Bayern Munich 4-2 Borussia Dortmund: Robert Lewandowski’s Hat-Trick Cancels Erling Haaland’s Early Double
Robert Lewandowski‘s hat-trick (3 goals) for Bayern Munich has outdone Erling Braut Haaland‘s early double as Munich came from behind to beat Dortmund in a Der Klassiker thriller on Saturday evening.
Haaland‘s two early strikes amazingly brought his career tally to 100 senior goals in all competitions at the tender age of 20.
He has taken just 145 matches to reach that milestone and by comparison, Kylian Mbappe took 180 matches to rack up triple figures, Lionel Messi 210 games and Cristiano Ronaldo 301.
Meanwhile, Lewandowski’s hat-trick brings him to 31 league goals this season; if he scores a goal a game for the remainder of the season, he’ll be wiping Gerd Muller’s 1971-72 total from the record books.
Haaland‘s first goal arrived after just 74 seconds of play, with the Norway international finding the bottom right corner of Manuel Neuer‘s goal with a left-footed strike from outside the area that took a slight deflection off Boateng.
The Norwegian’s second owed everything to a brilliant BVB breakaway, with Nico Schulz and Thorgan Hazard combining to leave Haaland with a tap-in. He has now scored 32 goals in 34 Bundesliga appearances.
However, Lewandowski was determined not to be overshadowed by Haaland with his hat-trick taking his Bundesliga total to 267 goals, one behind second-placed Klaus Fischer on the league’s all-time scoring charts.
The Poland striker could have had more against his former club, snatching at a volley that he sent wide before converting Sane’s centre from close range and beating Marwin Hitz from the spot.
Meanwhile, Dortmund looked for a victory in the second half but Goretzka and Lewandowski both found the bottom corner with accurate finishes in the closing stages to continue Munich’s hold over Dortmund – they have won the past seven meetings between the sides at Allianz Arena by an aggregate of 30-5.
Victory moved Hansi Flick‘s reigning champions two points clear of second-placed RB Leipzig, who had briefly climbed above them by winning at Freiburg earlier on Saturday.
Dortmund, meanwhile, drop a place to sixth, four points off Champions League places, their woes compounded by a knock to Haaland that forced the Norway striker off in the second half.