In his 100th Champions League start, Lewandowski opened his goalscoring account after 12 minutes, forcing Max Wöber to concede a penalty which he easily converted. Nine minutes later, the Polish striker scored another penalty to put Bayern ahead 2-0.
Then, as the clock had just started in the 23rd minute, Lewandowski completed his hat-trick, kicking the ball into the net after it bounced off Salzburg goalkeeper Philipp Kohn – the hat-trick is the first scored since the start of the game. a game in Champions League history, according to UEFA.
Lewandowski now has 85 Champions League goals and has reached the mark in 104 appearances, faster than any player in history with PSG star Lionel Messi second in 107.
With the game and the tie already decided, Lewandowski’s teammates did the rest, with Serge Gnabry and Leroy Sané each contributing a goal, and Bayern stalwart Thomas Müller scoring two more. Salzburg could only score one goal in response, scored by 18-year-old Maurits Kjaergaard in the 70th minute.
The 7-1 final scoreline stands in stark contrast to the first leg where Salzburg held Bayern to a 1-1 draw, keeping hopes of becoming the first Austrian side to reach the Champions League quarter-finals since 1985.
After the disappointing performance in the first leg, Bayern showed precisely why they are six-time winners of Europe’s top club competition. Following their much-publicized defensive frailties of late, the German giants have proven that attacking is indeed the best form of defense with a 3-4-2-1 formation.
Bayern limited Salzburg to just 28% possession and fired nine shots on target to Salzburg’s four. The nine-time defending Bundesliga champions now qualify for the quarter-finals and will find out their next opponent in the next Champions League draw on March 18.