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Lewandowski scores a hat-trick despite missing a penalty

virtueStriker Robert Lewandowski helped Bayern beat Benfica 5-2 in the fourth round of Champions League Group E on the evening of 2 November.

At the Allianz cage, Bayern won 33 of the last 35 matches in the Champions League (draw 1, lost 1). They scored goals in all those games. In contrast, Benfica are yet to win against the giants of German football (draw 3, lost 9). In their six appearances as Bayern’s guests, they have all lost, conceding 24 goals – four times more than the number of goals scored.

And in the 100th match Lewandowski in the Champions League, Benfica turned into a “scapegoat”. Throughout the match, the visitors made 7 shots with 2 of them on target – the same goal shortened the score from midfielder Morato in the 38th minute and striker Darwin Nunez. Meanwhile, the hosts’ corresponding tally shows a complete lead: 24 shots and 12 shots on target, in addition to 66% of possession time.

Lewandowski easily broke into Benfica's goal.  Photo: UEFA

Lewandowski easily broke into Benfica’s goal. Photo: UEFA

In the 26th minute, Serge Gnabry deflected the ball down the right flank and then found the ball into the far corner for Lewandowski to head into an empty net, opening the scoring for the home side. Six minutes later, the Poland striker hit back when he stretched to let Gnabry hit his heel to double the distance.

The score could have increased if Lewandowski had not missed a penalty at the end of the first half. After going to the touchline to review VAR, referee Szymon Marciniak ruled Lucas Verissimo allowed the ball to touch his hand in the penalty area after Leon Goretzka’s shot, awarding Bayern a penalty. In the 11th point, Lewandowski shoots with a flute foot, bringing the ball into the center of the goal, but is caught by goalkeeper Vlachodimos.

But Lewandowski doesn’t have to regret it for too long. In the 61st minute, Leroy Sane crossed for Lewandowski to use his pace to get past former Milan player Soualiho Meite and then the ball over the head of Vlachodimos. The Polish striker completed his hat-trick in the 84th minute. Manuel Neuer crossed the line from his own half to let Lewandowski break the offside trap, controlling the knock before the tire crossed the corner.

Gnabry's momentum goal.  Photo: UEFA

Gnabry’s momentum goal. Photo: UEFA

Lewandowski is the sixth player to score in his 100th Champions League appearance, after Thierry Henry, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Cristiano Ronaldo, Andrea Pirlo and Toni Kroos. The Bayern owners also became the first player to score, assist and miss a penalty in a Champions League match, after Diego Costa in Atlético Madrid’s match against FK Austria Wien in November 2013. Before allowing Vlachodimos to save on 2 November, Lewandowski managed to complete 14 penalties in the Champions League. Champions League.

Lewandowski is a bright candidate for the 2021 Ballon d’Or. Last year, the 33-year-old striker scored 46 goals in 35 appearances for Bayern in the Bundesliga and Champions League, to win the European Golden Boot for the first time. This season, he scored 19 goals in 15 games in all competitions.

Another Bayern goal against Benfica was scored by Sane. In the 49th minute, Alphonso Davies headed in the crossbar to allow the German midfielder to catch a volley and send the ball diagonally. With 12 absolute points, Bayern immediately won a ticket to the knockout stages of the Champions League. Meanwhile, Benfica lost the second place in Group E to Barca – the team beat Dynamo Kyiv 1-0 in the match at the same time.


Bayern: Neuer, Pavard, Upamecano, Nianzou, Davies (Richards 64), Goretzka, Kimmich (Sabitzer 72), Coman (Musiala 64), Gnabry (Sarr 85), Sane (Mueller 72), Lewandowski.

Benfica: Vlachodimos, Verissimo, Vertonghen, Morato, Gilberto, Meite, Joao Mario (Bernardo 77), Grimaldo (Ramos 77), Pizzi (Silva 64), Everton (Goncalves 64), Yaremchuk (Nunez 64).

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