Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski scored a 23-minute hat-trick against Red Bull Salzburg on Tuesday night to make Champions League history
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The two sides leveled in the second leg at the Allianz Arena on Tuesday night, following a 1-1 draw in Austria three weeks ago.
Back then, Bayern needed a late Kingsley Coman strike to save them after Salzburg substitute Chukwubuike Adamu had opened the scoring.
However, it didn’t take long for the German giants to assert their dominance at home in the second leg against an aggressive Lewandowski who made European history.
After two conversions from the penalty spot, at 12 and 21 minutes, the prolific Pole then gave up going home two minutes later to complete a record hat-trick.
Lewandowski’s attacking trio in the 23 minutes against Salzburg saw him score the earliest treble ever scored in Champions League history.
The feat saw the Bayern marksman midfielder replace Marco Simone for honor, who had previously scored a 24-minute hat-trick for AC Milan against Norwegian side Rosenborg in 1996.
Remarkably, there was only 10 minutes and 24 seconds between Lewandowski’s first and third goals as Bayern rebelled in Bavaria.
To score his record third, the 33-year-old found himself in Salzburg’s goal after Thomas Muller cushioned the ball over a volley.
Salzburg keeper Philipp Kohn lunged forward to close in on the striker, but his attempt to clear the ball caused the forward to be blocked and hit his post, allowing Lewandowski to hit an empty net.
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And that’s not the only achievement Pole landed on tonight.
Lewandowski has become the first player in Europe’s top football to reach 40 goals in all club competitions this season, and there are seven consecutive campaigns in which he has achieved this milestone. .
Before Arsenal striker Serge Gnabry then added a fourth goal half an hour later to give Bayern the lead before half-time.
With Lewandowski’s contract expiring in the summer of 2023 and much speculation surrounding his future, one Premier League motion was touted and that’s what Peter Crouch would love to see.
“That seems ridiculous. I don’t know what else they want,” Crouch admitted on BT Sport while discussing Bayern’s inability to tie Lewandowski to a new deal.
“I know he is about to turn 34 but he is still like a machine. He eats well, lives properly, is fit and the numbers are completely absurd.
“Who are you going to go out there and sign to get you numbers like that? I know there’s been talk of that. [Erling] Haaland if you want obvious longevity, but that will cost you a lot of money.
“I think you’ll have two or three more years with Lewandowski.
“I have to say, I would love to see him in the Premier League. I think it would be nice to see him.
“If I were Bayern, you tie him up as quickly as possible. Those numbers are terrifying.”