SUBSTITUTE Robert Lewandowski made Bundesliga history on Wednesday after scoring five goals in the space of nine minutes as Bayern Munich came from behind to rout Wolfsburg 5-1 and move top of the standings.
“I’m very satisfied. It was a crazy few minutes,” said Lewandowski, who scored the league’s quickest ever hat trick and five goals. “Five goals is incredible. I’m very happy.”
His feelings of amazement were shared by Bayern coach Pep Guardiola.
Bayern was 1-0 down at the break for the third time in six games this season.
But then Lewandowski came on for the second half and changed everything.
He equalised in the 51st, put Bayern ahead a minute later, and completed his hat trick when he hit the post, then the goalkeeper and kept going till he scored. Three goals in three minutes, 22 seconds.
It was the Bundesliga’s fastest hat trick ever, bettering Michael Toennies’ five-minute feat against Karlsruher SC goalkeeper Oliver Kahn from Aug. 27, 1991.
Still Lewandowski wasn’t done.
The Poland striker scored again in the 57th and claimed another goal three minutes after that, when he met Mario Goetze’s cross with a scissor kick into the top corner.
He might have claimed a sixth – only for Ricardo Rodriguez to block his effort on the line in the 69th.
“When we all look at each other and see how stunned we are, there’s no need for words,” Wolfsburg substitute Maximilian Arnold said. Lewandowski is the first substitute in the history of the Bundesliga to score five goals in one game and they were the quickest scored by anybody.
“I had a little knock last week but I’m OK now,” Lewandowski said. “It was a great evening for me. But it was the sixth game. There are many more to come. I know it won’t be so easy.”
Dieter Mueller’s record of six goals in a single game, for Cologne against Werder Bremen on Aug. 17, 1977, still stands.
Bayern moved three points ahead of Borussia Dortmund with its sixth win from six games. Dortmund can reclaim the lead if it wins by three goals or more at Hoffenheim on Thursday.