Robert Lewandowski came off the bench and scored five goals in nine minutes as Bayern Munich turned a 1-0 deficit at halftime to a 5-1 win over Wolfsburg on Tuesday.
Lewandowski, 27, started Bayern’s Bundesliga matchup against Wolfsburg on the bench. Daniel Caligiuri gave Wolfsburg the lead in the 26th minute and the visitors held that 1-0 lead into halftime. Bayern Munich manager Pep Guardiola opted to sub out Thiago Alcantara at halftime and put in Lewandowski.
The Polish international scored five goals within a nine-minute span in the second half to secure the comeback win in style. Lewandowski scored in the 51st, 52nd, 55th, 57th and the 60th minute. His first three goals came within a four-minute span, making it the fastest hat trick in Bundesliga history.
Guardiola was elated after the game with Lewandowski’s performance.
“I don’t understand this, five goals!,” Guardiola said. “I have never in my life witnessed something like this whether as a player or a coach.
“Five goals against Wolfsburg is not easy. I am very, very happy for Robert. For his self-esteem and our future this is very important. I can not explain this.”
Wolfsburg manager Dieter Hacking also praised Lewandowski’s performance.
“What can I say,” hacking said. “A world class strike shot five times on goal and could have scored seven. This is how it felt for us. But no matter the quality something like this can not happen. We had a good first half, Bayern could not get any flow. Then these nine minutes come, one cannot explain this.”
Bayern tops the Bundesliga with six straight wins to start the season. They are three points ahead of Borussia Dortmund that has a game in hand.
Lewandowski has eight league goals, topping the scoring table two goals ahead of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.