In a midweek, Bundesliga match in Munich, Germany, Bayern got a huge 5-1 victory over title rivals Wolfsburg on the back of Robert Lewandowski’s five goals in only nine minutes. The Polish International was not even on the field in the first half. Then, came on at the half and had all five goals before the 60-minute mark of the match. It was a historic performance by the Polish International and it sent Bayern to the top of the league with six wins in their first six matches.
Coming in, it was a match-up of the second and third place clubs in Germany’s Bundesliga, with Bayern level on points with Borussia Dortmund but behind on the table on account of goal differential. Wolfsburg sat only four points behind the two league leaders with a chance to gain ground on FC Hollywood, as Bayern is often known.
Wolfsburg started the match on the front foot and controlling the pace of the match, with Bayern not making much of their usual possession advantage. In the 26th minute, Daniel Caliguiri opened the scoring for visiting Wolfsburg when Julian Draxler sent him a beautiful cross to free him down the right. He used the beauty of the cross as well as smashed home a shot that beat Manuel Neuer to his near post and put the home side down 1-0.
Neuer was nearly embarrassed by Caliguiri again later on in the first half, when the German International made one of his patented runs outside of his area and Caliguiri took the ball right off his foot. At this point, Neuer was nearly at half-field leaving his goal very vulnerable to a long shot, which Josuha Guilavogui almost hit in a great long-ball attempt that struck the outside of the post and barely missed the chance for Wolfsburg to go up 2-0.
In the first half, the only real signs of life shown by Bayern were down the right flank by new signing Douglas Costa, who used his pace and crossing to try to trouble Wolfsburg’s back line, but with little first half success. However, in the second half, the tide of the match completely turned with the introduction of Lewandowski, who would quickly get to work turning around the score line.
Between the 51st and 59th minutes of the match, Lewandowski put on a performance for the ages and smashed five goals into the net in only nine minutes. His spacing, pace, and composure on the ball gave Bayern exactly what they were lacking in the first half, as he went on to score all of his side’s goals in Munich. Each strike seemed to be more impressive than the next with the final goal capping off a historic performance. Philip Lahm delivered a very nice cross and set up Lewandowski near the edge of the box. He smashed home a not quite overhead bicycle-kick volley with absolute precision into the left corner of the net. It was such a powerful shot that it even knocked one of the cameras placed in the goal completely out of the net, setting up a great replay angle.
After the flurry of goals, the proceedings calmed down for the last half hour of the match as Bayern knew they had won on a record-breaking night for Lewandowski. The match got much more contentious as Wolfsburg knew they had been somewhat embarrassed after such a promising first half, but in the end, the 5-1 lead stood.
Bayern Munich, led by Lewandowski, got a huge 5-1 victory over Bundesliga title rivals Wolfsburg. Lewandowski scored all five goals after not even starting the match and coming on at the half. Even more impressively, he scored all five goals in only nine minutes. Bayern is now at the top of the table winning all six matches so far in this young Bundesliga season and Wolfsburg is left in third place, seven points behind the leaders.
Commentary By Max Petkevicius
Edited By Leigh Haugh
Goal–Lewandowski Revels in Record Performance
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