Monday 26 September 2016

Lewandowski hits five in nine minutes

Jamie Holland

Published 23/09/2015 | 02:30

Poland hotshot Robert Lewandowski served a Euro 2016 warning to Ireland with a stunning, record-breaking five-goal burst in the space of nine minutes for Bayern Munich last night
Poland hotshot Robert Lewandowski served a Euro 2016 warning to Ireland with a stunning, record-breaking five-goal burst in the space of nine minutes for Bayern Munich last night

Poland hotshot Robert Lewandowski served a Euro 2016 warning to Ireland with a stunning, record-breaking five-goal burst in the space of nine minutes for Bayern Munich last night.

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With Bayern trailing VfL Wolfsburg 1-0 at half-time, Pep Guardiola sent on Lewandowski at the start of the second half to replace Thiago and the Poland captain - the man Ireland need to stop in Warsaw on October 11 - stunned the visitors with three goals in four minutes to turn the game on its head.

The previous fastest hat-trick was scored by Duisburg's Michael Toennies in a six-minute spell in 1991.

Lewandowski struck twice more in the next five minutes to complete the fastest five-goal haul in the Bundesliga's 52-year history, leaving coach Guardiola looking around in disbelief with his hands on his head.

The pick of the goals was the fifth. Mario Gotze crossed from the right and the Pole produced an acrobatic volley that flew into the net.

Lewandowski became the first Bundesliga substitute to score five goals in a match, but he fell short of the all-time record haul of six set by Cologne's Dieter Mueller in 1977 in their 7-2 win over Werder Bremen.

Wolfsburg, who finished second behind Bayern and won the German Cup last season, took the lead when Daniel Caligiuri beat Manuel Neuer at his near post. And the visitors almost added a spectacular second from 60 yards when Joshua Guilavogui's lob dropped just wide.

Elsewhere, in-form Antoine Griezmann struck twice to earn Atletico Madrid's a comfortable 2-0 derby victory over toothless visitors Getafe that took his side top of La Liga.

The France striker, who is developing into a talisman for Atletico, scored at the start of the first half and at the end of the second.

Valencia's dismal start to the season continued as they lost 1-0 at Espanyol.

Mario Balotelli scored for AC Milan as they beat Udinese 3-2, while Angel Di Maria and Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored in PSG's 3-0 win over Guingamp. The Swedish maverick also missed a late penalty.

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