Robert Lewandowski’s sensational five-goal haul in just nine minutes for Bayern Munich sent Bundesliga records tumbling and had Germany’s sports stars swooning on Wednesday.
German Cup holders Wolfsburg had led 1-0 at half-time at Munich’s Allianz Arena on Tuesday when Lewandowski came on to change the course of the game with his record-breaking rapid-fire goals.
His first arrived on 51 minutes, just six after he had come on, and he needed only a breath-taking eight minutes, 59 seconds to score all five goals.
He set the record for the fastest five goals scored by one player in Bundesliga history and the impact of his performance was still being felt the following morning on social media.
“The man from my sleepless night has just arrived in the dressing room. Chapeau,” tweeted Lewandowski’s Bayern team-mate Thomas Mueller at Bayern training next to a picture of the smiling pair.
Defender Jerome Boateng even learnt Lewandowski’s language to express his amazement.
“Naprawdę? Gratulacja! (Really? Congratulations!) I’ve learnt Polish after that performance,” wrote Bayern’s Germany centre-back.
Lewandoski’s former Borussia Dortmund team-mate Mat Hummels, who also played in the 4-1 Champions League semi-final win over Real Madrid in April 2013 when the striker scored four goals, was just as incredulous.
“Hahahhahahahah – I’ve never seen anything like that in my life,” tweeted Hummels.
Former England striker and tv pundit Gary Lineker simply wrote “Utterly ridiculous!”, next to a picture of the Bayern-Wolfsburg scoresheet and ex-Norway international Jan Aage Fjortoft, who played in the Bundesliga, tweeted: “That’s a miracle.”
Lewandowsi’s haul caught the attention of Germany’s NBA star Dirk Nowitzki, who supports Bayern: “5 of them in 10 minutes??????”
The result, Munich’s sixth straight league win, put Bayern top of the table from Borussia Dortmund, who are at Hoffenheim on Wednesday.
Wolfsburg, the German Cup holders who finished second behind Bayern last season, went ahead through a first-half Daniel Caligiuri goal, but the second 45 minutes were all Lewandowski in a clinical display of striking.
Three of his goals were from point-blank range, but the second was a pin-point accurate long-range drive from outside the area.
He saved the best for last with a brilliant acrobatic effort to make it five and could have easily finished with six with the Wolfsburg defence in tatters.