Bayern Munich blew RB Salzburg out of the water on Tuesday night, with Robert Lewandowski scoring the earliest hat-trick in Champions League history.
Following a 1-1 draw in the first leg, Bayern Munich is sailing through Salzburg in the second leg of their last-16 tie.
Within 23 minutes of the Munich match, Lewandowski had put them out of sight, setting a new record for the earliest hat-trick in the competition.
His first two goals came from the penalty spot, with the first coming after Maximilian Wober took him down inside the area in the 12th minute, and the second coming after the Salzburg defender brought him down nine minutes later.
After a wayward ball deflected off the post and allowed him to tap into an empty net just 11 minutes after his opener, Lewandowski completed the earliest ever Champions League hat-trick.
The three goals by the Poland international came a minute quicker than the previous record-holder, Marco Simone, who did it in 24 minutes during AC Milan’s 2-1 loss to Rosenborg in 1996.
Lewandowski’s hat-trick on Tuesday was the latest highlight of a spectacular season that has seen him score 42 goals in 35 games.
Despite this, he was not the only Bayern player to score against Salzburg, as Serge Gnabry added a fourth goal in the 31st minute for the hosts.
The ball was intercepted by Kingsley Coman, who found Gnabry at the far post, who slammed the ball home to make it 4-0. Thomas Muller got in on the action nine minutes into the second, smashing past Philipp Kohn from inside the box.
With 20 minutes remaining, Maurits Kjaergaard grabbed a goal back for Salzburg, but Bayern’s first-half thrashing assures it will be little more than a consolation.
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