Robert Lewandowski scored a hat-trick as Bayern Munich crushed Hamburg 8-0 in Carlo Ancelotti's 1,000th competitive outing as a head coach.
It was cat and mouse stuff for the duration at the Allianz Arena, with Arturo Vidal's 18-yard drive setting the tone for an imperious Bayern display. Lewandowski rattled the crossbar moments later, but the Poland international did not have to wait long to add his name to the scoresheet. After opening his account from the penalty spot, the Bayern No.9 showed trademark composure under pressure from a ruck of HSV shirts to tuck away his 18th Bundesliga goal of the season with two minutes of the half remaining.
With Hamburg all at sea, Lewandowski completed his hat-trick early in the second half, latching onto Arjen Robben's deft back-heel and slotting beyond Adler. Thomas Müller selflessly teed up David Alaba for the defending champions' fifth, but the goals did not stop there. Kingsley Coman added two well-taken efforts from the bench to end a personal drought dating back to 16 March 2015, before the brilliant Robben put the seal on the biggest win of the Ancelotti era.
Man of the Match
Lewandowski put on a clinic in front of goal, reminding the watching world exactly why he is regarded as the best striker in the business. With 12 goals in his last ten and 19 for the campaign, the 28-year-old now sits level at the top of the scoring charts with Borussia Dortmund's Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
Bayern were off-colour in last weekend's draw with Hertha, but put in an out-of-this-world team performance against HSV, registering a final scoreline that did not in any way, shape or form flatter the Bundesliga leaders.
- Bayern scored with their first shot on goal of the afternoon.
- Vidal has opened the scoring with each of his last four Bundesliga goals, three of which have come this season.
- Adler made his 250th Bundesliga appearance, exactly ten years after making his debut in the German top flight.
Bayern: Neuer - Lahm (c) (Rafinha 67'), Martinez, Hummels, Alaba - Vidal, Thiago (Coman 60') - Costa, Müller, Robben - Lewandowski (Sanches 57')
Coach: Carlo Ancelotti
Hamburg: Adler - Sakai (c), Djourou, Mavraj, Santos - Wallace, Jung - Gregoritsch (Ekdal 60'), Holtby, Kostic (Waldschmidt 72') - Müller (Hunt 62')
Coach: Markus Gisdol
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