Bayern Munich vs RB Salzburg: Lewandowski nets hat-trick as the Bavarians thrash Salzburg 7-1 to enter champions League quarters

Robert Lewandowski's hat-trick, Tomas Muller's brace and goals from Serge Gnabry and Leroy Sane helped Bayern to a 8-2 aggregate win.

File photo - Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski scored a hat-trick against RB Salzburg; credit: Twitter/@FCBayernEN
By Sreejith C R | Mar 9, 2022 | 3 Min Read follow icon Follow Us

Robert Lewandowski scored a record-breaking 11-minute hat-trick as Bayern Munich thrashed RB Salzburg 7-1 in the Champions League last-16 second leg fixture at Allianz Arena on Tuesday. The result helped the German giants to qualify for the quarter-finals courtesy of a 8-2 aggregate victory. Lewandowski had three goals to his name inside the opening 23 minute. The Polish striker opened his account with two penalties on 12th and 21st minutes before netting on the break two minutes later for his fifth hat-trick in the competition.

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Salzburg, who had held Bayern to a 1-1 draw in the first leg, created the first real chance in Munich inside the opening two minutes. Karim Adeyemi made a darting run down the left flank before finding Nicolas Capaldo inside the box, but the midfielders effort was blocked by Kingsley Coman in front of goal. 

After the initial burst from the visitors, Bayern slowly started to control the proceedings and opened the scoring on 12 minutes when Lewandowski was brought down inside the box by Maximilian Wober and referee awarded a penalty to the hosts. The 33-year-old striker stepped up and converted the spot kick. 

Few moments later, Lewandowski was once again fouled just inside the penalty area by Wober and the referee pointed to the spot after VAR intervention. Lewandowski stepped up and once again sent the goalkeeper the wrong way and deposited the ball into the bottom corner to double the lead on 21 minutes. 

Lewandowski’s third goal came from open play, running onto Muller’s pass and then knocking a shot past the advancing goalkeeper Philipp Kohn from the edge of the box, although initially the ball hit the post the striker tucked in the rebound. The previous quickest hat-trick from the start of a Champions League match came in 24 minutes from Marco Simone for AC Milan against Rosenberg in 1996.

Bayern made it 4-0 on the half-hour-mark, when Coman laid the ball to Gnabry on the right side of the penalty area and the German winger drilled it past Kohn into the back of the net. Julian Nagelsmann’s side continued their dominance after the break as Lewandowski’s effort deflected wide before Muller scored his first of the night on 54 minutes.

Muller completes his brace

The Veteran German footballer collected the ball from Leroy Sane just inside the box and on the turn, smashed it past Kohn into the bottom corner. Meanwhile Salzburg scored a consolation goal on 70 minutes courtesy of a break away move finished off by Maurits Kjaergaard  

But Muller completed his brace on 83 minutes. The 32-year-old played a one-two with Lewandowski outside the box before spreading the ball to Sane on the left side of the penalty area and the winger returned the ball back for Muller to slot home past Kohn. 

Sane completed the drubbing with the home side’s seventh of the night on 85 minutes. Lewandowski played a nice little back-heel to release the German winger on the left side of the box and the 26-year-old smashed home at the near post. 

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