5 Goals, 9 Minutes

Bayern's Lewandowski Sets Record

lewandowski shooting vs wolfsburg 22 sept 2015 source reuters
The Bayern forward, Robert Lewandowski, during play against Wolfsburg on Tuesday night in Munich.

They are scoreboard numbers Bundesliga fans won’t forget soon, if ever – 51, 52, 55, 57 and 60.

Robert Lewandowski, the Polish forward and one of the many high-profile stars playing for Bayern Munich, came off the bench on Tuesday in the second half of a game against Wolfsburg to score five goals in less than nine minutes, a record.

In fact, the 28-year-old striker set a couple of records in the mid-week match: He fired in a four-minute hat-trick, the fastest in Bundesliga history, before adding another two goals in five minutes, becoming the first tier-one player ever to score five within such a short time.


A Twitter posting by Robert Lewandowski and his wife after his record-setting night against Wolfsburg.


“Five goals like these – neither as a coach nor as a player have I ever experienced anything like this,” Bayern Munich trainer Pep Guardiola told German television interviewers after the match, which ended 5-1.

Bayern was trailing Wolfsburg, the second-best team in Germany’s professional soccer league last season, 0-1 when Mr. Lewandowski was put in. His substitution led to one of the most memorable nights in the history of German football.

“Five goals like these – neither as a coach nor as a player have I ever experienced anything like this.”

Pep Guardiola,, Bayern Munich Trainer

Wolfsburg, which won the German Cup and recently beat Bayern Munich in the German Football Association’s pre-season Supercup match, had been off to a good start. The club’s new transfer, Julian Draxler, lobbed a pass to Daniel Caligiuri, who smashed a shot past Munich goalkeeper Maneul Neuer.

Shortly after, Mr. Neuer almost gave Mr. Caligiuri an opportunity to score again, when the forward snatched the ball at the midway-line from the goalkeeper, known for his sweeper-keeping skills, and took a shot, only to find the outside of the post.

In the game, Wolfsburg employed the same tactics it used to win the Supercup this summer — which pitted the winner of the German regular season against the domestic cup title holder — playing strong defense and waiting for an opportunity to hit quickly on the break.

Mr. Guardiola responded after the half-time break, sending in Mr. Lewandowski and Spaniard Javier Martínez.

Mr. Lewandowski didn’t need much time to warm up. Just six minutes on the pitch, he scored his first goal, tapping in a ball that slipped away from forward Bayern Munich forward Thomas Müller.

The second goal came a minute later, with a low shot from 25 meters, beating Wolfsburg’s keeper Diego Benaglio.

But the fun was far from over.

Three minutes later, Mr. Lewandowski completed the fastest hat-trick in Bundesliga history. He needed only four minutes, beating the former five-minute record set in 1991 by Michael Tönnies, a striker with MSV Duisburg, in a 6-2 victory over Karlsruher SC.

Still more was to come.

Two minutes later, the Polish striker knocked in a fourth goal, after receiving a brilliant pass from Brazilian Douglas Costa, a new transfer who has quickly secured a starting position in Mr. Guardiola’s talented team.

And after one hour of game time, Mr. Lewandowski scored his fifth and finest goal of the evening, setting a record that unlikely will be broken anytime soon — five goals in under nine minutes by a substitute player.

The 75,000 fans in the fully-booked Allianz Area in Munich were hysterical. Mr. Guardiola could only shake his head in bewilderment.

And Mr. Lewandowski’s five goals, bringing his total to eight in five Bundesliga games so far this season, has put his team back at the top of the league.

The stinging defeat on Bayern’s home turf was another blow to Wolfsburg, a team owned by German auto Volkswagen, which is engulfed in a scandal over the rigging of emissions tests for 11 million of its cars.

Video: Robert Lewandowski’s Portrait .

John Blau is a senior editor at Handelblatt Global Edition. To contact the author: blau@handelsblatt.com

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