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Robert Lewandowski set a new personal record when his hat-trick helped Bayern Munich with a 5-0 victory over Hertha Berlin at the Allianz Arena.
The Pole netted in his 13th consecutive Bundesliga match, with Thomas Muller and Jamal Musiala also on goal at the start of each half, as Julian Nagelsmann’s men moved on par with leaders Bayer Leverkusen and Freiburg.
Only the late Gerd Muller (16, 1969-70) has found the net in more league games in a row than Lewandowski, who surpassed his previous best streak of 12 from the 2012-13 season.
Meanwhile, Bayern are now unbeaten in 27 home games against Hertha, who are the only side to have yet to score a point in the German top flight this season.
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Bayern edged ahead after just six minutes. A quick counter culminated in Lewandowski fooling Alphonso Davies’ pass to the accelerating Muller to clinically save his first league goal of the season.
The lead doubled in the 35th minute. Lewandowski’s first header from Serge Gnabry’s center crashed into the crossbar, but he reacted most quickly by rising above the defender to nod the rebound home.
Fresh after scoring twice in the 12-0 DFB-Pokal demolition of fifth-level Bremer in the middle of the week, Musiala came onto the pitch four minutes after the break as he neatly bent a shot into the far corner.
Lewandowski took his second 20 minutes after time. Substitute Leroy Sane played a nice one-two with Muller before blocking himself for the striker, who did not make mistakes from close range.
And the Pole finished his treble with six minutes left; on his way home after Tanguy Nianzou muted Joshua Kimmich’s corner invitingly into his path.
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Nagelsmann’s side is one of three teams with seven points on the board after the first three games, along with Leverkusen and Freiburg.
They are now unbeaten in 29 home games in the home game, while meaningless Hertha remain entrenched at the bottom of the table and without an away win in Bayern since October 1977.
Simple but effective from Lewandowski
It is fair to say that Lewandowski was not overly involved in the general game.
In fact, his numbers of 37 keys and 22 passes were the fewest recorded by any Bayern player remaining on the pitch for a full 90 minutes.
Nevertheless, three goals from as many goal shots are the statistics that really matter.
Lukebakio unable to maintain impressive record
Dodi Lukebakio would have felt safe on his way to the Allianz Arena, where he had scored four goals in his three previous league games.
It would always be a great order for the Belgian international to maintain it against inspired resistance.
However, he will be disappointed to have had only 24 keys during the competition while completing only nine passes.
The two sides are on the move when they return from the international break. Bayern are away in RB Leipzig on September 11, while Hertha go to Bochum the following day.