Robert Lewandowski scored three goals against Eintracht Frankfurt. He was a hornet’s nest today that they should not have poked. Lewandowski scored his first goal off a fantastic cross from Joshua Kimmich, but his second goal came moments after he clashed with Eintracht’s captain David Abraham and Makoto Hasebe.
The third goal? That goal arrived a minute after Abraham leveled Lewandowski with a totally unnecessary body check away from play. Lewandowski went down, but neither the head referee nor the line referee stopped play. Lewandowski did it himself, with his hat-trick. As Thomas Müller found Lewandwoski with a nice lateral pass on the ground, Abraham again hurled himself at Lewandwoski’s body instead of the ball. But this time the Pole dodged the blow. Finding himself one on one with Eintracht’s goalie, Lewandowski easily scored his third.
Abraham seemed intent on escalating the tiff, though. In the 70th minute, finding himself in an aerial challenge with Lewandowski, the Frankfurt defender threw an elbow right into Lewandowski’s jaw. Did you see it? Fox Deportes caught it:
That went too far, and Lewandowski called Abraham out on it. Franck Ribery jumped into the action in his teammate’s defense, and soon the referee had to calm the situation. Abraham saw a yellow card, but that was not the end of it.
Since Bayern enjoyed a 4-0 lead, head coach Niko Kovac wisely replaced Lewandowski with Sandro Wagner, but that was not the end to the quarrel. After the final whistle, Lewandowski immediately sought out Abraham on the pitch, sporting a swollen right jaw from the contact with his elbow. A heated exchange broke out between them and multiple players intervened to separate the two.
Thomas Müller in particular drew his teammate away to the sideline. From the right side, Lewandowski looked vaguely like Marlon Brando’s godfather with his swollen jaw. That didn’t stop him from celebrating a hat-trick in a 5-0 victory and Bayern Munich’s first trophy of the season.