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Robert Lewandowski scores 5 times in 9 minutes to propel Bayern to win

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Robert Lewandowski scored an incredible five goals in nine second-half minutes to propel Bayern Munich to a sensational 5-1 victory over Bundesliga title rivals Wolfsburg at the Allianz Arena.

Daniel Caligiuri gave the visitors the lead, but that was wiped out in stunning fashion by the Polish striker, who took matters into his own hands after coming on at half-time, beginning his scoring spree in the 51st minute.

He completed a sensational five-minute hat-trick, added a fourth moments later then took his tally to five on the hour with a brilliant acrobatic volley as Bayern claimed their sixth win from as many matches to go three points clear at the top of the table.

Wolfsburg employed similar tactics to their German Supercup win over Bayern, sitting back and soaking up pressure before hitting quickly on the break.

This gave Bas Dost, restored to the starting XI after being dropped at the weekend, an early chance to beat Manuel Neuer, even if it proved to be a rare opening for the Dutchman, who had given his coach food for thought with a brace as a substitute on Saturday.

Arturo Vidal and Thomas Muller missed the target as Bayern tried to make something out of their possession, but Diego Benaglio had little work to do in the Wolfsburg goal.

Just as Bayern passed through four hours without conceding in all competitions, they fell behind with Caligiuri beating Neuer with a powerful volley inside his near post.

Julian Draxler tested Neuer before the Bayern and Germany number one went walkabout, losing possession in the Wolfsburg half, from where Josuha Guilavogui took aim for the open goal only to find the outside of the left-hand post.

Guardiola sent Lewandowski and Javier Martinez on for the second half, shifting his players around a little, and it worked just five minutes in with the Pole bringing Bayern level.

Thomas Muller burst through and as the ball got away from him, it teed up Lewandowski to tap in from close range.

He had barely finished celebrating that goal when he put Bayern in front from much further out, beating Benaglio with a low shot from 20 yards.

Lewandowski completed his hat-trick in the 55th minute, first striking the post, then hitting Benaglio before converting at the third time of asking.

He added his and Bayern's fourth three minutes after, volleying in from seven yards out to put the result beyond any doubt.

His hot streak continued with goal number five in 10 minutes, an even sweeter volley from the edge of the box which had even Guardiola holding his head in shock on the touchline.

Ricardo Rodriguez denied Lewandowski a sixth with a clearance off the line as Bayern's Polish striker tore like a whirlwind through the Wolfsburg defence, despite being touch and go before kick-off due to injury.

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