Robert Lewandowski and Franck Ribery broke records as Bayern Munich thrashed Wolfsburg 6-0 on Saturday to go top of the Bundesliga.
The Bavarians returned to the top of the standings for the first time since September after ruthlessly thrashing seventh-place Wolfsburg in front of their home supporters at the Allianz Arena.
Former Arsenal winger Serge Gnabry set things in motion by handing Bayern a 34th-minute lead before Lewandowski struck just three minutes later.
The Polish striker’s first-half goal saw him surpass 40-year-old Werder Breman star Claudio Pizarro as the Bundesliga’s leading foreign scorer in the history on 196 goals.
James Rodriguez then added a third for Bayern in the second half by scoring from the edge of the box with Ribery coming on for Gnabry in the 55th-minute.
The 35-year-old, who’s future at Munich has been in doubt recently due to his contract expiring in June, then had a hand in Bayern’s next three goals.
Ribery nearly won a penalty just moments after coming on when Wolfsburg’s Robin Knoche put his arm around him in the area to stop his run. But the referee decided against awarding the hosts a penalty due to not enough contact being made.
But Niko Kovac’s side soon got a fourth when substitute Renato Sanches did a back-pass to Ribery, who then sent the ball to Thomas Muller to score.
The former France international later clipped the ball over for Kimmich to score before adding his third assist of the game by setting up Lewandowski for his 197th Bundesliga goal.
Now Opta reports that It’s the first time in the Bundesliga that a substitute has ever got three assists since they begun recording stats during the 2004/05 campaign.
Speaking after the match, Kovac hailed the performance of his side as Bayern went top on superior goal difference despite Borussia Dortmund’s 3-1 win over VfB Stuggart.
“My team had a very good day today. We deserved to win by this margin,” Kovac told reporters.
“We’re now where we want to be: top of the league. And we want to stay there,”
Bayern will next host Liverpool at the Allianz Arena in the return leg of their Champions League last-16 tie on Wednesday.
— B/R Football (@brfootball) March 9, 2019