Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski netted the Bundesliga’s fastest hat-trick on his way to a sensational five-goal haul after coming on as a substitute at the start of the second half in their 5-1 demolition of VfL Wolfsburg on Tuesday.
The Poland captain instantly turned the game around after the Bavarians trailed 1-0 at halftime, scoring three goals in four minutes from the 51st to the 55th before quickly adding two more, including a spectacular volley, to become the first Bundesliga player to score five times in nine minutes.
“This is the fastest hat-trick and the fastest five-goal run,” the Bundesliga said on Twitter.
Lewandowski also became the first Bundesliga substitute to score five goals, and was one short of the all-time record goal haul of six by Cologne striker Dieter Mueller in 1977 in their 7-2 win over Werder Bremen.
The previous fastest hat-trick was scored by Duisburg’s Michael Toennies in 1991 in a six-minute spell.
Toennies, through his former club, was quick to congratulate the new record holder, telling Lewandowski: “You deserved it.”