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Lewandowski sets new Champions League record against Salzburg with fastest hat-trick in competition history

00:04 GMT+3 09/03/2022
Lewandowski Bayern Salzburg 2022
The Poland sharpshooter needed less than half an hour to net three times against the hapless Austrians

Robert Lewandowski wasted no time in putting RB Salzburg to the sword on Tuesday, as he netted three times for Bayern Munich to set a new Champions League record for the fastest hat-trick in the competition's history.

The 2019-20 champions went into the second leg with the tie poised at 1-1.

But thanks to Lewandowski, any fears of an upset were dispelled in rapid fashion.

Three for Lewa

The Poland star needed just 12 minutes to get his name on the scoresheet, converting a penalty to put his side up 1-0 on the night and 2-1 on aggregate.

And nine minutes later he was on target again from the spot, before completing his hat-trick within a mere 120 seconds of returning to the centre-circle.

In total Lewandowski needed just 23 minutes from kick-off to reach three, making Champions League history.

He is now the fastest hat-trick scorer ever in the competition, beating Marco Simone's previous mark.

Serge Gnabry then hit the net to complete a torrid spell for Salzburg and put Bayern's presence in the quarters beyond doubt even before the half-time whistle had sounded.

The bigger picture

Tuesday's haul additionally restored Lewandowski's position as the Champions League's top scorer in 2021-22.

He now has 12 goals in this year's competition, one ahead of Sebastien Haller, who has enjoyed a stunning campaign so far for Ajax.

In total the Pole boasts 42 goals in 35 games in all competitions for Bayern, an incredible strike-rate and one which leaves him well-placed to surpass the 48 he managed for the Bavarians last term.

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