Bayern Munich thrash Red Bull Salzburg

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Bayern Munich thrash Red Bull Salzburg

Bayern Munich thrashed Red Bull Salzburg 7-1 in the second leg of their Champions League last-16 tie at the Allianz Arena.

The Bavarians put the disappointment of a 1-1 in Austria last month behind them to canter into the quarter-finals behind Robert Lewandowski’s 23-minute first-half hat-trick.

The Polish international had the hosts up two goals by the 21st minute, drawing a pair of fouls in the penalty area against Maximilian Wober and dispatching the resulting spot kicks to make it 2-0. Lewandowski completed the fastest hattrick in the history of the competition minutes later with a goal from close range.

The Poland star reached the 40-goal mark for the sixth successive season. While also becoming their highest-scoring forward in the competition’s history.

The previous quickest hat-trick from the start of a Champions League match came in 24 minutes from AC Milan’s Marco Simone, against Rosenborg in 1996.

Serge Gnabry added Bayern’s fourth in the 31st minute to effectively put the game to bed. Thomas Muller got on the scoresheet for Bayern in the second half as well, sweeping home from a Leroy Sane pass before Maurits Kjaergaard managed to pull one back for Salzburg with a powerful shot that managed to beat Manuel Neuer.

Muller scored his second and Sane scored two minutes later as Julien Naglesmann’s side romped to their 20th Champions League quarterfinal berth.

The result marked the second time Bayern Munich have scored seven goals in a UCL knockout round match in their history, the other being their 8-2 demolition of Barcelona in the 2020 quarterfinals.

 

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