Lewandowski's 11-minute hat trick fires Bayern into Champions League quarters

AFP , Wednesday 9 Mar 2022

Whatever hope Salzburg had of overcoming Bayern Munich was extinguished by Robert Lewandowski scoring a hat trick in 11 minutes.

Robert Lewandowski
Bayern Munich s Polish forward Robert Lewandowski celebrates scoring the opening goal during the UEFA Champions League last-16, second-leg football match FC Bayern Munich vs RB Salzburg in Munich, southern Germany on March 8, 2022. (Photo: AFP)

It was game over by the time Lewandowski's third hit the net in the 23rd minute on Tuesday to make it the quickest treble ever seen at the start of a Champions League match.

A second leg that started at 1-1 was tilted 4-1 in Bayern's favor by the striker's scoring masterclass. An 8-2 aggregate win to reach the quarterfinals was completed by further goals from Serge Gnabry, a double from Thomas Muller, and Leroy Sane.

At least Salzburg avoided complete humiliation of not scoring with Maurits Kjaergaard netting for the Austrian team in Bavaria.

In Tuesday's other round of 16 game, Liverpool relied on its 2-0 victory at Inter Milan to advance after losing 1-0 at Anfield.

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