Robert Lewandowski registered a treble to help Bayern Munich claim a comfortable victory over Dinamo Zagreb in the Champions League at Fußbal Arena.
Lewandowski took his personal tally to 10 goals in three games with a hat trick. Douglas Costa and Mario Gotze also scored for the home side. The German club sits at the top of Group F, scoring six points from two games. Bayern also maintained a perfect start in the Bundesliga with seven wins from seven.
Douglas Costa broke the deadlock for the Bavarian side inside 13 minutes. The Brazilian winger picked up the ball on the left before darting into the box, gliding past defender Alexandru and slotting past goalie Eduardo at the near post. The hosts doubled the lead in the 21st minute when Poland captain Lewandowski scored his first of the evening.
In an explosive first half, Bayern were 4-0 up inside half an hour as Mario Gotze netted the third and in-form Lewandowski struck for his second goal. The Poland striker made it 5-0 early in the second half and completed another hat trick. The 27-year-old has scored 10 goals in their past three matches, including club record five goals in nine minutes against Wolfsburg in the Bundesliga.
“I want to congratulate my players for tonight. They had a top performance. With Douglas Costa and Kingsley Coman our game is much better,” said Bayern manager Pep Guardiola. “Now we are off to the Oktoberfest and then we will start thinking about Borrusia Dortmund on the weekend,” he added, referring to their challenging Bundesliga clash.
The visitors came into the match unbeaten in 45 games in all competitions. Dinamo coach Zoran Mamic admitted his side had been completely outclassed as they were brought down to earth with a bump in Group F after beating the Gunners 2-1 in their last Champions League outing.
Bayern Munich’s next two Champions League matches are against Arsenal, who suffered a shock 3-2 loss at home to Olympiakos. Guardiola’s men will face second-placed Dortmund on Sunday in the domestic league. IMAGE/Getty Images