Polish footballer Robert Lewandowski stunned fans at the Allianz Arena last night when he managed to score 5 goals in just 9 minutes for his Bundesliga team Bayern Munich against Vfl Wolfsburg.
At half-time, it seemed to be a normal game between two Bundesliga clubs. Bayern was the stronger team but had not been able to put the ball behind the net while visitors Wolfsburg’s Daniel Caligiuri used his chance to put his side 0:1 up. During the break Josep Guardiola made his changes, bringing on Lewandowski at the beginning of the second half.
What happened next, no manager, no fan, no commentator could have predicted. The Polish striker went on the pitch and responded to Wolfsburg’s 1:0 lead with five goals in the timeframe of 9 minutes scoring in the 51st, 52nd, 55th, 57th and 60th minutes to secure a 5-1 win. By the time Lewandowski scored his 5 goals and kept Bayern perfect after 6 games, he had only been on the pitch for 15 minutes.
His goal frenzy set new records:
– His first three goals were scored within 3 minutes 22 seconds, the fastest hat-trick in Bundesliga history. Former record holder Michael Tönnies, who had scored three goals in six minutes in 1991 for Duisburg against Karlsruhe.
– Four goals in 5 minutes 42 seconds is the fastest in the league’s history.
– Five in eight minutes 59 seconds also set a Bundesliga best.
– Lewandowski is the first substitute in Bundesliga history to score five.
– It was the first time in 24 years that somebody has scored five goals in a Bundesliga match – since Tönnies against Karlsruhe.
– Had Wolfsburg not cleared the ball off the line in the 69th minute, Lewandowski would have equalled Dieter Müller’s 1977 Bundesliga best of six goals in a single match.
– It was Lewandowski’s first Bayern hat-trick.