it looked as though Bayern would find it extremely tough to break down the opposition throughout the second half. However, Guardiola decided to make an alteration of tactics and replace Tiago Alacantara with Polish striker Robert Lewandowski; a decision which would prove to change the game entirely.
Within six minutes of his introduction, Lewandowski concluded a well-worked move with a neat finish to bring it back to level terms. In under 60 seconds after his first, the 27-year-old added a second to his tally as the champions broke up the field and he received the ball before forcing it into the bottom left-hand corner from just short of 25 yards out.
In the 54th minute, Bayern’s talisman completed his hat-trick after he was able to find yards of space within the Wolfsburg box due to some poor marking. After a series off shots and rebounds, Lewandowski managed to loop the ball in mid-air and find the net with both Naldo and Dante powerless to stop it.
Bayern have found an architect of goals in summer signing Douglas Costa and once again he found himself living up to this reputation. The flamboyant Brazilian wielded in a cross after some impressive work down the left-hand side which found the right boot of Lewandowski to volley home both his and Munich’s fourth goal of the game within six minutes.
The rout was completed in the 60th minute with possibly the best of the lot. Phillip Lahm found the 6ft tall striker free on the edge of the box to which Lewandowski produced a stunning scissor kick and left Wolfsburg goalkeeper Diego Benaglio stranded as he could only watch it rocket past him.
This illustrious performance saw a host of Bundesliga records broken which are as follows:
– Fastest hat-trick scored in Bundesliga history.
– Fastest four goals scored in Bundesliga history.
– Fastest five goals scored in Bundesliga history.
– First player to score four goals as a substitute.
– First player to score five goals as a substitute.
The overall performance and the magnitude of the victory is sure to give both Lewandowski and the rest of the Bayern Munich camp enormous confidence as they go into their next few fixtures.
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