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Lewandowski nets a hat trick in Zagreb romp

Pep Guardiola said Bayern Munich will toast their 5-0 rout of Dinamo Zagreb during Wednesday's annual visit to Oktoberfest after Robert Lewandowski's phenomenal goal-scoring run continued with a hat-trick.

Lewandowski nets a hat trick in Zagreb romp
Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski. Photo: DPA

Bayern romped to the top of Group F in the Champions League as Dinamo's 45-match unbeaten run was halted in emphatic fashion.

Lewandowski again ran riot at the Allianz Arena as Mario Goetze and Douglas Costa also netted to put Bayern top of their group following their 3-0 win at Olympiakos a fortnight ago before they face Arsenal away in three weeks.

Poland hot-shot Lewandowski has now scored 10 goals in his last three games after netting five in just nine spectacular minutes of Bayern's 5-1 hammering of Wolfsburg last Tuesday before claiming two more in Saturday's 3-0 win at Mainz.

Bayern host Borussia Dortmund on Sunday in a top-of-the table clash in the Bundesliga, but their Spanish head coach said they can enjoy a few beers at Munich's annual bumper beer festival before focusing on their next match.

The Spaniard put Lewandowski's success down to the width on Bayern's game from fleet-footed wingers Costa and Kingsley Coman.

“That was a good team performance over the whole 90 minutes,” said Guardiola.

“Six points means we're on the right path. Tomorrow we're off to Oktoberfest, after that we'll have time to think about Dortmund.

“With Douglas Costa and Kingsley Coman our playing style is much better, we can play out wide more and the strikers have more chances.

“Even our counter-attack game was very good.”

Bayern captain Philipp Lahm said the game was over after 30 minutes as the hosts took a 4-0 lead against a woeful Zagreb team, whose defence capitulated in their first defeat since November 2014.

“We played in a very concentrated fashion from the start and when you take your goal chances, the game was over after 30 minutes,” said Lahm.

Lewandowski, the Bundesliga's top scorer, will be hoping to add to his tally against ex-club Dortmund on Sunday.

“I am happy to get three more goals, but the main thing is that we won 5-0,” said Lewandowski.

“It doesn't matter how many goals I score as long as we keep picking up points.

“The whole team played well, which creates opportunities for me.”

But with 10 goals in eight days, Lewandowski is in incredible form.

“He's had an unbelievable week behind him,” admitted Lahm, who joked that he expects at least three goals from Lewandowski per game from now on.

Olympiakos' shock 3-2 win at bottom side Arsenal means Zagreb drop to third in the group and Dinamo's coach Zoran Mamic admitted his side was outplayed.

“Bayern have showed how strong they are and we caught them on a very good day, they were better than us in all departments,” said Mamic as his side suffered their heaviest away defeat in Europe.

“The difference in quality was huge and we were brutally punished.

“They have a lot of good players, they are all fast, and it's hard to commit tactical fouls against them.

“They deserved to win by that margin.”

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FOOTBALL

Bayern clinch German Cup on Guardiola farewell

Pep Guardiola celebrated a dramatic final victory as Bayern Munich coach on Saturday, as his side beat Borussia Dortmund on penalties to win the German Cup final.

Bayern clinch German Cup on Guardiola farewell
An emotional Guardiola is chaired by his players after the victory. Photo: DPA

Neither side was able to find the net in 120 minutes of football, but Dortmund missed two penalties in the shootout to give Bayern victory in and provide Guardiola with a seventh and final title in Germany before he heads to Manchester City.

Guardiola, so often accused of being too emotionless during his time in Munich, broke down in tears as Bayern celebrated.

“Anything can happen in a penalty shootout, so we are delighted,” Guardiola told Sky after the game. “It has been an amazing three years at this club. I will miss the players so much.”

Bayern striker Thomas Mueller added: “It was an intense game. Penalties are always a horrific way to decide a game, but I think we deserved to win today.”

It was also an emotional evening for Mats Hummels, too. The Dortmund captain will move to Bayern this summer after eight years with Borussia.

Hummels' farewell ended early, as he fell victim to cramp and was replaced by Matthias Ginter in the 79th minute.

Bayern had the better chances in the first half. Thomas Mueller fired a speculative shot over the bar early on, before doing the same with a header 20 minutes later.

Both sides struggled to free themselves from a hard-fought midfield battle, however. Several Dortmund counter-attacks came to nothing, while Bayern searched in vain for the decisive final ball.

Only on the half hour mark did the game truly spark into life. Roman Buerki denied Douglas Costa with a smart save, before Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang fired wide as Dortmund hit back on the break.

Hummels, in the spotlight all evening, will have been grateful for a relatively uneventful first half in which the Munich outfit barely got into gear.

The Germany international almost got on the scoresheet just after the break, heading the ball over the bar from a Marco Reus free-kick.

Bayern hit back immediately, as Franck Ribery hit a loose ball across the face of goal on the half-volley.

Devilish crosses from Ribery and Costa followed as Bayern began to increase the pressure.

Hummels and his defensive colleagues were caught flat-footed on 64 minutes, allowing Mueller too much space to set up Robert Lewandowski, who scooped the ball over the bar.

With just 15 minutes to go, Ribery forced an instinctive save from Buerki, as Bayern began to pin Dortmund back in the final third.

Minutes later, Hummels was substituted off to muted applause from the Dortmund fans.

Bayern continued to push forward in vain, and two more Dortmund counter-attacks came to nothing in the final five minutes.

Neither side could break the deadlock, and Guardiola's farewell was taken to extra-time.

Ribery set up Lewandowski in the penalty area. The Polish striker was denied only by a brilliant challenge from Erik Durm.

Dortmund's best chance came in the 103rd minute, Henrikh Mkhitaryan firing a shot across the face of goal. David Alaba also had a chance for Bayern, but neither side could score, and the final went to penalties.

After Sven Bender and Sokratis failed to score for Dortmund, Douglas Costa fired home the winning penalty to give Guardiola the perfect happy ending.