POLAND striker Robert Lewandowski gave Scotland a reason - or rather five - to worry ahead of the Euro 2016 qualifier at Hampden next month.
The 27-year-old was struggling to comprehend his jaw-dropping feat of scoring a ‘penta-trick’ as Bayern Munich came from behind to overcome Wolfsburg 5-1.
With Bayern trailing to Daniel Caligiuri’s 26th-minute strike, Lewandowski came off the bench at the start of the second half and transformed the Bavarians’ fortunes in remarkable fashion.
The 27-year-old began his scoring spree in the 51st minute and had completed the fastest hat-trick in Bundesliga history four minutes later as Wolfsburg, runners-up to Bayern in the top-flight last season, were repeatedly caught cold.
Lewandowski volleyed in his fourth from close range in the 57th minute before completing his haul on the hour mark with a staggering acrobatic effort.
“It’s amazing,” said Lewandowski. “Five goals - that’s incredible.
“Each time I hit the ball, it went in. I’m very, very happy. This is a great evening for me.”
Indeed, Lewandowski needed only nine touches of the ball to score his five goals, which helped Bayern maintain their perfect start to the league season with six wins from six.
“I can’t explain it,” said Bayern coach Pep Guardiola at the post-match press conference. “I’m delighted for Robert.”
Lewandowski could have had a sixth, and equalled a feat achieved only by Dieter Muller in 1977, but for an extraordinary goal-line clearance from Ricardo Rodriguez.
Each time I hit the ball, it went in. I’m very, very happy. This is a great evening for meRobert Lewandowski
Instead, he had to be satisfied with only five goals, scored 12 minutes quicker than Dieter Hoeness managed in a Bayern shirt in 1984.
“He’s one of the best forwards in the world,” said Bayern team-mate Jerome Boateng on fcbayern.de. “I’m just pleased he’s on my team.”
He was not the only one. Without Lewandowski, Bayern may have been coming to terms with their first defeat of the season on Tuesday night.
“We were behind at the break and I wanted to give it everything because we needed two goals,” said Lewandowski.
“The coach didn’t have to say anything, I knew what I had to do.
“When I’d scored my third and fourth goal, I looked up at the scoreboard and was surprised myself that there was still so much time left to play.”