Lahm: Lewandowski should've scored seven

The Pole was the hero for Bayern with a five-goal haul but his veteran team-mate claims he should have scored even more

Bayern Munich defender Philipp Lahm thinks five-goal super-sub Robert Lewandowski should have scored seven times on Tuesday.

Lewandowski was a half-time substitute in Bayern’s 5-1 win over Wolfsburg in the Bundesliga on Tuesday, scoring all five of the club’s goals in a nine-minute spell.

Lahm labelled Lewandowski’s performance as “madness” but claimed he should have scored even more. 

“At half-time a player came in who did a little something,” Lahm told reporters, jokingly downplaying the achievement. “It was incredible. Just madness.

“And he had two more chances, so he should have gone home with seven goals today.”

Fellow Bayern defender Jerome Boateng echoed Lahm’s words, calling the Polish forward one of the best strikes around.

“He’s one of the best attackers in the world and I’m glad that he plays in my team,” he added.

“It’s difficult to defend against him. It’s good that I can compete with him in training!”

With victory Bayern opened up a seven-point gap between themselves and third-placed Wolfsburg, but Borussia Dortmund are just three points behind and with a game in hand.

Guardiola: I can't explain Lewandowski's five goal display

The Polish striker came off the bench to smash five goals past Wolfsburg in the space of nine minutes and his display left his coach speechless

Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola was left in disbelief by Robert Lewandowski’s five-star performance against Wolfsburg on Tuesday.

With Bayern 1-0 down to Daniel Caligiuri’s goal at half-time, Guardiola summoned Lewandowski from the bench, with the Poland international subsequently firing home five goals in a barnstorming run that was officially clocked at eight minutes and 57 seconds.

The Poland international became the first substitute to net five goals in one game in the history of Europe’s top four leagues, and Guardiola was visibly baffled, saying it was an incredible and unique achievement. 

“I’ve never experienced such a thing, either as coach or as a player,” he said.

“Five goals in nine minutes. I am very happy for Robert. You play poorly for 45 minutes and then grab five goals in nine minutes. I cannot explain it.”

Wolfsburg boss Dieter Hecking fared no better in attempting to explain Lewandowski’s showing.

He added: “What can I say? A world-class striker shot five times on goal and could have scored seven. That is how it happened.

“But with our quality this should not happen. We had a good first half and Bayern could not up the pace of the game and then came these nine minutes.

“It’s inexplicable.”

Bayern Munich to hold refugee training camps

The Bavarian club are aiming to help develop the city of Munich’s refugee assistance program by holding training sessions for several youngsters in need of aid

Bayern Munich are to open their training facilities for 28 young refugees, who have fled their home countries due to conflict, on Wednesday.

Germany has been the priority destination for thousands of desperate asylum seekers and support among football clubs has been huge, with many supporters holding banners at Bundesliga games to say refugees are welcome.

Bayern already donated €1 million to charity and have announced that their training camp will begin this week. 

The refugees, many of whom are still minors, are currently being housed in the reception centre in Munich and have been selected for the Bavarians’ training camp at the Sabener Strasse facility by the area’s social services.

The Bundesliga club are currently in talks with Dieter Reiter, the Mayor of Munich, and Interior Minister Joachim Herrmann over developing a refugee assistance program.

During this project, the Bayern youth squads will receive organisational and specialist support from the city, whilst the 28 young people will be supervised by the club’s youth coaches and provided with food.

After the initial experience is assessed, it is expected the city and the club will create further training experiences at appropriate intervals.

Lewandowski revels in record performance: Five goals, that's incredible!

The Bayern Munich striker became the first player in the Bundesliga to score so many in one game as a substitute as he shocked Wolfsburg with his nine-minute haul

Robert Lewandowski admits that he lost track of time on his way to scoring an unprecedented five goals in nine minutes in Bayern Munich’s 5-1 victory over Bundesliga rivals Wolfsburg.

