Robert Lewandowski makes Champions League history with 23-minute hat-trick


Robert Lewandowski set a UEFA Champions League record with his hat-trick in the first half of Bayern Munich’s second 16 leg against Salzburg on Tuesday.

Poland’s Leandandowski scored three goals in the first 23 minutes. It was the first time in a UEFA Champions League game that a player had registered a hat-trick, surpassing Marco Simone’s 24-minute treble against Milan Rosenborg in 1996.

The 33-year-old put the Bavarian giants ahead in the penalty area in the 12th minute after a foul on Maximilian Wober.

He sent a second spack-kick in the lower-left corner in the 21st minute after another Wober error improved from a free-kick to a penalty following a VAR update.

Lewandowski completed his hat-trick when tying his thigh after goalkeeper Philipp Kohn blocked the post.

It was Lewandowski’s fifth treble in the tournament – only Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi (both eight) won more.

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