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Bayern Munich 5-0 Hertha Berlin: Lewandowski nets hat-trick as champions cruise

SoccerNews in General Soccer News 28 Aug 2021

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Robert Lewandowski created a new personal best as his hat-trick helped Bayern Munich to a commanding 5-0 win over Hertha Berlin at the Allianz Arena.

The Pole netted in his 13th successive Bundesliga match, with Thomas Muller and Jamal Musiala also on target at the start of each half as Julian Nagelsmann’s men moved level on points with leaders Bayer Leverkusen and Freiburg.

Only the late Gerd Muller (16, 1969-70) has found the net in more consecutive league matches than Lewandowski, who surpassed his previous best streak of 12 from the 2012-13 season.

Meanwhile, Bayern are now unbeaten in 27 home league matches against Hertha, who are the only side yet to register a point in the German top flight this term.

Bayern edged in front after just six minutes. A quick counter culminated in Lewandowski dummying Alphonso Davies’ pass for the onrushing Muller to clinically tuck away his first league goal of the season.  
 
The lead was doubled in the 35th minute. Lewandowski’s initial header from Serge Gnabry’s centre crashed against the crossbar, but he reacted quickest by rising above the defender to nod home the rebound. 
 
Fresh from scoring twice in the 12-0 DFB-Pokal demolition of fifth-tier Bremer in midweek, Musiala got in on the act four minutes after the break as he neatly bent a shot into the far corner. 
 
Lewandowski grabbed his second 20 minutes from time. Substitute Leroy Sane played a neat one-two with Muller before squaring for the striker, who made no mistake from close range. 
 
And the Pole completed his treble with six minutes remaining; heading home after Tanguy Nianzou cushioned Joshua Kimmich’s corner invitingly into his path.

What does it mean? Bayern among the early pacesetters 
 
Nagelsmann’s side are one of three teams with seven points on the board after the opening three matches, along with Leverkusen and Freiburg. 
 
They are now unbeaten in 29 home league games, while pointless Hertha remain rooted to the bottom of the table and without a win away at Bayern since October 1977. 
 
Simple but effective from Lewandowski 
 
It’s fair to say that Lewandowski was not overly involved in the general play. 
 
Indeed, his tallies of 37 touches and 22 passes were the fewest recorded by any Bayern player that remained on the pitch for the full 90 minutes. 
 
Nevertheless, three goals from as many shots on target are the statistics that truly matter. 
 
Lukebakio unable to maintain impressive record 
 
Dodi Lukebakio would have been feeling confident heading to the Allianz Arena, where he had scored four goals in his three previous league appearances. 
 
It was always going to be a tall order for the Belgium international to maintain that against inspired opposition. 
 
However, he will be disappointed to have had just 24 touches throughout the contest, while completing only nine passes. 
 
What’s next? 
 
The two sides are on their travels when they return from the international break. Bayern are away at RB Leipzig on September 11, while Hertha head to Bochum the following day. 

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