He is unstoppable! Robert Lewandowski scores his second hat trick in a week's time as unstoppable Bayern Munich steamrolled over Dinamo Zagreb on Tuesday in the UEFA Champions League group stage.
Lewandowski scored two goals in the first half and one goal in the second to give him 10 goals in his last three matches. Douglas Costa and Mario Götze also got on the scoresheet as Bayern took a firm grasp of first place in Group F.
Needing a quick start, Bayern came storming out of the gates, players zigging and zagging past Zagreb's inexperienced defense. Douglas and Kingsley Coman terrorized the flanks, wiggling into great positions before unleashing curling balls into the penalty area. A goal opening seemed inevitable, and Douglas found it, beating Dinamo goalkeeper Eduardo to the near post with a sharp shot.
Chances snowballed after that, Bayern overwhelming Dinamo with their class. Teenager Filip Benković looked out of his depth, and his mistake allowed Bayern to go two goals ahead. Thiago Alcântara pounced on a Benković ricochet before selflessly sliding a pass over to Lewandowski for the goal.
Bayern continued playing at top gear, Götze finishing off a give-and-go off the right hand of Eduardo to give Bayern a 3-0 lead. Douglas Costa then picked out Lewandowski moments later on a corner kick, the goal machine rattling a shot off the crossbar and just over the goal line.
Both clubs made defensive changes at halftime, Martínez getting a taste of Champions League football again as Gonçalo relieved Benković for Dinamo. The Plavi advanced out of their half to try to get back into the game, but their best chances came only when Junior Fernandes and Arba Hillel al Soudani used their skill to advance the ball themselves. The open affair allowed Bayern to get forward more effectively, which put Dinamo's distraught defense under more pressure.
The extra space allowed Lewandowski to complete his hat trick. Douglas flicked a ball back to Thiago, who poked the ball to an onside Lewandowski who was splitting Gonçalo and Jérémy Taravel in defense. Lewandowski chipped the ball over Eduardo to seal Bayern's 5-0 victory.
Bayern now take an 8-0 goal record to their match against Arsenal, who lost 3-2 at home to Olympiacos. The Rekordmeister lead Group F of the Champions League group stage with six points, possessing the best goal differential through two rounds.
Bayern Munich (5-0) Dinamo Zagreb
FCB: Douglas Costa (13'), Robert Lewandowski (22', 28', 55'), Mario Götze (25')
Bayern XI: Neuer – Lahm, Boateng, Alaba, Bernat – Kimmich, Thiago – Coman, Götze, Douglas – Lewandowski
Dinamo XI: Eduardo – Mätel, Benković, Taravel, Pivarić – Machado, Ademi – Soudani, Antović, Fernandes – Pjaca
- My goodness, Mr. Lewandowski. There is no player on the planet in better form than Bayern's No. 9. His first goal may have come from a fortunate mistake, but his movement was clinical throughout the match. The interesting thing about this performance was how he had a tad more acreage to roam with Götze playing behind him rather than Thomas Müller. Müller is a player who can draw more attention away from Lewandowski, but Lewandowski's different playing relationship between the two could lead to a mid-match tactical adjustment Guardiola can make.
- One of the best things to see from Bayern this season is their interplay in attack. Even though many of these players have never played together before, they link together extremely well. It may be the reason Guardiola is more inclined to field just two central midfielders and keep players forward in attack. The attacking skill is also another excuse for Guardiola to play less defenders if the opponent will allow it.
- Playing David Alaba and Joshua Kimmich was a risky tactic, even though Dinamo Zagreb had now way to punish Bayern for it. Both have skill on the ball and can switch the play effectively, but that is a soft part of the spine Bayern cannot get away with on a regular basis. Kimmich is the type of No. 6 Guardiola wants, but the jury is still out on whether Bayern can lean on his defensive attributes.