Munich - Robert Lewandowski rewrote Bundesliga history on an unforgettable night at the Allianz Arena scoring an incredible five goals in nine minutes. The Polish striker only came on as a substitute at half-time with FC Bayern München trailing 1-0 to VfL Wolfsburg but broke a whole of host of records as the champions romped to a 5-1 victory.
0-1 (Caligiuri 27'), 1-1 (Lewandowski 51'), 2-1 (Lewandowski 52'), 3-1 (Lewandowski 55'), 4-1 (Lewandowski 57'), 5-1 (Lewandowski 60')
Bayern had the better of a cagey opening to the match but struggled to break down a compact Wolfsburg defence. The champions were restricted to long-range efforts from Douglas Costa and Thomas Müller. As the game progressed, Wolfsburg looked ever more dangerous on the counter and took the lead with their first shot on goal in the 27th minute. Daniel Caligiuri latched on to a delightful chip into the box from Julian Draxler and hammered an unstoppable drive into the roof of Manuel Neuer’s net. The visitors then almost doubled their advantage ten minutes later. Neuer was caught in possession on the halfway line after charging out of his area, but Guilavogui’s audacious attempt from distance just grazed the post of the empty net.
Pep Guardiola reacted with a double substitution at the break, bringing on Lewandowski and Javi Martinez. And the move paid immediate dividends in record-breaking fashion. In the space of less than 15 minutes, Robert Lewandowski plundered an incredible 5 goals! The quickest-ever hat trick in Bundesliga history was rapidly followed by the quickest-ever fourth and fifth. On top of that, Lewandowski became the first ever player to score five goals after coming on as a substitute.
The Lewandowski show began in the 51st minute as the Pole stretched to poke home the equaliser from close-range. Just 60 seconds later, his low drive from the edge of the area put Bayern ahead. His hattrick came in less than four minutes, slotting home the rebound after his own effort came off the post. A surging run and fine cross from Costa set up the fourth. But the man of the night saved the best for last, sending a flying volley from the edge of the area into the top corner to set the seal on an incredible evening.
Man of the Match
No room for debate on this one! Robert Lewandowski took less than ten minutes to destroy Wolfsburg single-handedly. The striker’s virtuoso display will be talked about for years to come.
In the end, there were five talking points! Robert Lewandowski's record-breaking performance may never be beaten. Has there ever been a more inspired substitution in the history of football?
Stats of the match
- Lewandowski scored the fastest hat-trick, fourth and fifth goals in Bundesliga history...
- ...and became the first player to score four and five goals as a substitute.
- Wolfsburg scored with their first shot on goal for the second time this season.
Bayern: Neuer - Lahm, Boateng, Alaba, Bernat (Martinez, 46') - Alonso (Kimmich, 78'), Thiago (Lewandowski, 46'), Vidal - Costa, Götze, Müller
Wolfsburg: Benaglio - Träsch, Dante, Naldo, Rodriguez - Gustavo (Arnold, 59'), Guilavogui - Caligiuri, Draxler, Kruse (Schürrle, 78') - Dost (Bendtner, 78')