Lewandowski nets Bundesliga hat trick as Bayern beat Schalke

German Bundesliga By: Ikponmwosa Umweni | 24/08/2019

Robert Lewandowski nets his ninth career Bundesliga hat trick as Bayern Munich their first win of the season after a 3-0 win over Schalke 04 VELTINS-Arena on Saturday night encounter.

Lewandowski opened the scoring from the spot after a needless foul from Jonjoe Kenny. After the break, the Pole struck a superb free-kick into the net to end the contest before Schalke had a chance to launch a comeback.

Nevertheless, the home side did their best and were denied when, perhaps somewhat confusingly, the VAR did not intervene after Benjamin Pavard's outstretched arm was hit by Matija Nastasic's header.

Not long afterwards, Daniel Caligiuri curled a free kick round the wall only for debutant Ivan Perisic's arm to deflect the ball wide. Again, VAR did not step in and play went on.

Alongside Perisic, Philippe Coutinho also came off the bench to make his debut although both made little impact. Lucas Hernandez, who started, enjoyed a solid first game in red.

With 15 minutes left, Lewandowski completed a dream performance when he fired low past Nübel having beaten Salif Sane into position thanks to an excellent first touch.

The result means that head coach Niko Kovac is 16 games unbeaten in the Bundesliga now. The real focus will be on Lewandowski though.

The striker, who in the week has reportedly closed in on signing a new contract at the club, has reminder both the Bundesliga and Europe of his quality. Schalke will be left wondering what might have been had those penalty decisions gone their way.