By Derrick Kiplagat
Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski came off the bench to net Bundesliga’s fastest hat-trick on his way to a sensational five-goal haul, in a thrilling 5-1 demolition of Wolfsburg.
The Polish striker scored three goals in four minutes, which became the fastest hat-trick ever scored in the German league. He scored the first three between the 51st and the 55th minute, before quickly adding two more, including a clinical volley, to become the first ever Bundesliga player to score five times in nine minutes.
After the impressive comeback from a goal down, Lewandowski was also left surprised at how fast he had netted the five goals. “This was just crazy. Five goals that’s just unbelievable.”
“I’m very, very satisfied. This was a great evening for me. We were behind at the end of first half and I wanted to step on the gas because we needed two goals,” Lewandowski said.
“I look up at the board after the third or the fourth goal and I was surprised there was still so much time left to play.”
The coach did not have to tell me anything. I knew what had to be done,” he added.
The striker who had started on the bench because he had just come back from a muscle injury, also became the first
Bundesliga substitute to score five goals, and was just one goal short of all-time record goal haul of six goals by Cologne striker Dieter Mueller in 1977 in its 7-2 win over Werder Bremen.
The previous fastest hat-trick was scored by Duisburg’s Michael Toennies in 1991 in six minutes. Toennies was fast to congratulate the new record holder, telling Lewandowski, “You deserved it, Robert. I have had this record for 24 years. It is a bit of a pity to see it go but what Robert Lewandowski conjured up was just amazing.”