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Record-breaking Lewandowski nets hat-trick as Bayern crush Hertha Berlin

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MUNICH, Germany (Reuters) -Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski continued his imperious form with a superb hat-trick as they cruised past Hertha Berlin with a 5-0 win at the Allianz Arena on Saturday.

The Poland striker has scored at least once in each of his last 16 official matches for Bayern, bettering Gerd Mueller’s record of netting in 15 consecutive games between 1969 and 1970.

Speaking about his sensational form, the 33-year-old said: “It’s due to a lot of things, I’m always hungry. I feel very good, I feel much better than a few years ago. I still want to get better and improve.”

The victory left Bayern second in the Bundesliga, behind Bayer Leverkusen on goal difference, with seven points from three games. Hertha sit bottom of the table having lost all their games so far.

Thomas Mueller struck for the German champions after six minutes, finishing off a slick team move, before Lewandowski doubled the advantage half an hour later, heading in from a Serge Gnabry cross.

“Sometimes the first goal is the most important. I saw that Thomas was running behind me. He had called for the ball… that (the dummy for the opening goal) was also a small thank you to Thomas for all his assists,” added Lewandowski.

Hertha did their best to press Bayern higher up the pitch but struggled to create clear opportunities as the home side’s wide men took full advantage of the space left behind.

Bayern continued their assault in the second half, with substitute Jamal Musiala grabbing a third soon after the break and Lewandowski adding two more for a hat-trick, his second goal made possible by some brilliant wing play from Leroy Sane.

“I am very satisfied today. We played our best game of the season today, and the substitutes also brought a lot of energy into it,” said Bayern manager Julian Nagelsmann, singling out 18-year-old Musiala for praise.

“He justified my trust. The nice thing is that he is very modest… he has just that mentality on the pitch. My biggest task is not to drive it out of it.”

Leverkusen thrash Augsburg

Bayern Leverkusen had plenty of help as they won 4-1 at Augsburg on Saturday to top the Bundesliga, with the hapless hosts gifting them two own goals in the opening 14 minutes, while Bayern Munich hammered Hertha Berlin 5-0.

Augsburg went behind in the fourth minute when left back Iago put the ball into his own net and were two down 10 minutes later when Florian Niederlechner deflected a shot past his own goalkeeper.

Niederlechner pulled one back in the 31st, snapping up the ball after a defensive error and slotting it into net but Leverkusen added two more goals in the second half to secure a comfortable win.

Leverkusen lead the league on seven points after their opening three matches, ahead of Bayern Munich on goal difference.

Reuters

Photo  Bayern’s Robert Lewandowski (L) celebrates winning the German Bundesliga soccer match between FC Bayern Munich and Hertha BSC Berlin in Munich, Germany, 28 August 2021. EPA-EFE/CHRISTIAN BRUNA