Munich - If there is a way to top scoring five times in nine minutes and then passing 100 Bundesliga goals, Robert Lewandowski managed it for FC Bayern München on Tuesday night.
The Polish international was the Bavarians’ man of the moment once again in the 5-0 win against GNK Dinamo Zagreb in the UEFA Champions League, filling his boots with a hat-trick to continue an astonishing run of form that has now brought him ten goals in his last three games and 14 for the season.
Zagreb put to the sword
The task facing the Croatians was a daunting one even before the players took to the field at the Allianz Arena. Bayern had won their opening group stage encounter 3-0 at Olympiacos FC and came into the game on the back of a record-equalling seventh straight victory to start the Bundesliga season.
Pep Guardiola’s side went about their latest task with a merciless hunger, and effectively had the game wrapped up inside half an hour when Lewandowski bagged his second of the night to follow efforts from Douglas Costa and Mario Götze. It was his final effort, though, that best epitomised the form Bayern are in and the Pole’s Midas touch: a delightful flick from Costa and a deft through ball from Thiago Alcantara, releasing Lewandowski to nonchalantly chip over the keeper.
‘An unbelievable week’
The result ensured the Bundesliga record champions have made their best ever start to a Champions League group game and are a step closer to winning Group F and reaching the knockout stages, but the post-match talk unsurprisingly centred around Lewandowski, who now has 26 goals in the competition, second only to team-mate Thomas Müller on Bayern's list of Champions League top scorers.
"He's on an amazing run and he's had an unbelievable week," said captain Philipp Lahm, who was himself making his 95th Champions League appearance. "A striker like Lewandowski doesn’t need any encouragement. He could be even better than last season.”
Oktoberfest detox before Klassiker
Guardiola, meanwhile, was just as satisfied with another perfect performance in both defence and attack. “I congratulate my team. It was a good performance. We stopped almost all their counter-attacks and we controlled the game well. Six points means we’re heading in the right direction and my players are in good form."
Such good form, in fact, that a reward is in order ahead of their next game, Sunday’s Klassiker showdown against Borussia Dortmund, and what better way to relax than a Maß or two of beer at the Wiesn? "We’re going to the Oktoberfest [on Wednesday]," revealed Lahm. "Then we’ll start thinking about Dortmund."
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