Mainz - After blitzing five goals in 9 record-breaking minutes, having to wait 51 minutes to find the net must have felt like an eternity for Robert Lewandowski. Indeed, to only score two in 90 minutes is nothing short of a calamity. "Lewy's in a crisis," joked FC Bayern München's sporting director Matthias Sammer.
The brace in the 3-0 win at 1. FSV Mainz 05 on Matchday 7 wasnevertheless enough to chalk up yet another personal record for Lewandowski. After scoring the quickest hat-trick, as well as the fastest four- and five- goals in German top flight-history in midweek, the 27-year-old has now clocked up a century of Bundesliga goals faster than any other foreign player – in only his 168th appearance.
Emulating 'Der Bomber'
One could therefore understand Sammer's tongue-in-cheek complaint that the team's star man had only found the back of the net twice at the Coface Arena, although the former was quick to recognise how well the hosts had done their homework on the Bavarians' man of the moment. "Mainz made things really tight and that makes it tough for a centre forward. You've got to tire your opponents out first."
After being shackled for the first 50 minutes, the visitors did exactly that, their superiority telling when Lewandowski broke the deadlock with his eighth goal in his last six appearances against the 05ers. It was his cue to lift his shirt and gleefully reveal the number 100 underneath. And just 11 minutes later, he’d notched his 101st, as well as his tenth strike in seven league games, a feat achieved by only the great Gerd 'Der Bomber' Müller himself. Lewandowski is in very good company indeed.
"I'm really pleased, even if it was tough today," he said afterwards. "I have keep my head down and always believe I'll score goals." When you work hard, you can play hard too, and his coach Guardiola rewarded the Pole for his efforts this week with a carte blanche to celebrate at the Oktoberfest on Saturday night.
Der Klassiker on the horizon
The matches continue to come thick and fast, however, and after Tuesday's clash against GNK Dinamo Zagreb in the UEFA Champions League, there is the small matter of Der Klassiker against Borussia Dortmund next weekend. "It's an absolute highlight," said Jerome Boateng. "We want to win it, but we know Dortmund are really strong again this season and I think the whole country is looking forward to this game."
Fans and observers across the globe will be awaiting that one with bated breath, and few more so than Lewandowski, who, having scored three times against his former club last term, is unlikely to show them any mercy next Sunday.
Tobias Schächter reporting from Mainz
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