Bayern Munich thrashed Red Bull Salzburg to maintain their 100% record in the 2020-21 Champions League.

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Mergim Berisha put the hosts ahead but Robert Lewandowski’s penalty made it 1-1 and an own goal from home defender Rasmus Kristensen put Bayern ahead.

Salzburg substitute Masaya Okugawa equalised before Jerome Boateng headed in Bayern’s third from a corner.

Leroy Sane curled in a fourth goal, Lewandowski headed a fifth and Lucas Hernandez added a sixth in injury time.

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European champions Bayern have won all three of their Champions League matches this season and are five points clear of second-placed Atletico Madrid, who drew 1-1 away at Lokomotiv Moscow in the other Group A match.

If Bayern win the return against Red Bull Salzburg on 25 November they will qualify for the last 16 with two games to spare.

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European champions Bayern have scored 12 times in three Champions League games this season
Bayern trailed early on in the match played behind closed doors but thought they had a chance to equalise from the penalty spot when Dominik Szoboszlai was adjudged to have fouled Hernandez.

However, with the ball on the spot and Lewandowski ready to take it, the referee checked on the VAR monitor and changed his mind.

Lewandowski did however convert a penalty later in the first half to bring his side level after Thomas Muller had been brought down by Enock Mwepu.

Kristensen’s own goal, from Muller’s cross, put Bayern ahead and Kingsley Coman went close to adding a third, but his shot hit the crossbar.

Salzburg’s Okugawa scored within a minute of coming on after Andre Ramalho’s fine pass but Boateng’s 79th-minute header from Joshua Kimmich’s corner restored the German side’s lead.

Former Manchester City winger Sane made it 4-2 before Lewandowski and Hernandez scored two more as Salzburg capitulated.

Bayern are now in a strong position to move into the last 16 of the Champions League for a 13th successive season.

More goals for Lewandowski
Lewandowski’s two goals take him up to 70 in the Champions League, which is fourth on the overall list behind Cristiano Ronaldo (130), Lionel Messi (117) and Raul (71).

The top 10 is as follows:

Cristiano Ronaldo (Manchester United, Real Madrid, Juventus) 130
Lionel Messi (Barcelona) 117
Raul (Real Madrid, Schalke) 71
Robert Lewandowski (Borussia Dortmund, Bayern Munich) 70
Karim Benzema (Lyon, Real Madrid) 67
Ruud van Nistelrooy (PSV Eindhoven, Manchester United, Real Madrid) 56
Thierry Henry (Monaco, Arsenal, Barcelona) 50
Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Ajax, Juventus, Inter Milan, Barcelona, AC Milan, Paris St-Germain, Manchester United) 48
Andriy Shevchenko (Dynamo Kyiv, AC Milan, Chelsea) 48
Filippo Inzaghi (Juventus, AC Milan) 46 and Thomas Muller (Bayern Munich) 46
The 32-year-old Poland striker has now scored 12 goals in 10 club games for Bayern in all competitions in 2020-21, as well as two goals in two matches for his country.

Since joining Bayern from Borussia Dortmund in July 2014, Lewandowski has scored 257 times in 297 games and has a career total of more than 400 career club goals as well as 63 goals in 114 international appearances.

In 2019-20, Lewandowski scored 59 goals in 53 games for club and country as Bayern won the Bundesliga and Champions League double.


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