Football: Lewandowski vs Hertha Berlin 4:3

Poland’s striker Robert Lewandowski scored four goals for his FC Bayern Munich team in a Bundesliga match against Hertha BSC, won 4:3 by the Pole’s team.

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The captain of the Polish national team scored his first goal before half time. His initial header was well saved, but another chance presented itself at his feet a few seconds later he did not miss.

Some six minutes after the first whistle of the second half, Lewandowski received a cross from Bayern’s American defender Chris Richards, dragged the ball away from a defender and drilled a shot into the bottom corner beyond the despairing dive of Hertha’s goalkeeper Alexander Schwolow.

The Pole grabbed his third in the 85th minute. Bayern midfielder Thomas Müller redirected a ball from a free-kick into the path of “Lewy” who converted from close range..

Lewandowski’s fourth goal came in injury time, when he was fouled in the box, dusted himself down and clinically converted the penalty kick.

It was not a testing game for Bayern. Their opposition from the German capital scored three times and the game was a tight affair right up till the final whistle. Hertha’s second goal was assisted by Poland’s striker Krzysztof Piątek, who came off the substitutes bench in the 68th minute.

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Lewandowski received the highest ranking in all the major German sport newspapers and news services. Moreover, he was named the Man of the Matchday by the official Bundesliga website.

The Polish striker was also placed in the team of the round by “Kicker” magazine, along with Polish goalkeeper Rafał Gikiewicz of Augsburg FC, who was his team's hero in a goalless draw with VFL Wolfsburg.

Sunday’s match was the second time Lewandowski had scored four goals in one match in the German league. Moreover, Sunday’s goals were his 100th, 101st, 102nd and 103rd netted at Bayern’s Allianz Arena stadium. “I work hard every day for this and I am a player who also knows what it means to be a team player,” Lewandowski told the official Bundesliga website. “And if the team plays well, for me it is easier to score goals, to play well or to make assists,” he added.

Lewandowski’s goal scoring was relentless last season, with an outstanding 55 goals in 47 appearances, form which led him to be crowned UEFA’s player of the year. His hunger and desire for scoring appear to be as strong as ever as he strives for even greater heights.