Four-goal haul to crown outstanding first half of season

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Robert Lewandowski was not to be stopped in the first half of the season. The striker was in outstanding form, rushing from record to record. The 31-year-old scored no fewer than 30 goals in 25 competitive matches for the German record champions. Among other things, Lewandowski advanced to third place in the all-time Bundesliga scorer rankings, boasting 221 goals in 307 matches. Only Klaus Fischer, who scored 268 goals in 535 matches, and FC Bayern legend Gerd Müller, who needed 427 matches for 365 goals, are still ahead of the Poland captain.

Lewandowski: 'Do everything for the team'

"The whole team work for my performance, we help one another. I'm glad I can help my team, not only with my goals, but also with my play," said the goal-getter. "It's always been my goal: do everything for the team so that we leave the pitch as winners."

Our number 9 crowned his purple patch on 26 November. The forward achieved an impressive best-mark in the second half of the 6-0 Champions League victory away to Red Star Belgrade, scoring four goals in 14 minutes and 32 seconds.

"It went so quickly in the second half. I had one or two chances in the first half, I didn't manage to score. After the break I just scored a goal, then another one and then the next one," Lewandowski commented on his gala display in Belgrade: "I felt the focus was there. And then I had to keep going. I didn't think about whether I'd just scored a goal or if I could score a second one."

Robert Lewandowski was allowed to keep the ball as a reward for his outstanding performance in Belgrade.

Lewandowski took the ball home after his four-goal haul. "It's a tradition, you have to score at least a hat-trick. It's something special. When it happens it's like a present," Lewandowski said: "I have all my team-mates sign the ball and then it's at my home. And whenever I look at a ball I took one or two years ago it's a nice memory."

Lewandowski finished eighth in the Ballon d'Or in December. If he picks up where he left off before the winter break, he is likely to achieve even better positions in the future.

Lewandowski on his secret

Lewandowski commented on the secret of his outstanding form: "I changed a few things in pre-season, and I know my body better every year. What I did last year, with the physios and athletics coaches too, can only be positive for me. I try to show new things, and I hope it'll go on like  that."

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