World-class Lewandowski makes history
The 75,000 crowd at the Allianz Arena on Tuesday evening saw history in the making as Robert Lewandowski set a string of new records in the top Bundesliga clash between Bayern and VfL Wolfsburg. The striker came on as a half-time sub and struck no fewer than five goals in nine minutes.
"That was madness!" Lewandowski himself declared, "five goals - unbelievable! I'm very, very pleased. It's a massive evening for me."
Pep Guardiola watched with increasing disbelief as his number nine racked up the goals. "I can't explain it," the coach confessed, "I'm delighted for Robert." Jérôme Boateng described Lewandowski as "one of the best forwards in the world. I'm just glad he's on my team."
The man himself collected a match ball signed by his team-mates before speaking to reporters in the Allianz Arena mixed zone. "What a wonderful bakll," Lewy said, "I'm taking that one home." It was a deserved souvenir of a truly memorable evening's work with a set of new records to match:
- Lewandowski scored the fastest five-goal haul in Bundesliga history.
- Lewandowski scored the fastest four-goal haul in Bundesliga history.
- Lewandowski scored the fastest hat-trick in Bundesliga history.
- Lewandowski is the first sub in Bundesliga history to score five goals.
- Lewandowski's five-goal tally is the Bundesliga's first in 24 years. Michael Tönnies previously netted five for Duisburg against Karlsruhe on 27 August 1991.
- Lewandowski is the 14th player to net five or more goals in a Bundesliga match. Only Gerd Müller managed the feat more than once: *Der Bomber*did it four times.
- It is the 16th five-goal haul in a Bundesliga match. Only Dieter Müller scored more often in a match with six for Köln against Bremen in August 1977.
- Lewandowski leads the league scoring chart on eight goals. Only four players have scored more in the first six Bundesliga matches with nine each, most recently Jupp Heynckes for Gladbach in 1973/74.