Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski set a Champions League record on Tuesday evening vs RB Salzburg.
Julian Nagelsmann’s side are currently hosting the Austrian outfit at the Allianz Arena in the second of two Champions League Round of 16 ties.
The first leg was actually a fairy close affair and saw Bayern forced to settle for a 1-1 draw.
The reverse fixture, however, has been the complete opposite, with Bayern’s spot in the last-eight secured after just over half an hour.
Robert Lewandowski would open the scoring on the day after just 12 minutes from the penalty spot.
The hitman then added a second from 12 yards after 21 minutes before netting his 3rd two minutes later.
⚽️ 12′ penalty
⚽️ 21′ penalty
⚽️ 23′ goal
After having zero attempts on goal in the first-leg, Robert Lewandowski has a hat-trick against Salzburg in under 23 minutes 😱
— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) March 8, 2022
Robert Lewandowski’s Champions League record
It has since been revealed by Opta that Robert Lewandowski, after he completed a hat-trick within 23 minutes against Salzburg, now has the record for the earliest treble ever scored by a player in UEFA Champions League history from the start of a match.
The record was previously held by Marco Simone, who scored for AC Milan v Rosenborg in 1996, taking 24 minutes to do so:
23 – Robert Lewandowski has completed a hat-trick within 23 minutes against FC RB Salzburg tonight; the earliest treble ever scored by a player in UEFA Champions League history from the start of a match, overtaking Marco Simone for Milan v Rosenborg in 1996 (24 mins). Snappy. pic.twitter.com/aVNNmGdgVV
— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) March 8, 2022
This article was edited by Ben Browning.