Bayern Munich 4-3 Hertha Berlin: Robert Lewandowski to the rescue as striker scores last-gasp winner from the penalty spot for his FOURTH of the game as Bundesliga giants edge visitors out in thrilling clash
- Hansi Flick’s men move up to fourth with six points with RB Leipzig a point ahead
- Robert Lewandowski scored four times against Hertha Berlin on Sunday
- He scored the winner from the penalty spot in the third minute of injury-time
- Jessic Ngankam had minutes earlier netted an equaliser to make it 3-3
Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski scored four goals including a stoppage-time penalty to give the German champions a 4-3 home win over Hertha Berlin in a pulsating Bundesliga clash on Sunday.
The result left Bayern fourth in the standings on six points from three games, one behind the top three led by Leipzig on goal difference, while Hertha slipped to 13th on four points.
The sides had a goal each ruled out for offside before Lewandowski fired Bayern into a 40th-minute lead, drilling in a Serge Gnabry cross after goalkeeper Alexander Schwolow had saved his header.
Robert Lewandowski was the hero for Bayern Munich after scoring four against Hertha Berlin
Lewandowski netted an injury-time penalty to seal victory for Bayern on Sunday
Lewandowski clinically opened the scoring from close range in the 40th minute
Lewandowski with Chris Richards (left) after the American full debutant set up the second goal
Bayern seemed to be in cruise control after Lewandowski made it 2-0 with a superb shot on the turn from the edge of the penalty area in the 51st, but the visitors had other ideas.
Jhon Cordoba pulled one back with a towering header which Bayern keeper Manuel Neuer could not keep out and Matheus Cunha equalised after muscling his way past several defenders to steer a low shot into the bottom corner.
That set up a frantic climax, with Lewandowski again taking centre stage and boosting his tally to 103 goals in 98 home games for Bayern at the Allianz Arena.
He popped up at the far post in the 85th minute to tap in a cross from the right but Bayern’s joy was short-lived as substitute Jessic Ngankam levelled three minutes later with his first touch of the ball.
Jhon Cordoba points to the sky after halving the deficit with a bullet header in the 59th minute
Matheus Cunha’s composed finish after a one-two with Krzysztof Piatek drew the visitors level
Jessic Ngankam’s header looked to have secured a miraculous point for at 3-3 for Hertha Berlin
The 20-year old Ngankam netted his first Bundesliga goal with a diving header after a cross from the left, only for Hertha to see what would have been a well-deserved draw slip from their grasp.
Bayern and Lewandowski had the last laugh as the prolific Polish striker dispatched his spot-kick into the bottom left corner after he was hauled down by Maximilian Mittelstaedt.
After the two-week international break, Bayern visit promoted Arminia Bielefeld while Hertha host Vfb Stuttgart on Oct. 17
Lewandowski had the final say though as he buried his fourth after being brought down late on