The Poland international was brought on for the second half by coach Pep Guardiola with the champions 1-0 down at the Allianz Arena and began his scoring run just seven minutes later before rounding off his landmark tally on the hour.

Lewandowski, who became the first substitute to score five times in Bundesliga history, says that he felt trigger-happy entering the field but never expected to net quite such a haul.

“I am very satisfied, that was incredible,” he told Sky. “I just wanted to shoot, I didn’t really think what will happen afterwards. After we’d been one down, we knew that we’d must improve and score twice at least… but five goals, that’s incredible.

“I don’t know how fast it was but it was fast. But when you’re on pitch, you’re just focused on football. After the forth I looked at the scoreboard, it was the 60th minute and I only thought: ‘Oooh.’

“Guardiola didn’t need to say anything, I know what I have to do on the pitch but it was only one game; we have to win the next games as well. We are Bayern Munich.”

Lewandowski’s previous best was a four-goal performance against Real Madrid in 2013 when playing for Borussia Dortmund.

“It was the Champions League semi-final, a very important game. That was a very big event in my life,” he recalled. “Now five goals, that is a great night for me – but there are many games to go, and it won’t be that easy to score in every game.”

Bayern Munich 5-1 Wolfsburg: Lewandowski nets FIVE IN NINE MINUTES as the Bavarians cruise

The Poland striker enjoyed an extraordinary second half as the German champions overcame last season’s cup winners by a convincing margin

Robert Lewandowski came off the bench to score five goals in nine minutes as Bayern Munich thrashed Wolfsburg 5-1 at the Allianz Arena on Tuesday.

The 27-year-old was introduced at half-time and fired in a four-minute hat-trick before adding two more in a breathless 15-minute spell from the home side.

Bayern started on the front foot but Wolfsburg stunned the Allianz Arena on 26 minutes as Daniel Caligiuri fired home emphatically following Julian Draxler’s pass.

Pep Guardiola’s side struggled to break through a resilient away defence and they almost found themselves two down when Josuha Guilovogui hit the post from his own half, with Manuel Neuer stranded.

But the half-time arrival of Lewandowski turned the game on its head as the Poland international became the first substitute to score five times in a Bundesliga match to leave Wolfsburg rattled.

Douglas Costa brought the first save out of Diego Benaglio with a low drive from 25 yards before Arturo Vidal curled over from a similar distance as Bayern settled quickly into their passing game.

Thomas Muller should have done better when he collected Mario Gotze’s clever pass only to blast his effort wide of the right-hand post from the edge of the area, but a disciplined Wolfsburg took the lead just after the 25-minute mark, Draxler picking out Caligiuri on the break and the 27-year-old rifled a fierce half-volley past Neuer at the near post.

Neuer almost gifted Wolfsburg a second as he raced towards the halfway line only to miss an interception, but Guilavogui’s lob from the centre-circle clipped the upright before bouncing wide.

Guardiola threw on Lewandowski and the change paid dividends almost immediately. Muller was denied by Benaglio after a fine team move involving Gotze and Vidal, and Lewandowski was on hand to poke the ball home on the rebound.

The Poland striker put Bayern in front just a minute later, lashing the ball into the bottom corner from the edge of the area, and he sealed a stunning four-minute hat-trick – the fastest in Bundesliga history – as he prodded the ball home after initially hitting the post after being set up by Muller.

Wolfsburg were completely rattled and Lewandowski helped himself to a fourth on 56 minutes as he turned in Costa’s cross with a crisp strike.

But the former Borussia Dortmund man saved his best for the fifth – a sensational acrobatic volley which flew past Benaglio and left Guardiola speechless on the sidelines.

Benaglio made a double save to deny Gotze and then Muller from adding a sixth before a combination of the Swiss keeper and Ricardo Rodriguez on the goal-line stopped Lewandowski from scoring again.

Former Bayern man Dante blocked another Lewandowski effort inside the area as the champions cruised through the closing stages to go three points clear at the top of the table ahead of Dortmund’s clash with Hoffenheim on Wednesday.