Once again showing the attacking flair that makes them one of the most feared clubs in the world, forward Robert Lewandowski and Bayern Munich have pummeled Dinamo Zabreb for four goals over a 15-minute span in the first half of their Champions League Group F match Tuesday at Allianz Arena.
Lewandowski, who just last week blew up for five goals in nine minutes in Bundesliga action, notched a brace with goals in the 21st and 28th minute, while Bayern forward Douglas Costa and veteran midfielder Mario Gotze chipped in goals in the 13th and 25th minutes, respectively.
The £37 million-rated Lewandowski has now netted nine goals in Munich’s last three matches across all competitions.
The first-half was textbook dominance by the Bundesliga champions, imposing their superior midfield and attacking play for a 71-29 possession advantage and 12 total shots (seven on target) to just two for Croatian side Dinamo.
Costa began the onslaught by accepting Thiago Alcantara’s high-arching through ball down the left sideline, and proceeded to cut down Dinamo defender Alexandru Matel inside the box for a left-footed strike at a nearly implausible angle past keeper Eduardo.
Alcantara found Lewandowski for his first goal eight minutes later, slipping the assist between two Dinamo defenders to spring the Polish-born star for enough time to corral a right-footed touch shot down the middle of net.
Gotze would then work a perfectly executed give-and-touch-go with forward Kingsley Coman in Dinamo’s area, followed by Costa’s cross sailing to Lewandowski’s header into the crossbar and down into goal.
Semifinalists in last year’s competition, Munich and manager Pep Guardiola are expected to win the group, which also includes Arsenal and Olympiakos, wrapped up after the presumed victory.