Robert Lewandowski stole the show once again for Bayern Munich, as he scored a hat trick to secure a 4-2 win over Borussia Dortmund in last night’s Der Klassiker contest.
While the match was built up to as the clash of two goal-scoring titans in the Bundesliga in Lewandowski and Erling Braut Haaland, it was the Polish marksman who came out on top at full time – as the football fraternity could not help but notice the timing of his hat-trick, which came right after Haaland scored a brace within the early minutes of the game to send Dortmund 2-0 up.
Erling Haaland scored his first goal in the 2nd minute with a left-footed strike past Manuel Neuer, while he doubled Dortmund’s advantage in the 9th minute with a strike from close range finishing off a team move.
Bayern’s status as the league leaders in the Bundesliga looked to be under pressure with the team trailing 2-0 on home territory, but Lewandowski pulled one back for the Bavarian outfit when he slotted home from Leroy Sane’s cutback from the right flank. Lewandowski made the scores level right before half time when Kingsley Coman was brought down in the penalty area, as the Pole calmly converted past Martin Hitz from 12 yards.
Leon Goretzka sent Bayern into the lead late in the game, as his half-volleyed strike went into the back of the net in the 88th minute to make it 3-2 for Bayern. Lewandowski added the cherry on top of the cake when he slotted home from Alphonso Davies’ cutback from the left flank to complete his hat trick with a precisely taken finish.
Normal proceedings were resumed for both Bayern and Lewandowski, as football fans on Twitter reckoned that Lewandowski is still the top dog despite Haaland’s early exploits as the Polish striker stepped up his game a notch to haunt his former side once again.
Lewandowski has now scored 21 goals in the league this season, two more than his nearest rival in Haaland, as fans perceived his performance as a territorial claim – he is still the top striker in the division, as he proved with a showing of class on Saturday.
Here’s how Twitter reacted to Lewandowski’s display –
Lewandowski when Haaland got his brace inside the opening 10 minutes… pic.twitter.com/h0sPTTzj8U— ً (@TweetChelseaUK) March 6, 2021
Still the top dog, kid— SportsJOE (@SportsJOEdotie) March 6, 2021
Erling Haaland scored two early goals for Borussia Dortmund but Robert Lewandowski laughed last, hitting a second half hat-trick to seal Der Klassiker for Bayern Munich
Erling Haaland told Lewandowski to come outside and Lewandowski did just that.— MOTM3 (@KampekaH) March 7, 2021
Lewandowski just had to prove that he is twice the player Erling Haaland is. He just had to— The Sopranos (@Excuminicato) March 6, 2021
Lewandowski is a great man. He let Haaland shine before he showed him who the boss really is.— ᴘᴜʙᴇʀᴘʜᴏɴɪᴄ (@cee_4our) March 6, 2021