Pep Guardiola thought he could get by without his best forward, starting Robert Lewandowski on the bench as a quick turnaround from weekend action saw Wolfsburg, last season’s Bundesliga runner ups, visit Bayern Munich in the league’s sixth round. However, fortunate to go into halftime trailing only 1-0, the Bayern boss didn’t hesitate to bring the Polish international on to start the second half.
The results were mind-blowing. Starting in the 50th minute, Lewandowski scored five times in less than 10 minutes, shifting a match where Bayern were second best into a typical FCB rout.
The first goal capitalized on some good fortune, with a sprawling challenge from former Bayern defender Dante deflecting a ball roll to Lewandowski, who finished into a nearly empty net in the 51st minute:
Moments later, Lewandowski eschewed the need for any good fortune by beating Wolfsburg keeper Diego Benaglia from near the top of the arc, giving Bayern the lead in the 52nd minute:
Lewandowski made life difficult for himself on his third, initially putting his attempted hat trick off the left post before beating Benaglio for a third time, making it 3-1 in the 55th:
A fourth goal saw Lewandowski put an adroit touch on a high, bouncing ball, with Douglas Costa’s cross finding an open space near the penalty spot, allowing the his teammate to put home his fourth of the night in the 57th minute:
And finally, in the 60th minute, Lewandowski offered his best goal of the evening – a volley on a ball in from the right; one which, driving into the left side of Wolfsburg’s goal, gave Benaglio little chance to prevent a historic performance:
Coming into today’s game, Lewandowski had three league goals on the season. In just under a quarter of and hour, he nearly doubled that total, coming off the bench to score five times in Bayern’s 5-1 win over previously undefeated Wolfsburg.
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