Robert Lewandowski's five goals earn him 10/10 as Bayern rout Wolfsburg
Well that escalated quickly. Bayern, or rather half-time substitute Robert Lewandowski, turned around a 1-0 half-time deficit to run down Wolfsburg 5-1 in Munich.
Bayern were woeful before the interval and deservedly trailed to Daniel Caliguri's 26th-minute strike. But Lewandowski's magical five-goal blitz in a mere nine second-half minutes swung the game dramatically, and rapidly, in the Bavarians' favour. For the record, it was the quickest hat trick in Bundesliga history, the fastest four-for and the swiftest five-timer as well. You get the idea: Lewandowski literally danced with the Wolves.
Here are the ratings as the Reds made it six wins out of six in the Bundesliga to assume their rightful position at the top of the table -- for 24 hours at least.
Player ratings (1-10; 10=best; players introduced after 70 minutes get no rating):
GK Manuel Neuer, 5: Bayern's No. 1 could do nothing to prevent Caliguri's powerful strike that gave the visitors a shock lead. Neuer went walkabout on one of his famous excursions all the way to the halfway line and while there was nothing really new there, this time Neuer lost control of the ball off his chest and presented Josuha Guilavogui with a golden chance to double the Wolves' lead from 60 yards. His effort shaved the post and soon the game was completely turned on its head by Lewandowski's one-man show. Such fine margins; Wolfsburg would have been leading 2-0 ...
DF Juan Bernat, 4: Caught badly out of position for the goal and hooked off at half-time. On this form, Bernat may start finding himself benched for the big games.
DF David Alaba, 7: It still seems slightly odd seeing Alaba line up in central defence, but the Austrian can play anywhere. He set up what would have been Lewandowski's sixth on a plate following good work on the left.
DF Jerome Boateng, 6: Boateng endured a shaky opening half but he wasn't alone there. Bayern's leader at the back didn't have any second-half fires to put out after Lewandowski ran riot.
DF Philipp Lahm, 6: Even Lahm caught the bug and had a rotten first 45. Things improved markedly in the second period for both Bayern and the skipper.
MF Xabi Alonso, 6: Didn't get into stride at all in the first half, but unlike his compatriots, he stayed on the pitch to turn the game on its head. Guardiola allowed Alonso a rousing ovation with 12 minutes to go and the game won.
MF Thiago, 4: Totally ineffective. Thiago never got into the game at all. Part of Pep's Spain-centric cull at half-time as he and Bernat were both hauled off with Bayern chasing the game. It turned out rather well...
MF Arturo Vidal, 6: A typical all-action display. The Chilean improved after the break like most of his colleagues, playing a key pass in the lead up to Lewandowski's hat-trick strike. Also picked up a late yellow card for his troubles.
MF Douglas Costa, 8: Tested Diego Benaglio on a number of occasions in the first half and looked the most likely to score for a Lewandowski-less home side. Switched to the left for the second period, Costa kept up the good work and kindly laid on two of Lewy's five to take his tally to nine assists in six games this season.
FW Thomas Muller, 6: Toiled persistently throughout without reward, catching the eye more after moving to the right-hand side in the second half. Shock. Horror. Following his red-hot start to the season, Muller now hasn't scored in 112 minutes...
FW Mario Gotze, 6: Unlike his ex-Dortmund teammate, Gotze is having trouble finding the back of the net in the Bundesliga and hasn't scored in 17 league games going back to February. Gotze was lucky to stay on the pitch after half-time but did weigh in with a cross for the right for Lewandowski's final goal of the evening, the sweetest strike of the bunch.
FW Robert Lewandowski, 10: For reasons best known to Pep Guardiola, Lewandowski languished on the bench for the opening period. Let loose after the break, the Polish striker fired five goals in a nine-minute blitz starting in the 51st minute. In a display of simply masterful finishing, he saved the best for last with a sweet volley on the turn. In fact, he could easily have had a quick sixth but the shell-shocked Benaglio managed to block. Simply devastating from the world's best out-and-out striker.
MF Javi Martinez, 7: The Spaniard made another substitute appearance as he battles his way back to full fitness after just 62 minutes of Bundesliga action last season. Bayern's record signing helped turned the tide after coming on at half-time for the below-par Bernat.
MF Joshua Kimmich, NR: Came on to help read last rites and allow Alonso some late acclaim with the game comfortably in the bag.
Mark Lovell covers Bayern Munich for ESPN FC. Follow him on Twitter: @LovellLowdown.