Lewandowski Hat-Trick Seal’s Bayern’s Uefa Knockout Stage Spot

Lewandowski Hat-Trick Seal’s Bayern’s Uefa Knockout Stage Spot

Robert Lewandowski marked his 100th Uefa Champions League appearance with a hat-trick as Bayern Munich beat Benfica 5-2 to reach the knockout stages.

Lewandowski headed in Frenchman Kingsley Coman’s cross and then set up Serge Gnabry’s backheel finish.

Brazilian defender Felipe Rodrigues da Silva Morato pulled one back before Lewandowski had a weak, low penalty saved in the centre of the goal.

Leroy Sane’s half-volley and two Lewandowski chips, either side of Uruguayan striker Darwin Nunez goal, sealed victory.

Lewandowski’s second involved a first touch and finish from Sane’s pass – and he then latched onto Manuel Neuer’s long ball and dinked the ball over Greek goalkeeper Odysseas Vlachodimos from near the edge of the box.

Poland striker Lewandowski has now scored 81 Champions League goals – including four hat-tricks – in his 100 appearances.

He has scored 22 goals in 18 games for Bayern this season – including eight in four in the Champions League.

Bayern, who have won all four games and scored a joint-record 17 goals at this stage, are six points above second-placed Barcelona while Benfica are third on four points.