With an incredible 10 goals in this last three matches, forward Robert Lewandowski’s hat trick spearheaded Bayern Munich’s 5-0 crushing of Dinamo Zagreb in Tuesday’s Champions League Group F match at Allianz Stadium.
Less than a week after firing off five goals over nine minutes by himself, the Polish international Lewandowski came up with breathtaking scores in the 21st and 28th minutes and sewed up the hat trick in 55th.
The 27-year-old has compiled a whopping 16 goals in nine matches this term. He secured his third hat trick of the season by chipping in an unmarked shot over Dinamo keeper Eduardo.
Lewandowski also got plenty of help from his teammates against an overmatched Dinamo. Midfielder Thiago Alcantara had three assists, helping Mario Gotze get on the board in the 13th minute and aiding Brazilian forward Douglas Costa, who scored two minutes later.
The victory places Bayern well in control of Group F, with Arsenal falling to Olympiakos at the Emirates, 3-2. Counting all competitions, manager Pep Guardiola’s side may have established themselves as the team to beat in the tournament and have endured only one loss this season and own a 12-match win streak.
From the opening kickoff, Bayern were largely in control and never faced a serious challenge from Croatia’s Dinamo. In the first half alone Bayern tallied 12 shots, with seven on target, to Dinamo’s two shots, none of which could find their mark.
Acquired this summer from Shakhtar Donetsek for £21 million, the 25-year-old Costa opened the books with a precise left-footed strike on Dinamo’s left wing at a nearly impossible angle. It was only the Brazilian’s second goal in a Bayern kit, but it kick-started a 15-minute scoring frenzy.
From there, Lewandowski would score with a one-touch, right-footed shot after Alcantara split two Dinamo defenders with a deft throughball. Gotze followed up with a point-blank right-footed shot in front of keeper Eduardo’s net.
Costa, who leads the squad with five assists in Bundesliga play, levitated used a corner kick to find Lewandowski, whose powerful header found the crossbar and bounced into the net for a 4-0 advantage. With Dinamo already showing signs of surrender, Lewandowski made the final goal of the match look like the easiest one of all.